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All the world’s a stage

Mike Rollins takes you through the materials, techniques and thought processes he uses to create paintings full of drama and interest

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How to work with acrylics

How to create depth and drama in a painting

Iknow exactly what Shakespeare meant when he wrote that famous line from As You Like It: ‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players’. As a former set designer, I often want to play with the world’s scenery! I like to think that the landscape can be tweaked or enhanced, to amplify our emotional response to it or to offer the perfect backdrop for our imaginations to let rip. I’m not one to be melodramatic in everyday life, when it comes to painting, the more dramatic the better!

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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.