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T H E P R AC T I C A L M AG A Z I N E F O R A R T I S TS BY A R T I S TS – S I N C E 1 9 3 1

It’s springtime! Top tips for painting outdoors in watercolour






l Try printmaking without a press with David Parfitt l Be inspired by Sorolla at the National Gallery l Learn how to control your brushstrokes with Hazel Soan l Choose the right mediums for your oil paintings !

How to understand & capture movement

Create the illusion of depth in a coastal scene

Add life to your compositions


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14 FEATURES 14 Animal passions IN CONVERSATION Susie Hodge talks to David Hunt, winner of The Artist Award in last year’s David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Artist of the Year Competition

18 A cartoon a day Watercolourist Shirley Trevena reveals a life-long penchant for drawing cartoons, and how drawing every day has helped her watercolour work

70 Spanish Master of Light Susie Hodge reviews the National Gallery’s new exhibition of Sorolla’s work, the first to be held in London for over a century

78 Professional databases and contacts Mark David Hatwood explains why record keeping is advisable, with tips on how to make it easier

EDITORIAL CONSULTANTS Ken Howard OBE, RA studied at Hornsey School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He is a member of the NEAC, ROI, RWS, RWA and RBA. He exhibits extensively and has won numerous awards. David Curtis ROI, RSMA has won many awards for his en plein air and figurative paintings in both oils and watercolours. He has had several books published on his work as well as DVD films, and exhibits his work extensively.


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18 COMPETITIONS, NEWS & OFFERS 12 ENTER our TALP 2019 Open competition to win one of more than 40 prizes worth over £17,000! 34 Save money & book your advance tickets for this year’s Patchings Art, Craft & Design Festival from July 11-14 38 Review this month’s contributor video clips on PaintersOnline 68 Subscribe to The Artist, save money, and enjoy free delivery direct to your door

PRACTICALS 23 The way of the brush Hazel Soan begins a new three-part series by explaining how dexterity with the brush can be learnt

28 Mediums and solvents Graham Webber continues his series for oil painters by advising how mediums and solvents can enhance your painting experience as well as the end result

32 Paint the illusion of depth FC Jenny Aitken explains how colour and composition can be used to create depth and distance in coastal paintings

35 En plein air in France Peter Graham reveals his working methods as he discusses his passion for the French Riviera

73 See your work published in The Artist and win £50 worth of vouchers to spend on Jackson’s art materials. Simply upload your work to our PaintersOnline gallery for the opportunity to be chosen for our monthly Editor’s Choice Award

39 Figures in watercolour FC

74 Save money on discounted practical art books from our online bookshop

46 Printmaking without a press

Advice from Amanda Hyatt on how to paint the figure to add life and movement to your watercolour paintings

44 May Geoff Hunt recalls the words of Ruskin as he paints three London scenes en plain air David Parfitt demonstrates how you can make simple monoprints and drypoint etchings without using a printing press

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PAINTERSONLINE l Create your own portfolio of artworks in our FREE online gallery l Give and receive comments, feedback and constructive criticism l Chat with other artists on a wide range of art-related topics l Connect with art tutors and art clubs l Find details of art courses, art shops, galleries, framers and more l Be inspired by practical painting and drawing demonstrations l Enter our competitions with great prizes up for grabs

NEXT MONTH IN FEATURES t IN CONVERSATION Danish artist Liza Krugermeier reveals the working methods behind her brightly coloured still lifes and interiors in acrylics

PRACTICALS Register today at 51 Out and about with watercolour FC

There’s a subject to be found in everyone’s garden or backyard says Haidee-Jo Summers as she demonstrates an oil painting of one of her favourite themes u

Paul Gadenne urges you to enjoy painting en plein air, with tips and advice for successful painting sessions

54 Animals in motion FC Continuing her 10-part series, Ruth Buchanan demonstrates how to depict realistic movement when painting animals

t Lay it, leave it and learn the joy of watching watercolour paint dry says Hazel Soan as she continues her series on ways to control your brushwork

59 Try these spray techniques Waltraud Nawratil shows how to spice-up your mixedmedia paints using acrylic spray paints

62 Capture the light and shade in a bluebell wood Paul Talbot-Greaves uses watercolour, wetagainst-wet, to demonstrate light and shade in a bluebell wood in three simple steps


64 Caran d'Ache Graphite Line box sets Susie Hodge enjoys testing the new Caran d'Ache Graphite Line box sets, saying they’re suitable for both plein-air and studio work

l Paint a seasonal bluebell wood step by step in oils with Martin Taylor l Amanda Hyatt shows how to capture characterful faces in watercolour l Enjoy the advantages of working with water-mixable oils with advice from Max Hale l Follow James Willis and use your sketchbooks wherever you go

plus l Graham Webber offers his ten top tips for varnishing your paintings l Mark David Hatwood advises on how and when to send marketing emails and newsletters


And much more! Don’t miss out:

7 The Art World 66 Exhibitions 69 Opportunities

our June issue is on sale from April 18

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OPEN CALL For we are looking for the best two-dimensional works in any media including drawings, paintings, printmaking and digital artwork from amateur painters in the Leisure Painter category, and from more experienced and professional artists in The Artist category. Up to 140 selected works from each category will be exhibited at Patchings Art Centre in two separate galleries, opening on the first day of the 2019 Patchings Festival of Art, Craft & Design on July 11 until August 11, 2019

Over 40 individual Prizes worth over £17,000 will be awarded to selected artists including: £5,000

artist Purchase Prize Award

Selected by guest judge Lachlan Goudie ROI for a work up to the value of £5,000

wiN! £1,700

Over 40 prizes to be won worth over

artist exhibition Awards

Up to 10 selected artists from the 2019 The Artist’s category will be awarded a mixed exhibition at Patchings Art Centre in 2020, worth £1,700

artist highly Commended Award

A subscription worth £100 £600 Batsford Awards

Four prizes of Batsford art books to the value of £150 each



Peter Burgess Green Marble with Jug and Bowl, oil, 121⁄4x101⁄2in. (31x27cm)

£500 Caran d’Ache/Jakar Awards

Two prizes of £250 worth of art materials (All art materials prizes are quoted at the rrp)

£500 Clairefontaine Awards

Two prizes of £250 worth of art products selected from the Clairefontaine Graphic & Fine Art range

£850 Daler-rowney Awards

Five sets of materials to the total value of £850 £500 GreatArt Awards

Two prizes of £250 worth of art materials from the UK’s largest art materials’ supplier

£1,800 the harbour Gallery Award

One year’s representation by The Harbour Gallery, Cornwall £2,600


One prize of a showcase feature on a selected artist in Leisure Painter magazine Award

highly Commended

A subscription worth £100

JUDGES sally Bulgin,

editor The Artist

David Curtis

roi, rsMA

Guest judge

Lachlan Goudie roi ingrid Lyon, editor Leisure Painter

John sprakes roi, rBA, Liz wood,


artist and co-owner of Patchings Art Centre



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eNtries FINAL CALL! Enter online at Closing date for entries

April 12, 2019


hilary Carr Wonder, oil, 191⁄4x17in. (48x43cm)


eilidh smith Ready for a Ceilidh, acrylic, 223⁄4x271⁄4in. (58x69cm

£450 Patchings Award

A gift voucher worth £450 to be used at Patchings Art Centre in Nottinghamshire £600 Premium Art Brands Awards

One prize of Daniel Smith watercolours worth £350 and one prize of Pan Pastels worth £250 £300 ProArte Awards

Two prizes of brushes to the value of £150 each


Benjamin hassan Flora, oil, 213⁄4x18in. (55x46cm)

£300 royal talens Awards

Two prizes of £150 worth of art materials

£600 st Cuthberts Mill Awards

Three prizes of £200 worth of watercolour paper £400 winston oh Award

A painting course worth up to £400 of your choice, provided by Winston Oh

how to eNter The competition is open to artists worldwide. Two-dimensional artwork in any media, including drawing, painting, printmaking and creative digital artwork is welcome. Only original work completed within the last two years will be considered and paintings based on reference photographs must have been taken by the artist or used with the permission of the photographer. Photography, except where incorporated into collage, is not acceptable. 1 The entry fee of £18 covers up to THREE entries of two-dimensional works in any media. To give more amateur artists the chance to exhibit, just ONE work per entrant will be accepted for exhibition in the Leisure Painter category. Please ensure you enter the correct category. Artists can enter either The Artist category OR the Leisure Painter category NOT both. The Leisure Painter category is for amateur painters and The Artist category for more experienced and professional artists. 2 No entry should be larger than 120x150cm WHEN FRAMED (canvases do not need to be framed). 3 TO ENTER upload digital files of your image(s) via our website at clicking through the links entitled TALPOpen2019. Closing date for entries is 12 noon on Friday, April 12, 2019. Upload digital files of the images you wish to enter and pay your entry fee using our secure server. 4 Entries will be judged after April 12, 2019 and selected works called for exhibition. These must be framed (canvases excepted) ready for exhibition from July 11 to August 11, 2019 at Patchings Art Centre. ALL works entered MUST be available for exhibition. 5 Successful entrants will be notified by mid-May about delivering their work between June 14 and June 30, 2019 to Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire. 6 All care will be taken with entries but no responsibility can be accepted for loss or damage in transit, incoming or outgoing, whilst on the competition premises or during the exhibition. Originals selected and submitted for final exhibition must be fully insured by the artist and left with the organisers throughout the exhibition. 7 All entries must be original. Submission of entry in this competition automatically constitutes acceptance of all the competition rules and agreement to allow The Artist and/or Leisure Painter to publish, republish and repurpose entries in print and digital formats including but not limited to magazines, promotion materials, websites, databases and as part of downloadable digital products. 8 By entering the competition, entrants agree to be bound by the conditions of entry.

PLUs People’s Choice Awards

ALL eNtrANts

will receive a complimentary one-day entry ticket to the Patchings Festival of Art, Craft & Design,

worth £10

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Alan Hunt studied at Middlesbrough Art College before studying zoology at Bristol University. Since then his paintings have been shown nationally and internationally, and attract a wide following. Further details about his work can be found at


ften described as one of the greatest wildlife artists in the world, Alan M Hunt has been painting for over 50 years. During that time he has travelled extensively, capturing incredible images and studying the natural habitats and behaviours of indigenous wildlife in places such as Africa, Madagascar, Alaska, Peru and Antarctica. ‘I grew up in north Yorkshire and was expected to follow the family tradition into the steelworks. As it happened, I began developing as a bird artist, and on leaving school I was encouraged by my family to enter art college – as long as I could fund it myself. I briefly attended Middlesbrough Art College to


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Animal passions Alan M Hunt, winner of The Artist Award in the 2018 David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Artist of the Year Competition, talks to Susie Hodge study fine art, but with their emphasis on abstract and more conceptual art, I chose to leave and develop a realistic painting style. Then, in my late teens, I began working with animals in zoos and studying zoology, at the same time as developing a market for my wildlife art. I was fortunate to begin travelling, taking the opportunity to study wildlife in its natural habitat, and I soon went on to lead wildlife field trips. During this time, I developed a passion for conservation, particularly of endangered species.

Big break ‘My first successes came in the late 1960s. I had several sell-out exhibitions

around Yorkshire and began using my art to raise funds and awareness for the conservation of endangered species. My big break came in 1983, when I was invited to join Fine Art America, a major publisher that specialised in wildlife art and published my artwork as limitededition prints for the international market. At this point I also started to exhibit in the USA and Canada and

q This Way Son, acrylic on canvas, 26⫻40in (66⫻101.5cm). This painting won The Artist Award and the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Artist of the Year Competition

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p Closing In, acrylic on canvas, 30⫻48in (76⫻122cm). ‘Inspired by watching tigers hunting in the water in Ranthambhore National Park in India. This particular tiger was in long grass in the photos, so I changed that and added the water.’

began winning awards at large art festivals, including several times being named 'Artist of the Year' and receiving Best in Show awards. Gaining such a high profile created many new opportunities to promote wildlife conservation globally through exhibits, auctions and fundraising activities. I joined a small group of international artists, and we began taking students of all ages and abilities on field trips around Europe, Africa and the Americas. I used these many field trips to study animals in their natural habitats, discuss conservation issues with local organisations, and photograph wildlife for reference material.’

High degree of accuracy Through his passion for the natural world and dedication to painting in a realistic style, Alan has developed his techniques. ‘I am constantly experimenting with light and colour, even in the backgrounds. Using techniques that I developed when capturing the richness of fur has

‘It's important to me that I reflect the animal's environment, behaviour and physicality authentically’ enabled me to produce more realistic textures, be it feathers in my bird paintings or textiles in my more recent figurative work. Over the years, many people thought I painted the individual strands of fur or the feathers to attain such a photorealistic quality. It's true, I started out painting these textures with fine, single brushstrokes but I have since spent many hours, many years experimenting as the tools available increased; different brush sizes and shapes, synthetic and natural bristles, and different types and brands of paint. I have found that using a very dry brush enables me to paint dozens of strands in a single brushstroke. Overlaying tones of light and shade provides depth and realism. It's important to me that I reflect the animal's environment, behaviour and physicality authentically. ‘Throughout my career I have built up a mental library of animals and habitats. I can work from multiple reference images, extracting elements; likewise I can use a single reference image and adapt and shape this using my knowledge of the animal and its

environment to produce a completely novel painting. I add or remove aspects of the composition and correct the light source to match each element. This creates more depth and interest, which helps convey the story in the best way possible – to match the picture that is in my head. ‘I work on one painting at a time, which suits the quick-drying nature of acrylic paints perfectly. I prefer fine linen or cotton canvases, which I prepare with two coats of toned gesso, sanded as smoothly as possible. Depending on the tonal quality I'm aiming for, it's usually either a cool blue-grey or warm brown gesso. I start each image with a rough sketch of my subject and then draw the whole composition on to the prepared canvas. Next I paint the background and add in the subject or subjects, which means I don't have to try to paint the background around the main subject. I'm right-handed, so typically start painting the animal or bird at the head and work down from there, allowing the paint above to dry. I complete the

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Try these spray paint techniques Waltraud Nawratil demonstrates how to use acrylic spray paints to add colour and vitality to your mixed-media paintings

This extract is adapted from Abstract Acrylics by Waltraud Nawratil, published by Search Press, ISBN: 9781782216506, £12.99rrp. Readers can save £2 and enjoy free p&p by ordering from our online bookstore. See page 74 for details.


crylic spray paints are the latest edition to my usual paint palette. When combined with the natural materials I have collected, these sprays offer up undreamed of creative possibilities in both texture and mood! Once you are familiar with this method, you will undoubtedly find your awareness increases and, when on your walks out and about for inspiration, you’ll find yourself looking for unusual shapes that inspire you to use for your own creations. Acrylic and watercolour paintings that lack a ‘certain something’ can be tweaked and finished off in all sorts of ways with the help of spray paint. Do try it!


Original painting

The part of the meadow that is already an autumnal brown looks a little busy and choppy

After acrylic spray paints

Autumn, acrylic, 32⫻32in (80⫻80cm). A soft, calmer effect was achieved by spraying the picture with acrylic paint in dark brown and sand, and then adding a few leaves and grasses



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S P R AY - P A I N T T E C H N I Q U E S

THE TECHNIQUE Step by step This example shows you how quickly and easily standard acrylic paintings can be changed using spray paints.

t Prime the upper half of the canvas with acrylic paints in white and various shades of yellow, and the lower half in various shades of green

u Briefly press your chosen grasses, stalks and leaves, then arrange them decoratively on the picture. Arrange tiny stones in little piles with a few daisy heads on them

u Spray the picture with acrylic spray paint in dark green

FAR RIGHT Now spray acrylic paint in pale yellow and pale green at selected points over the grasses


Add a few accents to the flowers in light blue acrylic spray paint


Leave to dry for a few minutes then remove the grasses, leaves and stones from your canvas. I have also sprayed a little acrylic paint in pale yellow in the top-right corner, to brighten and balance the overall composition


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