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Summer trees and foliage in watercolour

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
STUDY ONE A traditional way to sketch a tree: draw carefully and show any large clumps of foliage by making shapes to represent areas in sun and in shade
STUDY TWO A traditional way of simplifying the foliage using lemon yellow, ultramarine blue, raw sienna, Winsor blue, and burnt umber, and mixing a grey for the trunk with burnt umber and cobalt blue
STUDY THREE Foliage areas are a simple wash of lemon yellow and cobalt blue. Pen work was added later to create representational shapes and to show some tonal variation. Some touches of neat cadmium yellow were added
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About The Artist

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!