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Bottles, jars and spoons

Part 2 Develop your skills with Rodney Kingston as you follow a three-part exercise from a photograph then a step-by-step contemporary still-life painting


Flex your drawing muscles with pencil, pen and brush

How to set up and observe your subjects

Practise acrylic painting technique

Last month I introduced painting the contents of your kitchen cupboard using acrylic paints. My graphic design background attracts me to the branding of these iconic objects and I painted individual still lifes of Marmite jars, Coke, Oxo cubes, ketchup and more.

For this demo we will tackle a more complex arrangement of the items. Before undertaking any painting it is useful to warm up by studying and sketching your subject. Below is an exercise to help loosen up before diving into the main demo (opposite).s


A bit like athletes stretching and warming up their muscles before competing, it is good to prepare yourself before taking on a painting. This exercise serves as a good warm up and gives you an opportunity to familiarise yourself with your subject. For this exercise chose something from your kitchen cupboard to draw or use this photograph of ketchup and mayonnaise jars (right) as reference.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter (now 80 pages PLUS this month's 16-page art courses and holidays supplement). Aimed at beginners, less-experienced amateurs and hobby painters, LP is the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK. Inside you'll find practical advice, exercises and demonstrations on how to paint with watercolour, acrylics, acrylic inks, oils, pastels and drawing media, as well as tackling mixed-media approaches. With everything from adding figures to your beach scenes to gardens, flowers, animals, still lifes and landscapes, we aim to fill your painting hours. There's even a challenge to complete a miniature medieval initial letter in gold this month. Then sit back and view the award-winners of this year's Leisure Painter Open Competition, and read news on exhibitions, diary events, art club activities, the latest practical art books and our online home, PaintersOnline. The final 16 pages of this month's issue will help you plan your next art course. Enjoy the issue!