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Coping with fine detail

In his new series about plein-air painting challenges, Geoff Hunt explains why a dip pen is now a part of his plein-air watercolour kit

WAT ERCOLOUR – PL E IN-AIR AGAINS T THE ODDS: 2ND OF 4

Brompton Oratory Dome, watercolour on Arches Rough, 111⁄2×8in (29×20.5cm).

Last month found me abandoning a painting because I was out in the full sun, dazzled by the white paper, and I said that I went in search of another location in the shade (The Artist summer 2018 issue). This was what I saw from the place I found. I could see that this was really all going to be about the drawing, and from the outset I decided to treat it this way, not as a ‘finished’ painting but more like a line and wash sketch. I started out with the best of intentions doing a fairly detailed pencil drawing, but as usual impatience intervened after a while and I then put in the sky washes very broadly, together with the mid-tones of the stonework. Then I regained a bit of selfdiscipline and picked up a pen. There was a lot of this work to do before adding some final washes and then leaving it ‘unfinished’

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About The Artist

Be inspired to get out and about with your painting kit this summer with tips and advice on sketching and painting en plein air from top watercolour artists Amanda Hyatt, Geoff Hunt and Ian Sidaway. Jenny Wheatley shows how to use your location studies to create exciting compositions back at home, while in a the first of a new series Yael Maimon explains how to select the best format for a successful composition. Aldo Balding demonstrates how to paint a full-length portrait, Robert Brindley shows how to capture the spirit of Venice in watercolour, Barry Herniman reveals how to use acrylics the watercolour way. Plus we focus on the rules of painting, how to paint figures on the beach, learn from the painting style of Christopher Wood, how to choose the best colours for different skies, and how to cope with the challenge of working from poor photos. We've included plenty to inspire you this month, as well as information about what to see and do and competitions to enter with great prizes up for grabs!