Beginners Acrylic Impressionistic Seascape Course

by Will Kemp

in acrylic painting

‘Stare, It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, and eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.’
Walker Evans – Photographer

How to be an artist (even if you’ve been putting it off for years)

You’ve thought about it, right?

To be an artist, expressing your emotions and moving an audience. You’ve looked at hundreds of paintings, read countless articles & books,

And you wonder, could I ever paint that? Could I be an artist?

Getting going can be the hardest part…

The Art of the Start

Look at any piece of great art and you’ll notice it has a certain electricity to it.

It’s not just paint on canvas or charcoal on paper.

It has an energy to it that comes from the artist.

If you’ve ever seen a Van Gogh in the flesh, you can’t help but feel how he loved paint, the thick impasto sunflowers and vivid complementary colours.

If you’ve had the privilege to view Monet’s Waterlillies, you’ll have felt an emotional charge – it just mesmerises you.

This energy is addictive, because if you feel the way the painter does, it fires you up.

You want to get painting, to express yourself,  you are inspired to create, but then we sometimes meet our old friend – doubt, or as Steven Pressfield calls it ‘resistance’.

Why I’ve created this course

I’ve created this course and deliberately taken an impressionistic approach so you can’t get distracted by the details and lose momentum.

It will help you to ‘loosen up’ and create expression in your paintings and the step by step videos will keep your paintings on course.

The problem with learning to paint is, where do you begin when you’ve got so many ideas but don’t know where to start.

So when you attempt your first painting more often than not, you use too many colours – too soon, resulting in paintings that fall short of your expectations.

The acrylics dry too quickly and you just can’t get the blending or the colour mixing right.

What’s worse, you don’t know how to fix it.

This 3 part video will provide you with a great introduction to creating professional, expressive, impressionistic seascapes in Acrylics.

You’ll learn classical principles that are the building blocks of all great paintings alongside invaluable tips that I use in my every day painting practice.

It’s time to start taking your art seriously

It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece,

It just has to be your masterpiece, with your energy to create a painting that you can hang proudly on your wall.

Those are the things that matter.

Will Kemp’s Beginners Impressionistic Acrylic Landscape Course and is now available. You can learn more and join the course by just clicking this link


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Joyce Safranek July 7, 2012

Thank you for sharing your love of painting with everyone. I’m 87 years old. Four months ago I saw an invitation on the notice board at the local old people’s centre to join a group once a week who enjoy painting – and I’ve discovered that I can paint – mostly I paint my greatgranchildren’s pets from photographs. George, the tortoise, Jordan, the cat, Wildred, the dog. It’s true I do some tracing but i am using acrylic paint for the first time. I’ve ruined brushes. I’ve felt sick with fear at the sight of a blank canvas. I get up in the night to gaze at my finished painting with delight. I study the world around me in awe: clouds, trees, light and shade. I paint a new picture every Monday afternoon – and pray I will have many many more Mondays to paint. AND NOW, I have discovered your tips on the internet explaining all the mysteries about brushes, mixing colours, gels and varnishes. Thank you again.


Will Kemp July 8, 2012

Hi Joyce,

Thanks for your comment, and so pleased to hear that the website is helping you in your painting journey.



Robert Dahl August 6, 2012

Hi Will,

I like the Seascape course and it has given me a lot of insights in the working process when painting in acrylics. I still have the last part to follow through on about colour mixing and colour matching and I am really looking forward to that.

I like to thank you for sharing so much valuable information, it is so generous of you! You have so much high quality advice for aspiring artists on this site and it’s just great to have found it.

Best of luck with your future projects




Will Kemp August 7, 2012

Hi Robert,

Thanks very much for your kind words, so pleased you found the course helpful when learning about techniques with acrylics. Looking forward to seeing how the final painting turns out!

Thanks again,


bq January 12, 2013

hi Will

1. Now a days I am using Acrylic Colour of Marie company for the painting still life and land scapes as I am doing painting for the last two years (will post some of my painting). On Marie’s color tubes there is no information like you have told in some of your topics like crimson permanent or hue. Are these colors reliable to have good painting or I should use the colors of any other company.

2. Also advise me the use of any matterial which can be used to thick the color to use it with knife in the impressionist painting.

3. I use google to search the good photographic images to paint. Is it right way or I have to take pictures of my own using the camera. Please guide me to how should i plan to paint differnt type of objects or landscapes, as i have very little that i canspare from my job and family matters.

I have read some of the advises and techniques you have given to the begginers and alwas encourage them to express themselves in painting. Your way of teaching and guiding is good enough and very meaningful for those who love to express their feelings on the canvas.


Will Kemp January 17, 2013

Hi bq,

I always favour artist quality paints as the colour mixes and the opacity is really good. I’m not familiar with Marie colour, personally I would buy an artist quality Titanium white and compare the difference with these paints.

You can add a Heavy Gel to your paint to give a nice thick texture that would work well with a palette knife.

I’m really glad some of the techniques on the website are helping your paintings, using good photographs from other websites as a starting point is absolutely fine.
You can move onto using your own photographs when you have more time but I wouldn’t worry too much, just enjoy painting!




BQ February 7, 2013

Hi Will

Thank you for your valuable advice. I am very much inspired by pallette knife work you have done by watching two parts of the video. I am waiting anxiously for the remaing two part (part no 3 and 4) so that I may try to paint your landscape photograph with pallette knife and after that work on my own pictures.
Aslo like to have some tutorial on the flowers and still life with pallette knife.

Bye BQ


Will Kemp February 7, 2013

Hi BQ, you’re welcome, pleased you’ve been enjoying the series. This landscape would work well with a palette knife, looking forward to hearing how you get on with it.



BQ February 12, 2013

Thanks Will, I have found part 3 of the palette knife land scape tutorial and today positively I will buy a set of knife palette to start painting the landscape as a study case. I hope it will go fine.. Can I upload some of my work at your site.
Have a nice day

Alessandra October 11, 2013

Hello Will,

I have been painting with acrylics for about 3 years now but haven’t had any instruction or guidance. I started painting because I saw a piece of art that I liked but that was too expensive and I thought, “well, I just paint it myself!” So I snapped a photo and made a reproduction. It turned out surprisingly well and I got hooked on painting with acrylics.

The problem for me now is, I don’t know how to create my own originals. I’m fairly good at doing reproductions or varying a reproduction but I am stumped when I try to just make it up. As a result, I feel like a bit of a sham. Any advice?

Thank you so much! I just discovered your website this week but I think following some of your tutorials right from the beginning might help me get on to the right track.




Will Kemp October 11, 2013

Hi Ali,

Thanks for dropping by, and pleased you’re finding the website helpful.

You’ll already instinctively have your own style, even though you’ve been working from other artists work.

You just need to start working from your own subject matters and you’ll start to see your own style develop. Try going through art/photo magazines and tearing out paintings and subjects that appeal to you. Create a pile of images and then go through them and try stepping back and look for similarities.

You’ll start to be able see themes and images that you might have not been consciously aware of.

It might be a colour palette, or subject matter, but it will give you a starting point for your next paintings.

Hope this helps.



Lynda July 22, 2014

I’ve just finished the Seascape painting and I really enjoyed it!
It was my second Acrylic painting (the French Cafe being the first) and I was really pleased with it. I feel I am learning so much so I’m eager to start the next one, which is the Monet Impressionistic Style painting.


Will Kemp July 23, 2014

Hi Lynda, great to hear you enjoyed the seascape course, you can see the Monet tutorial here.



Sharon October 20, 2014

Hi Will.
Just bought this course and I wanted to ask you if it’s ok to use a cerulean blue if I don’t have a phthalo blue?

Loving your method of teaching and can’t wait to progress on to some of your other videos.


Will Kemp October 20, 2014

Hi Sharon, pleased you’re enjoying the course, yes you can use cerulean blue as an alternative, as it’s also a ‘green-blue’. It doesn’t have as high a tinting strength as the Phthalo Blue but will still give you a lovely result. Looking forward to seeing your finished painting.


Gerard November 17, 2014

Hi Will,

I noticed in one of your videos that you said that for landscape and still life paintings you would normally use a Yellow Ochre ground, but for this seascape course you used the mixture of Raw Umber and Titanium White. I was wondering, why did you chose this ground over the Yellow Ochre? Did the colours in the reference photo encourage the use of the darker ground?

I will join in with the others and say I really enjoy your approach to painting and teaching and find it clear, concise and engaging. After taking years off engaging in any artistic endeavors I’m please to say that your videos and friendly personality have motivated me to get back into embracing my creative side. Thanks!


Will Kemp November 17, 2014

Hi Gerard, yes exactly right, in general I opt for a warm yellow base for my landscapes but for the seascape course I wanted to teach how to build up complementary colours with a more neutral base to start with. Pleased you’ve been feeling inspired!


Will Kemp February 12, 2013

Hi BQ, glad the tutorial has been an inspiration! I don’t currently have the facility for students to upload their paintings to the site.



bq February 15, 2013

Hi Will, I have completed the Land Scape painting with pallette knife and the results are amazing, As a study case the experience is great to continue with knife pallette.

Kindly add an artical in your website for the selection of the colours to be used for painting nature, For example you have used very vibrant, bright and different colors in the landscape painting (Which can not be seen in the original picture of the land scape) done with pallette knife. Infact a tone of orange and brown is used for the land surronded the cotteges.
As I am a littel bit confused for the selection of the colors to be used in thse type of paintings. Kindly advise or suggest some artical or website which is helpful.



Will Kemp February 16, 2013

Hi bq,

Pleased you have seen some good results with the palette knife. Have a look at this article about choosing a colour palette depending on the colour range you are after.




BQ February 21, 2013

Hi Will,

Thank you very much for the valuable advice and for advising me to read the article for choosing the colour palette. The information in this article is very good and very informative.

But in my previous email I was asking about the the rules for selecting colours ( Like you have introduced the orange shades in the painting).

As you have used some vibrant colours in the palette knife painting (Which are actualy not present in the original photograph of the landscape) of the landscape tutorial.

So I just wanted to know about using some different colours in the landscapes which are actually not present on the actual site or original photograph, just to create the dramatic effect in the painting.

Is there any rule for that? or you ccan refer me any artical which is on the usage of the different colour schemes in the painting for creating some of the masterpieces as you did in the palette knife landscape painting tutorial.



Will Kemp February 23, 2013

Hi BQ,

For the palette knife tutorial I mention at the start of the lessons that the reference photo is a ‘guide.’ We’re not trying to create a copy of the photograph, merely use is as a source of inspiration for a more impressionist, vibrant painting.

If you look carefully at the photo you can see elements of the colours I use ( apart from the yellow sky) in the reference photo. Are they subtle? Yes, but they can act as a guide to your choice of colours. If you see a colour scheme that is harmonious in nature and slightly amplify it in your painting then you’ll be on the right track to creating a balanced colour harmony.

Also, the use of complementary colours is used in this painting, have a look at this lesson on a balancing warm and cool colours

There are rules to colour mixing to achieve the balance you are after but once you have an undertanding on the fundamentals you’ll start to rely on your natural colour instincts.



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