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Winter warmer

Part 2 How to add contrast and interest to a scene of a side street in shadow, by Colin Joyce


Practise watercolour techniques

Build colour-mixing confidence

How to add contrast in your paintings

If you read my article in last month’s issue you may recall I made this tonal pencil sketch (below) from the photograph (right) I took in Orvieto in Umbria, Italy. I snapped a lady hunting for her keys in a side street, which, I thought, would translate into an interesting painting.

As you can see, I decided against including the plants, flowers and large streetlamp high up in the photo, however, you may choose to include these. As the artist you have the choice of what to include and what to leave out. You can even move objects around to create a better composition, as the photograph is only a starting point.

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Brighten up your winter painting with the February issue of Leisure Painter. We begin the issue with a look at 'more than just paintings' where Claudia Myatt demonstrates how to use a combination of planning and playfulness to create lively and modern designs in watercolour. You are also invited to follow our 31-day challenge, where Steve Strode offers advice and inspiration for an entire month of creative activities. The rest of the issue is packed with demonstrations, practical advice and tutorials on how to draw and paint in watercolour, acrylic, gouache, line and wash, pastel, coloured pencil, scratchboard and more.