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Leisure Painter Open Competition 2019

We have great pleasure in presenting to you the award-winning paintings from this year’s Leisure Painter competition & exhibition, in association with Patchings Art Centre

The Leisure Painter exhibition was held from Thursday 11 July to Sunday 11 August in the Pavilion Gallery of Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire, and showcased work of 70 of the best amateur painters from the UK and abroad. The following pages show the award-winning works from the show and offer insights and thoughts into how the paintings were created by the artists themselves. There are also comments from one of our judges, John Sprakes on the paintings that really caught his eye.

High standards

‘Once again the overall standard of the Leisure Painter exhibition was high,’ says John. ‘The various subject matter chosen by the selected artists gave the exhibition an exciting visual experience to the spectator. The variety of media added to the overall experience.

‘Although the competition continues to attract very good quality submissions, I still feel that attention to colour is so important and to paint en plein air would increase knowledge and understanding of colour functions in the seen and natural world. Constant use of sketchbooks and note books and intense observation of objects, landscape, still life and figure increase one’s understanding. Painting from photographs limits one’s ability to dissect the wonderful effects that colour has on our emotions and understanding.’

Many thanks to all who took part and to our generous sponsors, who make this competition such an exciting one. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite painting by visiting our website at (see the end of this article for details). LP

▲ Leisure Painter Award Helen Martell Bruges Bicycles, acrylic, 24½x24½in. (62x62cm). ‘I visited Bruges a few years ago with my husband. We were on the hunt for the exact spot where my great grandfather painted a watercolour in 1910, which hangs in our dining room. The bicycles were all parked in the square, and the light finding its way through the wheels on the cobbles interested me.

‘My holiday snaps are less than conventional… I take pictures of shapes and textures, rather than the usual scenes and people. I like close-ups, unusual reflections and patterns of light cast upon things.’

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Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter. We have a plethora of tips and techniques, demonstrations and practical advice for watercolourists this month, from projects from photographs to how to paint contrast and drama, detail in a cat's face and flowers from life. We look at painting a figure of a child in pastel, a fox in autumn woodland in acrylics and a vignette of a church in gouache. There are beginner's guides to tonal values, painting with traditional and water-mixable oils and a look at painting with acrylic inks. We also have great pleasure in presenting the award-winning work from the Leisure Painter category of this year's TALP Open and your 16-page guide to inspirational painting holidays and courses, both in the UK and abroad. Enjoy your time painting with Leisure Painter.