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Tonal values made easy

Here’s how to ensure your paintings are full of drama and atmosphere, with Steve Strode


How to recognise and use tonal values

How to apply different keys and edges to your work

Understand the value of aerial perspective

Sorrento Garden , watercolour, 10x8in. (25x20cm). The artist, Juliette Aristides believes that people who are not accustomed to looking are blind to half-tones and the subtle shadow changes of value within the darks. These can be really developed by studying white objects.

Someone once said that ‘value does all the work, and colour takes all the credit’. Understanding the importance of value in your painting might just take your painting to the next level. In painting, value is sometimes used interchangeably with the word ‘tone’.that: ‘The term ‘values’ refers to the range of lightness and darkness within a subject, as well as the tones from white to black in a painting.’

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Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter. We have a plethora of tips and techniques, demonstrations and practical advice for watercolourists this month, from projects from photographs to how to paint contrast and drama, detail in a cat's face and flowers from life. We look at painting a figure of a child in pastel, a fox in autumn woodland in acrylics and a vignette of a church in gouache. There are beginner's guides to tonal values, painting with traditional and water-mixable oils and a look at painting with acrylic inks. We also have great pleasure in presenting the award-winning work from the Leisure Painter category of this year's TALP Open and your 16-page guide to inspirational painting holidays and courses, both in the UK and abroad. Enjoy your time painting with Leisure Painter.