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Free up your work

How to loosen up your brushstrokes and paint fast and loose with confidence, by Christine Pybus
Snow Clouds over Sandsend Ness, oil on board, 10x12in. (25x30cm)

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Oil-painting techniques to follow

Try a plein-air style while painting indoors

How to add sparkle and movement to your work

To loosen up your painting style requires a combination of elements few of which are tangible so sadly there’s no formula that I can offer to help. Obviously tickling a canvas with a No. 2 sable won’t work so using a bigger brush then painting more vigorously would help. Even then it’s difficult to suggest exactly what size of brush, not least as that’s dependent on the size of picture and should there be a scale of vigorousness, midway between spirited and fervent would seem about right.

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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.