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Painting wild

Part 2 Follow the thoughts and painting processes of Julie Askew as she works from sketches to produce a meaningful painting of an endangered animal

Acrylic

Observe that the coloured oryx on the right-hand page of my field sketchbook actually became one of the more faint animals in the completed painting on page 33. Your reference must inspire, not tie you down.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Use paint to tell a story

How to transfer sketches into paintings

Ideas and techniques for painting with acrylic

A quick sketch of simple shapes.

Once the adventure of a research field expedition is behind you and you have translated the drive and excitement into some sort of useful reasoning, the studio and big empty canvases await. This is my favourite moment. Just back from an expedition to Oman, I am so inspired by the vast array of contrasting environments and all the colour palettes that come with it, how to summarise and apply the left side of the brain? Where do I start? This is a moment to treasure; the ideas taking shape in my head and the big white canvas begging me to splosh paint all over it.

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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.