Painting Together with Acrylics, Episode 2: Dive into painting colorful fish

Painting Together with Acrylics, Episode 2

This episode is Part of the Painting Together with Acrylics live video series – learn more here

I love painting fish and I’m sure you will too! In this lesson, we’ll explore color contrast as I show you the techniques, I think are important for painting fish. Follow along and create your own painting! Join me, Gigi Chen, and fellow artists from around the world as we embark on this acrylic painting adventure together.

Using contrasting colors can really make your artwork pop. Let’s use complementary colors, Yellow and Purple, to really allow your subject to come alive and not fade into the background.

You’ll Need this reference image to paint along with me:

In this lesson, you’ll learn:

  • How to paint a fish
  • Basic acrylic painting techniques
  • Complementary colors
  • How to mix acrylic paints

How does this work? Join me live on Thursdays at 3PM Eastern and I’ll lead you through a finished painting. Follow along if you’d like or watch the video and paint along at your own pace. You’ll find the materials below. When you’re done, visit and share your work!

I’ll start with a drawing already transferred to a panel. To learn how this happens, watch this video:

You’ll Need this reference image to paint along with me: (reference image coming soon)

I’ll be using:

Acrylic Paints: Burnt Umber, Payne’s Grey, Titanium White, Mars Black, Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Ultramarine Blue

Brushes: A variety of small rounds and flats

Surface: 8×10 panel

Additional Materials: Water jar, Rag for blotting, Wet Palette, Graphite paper for transfer

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