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Welcome from the editor

With spring just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to longer, sunnier days for sketching and painting. Although we gain a lot of practice and experience from painting from photographs at home, there is nothing like working from life, even if we only make quick notes and sketches. Close observation is, of course, key here and having been to the location you are painting will always strengthen your final artwork, even if you are sitting at home working from a photograph of the scene. Setting aside the issue of copyright, that’s why many of our tutors encourage you to paint from your own photographs. You have a deeper emotional response to a scene you have experienced first hand and liked enough to photograph, and all this excitement will feed into your artwork, helping to bring it alive and give it a more unique edge. Close your eyes. What do you remember of the day?

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the May issue of Leisure Painter. This month we have practical advice, step-by-step demonstrations and instructional features on drawing and painting with watercolour, acrylics, ink, oils and coloured pencil. Try 12 confidence-boosting exercises to help you draw and paint figures, be inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s to produce contemporary-looking poster-like paintings, and learn to paint a plethora of subjects, including landscapes, animals, birds, flowers, seascapes and more. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.