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Thanksgiving Thanks!

by Will Kemp painting

Morning Class! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank all the comments, questions and positivity that have come through the Art School blog this year. The most rewarding thing is seeing students embrace the challenge of portraits with great enthusiasm and achieve some really fantastic results! We’ve also broken through the 8,500,000 views on […]

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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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Are You Making Any of These 7 Compositional Mistakes with Your Still life Paintings?

by Will Kemp painting

Cherries overflowing perfectly in a bowl, a sense of life captured in a single moment, creating the perfect still life composition appears to come naturally to some artists. Reassuringly, there are a few simple adjustments you can make to your own set-ups, that prevent you making the most common beginner mistakes. By making small changes […]

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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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@willkempartschool Collection #2 & #3

by Will Kemp painting

This second Instagram collection comes from my studio and painting practice, you can read more about the story behind each photo on Instagram @willkempartschool Cheers, Will

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Is Your Next Painting Hidden on Your Camera Roll? New @willkempartschool Instagram Collection #1

by Will Kemp painting

After following along with painting tutorials, learning new skills and getting excited to develop your own painting practice, it can feel like a step into the unknown when trying to choose what subjects to paint next. Should you paint landscapes, still lifes or work towards portraits? With so many choices it can quickly lead to indecision […]

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How to Glaze an Oil Portrait Course – New Course!

by Will Kemp oil painting

How to Glaze an Oil Portrait for Beginners Course When I was trying to find my way in portraiture, I’d spend hours studying Old Master paintings thinking “Wow, how did they do that?” I was flummoxed. Not only did the skin look realistic, but they’d managed to capture those bluish grey tones that lie just […]

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Discovering Velázquez, The Duke & Unexpected Treasures

by Will Kemp painting

When Vanessa suggested a spot of Winter sun, if I’m honest, I dragged my feet. Locations where being proposed and I politely nodded. When she casually mentioned a possible trip to Seville, my interest was piqued. Why? Seville was the birthplace and hometown of Spanish artist Diego Velázquez, and one of my favourite paintings is […]

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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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New Year, New View? How a Few Small Changes Influenced my Portrait Painting Style

by Will Kemp oil painting

There was a small sign that hung below an empty black space, it read ‘In Prestito‘. On loan. Last Summer I was back in Florence, Italy, to visit one of my favourite paintings that had enticed me to the city over 10 years ago. The only problem was, when I got to the gallery, the […]

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Inside Rembrandt’s Studio

by Will Kemp oil painting
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Earlier in the Summer, I took an impromptu trip to see ‘Late Rembrandt‘. It was the first time that an exhibition had been solely dedicated to Rembrandt’s late works. Many of the most famous paintings that he produced in the last 15 years of his life had been brought together from museums and private collections […]

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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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Singer Sargent & Friends

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An Artist in His Studio, John Singer Sargent, 1904 Last month saw the opening of a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The show highlights the work of one of my favourite portrait painters, John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925) I’ve been a fan of Singer Sargent’s paintings ever since visiting the […]

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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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On Tate, Turner & Unlikely Partnerships

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J.M.W Turner, Margate (?) from the sea, about 1835-40 11 years ago on a very cold winters morning I was poised with a dripping wet floor mop, recreating a painting by J.M.W Turner. My audience were a group of five cleaners from the Museum I worked at. The workshop wasn’t really going to plan. I […]

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A Thanksgiving Thanks!

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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! […]

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How to paint, sleep (and nearly die) like Cézanne

by Will Kemp painting
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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 […]

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A Thanksgiving Thanks!

by Will Kemp painting
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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ve been reflecting on all the positivity and creativity that has come through the Art School blog. So I’d like to thank you all for your support & encouragement this year. The most rewarding thing for me is seeing students progress in their drawing and painting where they’d previously been struggling. […]

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8 tips to help you make a killer Bespoke Canvas

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Off the peg or bespoke? The dilemmas of a modern man. Choosing a canvas is much like deciding between Savile Row, the high street or knitting your own! With Bespoke you get: Neat edges on the back, staple free sides, a choice of fabric, a choice of finish (unprimed, sized, oil-primed) an exact choice of […]

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How to choose Watercolour Paper

by Will Kemp painting
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“First of all respect your paper!” J.M.W.Turner Ever walked into an art shop and felt daunted by the sheer volume of paper choices with confusing names, got flustered and just walk out?! You are not alone! Choosing the correct watercolour paper doesn’t have to be as complicated as Manufacturers seem to make it…

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