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Sky high

How to ensure your skies and clouds work with the landscapes beneath, by David Webb


Richard Thorn Cool Avenue. The contre-jour view of this woodland path causes the leaves to become transparent and take on a green and yellow glow. The trunks and branches, though, are silhouetted against the light.


How to show depth in your landscapes

Colour mixing for sky studies

Practise watercolour techniques

Landscape has been one of the most popular and enduring painting subjects for centuries. In every part of the world people have been, and still are, describing their environment in paint. The term ‘landscape’ usually conjures up thoughts of natural vistas, but it can cover a broad range of topics from lonely, windswept marshes with huge skies to bustling cityscapes dominated by tall buildings, and may also include coastal scenes and seascapes.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the December issue of Leisure Painter. We have a plethora of styles, media and ideas for you to follow this month. David Bellamy introduces his techniques for using watercolour pencils when sketching landscapes, and Hazel Soan completes her series on painting wildlife in watercolour with three exciting demonstrations, culminating in the lion's head you see on this month's front cover. Charles Evans offers a step-by-step demonstration of a snow scene, which is just perfect for a Christmas card, and Judith Milne gives ideas and inspiration for producing floral cards for this time of year. There is a tutorial on painting reflections in different types of water, good composition ideas and an array of tips, techniques, practical advice and demonstrations to inspire you. Enjoy your month of painting.