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Painting Project

Part 2 How to paint the impression of morning light using a variety of techniques, with Jem Bowden
 Reference photo 1: the basis of the composition


Observe key aspects of atmosphere and place

Mix strong dark tones and subtle colours, and preserve the light

Practise and use the ‘scrape-out’ technique

Last month we carefully observed two photographs (right) as reference to create a tonal sketch (far right) of a composition. In this half of the project we’ll do an exercise fi rst then paint our Impression of Morning Light, based on the sketch and our observations.

Scrape-out technique

Before we start the painting, let’s practise the scrape-out technique, which we will use in several parts of the picture. Scraping out is a method of avoiding fi ddly negative painting and is an alternative to the use of masking fl uid. The look is generally quite loose, and can therefore fi t best with an impressionistic style of painting. The image (far right) shows three attempts at the technique, with the middle one being successful Success comes down to three things: correct dilution of paint; good timing; and quick, decisive scraping!

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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.