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Close encounter

Part 2 Complete your portrait of an owl in all its magnificent detail, with Paul Hopkinson

Watercolour

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to work from photographs

Build your watercolour technique repertoire with confidence

How to paint detail in watercolour

I hope you’ve enjoyed painting from this beautiful photograph of a barn owl, which I introduced last month. We left the painting just when we were beginning to work on the back feathers. This month we will complete the portrait.

You will need

Surface

• Bockingford 300gsm NOT pre-stretched 111⁄2x81⁄4in. (30x21cm)

Watercolour brushes

• Nos. 00, 3 & 5

• Large wash brush

Watercolour

See colours, right

Miscellaneous

• Paper towel

• 2 water pots

• Mixing palette

• Masking tape

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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!