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Welcome from the editor

Watercolour is always a popular and enjoyable medium for the amateur painter. It’s not the easiest kit to master, but its translucent, bright colours and unpredictable nature make it gloriously exciting. You’ll find a variety of techniques in this month’s issue, from how to build up layers of colour and detail to create the illusion of depth in paintings of animals, landscapes and street scenes to quick-and-easy exercises for painting trees and 30-minute flowers. Hazel Soan’s wonderful meercats (pages 36 to 39) require just a few brushstrokes of wet paint (along with plenty of practice, of course), while Paul Hopkinson’s beautiful little harvest mouse (pages 61 to 63) will take hours of brushwork and is perfect for those with a steady hand and a love of detail. We also have exciting acrylic techniques to try, as we introduce Brendan Smith’s lively style (he also explains how he recycles old paintings, pages 12 to 15), while Helen Elliott (pages 32 to 35) takes us through the creation of one of her signature paintings step by step. There are plenty of other media, ideas and inspiration within these pages.

As the reason LP exists is to inspire you to pick up your brushes and paint, we are also featuring three painting competitions for you to enter this month. Our popular monthly anniversary competition (page 6), organised in partnership with GreatArt, nears the end of its year-long run with an invitation for you to paint an autumn scene. Our second painting competition comes from Dutch art materials manufacturer, Royal Talens, which celebrates its participation in the making of a new and innovative film, Loving Vincent (in cinemas from 13 October), by inviting you to paint in the style of Van Gogh (page 68).

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OVER TO YOU FOR THE LATEST NEWS ON CLUB EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES
BEST IN SHOW PAINTINGS
Jane Stroud’s selection of works from our PaintersOnline gallery
FEATURES
Part 1 From essential techniques to how to recycle old paintings and make a stay-wet palette at home, Brendan Smith offers a fresh look at acrylics
Part 1 Michelle Campbell demonstrates her painting processes and techniques as she paints the natural world around her
Part 2 Paint along with Colin Steed as he demonstrates the process of painting a local parade of shops in watercolour
Part 1 Try four warm-up exercises to help you paint trees more fluidly before tackling the demonstration painting next month, with Stephen Coates
Part 7 Paint boats, buildings and busy market scenes as you combine acrylic ink with coloured pencils, by Tim Fisher
Helen Elliott discusses her painting and thought processes as she creates one of her signature paintings
Part 2 Tony Paul looks at classical compositions and how to apply them to your work
Part 2 Make the most of watercolour’s transparent properties as you paint meerkats, with Hazel Soan
Part 1 How to think, observe and plan like an artist. Leave your colours in their tubes this month while you plot out composition, tone and colour for your next painting in this two-part guide to producing your best work, with Martin Kinnear
How to create depth in a watercolour painting of autumn woodland, with Paula Henchell
Be inspired by Caran d’Ache artists’ sketching materials as Tim Fisher explores a plethora of techniques and effects made on different surfaces
Set your timer and test your abilities as you paint Chinese lanterns in 30 minutes with Ann Mortimer
Be inspired by John Byrne’s take on life as you put your drawing skills and sense of humour to the test
Part 2 Complete your detailed portrait of a harvest mouse, with Paul Hopkinson
Brighten up an autumn day by painting colourful tulips in front of a diffused background, with Elena Parashko