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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.

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Time to take out your brushes and colours as you peruse the November issue of Leisure Painter. This month, build your confidence and skill set with new ideas from acrylic painters, Brendan Smith and Helen Elliott. For the watercolourists, there are demonstrations and practical advice for painting flowers, autumn landscapes, trees, animals, buildings and street scenes. Oil painter, Martin Kinnear covers 'how to paint a winner' with advice on how to see and think like a professional artist, while Elena Parashko demonstrates the painting of tulips in the same medium. Tony Paul continues his look at successful composition ideas, Tim Fisher (who completes his seven-part line & colour series this month) also reports on new sketching sets by Caran d'Ache, and there's even an article on how to paint a halloween-inspired cartoon. Enjoy another month of painting with the UK's best-selling learn to paint magazine.