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Texture in context

Part 2 Follow Steve Strode step by step as he paints the texture of bread, metal and glass using just five acrylic colours

Acrylic

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Use a five-stage process to paint a still life

Practise keen observation of tone and shape

How to paint with acrylics

This month why not join me as I explore glass and metal using a five-stage process I use to produce most of my paintings.

I begin any life study by looking through a viewfinder (a rectangle or square aperture cut in card), and making preliminary thumbnail sketches to decide on composition, format and lighting. Once I’m good to go, I take a few minutes to observe the set up.

Before you begin following this demonstration, take time to look at the photograph (below). Seek out the patterns of light and dark, points of contrast, quality of the edges, the colours and reflections. Doing this before you begin and imagining how you’ll handle those areas in paint will save you time in the long run.

Demonstration

Breakfast is Served

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the November issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at amateur painters, who want to make the most of their painting time, Leisure Painter is the UK's best-selling practical art magazine. Within this issue you will find tips and techniques for filling an illustrated journal and how to set yourself regularly painting challenges. There are painting projects from photographs to try, and step-by-step demonstrations for painting buildings, autumn leaves and landscapes in watercolour; still lifes, wildlife and trees in acrylics; and a detail from a ship's rigging in oils. Learn how to add colour to your sketches, follow a beginner's guide to working with oil pastels, and have fun using new coloured marker pens. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.