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Part 4 This month we look at how to capture the effects of bright summer sunshine when painting abroad, with Tim Fisher



Tips and techniques for painting impasto

Colours and colour mixing for bright sunshine

How to reinvent elements of a scene from a photograph

I hope this year has been better for sunnier weather and you’ve been able to get out and about painting and sketching. Warm weather can be extended by making a trip abroad. I like travelling at the beginning or the end of the summer when the weather is not unbearably hot, but there are still opportunities for strong sunshine and shadows. It is rare in sunny weather to find subtlety in any subject. Shapes and colours are strong and clear unless there is a heat haze, which can dramatically alter a scene.

Acrylics are an ideal medium to use when travelling, and the robust pouches of the Sennelier Abstract acrylics will withstand the most aggressive baggage handling systems. My Mijello Airtight palette has a self-sealing lid, which not only prevents paint leaking but also helps the paint to remain moist and workable over longer periods of time, especially if the weather is warm. When subjects are painted onto paper designed to take acrylic, these can be safely rolled up and packed into tubes for transporting home.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the August issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's issue is packed with practical advice, demonstrations, tutorials and tips and techniques for drawing and painting your favourite subjects, from materials and colours to the techniques and ideas you need to produce beautiful paintings. Learn how to loosen up your style as you use outdoor techniques for painting at home, or how to transform a dull photograph into a vibrant sunset scene. Understand the value of edges in your work, how to inject life and character into your drawings and paintings of cats, and be inspired to paint summer-themed still lifes. There's a beginner's introduction to Brusho as well as demonstrations in watercolour, acrylics, water-mixable oils and oils.