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Part 6 In the final part of his series, Tim Fisher discusses how to paint winter scenes and skies using his favourite acrylics

Acrylics

Chilly Morning, Tissington , Golden fluid acrylic on Sennelier 140lb Rough watercolour paper, 10x14in. (25.5x35.5cm

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to paint snow scenes and winter skies

Colours for painting nocturnes

Practise the watercolour technique with acrylics

After one of the hottest summers on record, let’s hope that we’re not inundated with record levels of inclement weather as the year draws towards its end. Snowy scenes are a great subject to paint in acrylic; the medium gives us opportunities to transform what would often be quite a mundane scene into something magical.

I like to paint subjects associated with late evening when room lights come on, yet it’s too early to draw the curtains, casting pools of light onto a snowy landscape. Choosing a moonlit scene as I have in Water Lane, Frisby (above right), the painting can often be down to the artist’s impression of the setting. Taking photographs at night requires a good camera and possibly even a tripod, but the results are not always satisfactory. It is worth looking at how other artists portray night scenes, such as John Atkinson Grimshaw, Whistler or Turner. Each has their own interpretation of a scene, often produced after many hours of observation. I tend to work mostly with cool colours, such as blues and greys.

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Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter. We have a fantastic array of tutorials and techniques to try in this month's issue, from how to use masking fluid with watercolour and how to fill your sketchbook, to step-by-step demonstrations in water-mixable oils, oils, drawing media, acrylics, watercolour and coloured pencils. Learn how to paint animals in wet-in-wet watercolour, draw a detailed study of a badger with coloured pencils and paint wild animals en plein air. Understand how to paint the effects of aerial perspective and how to paint portraits in miniature. This month we also have great pleasure in publishing the award-winning work from this year's Leisure Painter Open Competition. Enjoy your month of painting.