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We have great pleasure in presenting Cardigan Art Society, the winner of this year’s Art Club of the Year Award on pages 73 to 75 along with the five paintings that won the society the title. They were all painted by amateur members of the group, showing a wide range of styles, media and techniques that came together to create a coherent and well-balanced group of paintings. We are looking forward to launching the 2018 Art Club of the Year competition in our April issues (on sale 23 February) and online at PaintersOnline. If you’re ready for your next challenge, turn to pages 12 and 13 for details on how to enter Leisure Painter’s 2018 Open Competition, which will culminate in our annual exhibition, launching at Patchings Festival this summer.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the February issue of Leisure Painter, including our 16-page art holidays and courses guide. Leisure Painter publishes a wide range of inspiring and practical tutorials and projects for the beginner and amateur painter each month, from step-by-step demonstrations from photographs to illustrated techniques, practical tips and ideas for making the most of your favourite hobby, and plenty of inspiration to pick up your brush and try for yourself. This month: how to paint landscapes in different styles using watercolour, acrylics, oils and pastels. There are ideas for portrait painting and 5-minute sketching exercises. If you're new to watercolour painting, you'll need David Webb's step-by-step tutorial on how to stretch paper. There are drawing exercises ( yes, you can learn to draw well!), first steps in abstraction, Japanese ink techniques to paint a frog, and ideas on how to fill your sketchbooks. Have fun with your hobby this month.