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Weather report

Part 1 Tim Fisher begins a six-part series on painting the weather in acrylics. This month, how to paint cloudy, windy and unsettled weather

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to paint the effects of cloud and wind

Acrylic techniques to get you started

Colour mixing for acrylic landscapes

Acrylics

The capricious nature of the British weather can provide the artist with a wealth of subjects and different themes. The weather plays an important role in adding that little something extra to what may appear at first glance to be quite a mundane scene. I can spot more potential subjects when the sun comes out as compared to a dull day. In this series, I’ll be exploring techniques that will help us to represent different weather effects in acrylics.

Unsettled weather gives us exciting cloud shapes, showers and unexpected flashes of light as the sun peeps through. I like to use a more fluid acrylic and usually choose to work with Sennelier Abstract acrylics, which are supplied in plastic pouches. They dry at the normal rate, but to a satin rather than glossy finish. The plastic pouches help to prevent air ingress, which extends the life of the contents. I try to limit my collection to just a few colours: primary yellow, cobalt blue hue, cadmium red light hue, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, titanium white and Mars black.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginner and amateur painters, you will find everything from watercolour flowers, animals and landscapes to introductions to water-mixable oils and miniature portraits, coloured pencil techniques for drawing a still life with just four colours, drawing ideas, step-by-step acrylics and oils, and a scratchboard demonstration of a cat. Find out about the latest exhibitions, books and art club activities and join in our competitions to win fantastic prizes.