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Welcome from the editor

Irecently spent an illuminating afternoon in London visiting two exhibitions of the work of Cedric Morris: ‘Beyond the Garden Wall’ at Philip Mould & Company and ‘Artist Plantsman’ at the Garden Museum (both until 22 July). I have long admired Morris’s large paintings of flowers and plants in print, and it was a joy to see them finally in real life. His love, interest and knowledge of plants and the countryside shone through the paintings, which really crackled with life. They reminded me of regular advice from LP tutors – paint what you love and it will show in your work. We notice paintings at times that may not be technically brilliant, but are brought up to exhibition level by an indefinable quality that can only stem from the painters’ authentic interest in the subject. Next time you can’t think of a subject to paint or you are bored with your usual style, try working on a subject about which you are genuinely passionate and that creates an interesting emotional response in you – and compare the results.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the August issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's issue is packed with practical advice, demonstrations, tutorials and tips and techniques for drawing and painting your favourite subjects, from materials and colours to the techniques and ideas you need to produce beautiful paintings. Learn how to loosen up your style as you use outdoor techniques for painting at home, or how to transform a dull photograph into a vibrant sunset scene. Understand the value of edges in your work, how to inject life and character into your drawings and paintings of cats, and be inspired to paint summer-themed still lifes. There's a beginner's introduction to Brusho as well as demonstrations in watercolour, acrylics, water-mixable oils and oils.