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Focus on trees

Part 1 Try four warm-up exercises to help you paint trees more fluidly before tackling the demonstration painting next month, with Stephen Coates



Four easy exercises to practise this month

How to handle colour and your brushes

Understand shape and perspective

You will need


• Bockingford 140lb NOT watercolour paper

Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour

• Raw sienna

• Lemon yellow

• Ultramarine

• Burnt umber


• Stephen Coates Foliater by Pro Arte

Pro Arte Series 101, Rounds Nos. 2 and 8

• Pro Arte Series 103, Rigger No. 2

• Pro Arte Series 106, 1⁄2in. flat

Photographs courtesy of Andrew Locking

This fabulous photograph of a derelict building contains far too much green. As an artist looking to find a suitable composition to paint, it would be crucial to work out exactly how to tackle these vast areas of green. The most problematic of these being the huge mass of foliage overhanging on the right and the grassy foreground that consumes over half the painting! My view would be, don’t bother!

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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.