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)

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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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

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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

by Will Kemp oil painting
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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

by Will Kemp oil painting
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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)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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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New Absolute Beginners Drawing Class

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Sketch by Will Kemp, whilst eating gelato in Rome Step-by-step Online drawing instruction course I’m developing a New Absolute Beginners Drawing Class to help aspiring artists to fulfill their creative potential. If you’re here from Lateral Action – 7 ways learning to draw can improve your productivity then hello! The reason I’m creating this easy […]

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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

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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)

by Will Kemp acrylic painting
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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?

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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