Getting Started

Starting acrylic painting is like starting a diet in the new year; you make plans to start and you go out and sign up to your slimming club …((your canvas)) , You go out and buy your slimming food for your diet ((your new brushes)), You go to Starbucks for a coffee and slice of cake because it’s all been too much.


Sound familiar??If you think you’re the only one struggling, think again acrylic is wasy if you give it time.


What are you scared of? 


The biggest stock of art materials are in most people’s cupboards, usually still wrapped.You cant wait to create something and know that it is inside you somewhere but the fear of failure is too great even to make the brush first mark.


Our ability to be creative is just amazing, but with creativity comes fear and anxiety. Learning to paint away that stress of everyday life is my key thought as I sit in the studio spare a thought for me as I have to create new lessons each week for Youtube it is the same as learning to play a musical instrument, or driving a car, and the biggest thing stopping you is the fear it self.


What if everyone laughs?


A blank white canvas can be intimidating and overwhelming, putting yourself in the public eye with family and freinds will attract criticism and rejection, laughed at rather than admired.

So the dilemma is…you want to create, but could do without the creeping worry whenever we begin the creative process.

I can show you how easy it is to follow, step-by step lessons to help you to fulfill your artistic journey.

Choosing a Painting Surface: 

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  • Cynthia Elterman (Thursday, September 05 19 02:54 pm BST)

    love your show, your so supportive to the beginning artist.

  • joan (Monday, August 26 19 10:40 pm BST)

    Hi Clive,
    I have recently found your videos on you tube and I must say that as far as I am concerned you are the my favorite of all the artists I have seen so far. I have subscribed to your channel and so enjoy your teachings. I love the way you go about teaching and spend way too much time watching you on you tube. I originally started with water color and have done a watercolor painting of chickadee which I am proud of. now I want to try another medium. I want to try acrylics but also gouach. keep up the great teaching. cheers

  • Sheila (Saturday, July 27 19 08:10 pm BST)

    Alas I'm so absorbed in watching your videos that I've actually not got around to doing any painting!!!
    At least I'm making a note of the paints etc that you are using in your various videos and making trips to Hobbycraft and The Range with a shopping list. In fact
    I've just sent off my second order to you today - I really must try out the Liquid Clear; the tutorials I've really been taken with are the ones where you've been using it.
    The Range had stocks of the brush you were using for the hair on your rabbit painting - bought a couple yesterday when I was checking out the brushes they had on sale. As soon as I picked one up I thought great for painting grass... they were on special offer as well buy two and get one free!
    BTW it's must have been 50+ years since I last did any painting...

  • Jim (Saturday, June 29 19 07:33 pm BST)

    Starting actylics

  • Carole (Friday, January 25 19 09:03 pm GMT)

    Sorry Clive i meant to say the gray is grinning though the white

  • Carole (Friday, January 25 19 09:00 pm GMT)

    Hi Clive just found you and love the tuition as i have just started to paint, Im doing my sons White and Black cat, and i am having trouble with the white i used a grey block don't ask why i just thought that was right but now i see you have used a blue which makes sense as my mum used blue bags to get the washing white
    the white now grins through is there a rule to back ground block colours HELP!

  • susan sammut (Monday, January 21 19 08:45 pm GMT)

    I have been following you on you tube and would really like to subscribe. I really love your paintings and the way you explain the art lesson. Thanks Sue from Malta

  • LOUISE (Monday, December 10 18 09:09 pm GMT)

    Hi Clive i have just seen your video on 5 tips for acrylic painting amd missed the link for your homemade tip 1. ;-( i am completely new to this and have watched so many videos my head is in a spin as all so different. but i really enjoyed your video as you are straight to the point no try this or that etc etc ;-). so i hit that subscribe button and am just going to learn from you as so far out of all the 100's videos your one was a breath of fresh air you get straight to it explain it so short sweet and to the point and no added frills or waffling about 100 products you could use ie instead of flowtroel use glue oh & you can use hair serium or silicone or wd40 ahhh for a complete beginner i have brought so many different things i have no idea what to use with what anymore ;-) I'M SO CONFUSED.COM ;-)

  • Stephanie R Mathews (Thursday, November 29 18 09:19 pm GMT)

    great tutorials. I feel inspired, thank you clive

  • sherri (Thursday, November 08 18 03:24 pm GMT)

    I am a beginner and started watching your videos, you are awesome. BTW love your accent, with the sense of humor brings me back also. Thank you

  • Bill Aitkenhead (Monday, July 16 18 08:45 pm BST)

    hello Clive. I have been studiously following you on a daily basis for a couple of years. I occasionally miss one day every now and again. However I appear to have lost all your tutorials . The Monday shows for example just stopped. Are you okay and how do I get back into your superb tutorials. Best wishes

  • Jim Stahle (Monday, June 18 18 10:40 pm BST)

    I have watched many of your videos and they are very helpful. Thank you for being such a good teacher. If we donate is it a monthly amount or one time. Looking for clarification.

  • Brian Henry (Monday, May 07 18 11:59 pm BST)

    Looking forward to painting along with you.

  • jen (Saturday, April 28 18 09:26 pm BST)

    Looking forward to all of the videoa.

  • Judi (Saturday, April 28 18 12:35 pm BST)

    Confused with the mediums

  • Deirdre (Monday, April 09 18 09:27 pm BST)

    Hi Clive..I am an absolute beginner at 66 years old...I find your lessons so easy to follow and love your sense of humour...

  • Shoetattoos (Thursday, April 05 18 09:21 pm BST)

    Clive, you're a star. I've been painting for three years and people say I'm good but I taught myself by just having a go, so there's still loads for me to learn. I love your tips and tricks, you're funny, clear and I like you. I've got a sieve in my water pot and a load of upcycled canvases now. Thank you.

  • Bill (Monday, April 02 18 12:53 pm BST)

    I’m a 73 year old beginner in Florida. I truly enjoy your lessons and find them helpful.
    I do have trouble with depth in landscapes. Thanks for your help.

  • Liz Mchenry (Sunday, March 25 18 05:13 am BST)

    I couldn’t find the tin you use on your channel that holds your water, soap,and brushes Is that available on your website?

  • Cynthia Snow (Saturday, February 17 18 01:09 am GMT)

    Clive I watched two videos of yours that I would like to try. Where do I find the traceables

  • Doris (Thursday, February 08 18 03:30 am GMT)

    I worry about depth in a landscape painting

  • Kimberly (Monday, January 15 18 09:19 pm GMT)

    How do u find your drawings for your paintings. Step by step.

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