In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank all the comments, questions, students and well wishers that have helped the blog to grow over the last year.
We now have over 100,000 visitors a month and we’ve gone from 500,000 views to just short of hitting nearly hit the 2,000,000 views on YouTube, Woohoo!
It’s so inspiring for me to hear stories of students that have found their way back to painting – after life got in the way of their creativity… Read More
I knew we were in trouble when I opened the car door and brown water started flooded in.
‘Shut the door!’ shouted Vanessa.
“Mon Dieu, Mon Dieu!” muttered our French driver, holding her head in her hands.
The car had stalled.
The small country road we had driven along in brilliant sunshine only a few short hours ago was now a raging torrent of water.
I tried the the electric windows, no power.
We were trapped.
I saw the water was rising quickly, it was now half way up the car door.
I started to panic.
We were in Provence (just last month) on the trail of Cézanne’s studio, and our idyllic country retreat was rapidly turning into a disaster… Click to continue
New Still Life Acrylic Masterclass Course
Morning class! The Still Life Masterclass in Acrylics course is now available, whoo hoo!
Have you ever asked yourself :
‘How do I make my paintings look more professional?‘
At some point in every artist’s development you get to a stage where your paintings are looking pretty good, you can see your improvement from where you first began but some tricky subjects still elude you.
You’ve got a basic understanding of colour mixing, paint application and your drawing’s sound but you want to take your work to the next level.
I’ve created this Classical Still Life Masterclass with acrylics, to help aspiring artists to bring their paintings to a more professional finish.
We deal with the more complex subject of reflective surfaces such as Silver, Ceramic & Mahogany using an extended palette and multi-layered glazing techniques.
Here’s a brief video intro to the course:
My Still Life Masterclass Course and is now available and you can learn more and join the course by just clicking this link.
In Part 1 we looked at how to master the basic features of your digital camera, so you can emulate how your eyes see things in nature to give you fantastic reference photographs for your still life painting.
In Part 2 we saw how small incremental changes in your composition and lighting can instantly create a more dramatic and pleasing image for a painting.
So for Part 3, we’re on to the painting… Click to continue
Creating a great still life painting often occurs before you’ve even picked up the brush.
In this part of Setting up a Still Life series, we’re going to look at using natural light, whilst also considering the incremental changes in the actual composition of the piece.
In Part 1 we looked at how to master the basic features of your digital camera so you can emulate how your eyes see things in nature, to give you fantastic reference photographs for your still life painting.
Once you understand how to get the depth of field and exposure that you are after, the next thing to consider is the lighting.
I happened to be chatting with my sister about my new Still Life Painting Course on Reflections, when she asked: “Are you going to paint a really hard subject like a glass of water?”
Interestingly, I had overlooked how the ability to paint transparent liquid and glass can seem very impressive – when in fact, with the right image – it’s very simple.
And if you’ve got the right set up, it can be really easy to achieve.
So inspired by this, we’re going to arrange a simple glass of water and next week…paint it… Click to continue
Will Kemp, Still Life with Figs, Photograph, 2012
Have you ever got out your digital camera to take a shot of your still life set up and been sorely disappointed with the results?
Your photo looks washed out, or too dark or the flash had popped up and flattened the whole scene.
You’re not alone in the quest for a simple formula to create great reference photographs for your paintings.
You might have tried turning the dial to the ‘manual’ mode, fired off a few shots, got disheartened, only to return to the safe haven of the ‘flower setting’ or ‘Auto’ on the dial.
Understanding the manual functions of your digital camera can be a liberating experience and can greatly improve the framing of your paintings.
Or maybe you’ve never used your camera to help with your paintings but you’d like to learn how…
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