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Welcome from the editor

What better time to head to the great outdoors with your favourite art materials than during the height of summer? In this month’s issue we celebrate the Great British summer with a range of tutorials and demonstrations to help build confidence and skills as you prepare for sketching and painting outdoors and from life. If you’re new to painting in public and hesitating about taking the first step, try to go out with a friend, or simply take a small sketchbook and pencil, and sit somewhere quietly to draw what’s around you. Painting en plein air doesn’t have to include easels or pochades – not until you’re ready, that is!

We all recognise that painting outdoors isn’t for everyone, and you can still produce fresh, lively work from your own home or studio. Follow Tony Underhill’s advice this month (and in last month’s issue) as he uses urban-sketching techniques to produce an animated line and wash sketch from a photograph (pages 48 to 51). To emulate urban-sketching techniques when working from home Tony suggests that you time yourself to ensure the finished sketch isn’t overworked. You can also stand your reference material up in front of you as if you’re looking at the scene from life, and only use the materials you know you would take on a painting trip outside.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the August issue of Leisure Painter, catering for beginners and amateur painters. This month we invite you to join our 31-day sketchbook challenge and enter your favourite three images on our online competition. There is more advice on how to fill your sketchbook from Ann Mortimer as she finishes her seasonal series on maintaining a garden journal, and Tony Underhill uses urban-sketching techniques to produce loose and lively line and wash sketches from photographs. We begin a three-part series on painting a stunning blue-eyed cat in watercolour, with tips and techniques on how to paint fur and eyes in all their detail. There are demonstrations for painting buildings and their reflections, a garden scene, boats and even a gorgeous old-fashioned teddy. With practical advice on watercolour, oils, acrylics, oil pastels and gouache, we hope you enjoy your issue of Leisure Painter.

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What better time to head to the great outdoors with
In the September issue, LP offers essential advice on everything from beginner’s oils to how to mix clean watercolours. Explore and develop your painting skills in a range of different media
Here’s how to fill a sketchbook with 31 creative prompts and ideas for the month ahead and enter our summer competition, by Sandra Busby and Tara Roskell
Part 1 Follow Paul Hopkinson’s thought processes as he prepares to paint a striking portrait of a cat over the coming months
Part 4 Ann Mortimer completes her seasonal look for subjects to paint with a view of her garden in high summer and explains how you can produce a similar journal
Part 1 Colin Steed introduces this month’s project from a photograph and discusses how to paint Flatford Mill and its reflection using different methods
Part 2 Following last month’s introduction to a scene at Burrswood, Julie King demonstrates how she paints flowers, textures and form
Part 4 Tim Fisher discusses another of his favourite colours. This month, how to use pale blue oil pastel
Part 7 Pack your paintbox and step outdoors as Steve Strode discusses how you can use your acrylics away from home
Develop your skills as you follow David Webb step by step to paint a study of a boat and its reflections
Part 2 How to paint light over dark using versatile opaque gouache, with Murray Ince
Part 2 Follow Tony Underhill’s urban sketching techniques to capture the character of iconic Cotswold cottages
Paint a bright and breezy summer view of sailboats on an abstract underlayer, by Elena Parashko
Part 1 Christine Pybus takes you through the materials, techniques and thought processes she uses to paint using traditional oils
Part 9 Linda Birch continues her introduction to a variety of different media with a look at how to use acrylics
Discover the joys of painting abroad, from finding new vistas and colour mixes to painting water, troubleshooting and beyond, with Lorna Gasperi
A watercolour instructional painting holiday in a spiritually enriched city, where art and religion are entwined
OFFERS, NEWS AND COMPETITIONS and click on the link to books to buy the latest practical art books available from LP’s online bookshop
If you would like to see your art group’s winning paintings reproduced here, encourage visitors to your next exhibition to vote for their favourite work. At the end of the show, simply send us the details and we’ll do our best to include all paintings received. Full details are given opposite
Jane Stroud’s selection of works from our PaintersOnline gallery