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Paint & Draw January 2017

Featuring a range of step-by-step tutorials led by professional artists will help you improve your skills at your own pace, covering all sorts of unique techniques and all types of media - from watercolours, acrylics and oils to pastels and pencils. With 100 packed pages per issue, Paint & Draw also provides exclusive interviews, features, news and reviews to keep you enthused and inspired to make your own masterpieces.

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1 min.
get out of your comfort zone and see what happens…

The beautiful portrait taking pride of place on our cover this month is by UK artist Stephen Gardner. And since interviewing him in issue two, we couldn’t get his lovely gouache paintings out of our minds here at Paint & Draw. We couldn’t wait to find out how he goes about creating his striking portraits – all very loose and colourful. Go to page 22 to discover his technique, then head over to page 97 to watch him in action. When he’s not sketching in his favourite New York bars, he teaches art, and he does a fantastic job of conveying his creative process in the workshop – it’s a joy to read and paint along to. I know the idea of painting portraits can seem intimidating for many, but if…

7 min.

REBIRTH This epic piece of ink art has been three years in the making BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK can sometimes emerge in the wake of tragedy and catastrophe. And, this is certainly the case for Rebirth, a huge, multi-panelled piece of ink art by Manabu Ikeda, which is directly influenced by the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and the tsunami that followed it. The impact of the magnitude-9.1 earthquake (which is the most powerful on record to have hit Japan), left a particularly huge impression on Ikeda. With work on Rebirthstarting back in 2013, the piece has taken three and a half years to complete from start to finish. Measuring in at a staggering 13x10ft, the scale of Rebirthdefinitely lives up to the magnitude of the event that inspired it, in terms of both time and…

2 min.
five great exhibitions...

PAUL NASH Tate Britain presents this huge retrospective of the artist’s work, featuring his early drawings and his famous dark landscapes of World War I. The exhibition also looks at Nash’s fascination with Britain’s ancient past and the mythical, as seen in his Picasso and Chirico-inspired abstracts and surreal paintings. The exhibition runs until 5 March. www.tate.org.uk JOAN EARDLEY: A SENSE OF PLACE Edinburgh’s Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art shows previously unpublished sketches and photos alongside well-known works of art to capture the career of one of Scotland’s most celebrated artists. Eardley captured life in two Scottish locations: the slums of Townhead in Glasgow and the countryside of Catterline on the north-east coast. The exhibition runs until 21 May. www.nationalgalleries.org TURNER AND THE AGE OF BRITISH WATERCOLOUR Petworth House brings this collection of watercolours…

4 min.
curator’s comments

About ALLISON Curatorial Assistant, National Gallery Allison completed her PhD at the University of Oxford and has also worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. www.nationalgallery.org.uk ‘Australia’s Impressionists’ is the first time an exhibition devoted exclusively to Australian Impressionist painters is being staged in the UK. The exhibition provides an in-depth introduction to this important chapter of art history – much beloved in Australia but little known beyond – to a new, international audience. It casts new light on the National Gallery’s permanent collection and helps put it into a more international perspective. In bringing this show together, my co-curator Christopher Riopelle and I have been indebted to our colleagues in Australian museums. They have been generous with loans to the show and with sharing their expertise. The exhibition features the work of Tom Roberts, Arthur…

12 min.

Create texture in watercolour with a plastic credit card LIVING SO NEAR to the wonderful coast of North Cornwall, there are always some interesting textures and shapes to be found in the natural landscape. And, I have the found the technique of creating rocks, cliffs and waves, using an old credit card (cut in half) to be invaluable. This method is very effective with watercolours, but was developed from experimenting with a palette knife and oils back in the 60s at art college. As an artist who works with many different media, this cross-referencing of techniques is exciting and brings new ways of achieving unexpected results. With a little practice, a range of different types of rocks – from rounded pebbles to the sharp angles of Cornish slate – are easily and quickly…

6 min.
working with a simple palette

About STEPHEN Brooklyn, New York Stephen moved to New York in 1989 from the UK. He has painted over 250 book covers for major publishing houses, and continues to work as both an illustrator and a professor. www.gardnerillustration.com Whenever I start a new painting I always use a complementary colour palette (i.e opposite colours on the colour wheel), specifically reds and greens. I find there is a tremendous range of colour to be found in such a simple palette. I built on this technique while teaching, as I wanted to give my students a simple approach to creating a portrait. I paint in gouache (an opaque watercolour), and use round brushes in sizes 2, 4, 6 and 10. The important thing with these brushes is to ensure they have a sharp point, so that it’s…