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Leisure Painter Open Competition 2017

We have great pleasure in publishing the award-winning work from the amateur category in this year’s Open Competition, organised in partnership with Patchings Art Centre

Painter Award Jason Carlisle Painted Lady, oil on canvas, 3912⁄ x55in. (100x140cm). ‘Painted Lady was completed earlier this year and shows a previous partner, Victoria Parkes, and the mother of my 26-year-old daughter,’ explains Jason. ‘My last few paintings have been full torso with an emphasis on perspective and compositional elements to reflect the personality of the sitter. Deciding on the next painting is constantly on my mind and much of the preliminary work is in the form of words. I discussed my ideas with Victoria, who was happy to sit for me. A few hours of rapid sketching and lots of photos became the basis of the work. A later final sitting working on the face completed the piece to a level I was happy with.’ Find out more about Jason and his working methods in next month’s issue of Leisure Painter.

Leisure Painter Open 2017 at Patchings Art Centre was once again a huge success. The skill and creativity of the amateur artists chosen for exhibition were outstanding, and the diversity of the paintings on show in the Pavilion Gallery created a spectacular exhibition.

Thank you to all the readers who entered this year’s competition. Many congratulations to those who made the exhibition and those whose paintings were highly commended. We don’t know how you are going to top this year’s show in 2018, but I’m sure you will!

We would also like to thank our generous sponsors (page 79), whose prizes make this competition so exciting and worthwhile every year. The awards are an invaluable part of this competition.

Excellent paintings

Artist and judge, John Sprakes says of this year’s competition: ‘The Leisure Painter exhibition continues to improve year by year and there were some excellent paintings in this section. It is pleasing to see that drawing continues to improve and that many of the artists are mindful of its importance when approaching their chosen subject matter.’

John went on to offer advice to future entrants: ‘I would like to see more attention paid to composition. I felt that some of the artists had put too much into their pictures and should have been more selective when constructing their paintings. Once again, less is more.

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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!