How to Paint a Plein Air Sketch of a Lemon Tree with Acrylics (Video Tutorial)

by Will Kemp

in acrylic painting, painting

 

Morning class, this week I’ve been in Mallorca soaking up the scenery and enjoying painting outside. I found this secluded tree within a lemon grove that I thought would work well as a little Plein air sketch with acrylics.

You can download a reference image below to follow along with the lesson.

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 download a larger version of the image here.

lemon-grove-sketch

Whenever I’m sketching outside, I’m always looking for contrast and shapes that will translate well into a drawing as well as a painting…

With my first sketch, I wanted to incorporate the whole of the lemon tree but the sketch brought up a number of issues within the scene. There wasn’t nearly enough tonal contrast or space around the tree and the lemons weren’t prominent enough in the sketch as they had initially appeared, so I moved position, searching for an alternative close up view.

lemon-tree-pen-ink-sketch

A closer view of the same tree but the mass of leaves meant there wasn’t enough separation between the background and main subject for the style of painting I was going for. I wanted a more contemporary composition.

For the drawings in my sketchbook above I used:

travel-urban-sketching-materials

  • Muji 0.5mm pen
  • Pentel Brush Pen
  • Lamy Fountain pen with Lamy water soluble Ink
  • Pentel Aquash water brush Pen

A Plein Air Sketch of a Lemon Tree with Acrylics

lemon-tree-painting-tutorial

I finally settled on this lemon tree as it had some lovely negative spaces in-between the branches and a great muted grey wall behind, that added a nice colour balance to all the ranges of greens in the tree.

Here’s a close up of the trunk, notice the lovely green hues on the edge of the branch and the warm stone colour on the bottom right of the wall. This helps to give a good indication of the colour ground that would work well for the study.

Drawing Out

The canvas board I used (7 x 5 inch) had been pre-prepared with a colour ground of Yellow Ochre Acrylic paint. For the sketch, I used a Burnt Umber watercolour marker, as it’s water-soluble it allows me to blend sections using just a water brush pen to softly indicate the shadows.

watercolor-marker-pen

  • Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker in Burnt Umber
  • Pentel Aquash Waterbrush Pen
  • Canvas Board, pre-primed with a coloured ground of Yellow Ochre

Acrylic Pochade Box Setup

Here I’m setting up a plastic craft box that can be used with acrylic paints when working in a hotter climate. I’ve cut small sections of a stay-wet palette to fit into the slots on the top row, and this will keep the mixes wetter for longer. I soak the absorbent paper underneath with water, then lay a greaseproof paper on top, which the paints sit upon.

I’m sat in the shade with the box on my knee, drawn out and ready to start painting.

Colour Palette

I’ve also cut a grey tear-off palette to size and taped it onto a piece of card so it fits snugly on the bottom shelf of the box. This acts as a sturdy mixing palette when sketching but can store neatly within the box when travelling.

The colours for the painting are:

  • Titanium White Heavy Body (Golden Acrylics Paints)
  • Titanium White Galeria (Winsor & Newton)
  • Azo Yellow Medium (Winsor Newton)
  • Phthalo Green (Blue Shade) (Winsor Newton)
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson (Winsor Newton)
  • Burnt Umber (Golden Acrylics Paints)
  • Ultramarine Blue (Golden Acrylics Paints)

I use two whites, a student grade Galeria White from Winsor & Newton and an artist-grade Titanium White from Golden paints. I predominantly used the Winsor and Newton white for this study as the consistency from the tube is a little more fluid.

Pro tip: You can read more about the differences between acrylic whites here

Brushes

I use three brushes throughout the painting:

  • Small Synthetic Round – Rosemary & Co, size 4, series 344
  • Small synthetic Flat – Rosemary & Co, size 10, series 302
  • Isabey Isacryl Filbert, size 6, series 6572

Shadow Pattern Block-in

The first colour I mix is a muted grey tone, using Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue. I’m not using any water to dilute the paint but dipping the brush into the acrylic glazing liquid.

I use a small size 4 Round brush from Rosemary & Co and concentrate on the shadow shape being cast by the leaves and branches of the lemon tree. I then paint in this pattern around the drawing of the dark tree trunk on the bottom left.

Once I’ve got some of the darker greys in I start to add a lighter, slighter warmer grey to increase the tonal range and interest within the background. I’m still only looking for the spaces between and around the tree.

Balancing the vivid green

I swapped to a larger size 6 filbert brush. This is from Isabey called an Isacryl brush. Using a dark mix of the Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue I block in the tree trunk. Adding a little light gives a variation to indicate the direction of the light fall.

Using a small flat synthetic brush  I begin to block in a base using Azo Yellow Medium. This colour isn’t as opaque a Cadmium Yellow but is a non-toxic version. You might notice some areas where the watercolour marker blends into the wet paint, giving a muted orange hue to the undertone.

I take a tiny touch of the Phthalo Green (blue shade) and mix with the yellow to get this vivid sap green. I then start to apply this colour to the top section of the painting and begin to vary the intensity and variety by altering the colour using yellow and white. Adding white will cool the yellow but allow us a greater tonal range.

Bringing the lemon forward

Now the block-in has dried, I start to judge my tones again.

At this stage, the light has also changed so there isn’t as much of the patterned contrast on the wall, but I’m trying to keep that colour effect in my mind’s eye until the cloud cover passes.

lemon-tree-painting

Just using the fine edge of the square brush I indicate the pattern of the branches.

acrylic-plein-air-background-blue

I now mix a cooler blue to balance with the sap green for the top section of the painting. Now the sun has briefly come back into the scene, I try to get down the shadow pattern on the wall.

plein-air-with-acrylic

Here with the Yellow and Burnt Umber, I can mix darker, duller tones that can act as the shadow side of the lemon. When I look again at the tree, it feels as if my lemons are camouflaged too much next to the rest of the tree leaves – so I start to paint in some more refinement around them with a darker green to try and pull them forward

impasto-yellow-with-acrylics

By painting in some darker green around the foliage at the top of the painting and then breaking that up with some of the muted blue colours, there are fewer colours to fight with the lemon.

As I continue to simplify the background I also accentuate the lemon by adding some thicker impasto onto the sides in the light. This impasto area is only on the lemons so it makes them stand out more from the background.

Here is the finished Plein air acrylic sketch, the total painting time was about 30 minutes with a 15-minute sketch.

This is Tom, a little friend who joined me by the trees.

{ 120 comments… read them below or add one }

Dianne Laroche June 14, 2017

Thank you for the detail step by step. Easy to follow. Dianne Laroche

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

My pleasure Dianne, hope your lemon study turns out well.
Will

Reply

Piper Lehman June 14, 2017

Oh, I love this. Thanks for the tutorial. I love lemons. They remind me of Sorrento. Gotta try this little painting in oils. Thanks again. Love getting your emails.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Good one Piper, really pleased you enjoyed it.
Will

Reply

Jelly June 14, 2017

This is exactly what I have been looking for and today it pops up in my email!!. Did you transfer your tube paints into these mallet containers!?

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Hi Jelly, yes, that’s right, just top them up from larger tube paints.
Will

Reply

Zeynab Mohammadi June 14, 2017

I love it

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

cool

Reply

Dawn Mortiboy June 14, 2017

Brilliant, I’m definitely doing this at the weekend – perfect sunny outside practice. Thanks Will

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Really hope you enjoy it Dawn.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

andy Anand June 14, 2017

Thank you Will, What a big surprise I have been looking for an inspiration for a plein air painting This couldn’t have come at a better time, have just brought a Guerilla Box with umbrella and attached chair with wheels no more lifting My work is cut out for the summer, Thanks ever so much. Regards Andy

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Good timing Andy, really hope you enjoy it.
Will

Reply

Sherrie June 14, 2017

Great demo Will! Really wish you would do more of these plein air demo’s for us. We learn so much more by watching, rather than reading. I really picked up a great tip about bringing the lemons out with the darker color around and the impasto. The shadow behind really makes this little painting so much more interesting to the viewer!
Thanks!

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Thanks Sherrie, really pleased you found it informative for your learning style.
Will

Reply

Maureen Glynn June 14, 2017

Thank you Will for a delightful tutorial.
I am impressed with the ingenious set-up of your palette in the box for acrylic paints with a support for your prepared board. That looks ideal for plein air painting. I shall certainly try it sometime.
The lemon grove is such a lovely subject. I like the way you paint tonally and build up the tree and lemon shapes and form.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

My pleasure Maureen, hope you enjoy painting the lemons.
Will

Reply

UbaidSyed June 14, 2017

Thanks dear for sharing the video.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Glad you enjoyed it Ubaid.
Will

Reply

Abel June 14, 2017

Hola
Me gusto mucho el tutorial del limonero, te felicito, por esta labor que enseñas a los demás, a mi me gusta la pintura y siempre que tengo un tiempo lo hago, gracias por compartir, recibe un saludo desde Venezuela

Hello
I really liked the lemon tutorial, I congratulate you, for this work you teach others, I like painting and whenever I have some time I do it, thanks for sharing, greetings from Venezuela

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Muchas gracias Abel, espero que disfruten pintando la escena.

Thanks very much Abel, hope you enjoy painting the scene.

Reply

Frances June 14, 2017

Will, I really enjoyed this one and I think I will have to have a go at it, thanks so much for sharing, I learn so much from you. Many thanks, Frances.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Thanks very much Frances, really pleased you enjoyed it.
Will

Reply

Jill June 14, 2017

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed watching that extremely succinct, informative and attractive video resulting in that lovely painting. But I am puzzled as to how the brushes in your left hand kept so clean? I always keep the bristles of mine in water when temporarily not in use ; then wipe before using again. Is this yet another thing I have been doing wrong?

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Hi Jill, there was a couple of times during the painting that I cleaned out the brushes in water.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Helle June 14, 2017

Thank you for this Will! Looking forward to giving it a go.

Best regards,
Helle

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Hope it goes well Helle.
Will

Reply

Amal Naguib June 14, 2017

Very well explained .thank you

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Pleased you found it easy to follow Amal.
Will

Reply

doug June 14, 2017

Will, I continue to be very impressed by the generosity of your web site. I realize that to some extent it is marketing to sell your paid content, but you do not have to do it, and I am amazed and grateful at the high quality of the stuff you offer for free. The paid tutorials are great as well.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Cheers Doug, yes, lots of schools follow along with the free tutorials so want them to be useful for all students, really glad you’re enjoying the courses. Check out these year 10 jugs paintings!
Will

Reply

beth gower June 14, 2017

I really enjoyed the lemon tree tutorial. I always learn something! Thank you!

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Thanks Beth, hope your painting goes well.
Will

Reply

Cheryl Hughes June 15, 2017

Thank you so much Will – love your easy to follow instructions and will give this a try. Kind regards, Cheryl.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Cheers Cheryl, great stuff, pleased you found the steps easy to follow.
Will

Reply

Samia Karam June 15, 2017

Wow, lemon tree painting Will

Reply

Yvonne Rozario June 15, 2017

Thanks Will!

As always – a pleasure to watch your development to the final painting.

You are very generous with your talent and absolutely encouraging.

Thanks much (from the other side of the pond)

Cheers,

Yvonne Rozario

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

My pleasure Yvonne, glad you enjoyed watching the painting develop.
Will

Reply

Delores Haugland June 15, 2017

Hi Will,

So much enjoyed that…followed your every stroke to “finish”…I liked the idea of using a watercolor under sketch, and liked the way you set up the negative space, and so many other facets of this demonstration. No lemon trees in Edmonds, WA but there is a plant outside called Jerusalem sticky sage which looks like vertical pom poms in yellow….I might try it using your pallette! This was a much-needed inspiration! Love the cat..I think he needs a snack.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Thanks Delores, and so pleased you’ve been inspired to adapt the techniques to your own inspirations around you, hope the Jerusalem sticky sage goes well! The colours are very similar.
Will

Reply

Liz June 15, 2017

Aloha, Will! I loved this demo! I plan to do this painting! I enjoyed the Venetian paintings very much and painted both of them! When will you go to Paris and prepare another tutorial for us? ~Liz

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Ha, ha, Vanessa loves Paris! really pleased you’ve been enjoying the Venice course, Liz.
Will

Reply

parul mody June 15, 2017

Lovely painting ….very well explained…you are a good teacher…thanks for sharing

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Thanks very much Parul.
Will

Reply

Ann Crighton June 15, 2017

Many thanks Will. I have lemon trees in my garden in Cyprus and I have painted them many times but this turorial is exactly what I have been trying to achieve. I’ll try the technique on the clementine tree too. Thanks Ann

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

How lovely Ann, hope you can use the methods to capture them, clementine trees are fab to paint as well.
Will

Reply

Bissa June 15, 2017

Loved it. Thank you for sharing

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Thanks Bissa

Reply

Clare June 15, 2017

Thank you for that. Nice little tutorial.

If life gives you lemons, paint them

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Cheers Clare!

Reply

Tricia June 15, 2017

I so enjoyed the lemon tree painting. Made me realise how important building up the layers is. I could almost smell the lemons them by the end of the demo. Definitely want to give this one a go. Thankyou.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Thanks Tricia, really pleased you felt transported to the lemon grove, good luck with your painting.
Will

Reply

Julie Howe June 15, 2017

Thank you Will it was a joy to find in my email box this morning……

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

My pleasure Julie.

Reply

Bob June 15, 2017

Hi Will,
thanks for sharing this post.
Must be great to be there and painting. Tough life but someone has to do it : )
Nice cat and sandals : )

All the best,
Bob

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Cheers Bob, yes a real privilege to paint there, hope you’re well.
Will

Reply

Alastair June 15, 2017

Hello Will,

Lovely little study, including the custom palette/box you’ve made. Also a careful balancing act! Camera hanging round your neck? Luckily you’re not a heavy breather :-)

Cheers, Alastair

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Ha, ha, you’ve got it Alastair, in was very Zen in brush movements!

Reply

Patsy June 15, 2017

Thank you so much Will. Once again a little masterpiece.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

You’re very kind Patsy, pleased you enjoyed it.
Will

Reply

sophia michael June 15, 2017

Τhank you Will for sharing this great video. I will try it God bless you.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Hope it turns out well for you Sophia.
Will

Reply

Cath June 15, 2017

Fabulous Will. I go to north of Majorca twice a year cycling, this year I took a sketchbook ! The smell of the oranges and lemons is glorious isn’t it, whereabouts on island were you ?

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Thanks Cath, we were near Calvia.
Will

Reply

Jenny Santer June 15, 2017

Thank you Will for sharing a lovely tutorial once again. I have been hoping something would inspire me to pick up a paintbrush again, and this has done the trick.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

My pleasure Jenny, so pleased you enjoyed it and are feeling inspired with your paintings.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Emília June 15, 2017

Thank you Will Kemp.
Your canvas (?) are my incentive.

Sorry my poor english

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Thanks Emilia, much appreciated.
Will

Reply

Rob June 15, 2017

Thanks, Will
How do you find working plein air with acrylics?

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Hi Rob, they can work great, especially for quick transportation of paintings.
Will

Reply

Namrata June 15, 2017

Wonderful landscape and lovely art work Will! Always fascinated by your videos and paintings.

Reply

Will Kemp June 15, 2017

Thanks Namrata, glad you liked the lesson.
Will

Reply

Maria June 15, 2017

Thank you for yet another wonderful lesson! I love seeing the “fruits” of your labor, LOL :-)
Seriously though I really enjoyed the video and the step-out lesson. Not many people still do the step-out if they make a video and I just want to say thank you for your time and effort. I like to print the step-out and keep it in a binder for reference when I really like a painting lesson, so Thank you! You are always enjoyable to watch and listen to.
TFS! Big Hugs!!
Reeah.

Reply

Will Kemp June 18, 2017

Hi Maria, nice to hear from you, really pleased you found the steps and the video enjoyable, hope your paintings are going well.
Will

Reply

Joe Pellerin June 15, 2017

Hi Will,

I really enjoy this lesson in plein air and how you showed the progression in finding the proper composition. Your painting lessons have made me a better artist.

Thanks again Will
Joe

Reply

Will Kemp June 18, 2017

That’s brilliant to hear Joe, really pleased you’ve been seeing progress in your own paintings.
Will

Reply

Janie Chase June 16, 2017

Thanks Will for the lovely step-by-step. Very helpful and your results are always so inspiring! I’m going to try this for my next painting. Love the impasto on the lemons!

Reply

Will Kemp June 18, 2017

Thanks Janie, hope your lemon painting goes well, yes those little impasto touches can really help to tweak the focus in your paintings.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Ed de la Cruz June 16, 2017

Hi, Will. Really appreciate your generosity in sharing your knowledge. Thank you.
-Ed

Reply

Will Kemp June 18, 2017

My pleasure Ed, hope you’re well.
Will

Reply

Martha P Lamkin June 16, 2017

Thank you, Will! This was a lovely “Mini-Vacation” for me this evening! Next to painting myself, I love to watch another good artist creating! It was a delightful little painting and one I can really enjoy doing myself in a short time. Your commentary is so pleasant and helpful! Thank you again.

Reply

Will Kemp June 18, 2017

Glad you’re feeling inspired Martha, thanks for your kind comments
Will

Reply

Linda Wilson June 16, 2017

Hi Will,
I enjoyed watching this step by step paintining demo, I felt I lifted each brush and mixed the paint. Regards, Linda.

Reply

Will Kemp June 18, 2017

Hi Linda, well that’s fantastic to hear, pleased you felt part of the lemon grove.
Will

Reply

Yulia June 16, 2017

Thanks, Will, for your tutorials. I have enjoined them so much and have been happy with the results. Great explanations!
I was wondering do u paint nudes? and do u plan to do the tutorial how to paint human body with acrylics?
another question, do u organise painting workshops?

Reply

Will Kemp June 18, 2017

Hi Yulia, I don’t currently run any live classes, but you might be interested in the how to paint skin tones with acrylics course that looks into developing a realistic skin tone palette using acrylics.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Philippa Granwal June 16, 2017

Thank you so much. Brilliant quality and utterly inspirational. I really appreciate the careful, methodical way you teach. So grateful!

Reply

Will Kemp June 18, 2017

My pleasure Philippa, so glad you enjoyed the painting process.
Will

Reply

Stefan June 16, 2017

Hi Will, really great tutorial about Plein-air painting. Did you use the more transparent Azo yellow to avoid the Cadmiums or for technical reasons. And what do you think about the Bismuth Vanadate yellow to use as a substitute, which has more opacity than the Azos?
Really enjoyed watching your new vid. Thanks for all the handy tips and detailed informations.
Cheers Stefan

Reply

Will Kemp June 19, 2017

Hi Stefan, pleased you enjoyed the tutorial. The main reason I used azo yellow for that painting was it was the only yellow I happened to travel with on the trip. Bismuth Vanadate Yellow would also work well.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Marta Santa Ana June 16, 2017

Fantastic painting, as always…Thank you for sharing. And I have a suggestion for your next vacation: Madeira Island. You will be fascinated with the different greens of luxuriant foliages, the blues of sky and sea and the browns of the grounds.
Cheers
Marta

Reply

Will Kemp June 19, 2017

Cheers Marta, sounds like some fantastic colours and scenery, really pleased you enjoyed the lesson.
Will

Reply

Vivienne June 17, 2017

I have a lemon tree in my garden. Unfortunately possums have eaten the lemons. I will use this tutorial when i get some more on the tree..

Reply

Will Kemp June 19, 2017

Good one Vivienne, hope you find it helpful when you’ve got some fresh supplies!

Reply

Tamara Torres June 18, 2017

Thanks a lot Will. As always….WONDERFUL!

Reply

Will Kemp June 19, 2017

Thanks very much Tamara, pleased you enjoyed it.
Will

Reply

Elizabeth Tucker June 19, 2017

Thanks so much for this great demo. I especially liked the rejected possible painting subject sketches and the reason you felt they wouldn’t do. These preliminary sketches are so important and yet we often fail to do them and then end up with a painting that doesn’t match our original enthusiasm. Your showing the sketches and why they were not going to work in a painting really drove the point home in such a great way! Thank you!!! And thank you for your generous videos and instruction. I so appreciate them!

Reply

Will Kemp June 19, 2017

My pleasure Elizabeth, really pleased you found the steps of what didn’t work helpful in seeing how the painting developed.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

laurel June 22, 2017

Thank you Will.
Breaking the process down into steps with your commentary is so helpful and well done.
And you are providing this for free!! Most enjoyable.

laurel

Reply

Will Kemp June 24, 2017

My pleasure Laurel, really pleased you enjoyed seeing the painting develop.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Marie June 23, 2017

Thank you for all you share with us! I can’t wait to try this!

Reply

Will Kemp June 24, 2017

Hope you enjoy it Marie.
Will

Reply

Ana Alfaiate June 24, 2017

Thank you for the tutorial, I will apply your teachings, in a few weeks, to paint part of a lemon tree I have in my garden in Portugal.
Thank you, too, for all the work you put in your lessons in order to teach us how to paint and be better artists which, in my case, is very important because I’m not a professional one.
Best wishes for you from beautiful Kenya!

Reply

Will Kemp June 30, 2017

Thanks very much Ana, so pleased you enjoyed it, good luck with painting the lemon tree in your garden.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Bobbi June 25, 2017

Loved the tutorial – excellent as always. My concern with this is that your sketch and painting obscured the object you were painting. A different camera angle perhaps?
Love your work…
Bobbi

Reply

Will Kemp June 30, 2017

Pleased you enjoyed the tutorial Bobbi, you can print out the reference image provided to view the subject I’m looking at throughout the lesson.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Promila kaul June 26, 2017

Thanks for sharing your work. Really enjoyed listening to each step you explained.

Reply

Will Kemp June 30, 2017

Thanks very much Promila.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Deb June 26, 2017

Have you had any trouble going through airport security with your art supplies, especially the paints? I usually fly with only a carry on backpack. I would love to paint on my trips but worry about getting through security.

Reply

Will Kemp June 30, 2017

Hi Deb, acrylic paints are fine to fly with, there are some art materials that are not allowed as the flash point is too low for hand luggage.

A ‘flash point’ is a temperature at which a product will flame (a higher flashpoint is safer). Any product or material with a flash point below 61° Celsius (140° Fahrenheit) is classified as dangerous goods and these products cannot be included in either checked or hand baggage during airline travel.

Here are a lst of Material Safety Data Sheets from Winsor & Newton you can print out to include with any materials.

Here is a list if materials from Winsor & Newton that are safe for hand luggage air travel:

The following products are not classified in accordance with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations; therefore they fall outside the scope of the regulations and are considered safe for transport by air:

Artists’ Oil Colour (all colours)
Oilbar (all colours)
Winton Oil Colour (all colours)
Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour (all colours)
Artisan Water Mixable Mediums (all mediums)
Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
Refined Linseed Oil
Drying Linseed Oil
Thickened Linseed Oil

Drying Poppy Oil
Safflower Oil
Artguard Barrier Cream
Brush Cleaner
Professional Water Colour Pans (all colours)
Professional Water Colour Tubes (all colours)
Cotman Water Colour Pans (all colours)
Cotman Water Colour Tubes (all colours)
Aquapasto
Art Masking Fluid
Water Colour Mediums (all)
Professional Acrylic Colours (all colours)
Galeria Acrylic Colours (all colours)
Acrylic Mediums & Varnishes
Galeria Mediums & Varnishes
Designers Gouache (all colours)
Drawing Inks (all colours)
Calligraphy Inks (all colours)

Hope this helps,

Will

Reply

Steve Carmean July 19, 2017

Thank you so much for this and all of the other lessons you post. I’m a beginning painter and have taken a couple of classes locally, but I am learning a lot from you as well. Really a great help!

Reply

Will Kemp July 19, 2017

So pleased you’ve been finding them helpful Steve.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Joanna Segal August 7, 2017

Hola Will,
I live in Mallorca and have a finca full of lemon treets, figs, oranges, bourganvilla etc. etc.What I find intersting is that you can distill all the images that one sees into one lemon branch. I know I always tend to make the mistake of complicating my plein air paintings!
I really enjoy all the information in your articles and following them up on internet.
I have just read about Ralph Heimans and that he uses old master glazing techniques. I have looked at your portait glazing article but would love some information about oil glazing for still lifes and landscapes. Would this be posible?
Joanna

Reply

Will Kemp August 10, 2017

Hi Joanna, nice to hear from you, and pleased you enjoyed the tutorial. For glazing of still lifes, it’s often a case of assessing the underlying colour of the object and then adding a glow to that by painting a thin glaze over the surface.
Will

Reply

Joanna Segal August 15, 2017

Hola Will,
Thank you so much for replying.
I have just finished your still life of the cup and saucer and now realize how much I need to practise all your advise. I shall now tackle the lemon branch!
Joanna

Reply

Will Kemp August 15, 2017

My pleasure Joanna, glad you enjoyed the cup and saucer lesson. Good luck with the lemon branch.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Trish Beere August 22, 2017

Thanks Will
So enjoyed this will give it a go cheers

Reply

Peter September 1, 2017

Great demo, Will! Lovely fresh colours! I particularly was interested in how you handled doing the foliage, which is something I really struggle with: when the tree is too close to do leaf masses, but too far just to do a study of one or two leaves… you just sort of indicated the presence of the leaves without going into unnecessary detail. I find that balance quite hard to achieve and it makes drawing/painting trees quite intimidating!
So, really happy to see this tutorial, and pls do some more on this subject!

Reply

Will Kemp September 1, 2017

So glad you enjoyed it Peter, yes, it’s a balance between the shapes and the illusion of the leaves. Often, if you have one area with more details the viewer’s mind creates the rest of the scene.
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Judy GArden September 7, 2017

I’m about to embark on my first PleinAir festival in Bermuda, and a friend mentioned your name and website as having great tutorials and information. Here I am and what I learned in the first 30 seconds was amazing. Just isolating that one branch put the whole ‘painting the great outdoors’ into a manageable idea. Thanks for that. It sounds so simple and yet I couldn’t see the trees for the forest, so to speak. I’m looking forward to spending some time with your lessons.
Regards,

Judy

Reply

Will Kemp September 8, 2017

That’s great to hear Judy, so pleased you’ve been finding the lessons helpful. Have a fantastic time in Bermuda!
Cheers,
Will

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: