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Adrian Hill

With time and effort, anyone can paint, says Adrian Hill, winner of the Leisure Painter Award in our TALP Open 2018

Some four years ago shop-owner Adrian Hill turned 40 and, like many celebrating a milestone birthday, questioned what he wanted to do next. The answer presented itself one evening while watching television. ‘I saw an episode of Sky Portrait Artist of the Year and thought: I can do that! Surely it’s easy to paint a portrait.’

What’s Around the Corner?, oil on canvas, 271⁄2x231⁄2in. (70x60cm) winner of the Leisure Painter Award in our TALP Open 2018

Unsurprisingly, he struggled in his early attempts at portraiture and turned to painting cityscapes around his hometown of Pontefract. They proved successful, but Adrian didn’t gain a lot of pleasure from the process. ‘I love painting portraits,’ he says. ‘They are the most natural subjects for me to paint.’

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Brighten up your winter painting with the February issue of Leisure Painter. We begin the issue with a look at 'more than just paintings' where Claudia Myatt demonstrates how to use a combination of planning and playfulness to create lively and modern designs in watercolour. You are also invited to follow our 31-day challenge, where Steve Strode offers advice and inspiration for an entire month of creative activities. The rest of the issue is packed with demonstrations, practical advice and tutorials on how to draw and paint in watercolour, acrylic, gouache, line and wash, pastel, coloured pencil, scratchboard and more.