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Night vision

We begin a short series on painting nocturnes by following the ideas and watercolour techniques of Jo Louca
Checking the Livestock , watercolour, 14x2112⁄ in. (35x55cm). Colours used: cobalt blue, ultramarine, cerulean blue, alizarin crimson gamboge yellow, lemon yellow and sepia.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to inject contrast into your paintings

Practise wet-in-wet, wet-on-dry, lifting out and blending techniques

Painting nocturnes can present a great opportunity to concentrate on the tone and contrast in a painting. Both the subtle limited palette and almost monotone effect of a country scene at night and the brighter, more exciting light show of a city night scene are exciting subjects to paint. Whichever you prefer – or why not try both! – here’s an opportunity to develop strong contrast that will certainly pay dividends in all your work.

Contrast of tone is one of the most important aspects of painting; it will bestow drama and excitement on a painting, and definitely is not to be undervalued.

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About Leisure Painter

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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