Painting Light and Shadow in Acrylics

About the Artist

I’m Will Kemp, I’m an award-winning professional artist and teacher. Prior to painting full time I’ve worked in Museums, taught in schools, set up and ran my own gallery for 5 years and have taught hundreds of people to paint and draw. I’ve studied Classical atelier techniques in Italy alongside conceptual art at the Tate Gallery, London. I’ve painted in watercolours, acrylics and oils and my styles have ranged from abstract; impressionistic to realistic portraiture in order to realise my own personal style. I’ll teach you to become selective with composition, demystify colour mixing, achieve perfect perspective, and see the benefits of dramatic use of contrast. I’m looking forward to you joining me on your creative journey of discovery I really hope you enjoy this free video from Will.  Will has more great lessons and resources on his website. I highly recommend that you visit today.

Here is the link: Be sure to check out his Art Courses as well.  These can be accessed from the navigation menu on top of his site.  From there, for a very reasonable fee, you can get instant access to some of his more in depth courses.  Money well spent!

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  1. John L. Sachko says

    Hi Will,
    I enjoy your posts, and am still open to new concepts even after painting for 65 years. But, after viewing you paint an apple, I am puzzled by the, apparently, still workable consistency of your paints after some 27 minutes. I too, have used Golden Heavy Body acrylics and find that, despite my best efforts, the paints skin over, and dry to an unworkable state in far less time than the 27 minutes I watched you work.
    Yes, I’ve used a sealed wet palette, and tried spraying the palette periodically, to no discernable effect. Although, I admit I live and work in the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the atmosphere is arid. Even so, I would like to have your comments on keeping acrylics workable without resorting to retarders or airbrush mediums, as I have noted, you did not use them in the subject apple painting.
    Thanks, and keep painting in good health,

  2. says

    Firstly, I congratulate you for your award! Watercolours, acrylics and oils are the challenging and popular style of painting. Thanks for sharing these helpful videos.

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