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

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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)

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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)

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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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How to paint a warm & cool still life painting (using only 2 colours) – Part 3

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A step-by-step warm & cool still life acrylic painting – Part 3 This is the final post in this limited palette painting series using acrylics, I have been posting a weekly video on my YouTube channel so that you can follow along at home. It’s free to subscribe to the channel so you can keep updated with the painting […]

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How to paint a warm & cool still life painting (using only 2 colours) – Part 2

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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A step-by-step warm & cool still life acrylic painting – Part 2 In this limited palette painting series using acrylics, I am posting a weekly video on my YouTube channel that you can follow along at home. It’s free to subscribe to the channel so you can keep updated with the painting progress…

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How to paint a warm & cool still life painting (using only 2 colours)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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You know the scenario, You decide to paint a simple study of a lemon, the painting starts out okay until you get to the fun bit, the yellow of the lemon. As you begin to stare at the yellow to try and judge it’s intensity you ask yourself  – how yellow can you go? The […]

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Beginners Acrylic Impressionistic Seascape Course

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‘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 […]

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A beginners guide to colour strings (and how to paint quicker)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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When you first start painting, the vision is of squeezing out bright vivid paint colours, a handful of paintbrushes, maybe a beret? But often this approach is an illusion, an artist myth. To get professional results you need a professional approach. If you want freedom and expression on the canvas, a bit of premixing can […]

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Beginners Acrylic Still Life Course – Part 3 & Part 4 (video)

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Part 3 & 4 of this 4 part series for beginners to acrylic painting The first thing I do is to add some thicker paint to the main area of the cherry. This helps to reinforce the colour and is the time you can start to use thicker paint on top of the thinner under […]

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Beginners Acrylic Still Life Course – Part 2 (video)

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A step-by step still life acrylic painting – Lessons 2a & 2b In this acrylic cherry still life painting 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 channel so you can keep updated with the painting progress…

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Beginners Acrylic Still Life Course – Part 1 (video)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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A step-by-step Still Life 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 channel so you can keep updated with the painting progress…

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How to use acrylic gels & mediums: Part 1 (video)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Do you feel you should be using mediums? You’ve probably brought a couple and had a play around, but are you using the right ones? Or is the overuse of mediums doing more harm than good? Acrylic mediums can change the consistency of acrylic paint and allow you more flexibility and creative freedom than any […]

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The 3 Steps to Becoming a Better Painter, by Painting Less

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Ever wonder where you’re supposed to find the time to paint? If you’re trying to paint in your spare time, it can seem impossible. You’re already struggling just to find a clear space and get your paints set out and sometimes you can’t even manage that. You want to work on your colour mixing, try […]

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Acrylic landscape painting techniques – Lessons for an absolute beginner. Part 4 (video)

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The final part of this 4 part series – Beginners Acrylic Landscape Painting This is the final stage of the painting. I now add some of the pure Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson so we can achieve the richer colours needed. The pink in the sky is just a mix of Alizarin crimson and White. […]

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Acrylic landscape painting techniques – Lessons for an absolute beginner. Part 3 (video)

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“With a limited palette, the older painters could do just as well as today… what they did was sounder.” Pierre-Auguste Renoir Part 3 of this 4 part series for beginners to acrylic painting The first thing I do is to block in the bottom half of the sky with the pinky tone, I’m not worried […]

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Acrylic landscape painting techniques – Lessons for an absolute beginner. Part 2 (video)

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So have you started your painting? Whoohoo! you are now ahead of 90% of aspiring creatives everywhere. Often just starting is the hardest part of any creative endeavour. Why? We have too much choice and an over excited imagination…

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Acrylic landscape painting techniques – Lessons for an absolute beginner. Part 1 (video)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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“Painting is very easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do” Edgar Degas A step-by-step approach to 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 channel so you can keep […]

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How to apply a varnish to an Acrylic Painting

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An uneven finish in your painting, some parts matte, other parts glossy can be very off-putting to the viewer. A unified finish enhances the colours and is a great way to add both a professional finish to your paintings and add dollars to the sale price. No one technique for varnishing suits every situation. The […]

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The 5 key differences between Acrylics vs Oil paints – a beginners guide.

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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What is the difference between Oils vs Acrylic paints? Do you want to learn to paint but don’t know where to start? Get excited about all the paintings you are going to create but don’t know which types of paints to begin with? To understand the pros and cons between oils vs acrylics you need […]

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The Art of Acrylics – Online Still life painting course Now available

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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The Art of Acrylics still life course. PLEASE NOTE: This course is currently being updated, you might be interested in this online still life painting course that looks in depth at how to glaze with acrylics. Cheers,

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Are these 3 black paint myths holding you back?

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Diego Velázquez, portrait of Juan de Pareja, 1650 Are you scared of using black in your paintings? Or secretly feel they are the missing ingredient to your work? If you don’t use black whilst mixing colours you could be missing a trick. A tale from two masters: John Singer Sargent and Claude Monet used to […]

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Is green ruining your acrylic paintings? (video)

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Edgar Degas, Ballet Rehearsal, 1834 – 1917 Green paint is like peanut butter is for dieters, dangerously addictive. I don’t quite know why, maybe the freshness, the feeling of a landscape, the memory of nature… whatever the reason it’s a bad one. Step 1. If you buy a starter set of beginners paints throw away […]

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New online “The Art of Acrylics” painting course

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Time lapse preview for New painting course The Art of Acrylics with Will Kemp Developing your artists eye When I was first learning to paint my results were often disheartening, the apple looked too flat, the greens looked garish and harsh and I was generally getting more and more frustrated. I often took a large […]

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How to instantly add depth to your mountains in acrylic landscape painting

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Leonardo da Vinci – The Virgin of the Rocks (detail), 1491-1508 Why do mountains look blue in the distance? Have you ever wondered why a hill, that you know is covered in green trees, looks purple or blue when viewed from a long distance away? Trying to create a sense of depth and distance in […]

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The 8 key differences between Artist quality vs Student grade acrylic paints

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A brief overview of Artists’ vs Student quality paint There are usually two grades of colour available, artist quality and student quality. But what is the difference? And, is it worth the cost? When first starting painting lessons it is often overwhelming to try and decide which brush to buy, what canvas to paint on […]

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How to set out an acrylic paint palette (video)

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Acrylic painting techniques – How to set out a basic palette In this video I show the basic layout of 3 primary colours (plus brown and white) for a stay-wet palette.

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How to apply a coloured ground with acrylic paint (video)

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In this video, I demonstrate how to apply a coloured ground to a pre-primed canvas using Golden fluid Acrylic. To learn more about the benefits of painting on a coloured ground see: How a prepared canvas can drastically improve your paintings This technique is best for landscapes and still life paintings. Video transcript: When I’m […]

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The 3 tricks of complementary colours you can learn from Van Gogh

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Vincent Van Gogh, Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, 1888. Complementary colours Two colours, placed side by side, will appear differently depending on which colours are used and what they are placed next to. The effect of this interaction is called simultaneous contrast. Simultaneous contrast is most intense when two complementary colours are […]

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How to choose a basic colour palette for acrylic painting

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“I am a simple man, and I use simple materials: Ivory black, Vermilion (red), Prussian blue, Yellow ochre, Flake white and no medium. That’s all I’ve ever used in my paintings. L.S.Lowry A great deal of things in nature are actually very muted, it is often the difference between light and dark and warm and […]

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The hidden hues of colour mixing (video)

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Why can’t I mix the right colour? Imagine a time of poster paints and sugar paper. Of bright colours, chubbie crayons, green grass and blue skies. These were perfect painting days apart from one thing I almost forgot to mention….brown sludge. Lots and lots of brown. Your teachers told you ‘mix yellow and blue to […]

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