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In the frame

Part 3 How to compose better paintings by Tony Paul

Composition

Tony Paul The Laggard, Mallards at Batson Creek, Devon, acrylic, 12x24in. (30.5x60cm). The low key and raking light of the early morning were as I saw them that day at Batson Creek; this effect also added to the sense of unease.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to compose your paintings

How to create emotion in your work

How to use symbolism in your work

A few years ago I was in a waterside village on Lake Garda teaching a group. I was with a student, when a female mallard followed by a procession of small chicks swam into view. The sun, the sparkle on the water, colourful buildings reflected, and now the duck family appearing, created an idyllic feel-good spring image.

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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.