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Beginner’s oils

Part 1 Christine Pybus takes you through the materials, techniques and thought processes she uses to paint using traditional oils
The Old River Bed at Ruswarp, oil on board, 7x9in. (18x23cm)


How to ask the right questions

Know your materials

How to set out a palette

Christine painting en plein air with her pochade box

So, you want to start oil painting. You may already have read several books, watched a couple of YouTube clips or DVDs, and are now reading this. I imagine, however, that you still haven’t found a definite method or framework to help you begin and aren’t even yet sure of the rules. Well, there are three reasons for that. First, almost every article or book that you read or every DVD that you watch will give you conflicting advice, because those of us who write or film them all have individual ways of working.

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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.