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Looking closely at your subject is the key to drawing and painting successfully. Tutors, especially of beginners, often remark on how often they have to remind their students to spend longer looking at and familiarising themselves with their subject, and less time adding marks to their paper. Steve Strode (pages 44 to 48) takes up this theme with his discussion on drawing this month, as he looks at how we can recognise and tackle edges and shapes, positive and negative space, accurate measuring methods and tone – and how familiarity with such subjects in drawing will help us develop as painters. I like Steve’s final piece of advice: don’t tick things off as ‘done’ after one attempt. As artists, we are always seeking new ways of expressing ourselves, and spending time every day in sketching, doodling and playing with our materials and the ideas behind our drawings and paintings will all help to improve our more finished paintings.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the July issue of Leisure Painter, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Subjects covered this month include landscapes, seascapes, urban scenes, portraits, wild and domesticated animals and birds, flowers and natural still lifes. We introduce a short series on painting buildings in pastel and there are also two new painting projects to try: learn how to simplify a busy harbour scene and paint a portrait of a roe deer. From techniques and colours for painting rain, puddles and reflections in acrylic and painting natural textures in watercolour to drawing exercises and step-by-step demonstrations for you to try, we aim to include something for everyone in each issue.