The Artist

November 2021

The UK’s best practical art magazine for aspiring amateur and professional artists - since 1931. Well-known artists reveal their working practices and techniques, covering all subjects and media, in every issue. Learn how established and up-and-coming artists create their work and use the tips they provide to help you improve your own drawing and painting. Keep up to date with the latest art materials, tried and tested by our trusted panel of expert artists, and keep in touch with the latest art competitions to enter and must-see exhibitions. Learn how other artists make money from their work, join one of our practical workshops/holidays, and don’t miss out on the latest art news and views.

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3 min
welcome from the editor

Want to comment on something you’ve read, or seen? Email me at or visit our website at We were thrilled to be able to open The Artist exhibition of selected artists, and prize winners, to the public in the Barn Gallery at Patchings Art Centre on August 21. Last year, like so many other galleries and exhibitions, due to Covid we were unable to present the physical exhibition, although we did of course host all the selected paintings and prize-winning works in our online gallery, where you will also be able to see this year’s selected collection of wonderful entries ( We will be presenting the fabulous prize-winning paintings in a special feature in next month’s issue, but in the meantime, do please visit the online exhibition and help vote…

1 min
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, VPRSMA 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. Haidee-Jo Summers ROI, RSMA has won many awards for her plein-air and alla-prima oil paintings. She is an elected member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the author of Vibrant Oils and also has a DVD with the same title.…

1 min
next month in the artist

MASTERCLASS Be inspired by president of the New English Art Club, ‘Pete the Street’ Brown as he shares his experiences of painting through the pandemic What is realism? Carl Knibb shows how to paint subjects realistically without including too much detail NEW SERIES How to create a simple linocut and make your own Christmas cards by Keith Tunnicliffe PLUS ● Loosen up and paint a colourful harbour scene in watercolour, with Robert Mee ● Lisa Timmerman demonstrates how to use the oil and cold wax technique to paint a dramatic composition full of life and interest ● In the final article in his current series Steve Hall demonstrates why pastels can be the ideal medium for capturing animals and wildlife ● Alan Bickley puts Winsor & Newton’s Professional Synthetic brushes to the test PLUS ● Ideas from Peter Burgess on different treatments…

4 min
your views

Email or write to The Editor, The Artist, Warners Group Publications, The Maltings, West Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 9PH Please note we may have to edit letters for reasons of space Life models required The Ruthin Life Drawing group is a long-established group of artists who meet regularly to draw and paint from life. In March 2020 we had to abandon our weekly sessions due to the Covid pandemic and the closure of our meeting place. However, we have now re-located and resumed meetings. Most of the models we used ave had to find alternative jobs over the past 18 months and we are now desperately short of models. If readers know of anyone in the Ruthin, North Wales area who is interested in modelling, we would like to hear from…

1 min
star letter

Art for ‘big kids’ When I took early retirement from teaching art and infants I wasn’t sure what to do next. The answer came to me when, asked if I taught adults and replying that I only taught children, the response was ‘Well, we are just big kids’! So, in September 2006 I found space in a village hall and my first art class was born. My art classes are still thriving. When we had to close our hall during the recent lockdowns, I contacted my students every month to give them four ideas to paint. What a bonus it was when I was sent copies of The Artist magazine dating from 2005 – now I have 16 years of superb ideas to give to my ‘big kids’. Sylvie Ann Peacock, by email…

5 min
the art world

PAULA REGO TATE BRITAIN Millbank London SW1P 4RG ☎ 020 7887 8888 Born in 1935, Paula Rego is one of the most influential figurative artists working today and has revolutionised the way in which women are represented. This major exhibition at London’s Tate Britain tells the story of her remarkable life through more than 100 works – including collage, paintings, large-scale pastels, drawings and etchings from the 1950s to the 2000s. Beginning with a series of rarely seen early works, including Interrogation, painted when Rego was 15, we can already see her denouncement of injustices and the politics of the day. Later works reveal the start of her interest in folk tales, which has become an enduring theme in her work. Her experiences as a woman, wife and lover, storytelling, depression and therapy as well as…