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Brushes and canvas

There are many elements that affect the development of our painting technique and style, apart from our personality and conscious intentions. One of the things that keeps painting interesting and challenging is the gap between what we set out to achieve and the actual work that results. An intense and evergrowing knowledge of the craft of painting is a cornerstone in developing an ability to express freely the world around us, including an intimate familiarity with the materials we use.


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Watercolourists will love award-winning featured artist Janet Kenyon's city scenes and learning more about her approach and working methods, whilst practical watercolour articles include Paul Riley's focus on the importance of the negative shapes within your paintings and Paul Talbot-Greaves' inspirational demonstration showing how to place the warm and cool colours for best effect in your landscape compositions. Paul also sets you this month's painting challenge. More watercolour articles by Judi Whitton show you new ways to capture the effect of summer foliage, while Barry Herniman reveals the contents of his plein air sketching kit and demonstrates a bright summer scene featuring woods and water. Jo Quigley shows how a systematic approach can help to achieve a realistic seascape in acrylics, Haidee-Jo Summers explains how to exploit shape and suggestion in your oil paintings to maintain a painterly style, Martin Kinnear demystifies perspective, and we welcome back Aine Divine who provides an infectious account of how to complete a mixed media flower painting that you'll definitely want to try for yourself! Ian Cryer suggests that a break with old habits can open the way to refresh your painting style, Phil Tyler encourages you to explore the art of the self-portrait, Liz Seward shares her love of working with watercolour pencils, and David Questa shares his love of busy urban scenes that will see you reaching for your drawing materials. All this and more to keep you inspired and full of new drawing and painting ideas over the summer months!

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Celebrating our 50th year, Leisure Painter is the UK’s
Janet Kenyon tells Susie Hodge how she captures both natural and artificial light and achieves her multi-layered style in her award-winning watercolour paintings
Ian Cryer, president of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, shares his thoughts on canvas and brushes, how one affects the other and how his techniques have developed over the years
Charles Williams NEAC RWS Cert.RAS is a painter, writer
Whatever stage you are on your journey of being the creative person you really want to be, there is always room for improvement, says Adebanji Alade
Aine Divine demonstrates a mixed-media painting of flowers – it was so much fun to do that she urges you to have a go
In this series, Phil Tyler has explored a variety of different approaches to drawing and painting the figure. The selfie is an opportunity to re-explore these approaches more fully, and he has some interesting ideas for you to try
Jo Quigley reveals her systematic approach to painting realistic seascapes in acrylic
Liz Seward says that working with Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle Pencils was one of the ‘the best painting experiences I’ve had for a long time – I love these pencils!’
Paul Riley begins a three-part watercolour course with a look at some of the ways to achieve negative shapes, and their importance
David Questa reveals how he expresses movement and energy in his plein-air drawings of busy city streets
Judi Whitton urges you to try a new approach to the way you paint summer trees and foliage to allow your paintings to become more exciting and original
Martin Kinnear brings his series to a close with some useful advice about atmospheric and linear perspective and a look at the alternatives, such as flat pattern
Barry Herniman shares the contents of his plein-air sketching kit – one that sees him well placed for a day’s sketching as he gathers material for a watercolour painting
How do you balance the strong shapes with the softer areas of a scene? Haidee-Jo Summers’ ideas will help you to focus on what you want to achieve in your landscape painting
This month Paul Talbot-Greaves demonstrates how you can add impact to your painting by using warm and cool contrasting colours and sets this month’s challenge for you to submit for appraisal
Julie Collins explains why value is so important in your painting and explains how to make a value scale
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