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A personal approach

Take risks and be willing to fail regularly, says Jem Bowden, as he discusses his approach to landscape painting in watercolour

Watercolour

Corsham Church , watercolour on Bockingford 200lb NOT watercolour paper, 121/2x201/2in. (32x52cm). This was painted en plein air. Churchyards area great place to begin outdoor painting if you are new to it, as they are quiet places where you may go completely unnoticed. The subject tends to provide many alternative compositions with character, including architecture, foliage and the various stones. Relax and enjoy your painting, whilst soaking up the birdsong and perhaps some sun!

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

¦ Tips and techniques for painting en plein air

¦ Ideas and inspiration for painting at home

¦ Good working practices

In this article I want to share with you the fundamentals of my overall modus operandi as a painter, and hope it provides useful ideas for aspiring watercolourists.

Every artist is different, but alongside the gradual acquisition of technique, there are usually ideas that maintain motivation and guide artistic growth.

Painting fulfils different roles for different people. For me, I value my subject, which is generally ‘nature’, probably more than the making of art per se, and sometimes think of my painting almost as a byproduct.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the December issue of Leisure Painter. As always, the issue is packed full of demonstrations and tutorials for you to follow, from watercolour, pen and wash and pastel to acrylics and oils. Liz Chaderton demonstrates how to add gold leaf to your paintings for that added wow factor and Julie King offers inspiration for this year's Christmas card. There are three quick practices to help you paint watercolour with more confidence and our cover artist, Shelly Perkins shares her unique methods of combining traditional and digital techniques in 'Pencils, Paint and Pixels'. Find out where some of the best exhibitions, art events and art club shows are running this month, books to read and so much more! Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.