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A musing of my own

Feeling an absence of the excellent Charles Williams’ musings from your January issue I’ve been thinking on the subject ‘to critique’. I firmly believe the objective kind is helpful to most artists, for if we don’t know what’s wrong with our work it’s hard to correct, unless by accident. If nothing’s ever wrong, then we are probably being too safe. I’m certainly no stranger to the process, now or in the past. During my fine art (painting) degree course at Maidstone College of Art in the 1980s, I was consistently vociferous in the weekly round of painting seminars that were designed as a platform to discuss our work. My approach attempted to get ‘underneath’ the images by examining motivations and effectiveness of expectation – essentially cause and effect.

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Take your drawing and painting to the next level with inspiration, guidance and advice from this month's top contributing artists and tutors. Cover artist, David Parfitt, shares how it's possible to work through a non-productive period to paint your best painting yet. Haidee-Jo Summers invites you to paint everyday, unarranged objects to discover more about design and composition. We also include demonstrations showing how to apply the one-stroke watercolour method, use a variety of techniques to enliven your watercolours, paint silver objects and reflections in acrylics, achieve the texture of rocky landscapes in pastels, use photographs as a memory aid, bring a portrait to life in oils, capture animals' expressions, and much more. Whatever your subject matter or preferred medium, there's something for everyone, and when you've created your best work, enter our 2019 open competition for a chance to see your work exhibited, published in The Artist, and win one of 40 prizes worth over £17,000!