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Bottles, jars and spoons

Part 1 Be inspired by the contents of your kitchen cupboard as you paint still lifes in acrylics with Rodney Kingston


Use the art of suggestion, not detail

Practise acrylic techniques without using mediums

Fry Sauce , acrylic on paper, 10x8in. (25.5x20.5cm). I chose half empty jars as I liked the effect of the residue of sauces on the inside of the glass. The area of the ketchup bottle with sauce residue and the displaced label of the mayonnaise showing through the glass was a particularly enjoyable part of the painting.

Acrylic is a wonderful medium, as it offers such versatility in terms of application. Whether you slap your colours down on the surface, nice and thick, and push the paint around with sturdy brushes, or dilute with water and build delicate layers of thin washes, acrylics handle either method successfully. Most of the time I prefer the first approach, using the paint as it comes straight from the tube with no mediums.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the September issue of Leisure Painter, your practical guide to all things drawing and painting for beginners and amateurs. This issue is packed with tutorials, demonstrations and practical advice on the use of watercolour, acrylics, drawing media, acrylic ink, water-soluble graphite, mixed media and digital. There's plenty on how to paint from photographs, techniques, colour mixing, brush handling and more. Take advantage of special offers on practical art books, try your chance to win the latest books by Hazel Soan and Soraya French, and enter our 50th anniversary competition by painting a nocturne.