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A walk on the moor

Summer Follow Tony Hogan step by step as you practise acrylic painting techniques for breezy summer landscapes



How to bring light and shade into your landscapes

Colour mixing for greens

Paint form and aerial distance

A verdant oasis spans the rough terrain to prove that summer has returned to Bodmin Moor. As cumulus clouds dance across a bright blue sky, partnered by a light refreshing breeze, we enjoy once more long sunny days of painting.

I returned to the location where I had painted the winter and spring pictures (Leisure Painter, February and May), near the village of Minions, with my back to the Hurlers standing stones. The buds that clothed the trees in spring were now open and the new shoots of grass dressed the moor in greens. The baron and desolate foreboding mood of winter was a distant memory and the promise of spring was revealed in all its glory, and yet, the moor still retained its rugged landscape, seeped in Cornish history.

Before you begin

There is an adrenalin-fed excitement when painting En plein air, and a feeling of being at the mercy of the weather dictates the visualisation of the scene. These conditions alter from minute to minute so always be aware that, as the light changes, it is your own careful selection of what you feel important that dictates the painting. Even main structures, such as the old tin mine head in this view, constantly appear to alter in scale so give yourself plenty of viewing and consideration time before committing to marks you make at an early stage.

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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!