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From photo to painting

Part 7 Elena Parashko nears the end of her eight-part series by looking at how you can interpret and work from one photograph



How to tell a variety of ‘stories’ using just one photograph

How to modify, add and omit information from photos

How to change the background

This month we are looking at small sections of a photographed scene to select which story you would like your artwork to tell. Remember that the information you leave in is just as important as the details you leave out. We also explore ways in which to use a photo of a subject but change the background, how to use a great photo of a background and add different subjects, and how to combine ideas from multiple photos to create your own composition.

Whether you intend it or not, every piece of art you create tells a story. The subject, focal point, angle, colours, mood and format you choose will guide the viewer towards a particular interpretation. Whether you are looking at a vast landscape or a complex interior scene, your paintings will be more successful if you narrow down your focus to telling one specific story rather than trying to include absolutely everything you can see.

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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.
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