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Jason Carlisle

Winner of the Leisure Painter Award in LP’s open competition 2017, Jason Carlisle shares his passion for portrait painting with Leisure Painter

Jason loved art at school. Like many of us, he wasn’t able to pursue his passion for practical reasons, but the change came in 2009 when he moved from shift work to a regular eight-to-five job, which meant his evenings were suddenly free. In the same week, he came across a selfportrait by Lucian Freud in a Sunday newspaper.

‘The portrait blew me away,’ he remembers of a seminal moment in his life. ‘I wondered if I could achieve something like that. It was the challenge that caught me.’

Later the same week Jason found a leaflet advertising an evening class in figure and portrait painting. He says he learned a lot from the tutor throughout the course and he sold his final piece of the year to the mother of the model. She then asked him to paint her other daughter.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to a new year of painting with Leisure Painter. We begin this month's tutorials with David Webb's new year-long series, Watercolour basics and beyond, where he takes you through essential watercolour techniques. This month, David discusses basic equipment and the first of the techniques: the wash. For all those who want a back-to-basics approach to drawing and painting, we have step-by-step demonstrations, illustrated techniques and practical advice in watercolour, acrylics and oils as well as drawing media. For those with more experience, you will find plenty of inspiration and practical instruction for painting portraits, landscapes, animals, still lifes, abstracts, a market scene and more. We're here to help you make the most of your favourite hobby.