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Garden performance

Worried about taking the next step and painting outdoors? Sit in your garden to paint, suggests Steve Strode

Inspiration

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Develop your observation skills

Know your materials

Learn good painting practice

On site in Liverpool . I’ve developed my painting habits and tweaked my list over the years so I’m rarely caught out on site these days. Now, where’s that paint?

Ready to try painting in the great outdoors this year? With summer just around the corner, why not set up in your garden and have a dry run?

Painting in the garden can be an excursion into painting from life and a great place to learn and make mistakes. Forgotten something? No problem! Just nip back inside and add it to your kit. If the weather turns nasty, step indoors and try again later. Need to return and finish off or try again? Take your coffee outside the next day and off you go. And there are no strangers to unnerve or distract you as you work on the basics of picture making. Paint in the garden enough times and you’ll master an outdoor working practice that can also build up your confidence into the bargain.

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Welcome to the summer issue of Leisure Painter. We've packed this issue with a variety of painting tutorials and demonstrations for landscapes, portraits, birds, nocturnes, harbour scenes, flowers and gardens. If you love painting detail in watercolour, look no further than Paul Hopkinson's portrait of a barn owl and Jarnie Godwin's beginners' guide to botanical painting. If you want to simplify the detail, look out for Paul Alcock's painting project of a busy harbour scene and Hazel Soan's watercolour portraits. From tips on work outdoors to how to paint successfully from photographs, there's something for all busy amateur painters in this month's issue. You'll find practical advice on how to use watercolour pencils and other drawing media, watercolour, acrylics and oils along with where to go and what to do throughout the summer. Enjoy your month of painting!
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