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Wildlife in watercolour

Part 1 Build confidence in handling watercolour and your brushes as you follow Hazel Soan’s exercises over the next three months


■ Paint wildlife studies with confidence

■ Practise simple brushstroke techniques

■ How to apply the wet-into-wet technique

Painting wildlife is an ideal way to learn to paint in watercolour. Light changes, shadows shift, animals move, and shapes and colours change. Decisions about what to include and exclude have to be made fast. In the next three articles, I am going to use some of my favourite wildlife subjects to show you how descriptive brushstrokes and watercolour’s wet-into-wet technique make it possible to paint quick, confident watercolour sketches from life.

Moving subjects demand a certain speed of execution. Having colours at the ready, a limited palette, plenty of sketchbook space and clean water are the first considerations.

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Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter (now 80 pages PLUS this month's 16-page art courses and holidays supplement). Aimed at beginners, less-experienced amateurs and hobby painters, LP is the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK. Inside you'll find practical advice, exercises and demonstrations on how to paint with watercolour, acrylics, acrylic inks, oils, pastels and drawing media, as well as tackling mixed-media approaches. With everything from adding figures to your beach scenes to gardens, flowers, animals, still lifes and landscapes, we aim to fill your painting hours. There's even a challenge to complete a miniature medieval initial letter in gold this month. Then sit back and view the award-winners of this year's Leisure Painter Open Competition, and read news on exhibitions, diary events, art club activities, the latest practical art books and our online home, PaintersOnline. The final 16 pages of this month's issue will help you plan your next art course. Enjoy the issue!