acrylic painting

How to Paint a Copper Pot in Acrylics – Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

by Will Kemp acrylic painting

Morning class! This week we’re going to learn how to capture the brilliant qualities of reflections in copper, using acrylic paint. I absolutely love how vibrant this copper pan is surrounded by the dark range. Notice how, even though the background is a dark subject, there is still a lighter tone on either side of […]

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How to Paint Green Summer Trees with Acrylics – Video Tutorial

by Will Kemp acrylic painting

Green. Love it or hate it, almost all landscape artists want to be able to paint trees, woods and grass realistically. But mixing greens can be one of the major issues that can start to throw your landscape painting off-course. Greens can be an Achilles heel for beginners, and the urge to grab a vivid, […]

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How to Paint a Simple Snowscene with Acrylics – video tutorial

by Will Kemp acrylic painting

Snow. It can seem a tricky subject to capture. Is it white? Is it blue? How do you paint it to look soft, or darken it without it looking dull? Having a ‘less is more’ approach to your palette can reflect the colours of Winter absolutely perfectly – without getting complicated. And the first clue […]

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How to Paint a Cornish Harbour in Acrylics – Video Tutorial

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Downloading the reference photograph The photo below can be ‘right clicked’ and ‘Save image as’, so you can use it as a reference image, print it out and follow along with the video above. You can also download a High-Resolution Image here…

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Painting, Pasties & Padstow – A Cornish Painting trip

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Considering it was mid-April in England, we were treated to some truly amazing weather. We’d travelled down the coast to an area of South East Cornwall called ‘The Forgotten Corner’. Often overlooked due to its remote location but we found some cracking little-secluded coves and practically empty sandy beaches. Artist’s have always been drawn to […]

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On painting, procrastination and what might have been

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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 “For of all sad word of tongue or pen, the saddest are these. “It might have been.” John Greenleaf Whittier I always feel so sad when I read this quote, “It might have been…” What a waste. So many aspiring artists come to me with a real passion for learning how to paint and ask […]

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How to Paint Acrylic Portraits

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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 […]

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How to choose the perfect white for your Acrylic painting

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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 […]

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How to paint light & shade in Acrylics (Part 3 of 3 – Videos)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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“Painting is drawing with the added complication of colour and tone” Harold Speed – The Practice & Science of Drawing In this light and shadow series we look at the theory, drawing and painting of a simple form focusing on shadow, light and edges. Part 1 we looked at the theory of light and shadow. […]

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New – Small Glass Acrylic Study is Live!

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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New Small Glass Study Acrylic Video Course Merry Christmas class! The new mini-course where I paint a coloured glass and festive oranges is now available! Whoo ho! ho! ho! It’s the perfect addition to the Masterclass Acrylics Course or a great little introduction to the more complex subject of reflections and glass. If you have […]

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3 Reasons why artists varnish their work (and why some artists don’t)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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We’ve all done it. Spent hours, days, even weeks slaving away on a painting but when we finally apply a varnish…it all goes horribly wrong. The anxiousness builds. You’re now sure there’s mismatched sheens on the surface and it was perfect before you started varnishing! Or maybe you thought it was a good idea to […]

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Still Life Acrylic Masterclass Course is Live!

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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 […]

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How to paint glass & reflections with acrylics Part 3 of 3

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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 […]

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How to shoot stunning still life set ups for your paintings – Part 1 of 3

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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 […]

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What is the best background colour for your studio walls & why does it matter?

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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One of the most common colour questions I get asked on the Art School is “How do I choose the right colour to paint my coloured ground?” But before I tackle that subject in more detail, I wanted to look at an often overlooked subject, studio wall colour. To answer the previous question completely, you […]

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French Café Scene with Acrylics Tutorial – Free video Course Part 5 of 5

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Essential acrylic painting starter set! This is the final part of the painting and we can start to reap the rewards from our careful underpainting and patience. If you’ve just stumbled on the tutorial you can catch up below: Part 1 & 2 of the French cafe painting tutorial Part 3 French cafe painting tutorial […]

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French Café Scene with Acrylics Tutorial – Free video Course Part 4

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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A step-by step French Café Scene acrylic painting In these tutorials I will be posting a series of videos on my YouTube channel that you can follow along at home. It’s free to subscribe to the website so you can keep updated with the painting progress… You can watch Part 1 & 2 of the painting demonstration  and Part […]

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French Café Scene with Acrylics Tutorial – Free video Course Part 3

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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A step-by step French Café Scene acrylic painting In this series I will be posting a weekly video on my YouTube channel that you can follow along at home. It’s free to subscribe to the website so you can keep updated with the painting progress… You can watch Part 1 of the painting demonstration here. […]

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French Café Scene with Acrylics Tutorial – Free video Course Part 1 & 2

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Bonjour Classe! This week we’re off to France! This tutorial takes us through a simple cafe scene, where we follow through the underlying structure of a painting. We look at an easy way to check your perspective, the importance of ‘negative spaces’ when composing your image and how to mix the perfect consistency of paint…

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Art Studio Lighting Design (how to avoid being kept in the dark)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Natural light in Cezanne’s artist studio Have you ever been half-way through a painting and suddenly the art studio light changes? You carry on painting, hoping for a break in the weather, trying to remember the colour you’ve just mixed, and then the lighting changes.. again. You think it won’t matter, it’s not that important, […]

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Acrylic Palette Knife Painting Techniques – Free Video Course Part 4 of 4

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Bringing Personality to your Painting In the final stages of any painting, it’s a case of viewing your piece as a whole and adjusting details or adding more saturated colour to create a harmony and balance. You’ll be painting more instinctively, rather than methodically and putting a stamp of your own personal style within it. […]

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Acrylic Palette Knife Painting Techniques – Free Video Course Part 3

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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A step-by-step Palette Knife Acrylic Painting – Video Course Part 3 In this painterly, impressionistic palette knife study, I am posting a weekly video on my YouTube channel so that you can follow along at home. It’s free to subscribe to the blog to receive updates so you can keep up with the painting progress. Developing a Painterly […]

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Acrylic Palette Knife Painting Techniques – Free Video Course Part 2

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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A step-by-step Palette Knife Acrylic Painting – Video Course Part 2 In this painterly, impressionistic palette knife study, I am posting a weekly video on my YouTube channel so that you can follow along at home. It’s free to subscribe to the blog to receive updates so you can keep up with the painting progress. The reference photograph […]

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Acrylic Palette Knife Painting Techniques – Free Video Course Part 1

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Palette knives are seen as a sign of confidence in a painter, you can wield them with gusto, paint impasto, and when no-ones looking you feel like Van Gogh or maybe Bob Ross! They can have a reputation of being good for certain ‘effects’ or ‘tricks’, for example, painting a snow-capped mountain (and it’s true […]

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Glossary of Acrylic Painting Terms – The Ultimate Guide for Beginners.

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Ever come across a painting tutorial and been stumped by new terms and phrases? What is an Interference colour? Or a Tar Gel? Inspired by one of the art school’s readers (cheers Carl!) I’ve compiled a guide to the most commonly used terms in acrylic painting. Glossaries for oil painting, colour mixing, styles and movements […]

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Golden Heavy body vs Open acrylics paints review, which is best?

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Imagine the scene. You’re halfway through your painting, it’s going really well. This could be your breakthrough piece, a personal Mona Lisa. A quick look on your palette and you spot the perfect mix to finish the piece, you dip the brush in with vigour, and guess what? Its dried on the palette. You then […]

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How to paint like Monet: Acrylic Landscape Painting Lesson – Part 4 (Video)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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A step-by-step Impressionist Acrylic Painting – The Final Part 4 In this Impressionistic landscape series, I am posting a weekly video on my YouTube channel that you can follow along at home. It’s free to subscribe to the blog to receive updates so you can keep up with the acrylic painting progress…

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How to paint like Monet: Acrylic Landscape Painting Lesson – Part 3 (Video)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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A step-by-step Impressionist Acrylic Painting – Part 3 In this Impressionistic landscape series, I am posting a weekly video on my YouTube channel that you can follow along at home. It’s free to subscribe to the blog to receive updates so you can keep up with the acrylic painting progress…

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How to paint like Monet: Acrylic Landscape Painting Lesson – Part 2 (Video)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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A step-by-step Impressionist Acrylic Painting – Part 2 In this painterly, impressionistic landscape series, I am posting a weekly video on my YouTube channel so that you can follow along at home. It’s free to subscribe to the blog to receive updates so you can keep up with the painting progress…

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How to paint like Monet: Lessons on the techniques of the Impressionists (Video)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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A step-by-step Impressionist Acrylic Painting How do you achieve a more painterly impressionistic approach with acrylics? In this series, I will be posting a weekly video lesson that you can follow along at home. It’s free to subscribe to the blog to receive updates so you can keep up with the painting progress. The first […]

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