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Welcome from the editor

With Christmas less than two months away, how many of you are preparing to paint your own greetings cards this year? We have included a couple of tutorials to inspire you in your quest for the perfect subject. Charles Evans no doubt will have you reaching for your acrylics to follow the painting of his snow scene (pages 50 to 53), while Judith Milne’s look at seasonal flower painting in watercolour, ideas for strong composition and practical card-making tips (pages 20 to 21) are all aimed at inspiring your own seasonal creativity.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the December issue of Leisure Painter. We have a plethora of styles, media and ideas for you to follow this month. David Bellamy introduces his techniques for using watercolour pencils when sketching landscapes, and Hazel Soan completes her series on painting wildlife in watercolour with three exciting demonstrations, culminating in the lion's head you see on this month's front cover. Charles Evans offers a step-by-step demonstration of a snow scene, which is just perfect for a Christmas card, and Judith Milne gives ideas and inspiration for producing floral cards for this time of year. There is a tutorial on painting reflections in different types of water, good composition ideas and an array of tips, techniques, practical advice and demonstrations to inspire you. Enjoy your month of painting.