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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Dec-17 > On the beach

On the beach

How to paint seasonal beach scenes, using complementary oil colours that simply ‘sing’, with Christine Pybus


How to compose interesting beach scenes

Mixing techniques for fresh, clean colours

When to finish an oil painting

Morning, Sandsend Ness , oil on board, 113⁄4x141⁄2in. (30x37cm)

Ihave to admit that I rarely analyse my own work, either before, during or after painting. When a subject excites me, I paint it, and it really is as simple as that. So you may be thinking: beach, sea, late autumn (without trees), how’s she going to manage it? Well, that self-same thought crossed my mind, too. I paint the beach and sea all year round, autumn included, but what is so distinctive about my work at this time? It was off to the studio to look more closely to try to find out.

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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.