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Green Apple, acrylic on Canson Acrylique 400gsm paper, 7x7in (18x18cm).
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About The Artist

Welcome to the October issue in which many of our top-class artists celebrate painting in a variety of locations in all kinds of weather, from Pete the Street Brown in Havana, to Geoff Hunt who shows how not to let an unpromising day spoil your painting. Our artist-tutors also offer help and advice on colour mixing in oils, how to improve your compositional awareness, use gouache to paint atmospheric landscapes, create luminosity in your paintings by combining cold wax and water-soluble oils, and develop your skills by working in monochrome. Paul Talbot-Greaves suggests a simple exercise to help you loosen up, Julie Collins shows how to mix the right greens for your watercolour paintings, while Glyn Macey invites you to learn from the painting style of Lamorna Birch by following this month's demonstration. Plus, be inspired as we introduce many of this year's The Artist Open Competition amazingly talented prizewinners!

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Peter Brown shares his experiences of leading a reader painting holiday to Havana, and reveals the content of his travelling painting kit
Jeremy Gardiner’s abstract compositions are based on his observations of the natural environment and, as he tells Susie Hodge, he builds his work in layers, almost like the rock formations he is depicting, using heavy-body acrylics
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Lucy Willis shares her ideas for a series of seasonal watercolour paintings and offers tips and advice for working from photographs
Yael Maimon’s series on successful composition continues with advice about placing objects and using colour to achieve maximum effect, including combining photos and the Rule of Thirds
Paul Talbot-Greaves demonstrates a simple still life in acrylic to highlight an easy way to enjoy painting without getting bogged down in huge amounts of varied shapes and complexity
Sarah Spackman offers advice on colour mixing using oils paints, stressing that observation and cleanliness are the keys to success
Gouache can be used as both a transparent and opaque medium, and on a variety of supports, as Kevin Scully demonstrates
Following on from last month’s article, Ian Sidaway makes four watercolour paintings using his on-site reference material
In the final article in this series, Martin Kinnear describes how, in trying to rediscover a part of his past, and a new way of painting, he discovered the secret of achieving his aim
Geoff Hunt conquers yet another plein-air painting challenge. This time he’s making the best of those grey days when the light is flat and the scene unpromising
Camilla Clark demonstrates how to achieve luminosity and texture using cold wax and water-soluble oils
Paul Riley explains why making monochrome landscapes will help you to understand tonal relationships
If you try to avoid the challenge of mixing your greens you are missing out on some amazing colours for your paintings, says Julie Collins. Her advice and the accompanying exercise will help you to improve your greens
Glyn Macey admires the unique painting style of Lamorna Birch and demonstrates an acrylic coastal scene in his style for you to follow
We are proud to present the work of some of our talented prizewinners in this year’s annual open competition, organised in partnership with Patchings Art Centre. Our thanks go to everyone who supported the competition and especially our generous award donors