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Welcome from the editor

Although a majority of Leisure Painter tutors extol the benefits of painting outdoors and from life, we are also aware of how challenging it can be for most of us at times. Even when you overcome the shyness of painting in public, there are issues surrounding limited time or mobility, and ensuring you are safe and happy when painting outdoors. This month’s issue is packed full of advice on how to make the most of the British summer to paint En plein air and how you can achieve similar fresh results when you paint from photographs and sketches indoors.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the summer issue of Leisure Painter. We've packed this issue with a variety of painting tutorials and demonstrations for landscapes, portraits, birds, nocturnes, harbour scenes, flowers and gardens. If you love painting detail in watercolour, look no further than Paul Hopkinson's portrait of a barn owl and Jarnie Godwin's beginners' guide to botanical painting. If you want to simplify the detail, look out for Paul Alcock's painting project of a busy harbour scene and Hazel Soan's watercolour portraits. From tips on work outdoors to how to paint successfully from photographs, there's something for all busy amateur painters in this month's issue. You'll find practical advice on how to use watercolour pencils and other drawing media, watercolour, acrylics and oils along with where to go and what to do throughout the summer. Enjoy your month of painting!