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Part 3 Practise your drawing and painting skills as you paint a moonlit woodland scene from a sunny photograph, with Ian Pethers


How to adapt a sunny photo into a moonlit scene

Develop your drawing skills

Throughout the centuries artists have been fascinated by moonlight, capturing that magical silver light from our nearest celestial neighbour. It is exploited in the works of Joseph Wright, Henry Pether, John Atkinson Grimshaw and, of course, the great Turner himself.

Painting by moonlight is always going to be an awkward task and photographs often fail to pick out the essence required to form good reference material. Because of this, I took my camera to my local wood in broad daylight, using the sun as my ‘moon’ (below left). With a spoonful of imagination and a change of colour scheme, I produced a pleasing work that gave me the mood and atmosphere of a moonlit forest (page 15).

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the September issue of Leisure Painter, your practical guide to all things drawing and painting for beginners and amateurs. This issue is packed with tutorials, demonstrations and practical advice on the use of watercolour, acrylics, drawing media, acrylic ink, water-soluble graphite, mixed media and digital. There's plenty on how to paint from photographs, techniques, colour mixing, brush handling and more. Take advantage of special offers on practical art books, try your chance to win the latest books by Hazel Soan and Soraya French, and enter our 50th anniversary competition by painting a nocturne.
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