Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing a mood for a landscape, part of Foundations of Acrylic Painting.
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- So the five paint colors we've been using…straight from the tube…are often really bright,…but the key to having a successful, realistic painting…is having that nice balance…between muted colors and more brighter pigments.…So our next study is this lovely little seascape,…but for this painting,…instead of taking inspiration from a photograph,…we're gonna take inspiration from another painting,…and it is a classical technique…that many painters used to do…to copy old master paintings…because you can learn so much…about the brush handling…and the paint palette that's been used…just by studying a different painter.…
We're gonna be looking at the master…of English sky painting,…John Constable.…It's a beautiful scene of Harwich…on the east coast of England.…This is around where Constable used to paint,…and the rolling clouds provide the perfect learning tool…for our next lesson, which is color strings.…Mixing color strings is a method…of premixing tones of a color…picked out of the painting…before you even pick up a brush.…
In this course, Will Kemp takes you on a journey that will unleash your inner artist, providing an introduction to the materials and techniques used in acrylic painting.
The course follows a progressive sequence, covering beginner and advanced acrylic painting methods, from underpainting and glazing to impasto and textural effects. It also addresses setup and materials, color mixing and pigment choice, brush-handling and palette-knife techniques, as well as gels and mediums.
By the end of the course you'll have a final still-life project you can hang with pride, and a solid foundation of painting knowledge, making the transition into more challenging subjects or mediums much easier.
- Choosing a brush, palette, and canvas
- Altering acrylic paint with water and other mediums
- Blocking in and underpainting
- Adding glazes
- Choosing pigments
- Understanding basic color theory
- Creating texture
- Signing and protecting your work