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Paint & Draw Xmas 2016

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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In this issue

1 min.
finding beauty in winter skies and...traffic jams?!

Since working on Paint & Draw, I’ve started using my eyes a bit more. That may sound silly, but whether I’m on the morning train commute, or looking out of my office window (it’s good to have screen breaks at least 100 times a day, I’m told), I’ve just been soaking in all the detail around me. It all seems worth painting – whether it’s my fourth-floor view of the changing sky and textures in the Bath Stone buildings that peer over the Avon river, or the sluggish trail of cars that I cycle through on my way home! Hopefully looking through this issue of P&D will have a similar effect on you. We’ve put together a selection of styles, subjects and techniques all tied together by the sheer joy of…

5 min.
palette

“An icon of 19th century British art that is endlessly reproduced and disseminated around the world” FLAMING JUNE RETURNS TO LONDON Lord Frederic Leighton’s masterpiece finally returns to its origins LEIGHTON’S ICONIC Flaming June – the portrait of a graceful, sleeping figure swathed in a sheer orange dress that echoes the warm Mediterranean sun behind her – has returned from Puerto Rico, where it has been displayed for over 50 years, to the studio where it was painted. One of the most famous and widely reproduced Victorian artworks, the portrait stars in an exhibition at Leighton House Museum in Kensington called ‘Flaming June: The Making of an Icon’. The exhibition also features the other paintings Leighton showed in the 1895 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which was his final submission before his death a few…

2 min.
five great exhibitions...

WINIFRED NICHOLSON Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art brings together 20th century Cumbrian artist Winifred Nicholson’s landscapes, still lifes and portraits – including her experiments with abstraction and colour – from across the breadth of her career and her travels around Europe. The ‘Liberation of Colour’ exhibition runs until 12 February. www.visitmima.com OUT OF CHAOS The Ben Uri organisation was founded by Jewish immigrants in London in 1915, to nurture art and creativity. This celebration of its centenary features impressive artworks that explore their enforced journeys and struggles with identity and acceptance, among other themes. The exhibition at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery runs until 26 February. www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing MATISSE: DRAWING WITH SCISSORS This exhibition features 35 prints of Matisse’s cut-outs from the last four years of his life, including iconic images such as The Snail and the…

13 min.
bitesize

Mix more realistic-looking colours THE MOST important lesson you can learn about how to accurately mix colour is the relationship that complementary colours have with each other. No matter what medium you use, from coloured pencils through to oil paints, being able to understand the effect these colour combinations have on each other is crucial to understanding colour mixing. When mixing colour, begin by choosing a tube colour that’s closest to the shade you’re trying to emulate in paint. Next, look at your subject’s tone to decide whether you need to make the tube colour darker or lighter. Then look at the saturation of the colour you’re attempting to mix. You can’t make the colour straight out of the tube any more vibrant, so most of the time you’ll be desaturating the colour…

7 min.
get instant results with chinese inks

Chinese spontaneous-style painting is tremendously inspiring and can even help you to develop your watercolour skills. Using economic strokes, minimum colour and leaving white space are some of the most important methods I have learned from this painting style. When I lived in China, I mostly painted in a traditional ink and wash, freehand style using Chinese inks and brushes. Then when I studied for an architecture degree in the USA, watercolour classes were part of the curriculum. I found painting with watercolours much easier than traditional Chinese painting, and I couldn’t believe how well my paintings turned out. I realised that what I had learned from Chinese ink painting about controlling the water, ink and colours on the absorbent rice papers had really set me up for success in watercolours. Because…

6 min.
paint & draw in...the lake district

Gently lapping lake shores, sweeping fellsides and looming mountains in the Lake District have inspired artists for centuries. By the time Wordsworth fretted over “cheap trains pouring out their hundreds” at Windermere in the 1840s, a century of tourists had already visited the district, driven by a series of articles praising the dramatic, picturesque landscape. Poet and scholar Thomas Gray’s 1769 Journal of his Tour in the Lake District quickly became one of the 18th century’s most popular guides to the Lakes, and in 1777 aspiring landscape painter Joseph Farington replicated Gray’s journey, painting the places Gray had noted. Some of the country’s most successful painters soon followed Farington to the Lake District, including John Varley, John Constable and JMW Turner – whose 1816 painting of the river Lune from St…