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Lamorna Colony Pioneers
In search of drama • Caroline Saunders talks to Keith Bennett, The Artist award winner at last year's Pastel Society annual exhibition
Keith Bennett IN CONVERSATION with Caroline Saunders
Re-visioning your subject in watercolour • Create your own atmospheric paintings by imagining them. Amanda Hyatt demonstrates how to capture your ideal subject using her Five Steps to Watercolour method
A cottage garden • Soraya French shows how to use the immediacy, brilliance and versatility of soft pastels to paint a summer garden
Exploring the Zorn palette • Using a limited palette of just three colours plus white Mark Fennell demonstrates how to paint an alla prima portrait in oils
MARK'S TIPS FOR PAINTING WITH THE ZORN PALETTE
Mark Fennell PORTRAITS
A modern take on the conversation piece • Jo Quigley shows you how to create your own informal group portrait in acrylics
HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN CONVERSATION PIECE
Looking up and looking down • Alter your viewpoint to make the most of your landscape painting advises Cheryl Culver as she paints a cliff view in pastel
The brilliance of Turner • Using the sketchbooks of Turner as inspiration, Alan Bickley paints his own watercolour in the style of the master
Turner Colour Beginnings Historical 12 wholepan wooden travel box with ceremic palette
DEMONSTRATION St Hilarion, N. Cyprus • This watercolour painting is referenced from sketchbook material I made while on holiday in Cyprus on Turner Blue paper, 7½×11in (19×28cm). Named after a monk who once lived there, but it's now a castle!
A light touch • Paul Talbot-Greaves demonstrates why watercolour is the perfect medium for portrait painting
The boldness of charcoal • Clare Lord turns our attention to charcoal as she relishes its ability to create large tonal drawings at speed
EXERCISE TO TRY
EXERCISE TO TRY
Learning to look • Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year finalist, Sally Ward uses her observations of tonal hierarchy to build a compelling portrait in oils
SARAH'S TIPS FOR OBSERVING TONAL HIERARCHY
Add is more • Paul Riley explores innovative additives to enhance your watercolours
Oils under pressure • Working at speed can have benefits for the plein-air painter, says Rodney Kingston as he paints an urban scene in oils in under three hours
RODNEY'S TOP TIPS FOR OUTDOOR PAINTING
Rodney Kingston URBAN LANDSCAPES
Supporting STARS • Winston Oh shows you how to tackle background trees in the landscape, and allow them to provide a supporting role to the main star of the show
Winston's recommended painting materials
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