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Painting project

Part 2 Develop composition, colour and application skills as you paint along with Jem Bowden this month
Photograph 1: Your main reference for this project, showing good depth and lead-in


Using soft and hard edges to create focus and atmosphere

Limited palette for unity; cool and warm colours for depth

Bold, energetic brushwork for dynamic painting

Last month I discussed how I arrived at the compositional sketch (opposite) by combining two references photos (above and right) and using artistic licence. This provides the all-important tones that we need to stick to for the painting to work. I’ll aim to use the limited palette of five colours to create depth in the painting and an effect of strong shade and bursting sunlight. I also hope to show that you don’t need much green to give a sense of summer. It’s the relationships between colours within a painting that counts and how one offsets another. I tend to think of colours as just various warms and cools.

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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.