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Welcome from the editor

It goes without saying that as painters we love colour! Many amateur painters and especially beginners, however, often focus too much on achieving the ‘right’ colour and overlook the importance of tonal values in their artwork. A good tonal range – presenting the subtle differences from the lightest light to the darkest dark – and understanding the role of tone in creating convincing depth are vital to painting successfully. I am therefore delighted that Jem Bowden turns his attention to tone this month (pages 14 to 17) and discusses colour in the April issue, to help you fully appreciate how understanding the difference can really bring your work up to the next level. Why not put away your colours today and work on tone with Jem then watch how this understanding feeds into your paintings in future.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the March issue. This issue is packed with practical advice, tutorials, demonstrations and illustrated techniques, all aimed at teaching beginners and amateur painters to draw and paint successfully. Enjoy working with watercolour, acrylics, oils, gouache, coloured pencils, pen and ink and more. Learn how to draw and paint animals, landscape, flowers and elements of the countryside. Develop your skills as you learn about the value of tone, how to loosen up your style and how to add drama and a sense of narrative to your paintings. This issue also launches a beginner's guide to acrylics. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.