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

On the beach

How to bring your beach scenes to life with the addition of figures, with Christine Pybus


An Early Summer Morning, Sandsend , oil on board, 512⁄ x8in. (14x20cm). There is a tendency always to look seawards when painting beach scenes when often there’s magic happening behind us, too. This small oil sketch was painted purely to capture an intense yet transient flash of light across a building. It truly captured a moment.


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Whatever the time of day, when you’re painting a summer beach scene the dreadful ‘F’ word is inevitably going to come into play. That’s the word that can make normally consummate draughtsmen and women go weak at the knees. Figures. Therein lies the bad news. The good news is that I’m not talking about painting every finger on every hand, indeed I wasn’t even planning on painting any hands, but simply a few brushmarks to suggest an animated figure is all that’s required.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter (now 80 pages PLUS this month's 16-page art courses and holidays supplement). Aimed at beginners, less-experienced amateurs and hobby painters, LP is the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK. Inside you'll find practical advice, exercises and demonstrations on how to paint with watercolour, acrylics, acrylic inks, oils, pastels and drawing media, as well as tackling mixed-media approaches. With everything from adding figures to your beach scenes to gardens, flowers, animals, still lifes and landscapes, we aim to fill your painting hours. There's even a challenge to complete a miniature medieval initial letter in gold this month. Then sit back and view the award-winners of this year's Leisure Painter Open Competition, and read news on exhibitions, diary events, art club activities, the latest practical art books and our online home, PaintersOnline. The final 16 pages of this month's issue will help you plan your next art course. Enjoy the issue!