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Welcome from the editor

With the January issue of Leisure Painter comes the launch of this year’s Open Competition (see pages 10 and 11). There is over £17,000 worth of prizes to be won and the opportunity to show your work to a wider audience, with an exhibition of 70 shortlisted paintings at Patchings Art Centre (opening on the first day of the festival on 11 July), which will also be shown on our website, PaintersOnline, along with 50 highly commended work, and the award-winners featured in the October issue of Leisure Painter. So if you can’t visit the festival and exhibition, you will still be able to view the work within our pages and online.

With a deadline for submissions of 12 April, you have plenty of time to consider how to showcase your talent and skills. We are looking for original drawings and paintings from amateur artists that illustrate individual interpretations of chosen subjects – and offer the viewer a little something extra, whether it’s an unusual viewpoint, a narrative, or simply that your response to your subject while painting shows in every brushstroke. Above all, enjoy this competition. Painting should be fun!

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About Leisure Painter

Have fun as you learn to paint with Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's magazine offers step-by-step demonstrations, tutorials, projects from photographs, illustrated techniques and tips and techniques for painting with watercolour, acrylic, water-mixable oils, pastel, coloured pencils, ink and other drawing media. Find out how to paint seasonal landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, flowers and figures. There's also an article on mindful drawing techniques and one artist's experience of painting a large-scale mural on a remote tropical island. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.

Other Articles in this Issue

Chris Elsden Blackpool Sands, oil, 20x30in. (51x76cm)
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If you would like to see your art group’s winning paintings
Jane Stroud’s selection of works from our PaintersOnline gallery
How to develop your own paintings by using the techniques, colours and ideas of Vincent van Gogh, by Sarah Wimperis
Why would you choose watercolour for sketching and painting wildlife? Wildlife artist, Julia Cassels extols the virtues of her favourite medium
Part 1 Colin Steed introduces this month’s painting project from a photograph as he explains how to capture this misty coastal subject using watercolour techniques
How to paint the bright sunshine and warm colours of central Italy in watercolour, with Colin Joyce
Part 1 How to use this versatile medium to produce paintings of floral motifs full of detail, texture and interest, by Matthew Evans
Part 1 Brian Smith looks at some of the problems associated with rendering figures in watercolour. This month, figures in the background and middle distance
The snow may not have arrived yet, but here’s a practice run from acrylic painter, Steve Strode
Tips and techniques for painting with pastels, by Jenny Kealc
Part 1 Charcoal Whether you are just beginning to paint or want to try a new medium, Linda Birch begins a new series discussing the uses of popular media
Part 1 Learn simple techniques and mark making and understand your materials as Judith Heilbronn Crown begins a new series on drawing with coloured pencils
If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, why not paint it? Robert Newcombe suggests four ways of painting a snow scene
Part 1 Anne Kerr begins a six-part series demonstrating how to draw elements of the landscape with a look at materials and mark making this month
Top tips and techniques to rekindle your creativity and fill your sketchbook, by Susan Yeates
Elena Parashko discusses the challenges she overcame to paint a mural in an observatory on a remote island
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