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Painting project

Part 1 Stephen Coates discusses three important considerations when painting from photographs then introduces this month’s painting project

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to simplify a scene

Change the scene and the colours to suit the painting

Manipulate the horizon and foreground details

Before the advent of the camera, an artist wanting to create a real landscape would have visited the scene to paint and sketch. Today, it is difficult for us to contemplate a world without photographs and I am certain that our ancestors would have worked from them had they had the chance. Today we have digital cameras, computers and the internet to call on for resource material. I use images from Google for inspiration and fully endorse this rich source of imagery, however, there are some major drawbacks when we become too reliant on photographs.

Before I introduce this month’s project from a photograph (over the page), here are three important considerations when painting from photographs in general.

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Welcome to the Summer issue of Leisure Painter, where we aim to cover all your favourite media and subjects . In this month's issue you will find all the help you'll need for drawing or painting landscapes, flowers, animals, harbour scenes, seascapes, weather effects and more in watercolour, acrylics, oils, pastels and drawing media. Learn how to find the perfect view when sketching outdoors and find confidence-boosting tips for painting in public when you venture out this year. From how to make marks in graphite and reproduce textures in nature to three important considerations when painting from photographs, enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter