New @willkempartschool collection – Turner Adventures in Colour Exhibition

by Will Kemp

in oil painting, painting

Growing up in Kent, a trip to Margate beach brings back memories of avoiding jellyfish, penny slot machines and overdosing on ice-cream.

As kids, we thought it was a pretty good beach.

Mainly because it meant the freedom of the Summer holidays but also because of the huge expanse of sand we could run about on.

Turner thought it was a pretty good place too, becoming a regular visitor throughout his lifetime.

For him, it was the unique quality of light in East Kent, with impressive skies and turbulent sea that inspired his works.

You can read more about Turner’s life in this article: On Tate, Turner & Unlikely Partnerships.

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The Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate, Kent. I liked the comparison in scale and architecture between the sharp lines of the Turner contemporary and the rambling line over the townhouse in the lower right corner.

In 2011, Turner Contemporary gallery opened to celebrate Turner’s association with Margate and on my recent visit home I was lucky enough to catch ‘Turner Adventures in Colour Exhibition’. With more than 100 works in both oil and watercolour, it demonstrates Turner’s distinctive use of vibrant, bold and brilliant use of colour.

The exhibition includes views of Margate as well as his trips to Florence, Venice and his many travels abroad. There are also some of his art materials on display, along with his well-used travel watercolour palette and paint pans.

Sketching from inside the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate, Kent.

Pro tip: When I was looking around the exhibition, one of the gallery technicians was taking Lux meter readings around the paintings. Always interested in a Lux reading, I enquired what the painting levels were set at. It was amazingly low for the palettes and art material on display – around 30-50 Lux and no more than 200 Lux for the oil paintings.

On Turner’s many return trips to Margate, he stayed in a guesthouse overlooking the beach.

The Turner Contemporary Gallery is built on the very site of Mrs Booth’s guesthouse where Turner stayed on his visits during the 19th century, so the views from the first-floor window are the same views that he would have seen – giving us a frame to the skies Turner would have been inspired by.

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J.M.W Turner, Waves Breaking on a Shore, Oil on Canvas, c.1835

With some of the smaller pieces, you can get a good insight into Turner’s working method. He often had a balance of thin and thick passages of colour.

On one of the exhibition information sheets, it said that some of the exhibited pieces were unintentionally flattened during the 19th Century conservation treatment. This study had the full texture intact and noted that Turner mixed in a ‘Meglip’ with his oil paint to give the paint a greater body.

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J.M.W Turner, Waves Breaking on a Shore (Detail), Oil on Canvas, c.1835

Meglip is traditionally a Resin and Linseed Oil medium but you can buy modern equivalents that use a quick drying Alkyd Resin. This enables you to add thicker texture to your oil paints without a super long drying time.

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Sketching the sky from the sea wall.

Even on windy days, the skies over Margate seem to hang in the air. The cloud formations and shifts in colour are very subtle (especially on overcast days!) and they have that beautiful watercolour quality.

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Heading home from Margate, I couldn’t resist pulling over and taking this amazing sunset over East Kent

“…the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe” – J.M.W Turner

Inspired by the exhibition, I captured this Sunset over Biddulph Moor, with these really beautiful blue hues.

It’s always best to try and vary the shapes of the clouds in your paintings, to draw the viewer through your works, but this sky over my studio felt so orderly I had to capture it.

The exhibition runs until 8th Jan 2017.

 

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Mary L Tabor December 17, 2016

Absolutely a gift, as you are, Will.

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Cheers Mary, you’re too kind! hope you have a lovely Christmas.
Will

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Linda Wilson December 17, 2016

I share Dottie’s reply, she wrote all I would have written,thank you for sharing your experiences.
Have a lovely Christmas yourself and a exciting and creative 2017.

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Thanks Linda, hope you’re keeping well, wishing you a fab Christmas.
Will

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Sandra Broadhead December 21, 2016

Will,
Thanks for taking me in your wonderful trip.
Beautiful pics, clouds (amazing) and wonderful paintings.
I wish a Lovely Christmas to you and your family!
God bless you all !

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Will Kemp December 21, 2016

You’re more than welcome Sandra, really pleased you enjoyed it, have a lovely Christmas.
Cheers,
Will

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Ghodsieh December 22, 2016

Thank you that you share your experieces with us, and you take us to your
colourful world. Have a year with success and ful of wonders

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Will Kemp December 23, 2016

Thanks for your kind wishes Ghodsieh, have a wonderful time with your family over Christmas.
Will

Dottie Dracos December 17, 2016

Thank you so much for sharing your visit to Turner’s temporary residence. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and looking at the beautiful skies you photographed, too! In my home, we call sky scenes as shown in your last photo “bad painting” skies. Totally unsuitable for a painting as they are but beautiful all the same!!

Hope you have a happy holiday season,

Dottie Dracos

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

My pleasure Dottie, pleased you enjoyed it.
Will

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Jim Neuner December 17, 2016

Thanks for sharing that Will. Lovely pictures as well.

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Cheers Jim, hope you’re well.
Will

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Candice in Georgetown December 17, 2016

My husband grew up in the Deal area of Kent and I know the Kent coast well from visiting relatives. The Margate beach is spectacular, but the town itself is so needy. We were last there in 2014. The high street has such potential, but the shops were either empty or pound saver-types. With the historical importance and the beauty you would think Kent would pump some money into revitalization. Anyway, weren’t you just overwhelmed by the sand and sea and sky?

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Hi Candice, pleased you’ve had a chance to experience the sea views, have a great Christmas.
Will

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Bill Handler December 17, 2016

Will,
Thanks for sharing your JMW Turner experience. I am new to painting and was pleased to discover you on the internet and all the free instruction that you offer on youtube. I missed your recent sale over the Thanksgiving holiday but as soon as you offer a discount again I will sign up. Although I am new to painting I am not new to art as I have been an art gallery owner and collector of old etching and engravings for more then 25 years. In fact I have several JMW Turner volumes from the 1800’s and the work is incredible even in black and white. I am putting the Turner Contemporary Gallery on my bucket list for the next time I am in the UK. I am now working on my third painting which is the Jug that you have on line and it is very instructional to follow you step by step. My first two were landscapes that were from photos that I had taken previously. Thanks for all that you do for us budding artists.
Bill Handler

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Hi Bill, nice to hear from you and really pleased you’ve been enjoying working through the lessons, yes, it can be handy to study works in black in white you really get an idea of the importance of the tonal relationships.
Will

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Nicola Blakey December 17, 2016

A really nice shared story of your trip home. Thank you. These travels back are very important I believe.
My husband and ( as the Queen says) returned to the UK for two months this year, and were able to stay with friends is many beautiful places. Grasmere hit us both as we walked and discussed Wordsworth.
I painted my Xmas card from the Herdwick sheep this year.
All the best enjoy a break. Nicola Blakey BC Canada.

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Thanks Nicola, sounds like you had a great trip and so pleased you enjoyed the article.
Will

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Robin Timms December 17, 2016

Thank you for this . While I was aware of Turner staying here, I was not aware of this gallery now at this location. I shall have to put it on my travel list.

I studied Turner with a passion when I began to try and capture the skies of my prairie home …. He too spent many hours studying how to capture light …..

Cheers

Robin

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Hi Robin, I think the gallery was only opened in 2011 so a relative new addition.
Will

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Dorothy December 17, 2016

Thank you for sharing your experience of the Turner exhibition loving the sky and sea paintings.best wishes for Christmas Dorothy
Pestell

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Thanks Dorothy, best wishes to you and our family.
Will

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Shirley Lindberg December 17, 2016

I just saw a movie about the life of Mr. Turner (that was the name of the movie). He was quite the odd bird. His paintings are breathtaking. Thanks for this mini art show. It was lovely.

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

That was timely Shirley, you can see some photos around the filming location in Cornwall for the movie here.
Cheers,
Will

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CHERYL December 17, 2016

GORGEOUS! THE SKY IS EVER CHANGING AND ALWAYS AMAZING. THE COLORS JUST ASTOUND ME. U JUST WANT TO GAZE AT IT FOREVER. I ONCE FLEW OVER THE GRAND CANYON ON A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT WHEN THE PILOT TIPPED THE PLANE A LITTLE AND WAS ABLE TO VIEW THE PURPLES AND ORANGES, IT WAS TRULY BREATHTAKING. THANK U FOR SHARING WILL AND I HOPE U HAVE A “ARTFUL” MERRY CHRISMAS

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Thanks Cheryl, and to you.
Will

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julie December 17, 2016

I originate from Kent and Margate was a place of my childhood. Knowing the exhibition is on gives me every reason to go back and visit old friends and relatives too. Thank you

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

So pleased to hear it Julie, there is also a more contemporary show from the sky landscape artist of the year that has just opened which makes a nice comparison.

Enjoy catching up!
Will

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Mickey Meyer December 17, 2016

Thank you . I really needed that beauty today. So inspiring.

Merry Christmas.

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Pleased you’re feeling inspired Mickey, have a lovely Christmas
Will

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John Gibbons December 17, 2016

Thank you Wil for sharing your fantastic adventure and glad you were able to be apart of it. Really enjoyed it. Saw the movie Mr. Turner a couple of months ago. He was quite a character but quite an artist for sure .TY again and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family and friends .

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Cheers John, pleased you enjoyed the Movie and could relate to the skies! Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Will

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Hannah December 17, 2016

Lovely article and pictures! It’s always fascinating to learn more about the unique light and landscape that inspired artists. I’m really enjoying your website!

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Thanks Hannah, glad you enjoyed it.
Will

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Diana Yvonne Walter December 17, 2016

I love those sky scenes. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

My pleasure Diana.

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Lori Quarton December 17, 2016

Loved your article. Will have to look you up on youtube.

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Thanks Lori, there’s about 6 hours + of tutorials on the youtube channel depending on your interest, the cherry is a great starter. You can see some previous students success with the tutorial.
Cheers,
Will

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Anne McKenzie December 17, 2016

Merry Christmas and a very happy, prosperous and peaceful year in 2017 Will.

I shivered looking at the truly beautiful skies over Margate, and you all rugged up. And that from Sydney, Oz, where at the moment we are “enjoying” hot summer weather. Beaches filled with tanning bodies, and long stretches of white or golden sand and skies so blue it hurts the eye. Thanks for being you and all that you encompass, Will. I look forward so much to reading it all. Hope one day you come “down under” and find the time to paint our very different light.

Anne.

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Thanks very much for your festive wishes Anne, nothing like a good excuse for a cosy fire and a Whisky Mac in the pub!

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Isabel Patchett December 17, 2016

Hello Wills,
what a lovely surprise to open up my computer this morning at 5.45 a.m. and find your message about the Turner Exhibition and your visit there. It must have been a very interesting visit for you to be able to stand where Turner did his paintings from. The views of the skies you took are so beautiful in particular the sunset over Kent, the “orderly sky full of clouds” and the beautiful blues at Sunset over Biddulph Moor, . What a wild place the sea must be at times at Margate if Turners paintings are anything to go by. As a young girl of 6 I well remember when we first arrived here in Melbourne from Edinburgh the red and orange skies of the first summer in the late afternoon, I still see it in my minds eye it made such an impression on me, I do not think I had ever seen skies like them before, they were huge , like they were on fire, no blue at all and it was so hot. That and the buzzing of mosquitos flying around my head what a strange place it seemed to me then, as I get older the more vivid these scenes are in my mind. Strangely enough it is years since I have seen a sunset like those, our skies have certainly changed and I imagine due to our putting so much rubbish into our atmosphere.
Thanks for sharing this with us Will, I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Happy 2017. Isabel

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Thanks very much Isabel, yes skies really can put you back to a time and a place, so pleased it evoked good memories. Have a fantastic time over Christmas with your family.
Will

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Isaura Xavier December 17, 2016

Thanks for the wonderful photos. Have yourself a Merry Happy Christmas.

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Thanks very much Isaura, have a great time yourself.

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Noeleen Hartstein December 17, 2016

Hi Will
Wishing you happy holidays and a peaceful artsy New Year. Thank you so much for all your postings, great interesting emails and very useful educational information. I really appreciate all your efforts and energy in teaching the arts to people all over the world.
Cheers!
Best regards,
Noeleen

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Thanks Noeleen, glad you’ve been enjoying the lessons and hope you’ve been able to work the methods into your own studio practice. Have a great Christmas.

Will

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Vanessa December 17, 2016

Gosh, thank you Will. I don’t read your emails often enough, when I do though I kick myself for missing some. Thank you so much for being the generous teacher that you are and for all the invaluable information you share, because you care.

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Pleased you enjoyed the article Vanessa and thanks for your kind words.
Will

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Renee Carter December 17, 2016

Hello, Will,
Thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your visit. It is obvious that you love Turner’s work by how you speak of him. I have been busy traveling and catching sunsets in St. Croix, Phoenix, AZ, and the middle of Illinois! Funny how I go to see places and end up shooting sunrises and sunsets. I guess they will always be a thing of beauty to us mere mortals. Have a wonderful holiday season !
Blessings,
Renee

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Will Kemp December 17, 2016

Cheers Renee, sounds like a great selection of sunsets, so pleased you enjoyed the article. Have a great time with your family.
Will

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Jo Nicholson December 18, 2016

thanks for sharing the Turner exhibition and the place where he stayed I thoroughly enjoyed it
Have a wonderful Christmas

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Cheers Jo, have a great Christmas!

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Michael Geraghty December 18, 2016

Thanks for sharing Will.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

My pleasure Michael, thanks for your kind Christmas wishes.
Will

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Dale December 18, 2016

I love learning about artists from times gone by. Turner’s work is very subtle, unlike mine! I want to control everything. Anyway, thank you for sharing his story. I especially like your photo of the red sunset. Have a wonderful Christmas. I look forward to more of your stories in 2017.

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Thanks Dale, pleased you liked the colours of the sunset, it really was a cracking sky. Have a great Christmas.
Cheers,
Will

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Buchie December 18, 2016

Thank you Will!
You are a great teacher.
Happy Holidays!

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Thanks Buchie, kind of you to say so.
Will

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Sally Morris December 18, 2016

Greetings from Waldport Oregon, USA
Thank you so much for sharing your adventures. I especially enjoyed your beautiful sunset picture that looked very much like my sunrise today. I loved seeing the Turner paintings, the Tate is my favorite museum in the UK. I was able to spend almost one whole day there. Have a blessed Christmas holiday.
Sally Morris

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Thanks Sally, have a lovely festive season with your family.
Cheers,
Will

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Jenny December 18, 2016

Thank you for sharing the Turner exhibition and such an awe inspiring selection of photos. Painting has given me a new view of the world – so much more is visible when you look at it with an artists eye – we are truly blessed.
Hope you and your family have a joyful Christmas and New Year.
Cheers,
Jenny

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Thanks Jenny, and fantastic to hear that you’ve been viewing the world through a painter’s eyes, it really does make the simplest of scenes have a whole new sense of fascination. Have a great Christmas.
Cheers,
Will

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prakash thapa December 18, 2016

Thanks Will for sharing things anout Turner exhibition. It’s wonderfull indeed.
Wish you a very happy X- mas and new year 2017. We always love your arts and the way you teach.

Regards
Prakash Thapa
Pokhara Nepal

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

You’re more than welcome Prakash, pleased you’ve been finding the articles of interest. Have a lovely Christmas with your family.
Cheers,
Will

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Cath December 18, 2016

Hi Will,
For some reason it’s taken me years to really love Turner’s paintings, never been able to fathom why, I think it could be the subject matter and not seeing enough of the real paintings. Photographs just don’t do them justice. Love your blogs.
Happy Christmas
Cath

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Hi Cath, yes, some to the scale of his landscapes do make such a big difference to the experience of the works, have a great Christmas.
Will

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Penny December 18, 2016

Happy Christmas Will! It was lovely to hear about your visit to the Turner exhibition. I live in Broadstairs, just around the corner, and visited the Turner Contemporaryjust a few weeks ago. It was amazing to see so many of Turners paintings in one place!
Since moving here in the summer I have come to appreciate Turners comments about the skies here, they are beautiful.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts
Penny

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Hi Penny, glad you got a chance to explore the show, and you also have some great ice-cream parlours on your doorstep! have a lovely Christmas.
Will

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steve r welham December 18, 2016

will cheers for the turner exhibition info and sharing your experience with us
have good Christmas and a happy new year thanks for your email
kind regards steve

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Thanks Steve, wishing you well over the festive season, have a great time.
Cheers,
Will

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Bill McCormack December 18, 2016

Turner is my favourite artists of all time, his use of light and shadow is, to me anyhow, totally unsurpassed.

ps you must catch the Timothy Spool film of Turner, it’s great and you find out more about the guest house!

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Cheers Bill, pleased you enjoyed the photos and the film, you can see some more location shots here from the filming location in Cornwall
Will

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Barbara December 18, 2016

Thanks Will, I always enjoy your postings. We live in Boston MA but spend the summer in West Wales where the light, sea views and sunsets are spectacular. Painting there is very fulfilling and inspirational and, as a beginner, your postings have taught me so much. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Nadolig Llawen
Barbara

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

My pleasure Barbara, pleased you had an inspirational trip to Wales, there are some stunning coastlines. Have a lovely Christmas.
Will

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Valerie Davies December 18, 2016

Really enjoyed this and seeing some of Turner’s fantastic seascapes .
Have lately been looking at some of your free video tuition on acrylics as i am a complete beginner to the medium really . I have some inspiration now to have a go following your video ‘s . I love old houses and as we live in France there is an unlimited supply of subject matter to work from . Especially love the old villages .
Happy Christmas
Valerie .

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Good one Valerie, hope you enjoy working through the tutorials, have a great Christmas.
Will

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Gloria Parry December 18, 2016

I love Turner. I also love your photos- absolutely amazing- Thank You Will from Roanoke Va. and Merry Christmas

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Cheers Gloria, really pleased you enjoyed the photos, have a great Christmas!
Will

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Patrick Halloran December 18, 2016

Greetings , Wiil !
Thank you for sharing the Turner experience with us — really good images , and great photos taken by you , too .
Here in Ireland in our National Gallery we have a very good collection of Turner’s watercolours which are exhibited once a year during the month of January — so , hurry and come to Dublin next month !
Hope you and your family have a great Christmas and all good things in the New Year .
Regards . Patrick .

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Will Kemp December 18, 2016

Cheers for the kind wishes Patrick and good to know about the January display, have a great Christmas.

Will

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Betty McNamara December 18, 2016

Thank you Will for giving me the pleasure of seeing the sky/clouds in Kent. I have never been to Kent – sadly. I have seen amazing sunsets in a little island on the east coast of Canada, called Prince Edward Island. From the pictures I took and the painting I struggled to complete, I realize I do not have the skills to mix my paint and get it on the canvas. I have looked at the paintings you gave us to peruse and enjoy several times. Thank you very much for sharing these. We are having a unique day with a strange winter storm with lots of ice, then several hours of warmth, and now back to freezing temperatures. You might have guessed by now that I live in Canada, on the east coast.
May you have a happy and holy Christmas,
Betty

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Will Kemp December 19, 2016

Hi Betty, lovely to hear from you and sounds like you’ve got some changeable conditions to try and capture! have a great time with your family over the festive season.
Cheers,
Will

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Janet DeAngelis December 19, 2016

Hi Will, thankyou for sharing this, I would love to visit the Turner Gallery someday when I visit the U.K. Your pictures are wonderful. I have enjoyed your painting tutorials immensely. I have taken painting courses over the years but have learned so much more from you in the last few months. Thanks again and have a Merry Christmas.
Janet

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Will Kemp December 19, 2016

That’s great to hear Janet, so pleased you’ve been enjoying the tutorials. Wishing you a lovely Christmas with your family.
Cheers,
Will

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Aya December 19, 2016

Hi Will, thank you so much for sharing your sketching trip.
The clouds are gorgeous!!
Much appreciate your inspiring blogs this year. They have kept me going.
Have a great Christmas!!

Aya

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Will Kemp December 19, 2016

Thanks Aya, please you liked the cloud photos and so glad you found inspiration in the blog posts throughout the year. Thanks for your kind Christmas wishes, have a lovely time with your family.
Will

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Cathy December 19, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Will! Beautiful skies! I’d love to see that exhibit myself!
Merry Christmas!
Cathy

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Will Kemp December 19, 2016

Thanks Cathy, Merry Christmas to you too!
Will

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Sheila Burdon December 19, 2016

Another great article thanks Will. Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Wealthy New Year. X

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Will Kemp December 19, 2016

Hi Sheila, nice to hear from you, thanks for the kind wishes, hope you have a lovely time with the family.
Will

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Tom December 19, 2016

Thanks Will,
I also love Turners work.
Happy Christmas.

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Will Kemp December 19, 2016

Cheers Tom, pleased you enjoyed the article.
Will

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Susan Smith December 19, 2016

Wonderful article,Will. you’re a star sharing such joy with all of us. Much appreciated.

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Will Kemp December 19, 2016

You’re more than welcome Susan, have a fab Christmas with your family.
Cheers,
Will

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Gloria Wheeler December 20, 2016

Thanks so much Will – beautiful photos and paintings

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Will Kemp December 20, 2016

Cheers Gloria, hope you’re doing well, have a lovely festive season with your family.
Will

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Julie Howe December 20, 2016

Hi Will

Many thanks for sharing your Turner experience why is it that when we look at Turner’s work it now looks so modern.. It must have been shocking in it’s day. Fabulous.

Merry Christmas ~ Julie

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Will Kemp December 20, 2016

Thanks Julie, yes some of the drawings in the show had a very contemporary feel. Have a lovely Christmas
Will

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Joanna Segal December 20, 2016

Hola Will,
Years ago when I lived in england close to Petworth House but never went to Turners studio! Now many years later and living in Mallorca I read your article and really regret that I never went, but thanks to your really interesting web page with all its information I shall go to Aix en Provence at the end of may and see the exhibition. I am also inspired to go to Amsterdam too.I have managed to download your videos for the Landscape Sketching course and have just finished a watercolour of a Mallorca sea scene using all your advice. I am actualy learning to paint with oils, your comment that they are like wet on wet was a breakthrough for me, I am 71.
Have a really Happy Xmas and New year.
Joanna

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Will Kemp December 21, 2016

Hi Joanna, lovely to hear from you and so pleased you enjoyed the article. Fantastic to hear that you’ve been able to put some of your new sketching knowledge to work and I know the Mallorca sunsets are fabulous. I think the exhibition was in Aix this year, but I would say any excuse to visit is a good one!

Have a lovely Christmas and a fab new year.

Cheers,
Will

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Carol December 21, 2016

Beautiful photos of the sunset skies. I would love to be able to paint them, but just can’t seem to get the intensity of colour. Thank you for your online lessons, they are much appreciated. I enjoyed painting the winter trees. Still to try the copper jug. Hope you have an enjoyable Christmas.

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Will Kemp December 21, 2016

Pleased you enjoyed the photos Carol, for the intensity of the colours it’s all about the contrast or dullness of the surrounding colours. If you have a canvas painted completely red it won’t feel as intense in comparison to a brushstroke of bright red on top of a dull muted green, try starting from the shadow colours first and then creep up on the intense colours.

Have a great Christmas.
Cheers,
Will

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Giuseppe December 21, 2016

Bellissime immagini, colgo l’occasione per Augurarti un Sereno Natale (Beautiful images, I take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas)

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Will Kemp December 23, 2016

Grazie mille Giuseppe, hanno un bel tempo con la vostra famiglia. (Thanks so much Giuseppe, have a lovely time with your family.)
Will

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Peter Browning December 23, 2016

Hello Will, Many thanks for such an interesting piece on one of my favourite artists.
Have a great Christmas and thanks for all your work on our behalf throughout the year.
All the best,
Peter B.

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Will Kemp December 23, 2016

Hi Peter, my pleasure, so pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks for the Christmas wishes, hope you have a lovely time with the family.
Will

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Lorraine December 24, 2016

Dear Will, thank you for the excellent and simple instructions for painting. I have painters block at the moment! My hands and heart want to paint but my brain is running scared in case I mess it up. Does anyone else get these feelings. wish I could JUST PAINT! Maybe the New year will bring new beginnings for me.
Wishing you and yours, the very best of the Christmas season and a New Year filled with overwhelming love, and joy.
Lorraine D-S

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Will Kemp December 29, 2016

That’s fantastic to hear Lorraine, so pleased you’re feeling inspired for a creative New Year.
Cheers,
Will

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Sophia Michael December 26, 2016

Τhank you so for sharing your experiences with us. I enjoyed your beautiful photos and pictures . I wish you a happy New Year.

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Will Kemp December 29, 2016

Very kind of you to say so Sophia, have a lovely New Year.
Will

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dema December 28, 2016

Will, That was wonderful and awesome. Thanks for sharing. Dema

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Will Kemp December 29, 2016

Thanks Dema, so pleased you enjoyed it.
Will

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Marilyn Murray January 13, 2017

I paid a last minute visit to the Turner Contemporary Gallery just before the Turner Exhibition closed. What a fantastic experience! His use of light and colour leaves one in awe. I am now finishing one of your courses (at last) with renewed vigour.
I must say, that like Turner, you have the ability to inspire.
MM

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Will Kemp January 16, 2017

Good one Marilyn, pleased you managed to catch the show.
Will

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