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Welcome from the editor

With the nights drawing in and more time spent painting indoors, we have included an array of tutorials aimed at painting successfully from photographs this month. Andy Walker writes an introduction to how to choose, manipulate and paint from photographs, explaining the reasoning behind making thumbnail sketches and working sketches before you put paint to paper, and how to make colour choices before picking up your paintbrush. As Andy says: ‘What usually makes a successful painting is the unique way in which the artist has portrayed the subject’ so, as you work through the tutorials, ideas and prompts within these pages this month, remember his words and make the paintings your own. Perhaps you can think of a different colour scheme than the one recommended, or mix the colours needed from just three primaries in your palette? What could you do to work around finding suggested colours that you don’t own? If you know you don’t have enough time to finish a landscape, why not paint a tree or a sky study – or set a timer and paint the entire scene in 30 minutes – or five?

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the December issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this issue is packed with demonstrations, practical advice and tutorials on painting landscapes, still lifes, animals, flowers, portraits and nature studies in watercolour, oils, acrylics and gouache. There's everything from how to paint successfully from photographs and setting up a still life, to Christmas-themed ideas to paint and the difference between shade and tone (and how that difference can make your landscapes come alive!). You'll also find our annual index, news from the art clubs, special book offers, exhibitions to visit and more - all aimed at helping you enjoy your drawing and painting time this month.