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WHAT TO READ THIS MONTH

Visit www.painters-online.co.uk/store and click on the link to books to buy the latest practical art books available from LP’s online bookshop

Journey into

abstraction

‘Just a fella who paints pictures’ is how artist John Sprakes describes himself, but John’s work is very much more complex than that. Journey into Abstraction describes John’s journey from figurative painting to abstract, revealing a fascinating insight into the work of one of Britain’s leading artists. From his early years and time spent at Edinburgh College of Art and in National Service right up to the present day, this beautifully produced book is lavishly illustrated with many of John’s paintings, reproduced next to verses of the poetry that has inspired him.

Journey into Abstraction by John Sprakes is available from www.ypdbooks.com and direct from the artist at www.johnsprakes.com. An exhibition of John’s work is currently on show at the Barn Gallery, Patchings, Nottingham, until 23 June.

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Welcome to the special Summer issue of Leisure Painter. From step-by-step demonstrations to help you paint landscapes, seascapes, animals, gardens and flowers with more confidence to beginner's guides to gouache and watercolour pencils, there's something for everyone in this month's issue. Learn how delicate washes of translucent watercolours can help you paint white flowers on white paper; and how to paint buildings and urban scenes quickly and effectively. There's practical advice to help you develop your composition and colour-mixing skills, and an opportunity to paint a beautiful rural coastal scene in pastel. Make the most of your painting time with this issue of Leisure Painter.