colour theory

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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New! Acrylic ‘Simple Colour Mixing’ Course

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How to transform your colour mixing in a weekend With so many different colours available, when starting colour mixing, where do you begin? You find yourself standing in an art store with rows and rows of paints in front of you, scanning up and down the aisles trying to take it all it. Exotic names […]

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How to choose a paint starter set for beginners (without making an expensive mistake)

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With so many paint colours available and new ranges being released every week, which colours should you buy when you first start painting? The overwhelming feeling that descends when trying to buy paint colours either online or in your local art store can often lead to the safe bet… The pre-boxed starter set. The paint […]

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Are these 3 black paint myths holding you back?

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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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How to mix pink & purple paint with acrylics (video)

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Mixing red and white acrylic paint It seems straightforward. Red and white make pink. Simple. However, a quick look at the undertone of a few red paints can show you how mixing the perfect pink can easily allude you. A cadmium won’t allow you to make a hot pink, this video will show you how. […]

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How to set out an acrylic paint palette (video)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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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The 3 tricks of complementary colours you can learn from Van Gogh

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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

by Will Kemp 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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Colour Mixing Basics with Acrylic paint (video)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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How to mix the colour you see. Basic principles This video is a basic introduction to matching a colour using 3 primary colours. The palette used was Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light, Ultramarine Blue. The brand was Golden Heavy Body Acrylics. The basics of colour mixing are discussed in How your hairdresser can teach […]

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How your hairdresser can teach you to mix colour

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“All colours will agree in the dark.” Francis Bacon How to Mix Colour: The Basics Learning how to mix colour can be daunting, colour theory can be off-putting, but understanding the basics is key when starting to paint. A knowledge of colour theory is helpful, but in practice nothing beats actually mixing colours, however, you […]

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How to balance warm and cool colours

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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Your colour choices can make or break a painting. Understanding warm and cool colours can instantly give your paintings a sense of harmony. In the above Titian painting ‘ Bacchus and Ariadne’  Titan has almost split the colour wheel in half in his composition. If you were to put a diagonal line straight through the […]

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