Acrylic Palette Knife Painting Techniques – Free Video Course Part 2

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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

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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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New! Acrylic ‘Simple Colour Mixing’ Course

by Will Kemp colour theory
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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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Glossary for Oil Painting terms – The essential guide for beginners

by Will Kemp oil painting
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I was standing at the front of a queue in a packed art shop in London. There were 15+ people crammed in behind me and I felt more embarrassed than I could remember. I had been a researching new art materials and product releases, I’d spotted something new out and I was convinced the store […]

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A Thanksgiving Thanks!

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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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How do you approach lighting a portrait painting?

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This week I’ve been featured in the U.K’s best selling artist magazine, ‘Artist & Illustrators‘. The article was on understanding ‘How light sources can add impact to your portraits’. It looked at three professional portrait painters and how they approach portrait lighting set ups of their subjects. Below is the conversation I had with Martha Alexander […]

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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?

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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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Are you unwittingly creating a compositional cardinal sin?

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Ever looked at  your drawing composition and something feels wrong? You just can’t put your finger on it, 90% of the piece looks great but somethings not quite right. You could have fallen prey to an easy slip up, you might have drawn a ‘tangent’ by mistake. A few simple changes can transform your drawings […]

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

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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)

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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)

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

by Will Kemp colour theory
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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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The 3 key secrets of portrait painting success

by Will Kemp oil painting
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The Art of Painting (detail),  Johannes Vermeer, 1666 You might think you need more time, or the perfect paint brand or a new brush. When the weekend comes and you’ve finally managed to find some ‘you’ time, the blank canvas stares back at you and the finished portrait, you so desperately wanted to achieve, seems a world […]

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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

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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)

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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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How to paint a Portrait in Oils – Time-lapse video

by Will Kemp oil painting
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How to paint a black & white portrait in Oils This is a time-lapse video of a classical approach to a black & white grisaille portrait painting. It accompanies a free series of 5 step by step, portrait tutorials. Click here to read How to paint a portrait in Oil : Part 1 A full, […]

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The 3 reasons why you can’t draw, (and what to do about it)

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Sometimes you just can’t figure it out. It seems no matter how hard you try, how intensely you look at a subject, your drawings look wrong. You’ve read how to draw books, maybe gone to a few art classes but the art of drawing still seems to elude you. And you begin to question yourself […]

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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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How to Paint a Portrait in Oil – Part 5

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How to paint a portrait series. This is part 5 of a 5 part series of tutorials for beginners making the transition from drawing to oil painting. We look at how importance value and tone are in creating a realistic black and white portrait using classical oil painting techniques. Here is a quick review of what we have […]

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How to Paint a Portrait in Oil – Part 4

by Will Kemp oil painting
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How to paint a portrait series. This is part 4 of a 5 part series of tutorials for beginners making the transition from drawing to oil painting. We look at how importance value and tone are in creating a realistic black and white portrait using classical oil painting techniques. Here is a quick review of what we have […]

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How to Paint a Portrait in Oil – Part 3

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“When you come back to your painting you’ll notice how the oil has become translucent overnight and won’t have the same coverage that you first thought.” How to paint a portrait series. This is part 3 of a 5 part series of tutorials for beginners making the transition from drawing to oil painting. Here is a quick review […]

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How to Paint a Portrait in Oil – Part 2

by Will Kemp oil painting
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How to paint a black & white portrait in Oils a Step by Step approach In this series of 5 posts, I am going to look at the process of how to tackle painting a black & white portrait using oil paints. So when you come back to your painting the next day, it’s a good […]

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How to Paint a Portrait in Oil – Part 1

by Will Kemp oil painting
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How to paint a black & white portrait in Oils Have you been practising your portrait drawing for years yet making the jump to oil portrait painting always seems to end in an underwhelming finish? Or do you walk around portrait galleries in awe with the question, ‘How do they do that?’ Maybe you’re frustrated […]

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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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