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An affinity with acrylics

How to paint wildlife in acrylics, from techniques to use to tips on painting backgrounds, textures and composition, by Jackie Garner
Flamingo sketches A4 sketchbook pages. Sketching from life teaches more about a subject’s shape and proportions than working solely from photographs.
Contrasts (Wheatear), acrylic, 10x10in. (25x25cm). Acrylic is suitable for creating fine detail and variety of texture, by varying the application method.

What inspires you to paint? A rural childhood and nature-obsessed parents exposed me to the natural world from an early age. That experience, together with a passion for drawing, laid the foundations for my life-long love of wildlife art.

Our first instinct, on seeing something wonderful, is to share the experience. So art has always been a means of communication, of sharing with others my excitement at the natural world.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the April issue of Leisure Painter. From experimenting with watercolour and gouache to paint a winter landscape and a beginner's guide to acrylic painting to sketching animals from life and drawing trees using ink, this issue is packed with practical advice and information for the amateur painter. There is a plethora of demonstrations to paint in watercolour, acrylic, water-mixable oils, pastels and more to help build confidence and skills along with projects from photographs, tips and techniques and inspiration. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.