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Winter in the woods

Use your imagination to paint an atmospheric winter landscape using a variety of watercolour techniques, with Alison Fennell
The finished painting Log Cabin in Snow, watercolour, 5x8in. (13x20cm)

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Use dry-brush and wet-in-wet techniques

Learn the value of hard and soft edges

Preserve the white of the paper without masking fluid

This isolated log cabin framed by a pine forest is an imaginary place that I would like to visit. I imagine being cozy inside with a wood burner – while outside the snow drifts higher and higher as evening falls. I wanted to capture an elemental feel and evoke an awe of nature in this watercolour.

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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.
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