J.M.W Turner, Margate (?) from the sea, about 1835-40
11 years ago on a very cold winters morning I was poised with a dripping wet floor mop, recreating a painting by J.M.W Turner.
My audience were a group of five cleaners from the Museum I worked at.
The workshop wasn’t really going to plan.
I was trying to teach this group of absolute beginners how to paint like Turner in a morning.
At the end of the morning workshop their finished paintings would be displayed in an exhibition, open to the public.
Oh, the other artist who was exhibiting in the exhibition?
The main man himself, a collection of original Turner watercolours.
Now where did I put that mop?… Click to continue
Painting portraits with acrylics can be frustrating.
It can seem that you’re facing an uphill struggle.
After the pleasure of not getting headaches from toxic turpentine and being able to paint with thick impasto marks there seems to be double payback for daring to tackle a portrait with acrylics.
Not only do the colours appear unsophisticated and garish but the paint dries too quickly to blend together successfully, especially when you’re trying to mix subtle skin tones.
You can be left feeling disappointed with your results, admit defeat and crack out the thinners for another go with the Oils.
I’ve been working on a new portrait course, that can help develop your portrait skills and dramatically shorten your learning curve to achieving classical looking portraits with acrylics… Click to continue
After a long drive we arrived at Laundry cottage in the pitch black, the only sound was running water from the nearby waterfall.
There had been a few minor worries en-route, slight overheating, suspicious drips from under the car and the Sat-Nav had given up the ghost but we were here…and the pack of shortbread left as a welcome gift was quickly consumed!
It was only the next morning we truly appreciated the setting we were in.
Surrounded by lochs, mountains in the distance and a spectacular view of Dunvegan Castle out of the cottage window… Click to continue
I’ve just finished creating a new drawing course that follows on from the Absolute Beginners Drawing Course.
In ‘How to Draw Light & Shadow for Beginners’ we look at new materials, techniques and work on some figurative drawings. A lot of students come to me who already have basic understanding of drawing and confidence with pencils but feel there is a gap in their knowledge when using different drawing mediums.
This course has been designed to help bridge the gap between graphite pencil drawings to charcoal, chalk and pens and subtlety introduce colour.
Are you stuck in a ‘pencil loop’ ?
Wanting to experiment with new mediums such as charcoal & chalk but unsure of where to start?
Moving onto a new medium with drawing can be a challenge, especially if you’re using the wrong materials.
I was trying to draw with charcoal for years and kept on ‘missing’ the vital ingredient. I thought it was my technique, my paper choice.
I was using the wrong charcoal… Read More
Seems a little far-fetched doesn’t it?
That your white paint could be ruining your paintings.
It’s often the first tube of paint you buy and definitely the most used on your palette … yet can be the most overlooked paint in your collection.
You can become transfixed by the Quinacridones, save up for the expensive Cadmiums but little old Titanium white stays the same.
Choosing the ‘right’ white for the type of painting you’re creating is a critical step in mastering painting with acrylics.
So what is the right white to use? Click to continue
Sketch by Will Kemp, View from The Uffizi Gallery Window in Florence, Italy
New Updated step-by-step Online Drawing Course
I’ve been super busy updating and ‘polishing up’ my Absolute Beginners Drawing Class to help aspiring artists to fulfill their creative potential and I’m delighted with the results.
The Artists Eye
Having studied film and cinematography, I’ve tried to create a video course that will give you the best results, as if I’m in the studio with you.
For this new version of the Drawing Course, I’ve updated a few technical things to give you the highest quality possible.
High Quality Full HD Video Recording
This new version includes all the best demos from the first course but now includes 4 new step by step demos to create a really well rounded experience… Read More