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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Apr-19 > All the world’s a stage

All the world’s a stage

Part 2 Put the advice learned last month into practice as you inject a sense of drama and intrigue into a painting of Haworth, with Mike Rollins


How to work with acrylics

How to create depth and drama in a painting

Pull together various sources for references

Your reference material for this demonstration: Haworth, Yorkshire. My original photograph showed more of the buildings at the top of the hill, but I wanted to concentrate on the drop and the view beyond.

Mood is very important to me and it doesn’t matter how I get there with my paints so long as the outcome is successful in conveying the essence of my original idea. In the previous issue of LP, I described my methods of producing landscape paintings in acrylics, and of creating depth and drama in a scene. This month, I will take you through an example from start to finish, showing that, rather than work on a slavish copy of the original reference, the painting can evolve as I seek to create mood and atmosphere.

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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.