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Judith Yates Godrevey Rocks, acrylic on canvas, 153⁄4x153⁄4in. (40x40cm)

Professional artist, Judith Yates, works from her busy home studio in Coventry, recreating the sensual pleasures of the landscape and atmosphere of the coast. Here she describes how a happy juxtaposition of silken water against hard rocks inspired this painting of the Cornish coast. If you would like to see more of Judith’s work, post a comment or upload your own images to our free online gallery, visit This painting is inspired by one of Judith’s many visits to Godrevey across the bay from St. Ives. “One shot taken at high tide, from a whole series of photographs of the area, struck me for its quality of glittering clear sea against the hard-edged rocks. I wanted to capture that stark contrast in my work. I chose a simple composition with dramatic lighting: the dark shadows of the rocks against the clear sunlit water. I started with the rocks, laying down the darkest colours and shapes, slowly building up colour through subtle tones of mid grey, to the paler greys where the sun hit the rock edges. I used a mix of ultramarine, purple and burnt umber in the deep shadows. The rocks were kept suggestive and loose, using a palette knife and a flat brush to avoid too much detail. I painted the water next, with different patches and tones of dark colour showing beneath the water: greens, blues and deep greybrowns. Referring closely to my photo reference, the mid-toned reflection details were added with a small round brush, as I started to build up movement and shimmer in the water. The bright greens and turquoises of the sunlight shining through the water were added next and, finally, the brightest highlights of sky reflected on the rippled surface, using a Rigger brush to capture the fluid movement.”

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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.

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Part 4 This month we look at how to capture the effects of bright summer sunshine when painting abroad, with Tim Fisher
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