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Last week’s judging day for this year’s Open Competition, which included professional artist and tutor, Liz Wood and professional artist, David Curtis, was the highlight of the year. We saw a superb variety of subjects and media, including more mixed-media and oil work than ever before, and the standard continues to rise year by year. We noted many good subject ideas and strong compositions, but the ranges of tone and contrast were sadly lacking in some of the paintings that were shortlisted, but not chosen for exhibition. Liz recommends drawing six small graphite reference squares, ranging from darkest to lightest tones and ensuring your paintings show at least some of these tones.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to this month's issue of Leisure Painter. Within these pages you'll find everything you need to learn to draw and paint successfully from how to render beaches and landscapes, buildings, flowers, portraits and birds to how to develop your artistic skills as you work on composition, perspective, tonal values, painting from photographs and colour mixing. Do you want to loosen up your style or work on detail with the smallest brushes? Do you need to know more about which materials to buy, or are you simply ready to take out your colours and paint alongside some the of the UK's best art tutors? Each month there are projects and step-by-step demonstrations to try. Enjoy your month of painting.