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If hair is a bugbear, maybe this tutorial in which Paul demonstrates a basic approach for Oils and thick Acrylics might just help - one of a set of three recently released free-to-view tutorials on our main #youtube channel #artworkshopwithpaul- Hair (for Oils) is joined by companion videos Hair (Basics) and Watercolours (and fluid acrylics).
 
Hair (for Oil Painting) 'Learn to Enjoy Painting Portraits and Figures' with Paul Taggart
 
Although demonstrated in oil paints, this technique can be applied to working in stiff acrylic mixes, with white added to the core palette of colours, as you would in oil paints.
 
Whilst Paul would work in far more layers than shown here, these 'stylised' studies of hair are worked through in as few layers as possible to show the building blocks required to achieve the volume, form and rhythm of hair.
 
This follows on from the Hair Basics tutorial in which Paul demonstrated the basic principles on which the hair is formed and also produced a simple drawing of a lock of hair followed by several examples of a head of hair.
 
SEE THIS AS AN EXERCISE STUDY, WHICH YOU CAN REFINE WITH PRACTICE AND ADAPT TO THE TECHNIQUES THAT YOU ARE DEVELOPING YOURSELF.
 
Working Alla Prima -- Paul firstly turns his attention to the FIRST EXERCISE - hair is about rhythm and movement as well as about volume -- so rather than go straight into a head of hair Paul first of all turns his attention to a single lock of hair -- so that you can understand the process of firstly achieving softness, before selectively strengthening up and adding detail; then effecting those all-important highlights. IN THIS LOCK OF HAIR HE SHOWS HOW TO ACHIEVE THE SOFTNESS AND VOLUME IN HAIR -- FOLLOWED BY THE DETAIL OF THE STRANDS AND THE HIGHLIGHTS
 
SECOND EXERCISE -- Paul kicks off the FIRST STAGE of this layered technique in which he is working from dark to light by loosely sketching in the shape of the head of hair. This is followed by blocking in the first underpainting layer.
 
STAGE TWO is worked in impasto -- building up through the layers from dark to light -- with Paul applying paint, then using blending to create the softness of hair. Texture and strands are achieved with finer strokes and through the use of sgraffito.
 
This is a detailed tutorial, packed full of hints and tips -- where you will learn about blending, about Mixing Specific Colours, about the importance of working gradually through values to achieve form and volume, about Light and Shade and so much more.
 
See this as an exercise study, which you can refine with practice and adapt to the techniques that you are developing yourself and throw away those preconceived ideas that painting figures and portraits is difficult. This is an area that many avoid, which is a pity, for it is to deny themselves a hugely rewarding painting experience.
 
Portraits and figure paintings are central to Artist & Author Paul Taggart's work as a collected Professional Fine Artist.
 
Tutoring people in how to enjoy painting portraits and figure paintings is also Paul's passion. Viewers will soon recognise that enthusiasm and will benefit from over forty years of experience spent sharing his knowledge and traditional techniques.
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If hair is a bugbear, maybe this tutorial in which Paul demonstrates a basic approach might just help - one of a set of three recently released free-to-view tutorials on our main #youtube channel #artworkshopwithpaul - Hair (Basics) is joined by companion videos Hair for Watercolours (and fluid acrylics) and Hair for Oils (and stiff acrylics).

Hair (Basics) 'Learn to Enjoy Painting Portraits and Figures' with Paul Taggart
 
IN THIS LESSON ON HAIR, PAUL TAKES YOU BACK TO THE BASICS - for as he explains, to fully enjoy the rewarding experience of painting figures, or portraits, you do need the bare facts.
 
Paul starts off by emphasising the importance of hair and how it is essential in portraying the “…personality and character of your sitter”.
 
Firstly Paul turns to diagrams to demonstrate the possible differences between male and female heads – taking a frontal view for each, then a side view and finally the three-quarter view.
 
WHAT BECOMES OBVIOUS IS HOW THE SHAPE OF THE SKULL AFFECTS THE VOLUME AND DEPTH OF THE HAIR – HOW THE POSITIONING OF THE FEATURES SEEMS TO ALTER IN LINE WITH THE ADDITION OF HAIR
 
Hair is about rhythm and movement as well as about volume – so rather than go straight into a head of hair Paul first of all turns his attention to a single lock of hair in a pencil drawing, using a graphite stick.
 
IN THIS LOCK OF HAIR HE SHOWS HOW TO ACHIEVE THE SOFTNESS AND VOLUME IN HAIR – FOLLOWED BY THE DETAIL OF THE STRANDS AND THE HIGHLIGHTS
 
Having taken you through this process Paul now turns to a set of three drawings showing a head of short hair face-on, side-view and three-quarter view; followed by a set showing a fuller head of hair ……………
 
This is a detailed tutorial, packed full of hints and tips; not only for drawing hair, but for the drawing process itself.
 
So throw away those preconceived ideas that painting figures and portraits is difficult. This is an area that many avoid, which is a pity, for it is to deny themselves a hugely rewarding painting experience.
 
Portraits and figure paintings are central to Artist & Author Paul Taggart’s work as a collected Professional Fine Artist.
 
Tutoring people in how to enjoy painting portraits and figure paintings is also Paul’s passion.
 
Viewers will soon recognise that enthusiasm and will benefit from over forty years of experience spent sharing his knowledge and traditional techniques.
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Have you ever struggled with Stretching Paper ? - simple when you know how and Paul's detailed demonstration coupled with his hints and tips, especially of potential problem areas might help. A frustrating time can be had on improperly stretched paper and usually it is through no fault of the person who has done the stretching. Stretched paper can make all the difference, so it really is worth the effort.
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Oh what a shame that we cannot respond to you directly +Phil Roach - because we want to thank you so much for watching and for taking the time and trouble to comment - much appreciated. As you can imagine, we're thrilled to know that in sharing Paul's passion we have helped to 'accelerate' your painting techniques :) Yes indeed there is a Part 9 to come in this 'Out and About' series - not long now. Apologies for the delay - we have not been able to get to Paul's demonstration easel for quite a while and are now busily catching up with our backlog of films to release and films to make. Best wishes for your painting, from Eileen and Paul  PS If you would like to hook up with like-minded folk from across the globe - we would be delighted to welcome you to our Google+ community Painting Companions - invite is on its way. This is a friendly group of supportive and encouraging folk - no egos, just a love for creativity.
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FINALLY .... Eileen and Paul have managed to get back to Paul's demonstration easel - APOLOGIES EVERYONE for the long break since our last upload :( Part 5 of the Acrylic using Watercolour techniques is being processed as we write and will hopefully be available to view within the next 24hours - MEANWHILE .... we have changed the featured video on our YT Home Page and take this opportunity for a WEE REMINDER about the BENEFITS OF MASKING FLUID as used by Paul in Lesson 5 of our 'Learn to Enjoy Painting' series - Lesson 5 (Watercolours) - 'Learn To Enjoy Painting' with Paul Taggart  Best wishes for your painting and drawing, from Eileen and Paul
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Thank you so much for your lovely comments +Wichaya Withurawanit and +Jean-Paul Schwab - and thanks to +Veronika Pinka +art7-200 maria and +Aliaa Bishr for your +1s - we are delighted to be back. All best, E&P :)
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If hair is a bugbear, maybe this tutorial in which Paul demonstrates a basic approach for Watercolours and fluid Acrylics might just help - one of a set of three recently released free-to-view tutorials on our main #youtube channel #artworkshopwithpaul- Hair (for Watercolours) is joined by companion videos Hair (Basics) and Hair for Oils (and stiff acrylics).

Hair (for Watercolours) 'Learn to Enjoy Painting Portraits and Figures' with Paul Taggart
 
Although demonstrated in watercolour paints, this technique can be applied to other transparent paints and to working in thin acrylic mixes, with water used to dilute the mixes, rather than stiff acrylic paint (for which the oil painting tutorial would be best suited).
 
Here you will learn about the layering technique of working from light to dark and in Paul’s ‘combination’ technique of using wet-on-wet followed by wet-on-dry.
 
This follows on from the Hair Basics tutorial in which Paul demonstrated the basic principles on which the hair is formed and also produced a simple drawing of a lock of hair followed by several examples of a head of hair.
 
SEE THIS AS AN EXERCISE STUDY, WHICH YOU CAN REFINE WITH PRACTICE AND ADAPT TO THE TECHNIQUES THAT YOU ARE DEVELOPING YOURSELF.
 
FIRST EXERCISE - hair is about rhythm and movement as well as about volume – so rather than go straight into a head of hair Paul first of all turns his attention to a single lock of hair – so that you can understand the process of firstly achieving softness, before selectively strengthening up and adding detail; then effecting those all-important highlights. IN THIS LOCK OF HAIR HE SHOWS HOW TO ACHIEVE THE SOFTNESS AND VOLUME IN HAIR – FOLLOWED BY THE DETAIL OF THE STRANDS AND THE HIGHLIGHTS
 
SECOND EXERCISE – Once again, Paul uses his three-layer ‘combination’ technique – working from light to dark. Having loosely sketched in the subject and masked out areas of highlights, he executes the first soft layer in the Wet on Wet technique to establish the underlying colour structure. This is then followed by a further layer of Wet on Wet and finally Wet on Dry.
                              
This is a detailed tutorial, packed full of hints and tips – where you will learn about the Wet on Wet and Wet on Dry Techniques, about Mixing Specific Colours, about the important roles of Lift-off and Losing Edges/Brush-strokes, about Light and Shade and so much more.
 
So throw away those preconceived ideas that painting figures and portraits is difficult. This is an area that many avoid, which is a pity, for it is to deny themselves a hugely rewarding painting experience.
 
Portraits and figure paintings are central to Artist & Author Paul Taggart’s work as a collected Professional Fine Artist.
 
Tutoring people in how to enjoy painting portraits and figure paintings is also Paul’s passion. Viewers will soon recognise that enthusiasm and will benefit from over forty years of experience spent sharing his knowledge and traditional techniques.
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Thank you for your kind message +Diana Breithaupt  - all is well, as we hope it is with you - believe us, your concern is much appreciated :) Just been busy completing several of our current tutorial sets, filming and getting them prepared for release in the coming weeks - we've just released the latest batch of three tutorials in 'Learn to Enjoy Painting Portraits & Figures' which covers Hair. The interest in our work has completely taken us by surprise and we had never envisaged the demand that we are experiencing - so our carefully planned workload for Paul, balancing his work at his Fine Art easel with his work at his demonstrating easel has had to be drastically rearranged to cope with the additional need for filming. Just goes to prove, you can never predict how life is going to pan out. All best, from Eileen and Paul
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Oh what a shame we couldn't respond to you directly +Elizabeth MacDonald - because we wanted to say welcome and more importantly, to thank you for viewing and for being so generous as to share our video on your groups Facebook page (Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society) - your thoughtfulness is much appreciated :) Best wishes for your painting, to you and to your group, from Eileen and Paul
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FINALLY .... Eileen and Paul have managed to get back to Paul's demonstration easel – MANY MANY APOLOGIES EVERYONE for the long break since our last upload :(  We are back and filming has resumed for our #artworkshopwithpaul (free-to-view channel on YouTube) and we are delighted to be picking up with Part 5 of 'Out and About with Paul' - Watercolour Technique in Acrylics – although demonstrated in Acrylics THIS TUTORIAL IS ALSO SUITABLE FOR WATERCOLOURS (after all – Paul is using Watercolour Techniques!). 'Out and About with Paul' - Watercolour Technique in Acrylics -- Part 5 -- Big Burn Walks  DEDICATED STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL FILMED IN REAL-TIME – no editing, no time-lapse – PACKED FULL OF HANDY HINTS, TIPS, TECHNIQUES and so MUCH MORE …………
 
As the layering technique used here is one of working from light to dark – the typical watercolour technique – colour mixes become stronger as do linear qualities – BUT NEVERTHELESS Paul takes care not to become too strong too quickly – he is WORKING GRADUALLY THROUGH THE LIGHTS AND DARKS.
 
Part 5 – Paul continues to work on the painting at his easel in the studio; firstly turning his attention once more to the rocks that are strewn across the floor of the gorge; where he is keen to strengthen the qualities of lights and darks, for as will hear Paul say “… to create light, you have to have darks…”
 
These rocks are dealt with individually and in clumps so that Paul can apply the colour and then swiftly ‘lose’ appropriate strokes to effect the light and shade, along with volume and form. THIS IS AN OBJECT LESSON IN PAINTING ROCKS and the BENEFITS OF SURFACE COLOUR MIXING.
 
Being satisfied that he has strengthened this section up to act as a foil against which the water will sparkle, when worked on again, Paul now moves back up to the top of the painting (in effect the distant reaches of the composition).
 
The effect of strong sunlight is now introduced into this forested area, where it not only strikes through the tree canopies, but also where it shines through translucent leaves. Bright greens and dark accents play their part – as do brush-strokes, scuffs and scumbles – exploitation of brush and colour mixes coming into their own; as Paul brings this section to life.
 
FINALLY Paul completes this episode by turning his attention to the distant rocks which edge the river – an invaluable boundary that draws the viewer's eye onwards and out of the picture. 
 
YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT Mixing Coloured Greys and Specific Colours; Directional Brushstrokes and the art of Losing Edges; Working with Thin Mixes in Acrylics; achieving Sunlight in a Landscape and much much more – for as with all of Paul’s demonstrations and running commentaries, nothing is withheld.  
 
THIS ‘Out and About’ IS AN OBJECT LESSON IN THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING THUMBNAILS and TAKING REFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHS whilst painting in situ – crucial in enabling the completion of this painting in the studio.
 
For as the afternoon of his painting day in situ came to a close (Part 3), with the sun disappearing from view behind the steep sides of the rocky gorge; Paul reluctantly concluded that nothing more could be done on that particular day. Given that he had absolutely no wish to mar the painting, simply for the sake of completing it in situ; the decision was made to pack up his kit and continue the painting in the studio (from Part 4 onwards).
 
SUBJECT – chosen for its compositional content of ROCKFACES/STONES/BOULDERS, MOVING WATER, REFLECTIVE SURFACES, one of many BRIDGES that span the ‘big burn’ and the SCULPTURAL QUALITIES OF COLOURFUL VEGETATION AND LICHENS/MOSSES; not to mention the FAST-CHANGING LIGHT CONDITIONS, STRONG DARKS AND LIGHTS, PERSPECTIVE AND VANISHING POINTS; Paul set up his easel at the bottom of a gorge in the Eastern Highlands of Scotland, known as the Big Burn Walks, outside the Sutherland village of Golspie.
 
We hope you enjoy the vagaries of painting and filming this ‘Out and About with Paul’ in its early stages (Parts 1 to 3) – as both Eileen and Paul were stopped by passing visitors, who were intrigued to discover our presence, whilst enjoying their visit to this most popular of places to see on any tourist trip to the Northern Highlands of Scotland.
 
WATCH OUT FOR THE ANNOTATED LINKS TO COMPANION VIDEOS WHICH WILL MAKE YOUR VIEWING EXPERIENCE OF THIS TUTORIAL EVEN MORE COMPLETE – including … Equipment Focus, Topical Tips, Colour Mixing, ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting’ (Lessons 10 to 20), Workshops, Problem Solvers ….
 
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FINALLY .... Eileen and Paul have managed to get back to Paul's demonstration easel - APOLOGIES EVERYONE for the long break since our last upload :( Part 5 of the Acrylic using Watercolour techniques is being processed as we write and will hopefully be available to view within the next 24hours - MEANWHILE .... we have changed the featured video on our YT Home Page and take this opportunity for a WEE REMINDER about the BENEFITS OF MASKING FLUID as used by Paul in Lesson 5 of our 'Learn to Enjoy Painting' series - Lesson 5 (Watercolours) - 'Learn To Enjoy Painting' with Paul Taggart  Best wishes for your painting and drawing, from Eileen and Paul
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How kind of you +Aliaa Bishr  - it is our pleasure to be back and we're raring to go. Thank you for your welcome back :) Best wishes for your painting, from Eileen and Paul
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Introduction

Paul Taggart Artist, Author, Presenter, Producer

Oils : Watercolours : Pastels : Acrylics : Drawings

Paul Taggart has a passion for painting - with more than forty years as a Professional Fine Artist to his name. For his principal selling collection, mainly comprising paintings in oil; Taggart specialises in traditional techniques that exploit a range of processes.

His work covers a wide variety of genre, including landscapes, figurative pieces, conversation works and most especially, 'living studies'.

ART WORKSHOP WITH PAUL

Paul's enthusiasm for painting is reflected in his popularity as a tutor. Having developed a step-by-step method, through fully narrated demonstrations, these were translated into the published word in the form of unique 'artstrips©' the basis of Paul's fourteen books and published tutorials on the subject of learning to paint.

NOW HIS PASSION IS SHARING WITH A WORLD-WIDE AUDIENCE, THROUGH FREE-TO-VIEW FILMS, produced for his youtube channel - artworkshopwithpaul

BROWSE THROUGH THE FOLLOWING PLAYLISTS and catch up with over 200 tutorials filmed in real-time - watch as Paul applies every stroke and creates his colour mixes; listen to his detailed commentary as he paints; work-along with Paul in the privacy of your home and at your own pace - FOR UNLIKE AN ART CLASS - YOU CAN REVISIT THESE TUTORIALS TIME AND TIME AGAIN AND NOT MISS ANY OF THE DETAILED HINTS, TIPS and TECHNIQUES.

Free-to-View Oil Painting Tutorials

Free-to-View Watercolour Painting Tutorials

Free-to-View Acrylic Painting Tutorials

Free-to-View Pastel Painting Tutorials

'Learn to Enjoy' COLOUR MIXING by Paul Taggart

PAINTING PORTRAITS & FIGURES Tutorials by Paul Taggart

General PAINTING TIPS, HINTS, TECHNIQUES by Paul Taggart

MASTERCLASS with Paul Taggart

'A Brush with Gardening' by Paul Taggart and Robert Ketchell

'OUT and ABOUT with PAUL' - painting live at events

FEATURE REVEALS - Masterwork Paintings by Paul Taggart

Free-to-View Painting & Drawing Tutorials - Paul Taggart's main YouTube channel

Paul Taggart's Official Site