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Paint like Joaquín Sorolla

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Revealing the Master's Secrets
Join New Zealand artist Richard Robinson in exploring the painting techniques and processes of one of the greatest painters the world has ever known - Joaquín Sorolla.
Sorolla's materials and techniques
Drawing and composition
Creating subtle light effects
In-depth colour mixing
Step by step video instructions
High quality photo resources
5 comprehensive painting critiques
Student paintings to compare with
Running Time: 60min
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Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Medium: Oil or Acrylic

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Learn to paint like Joaquín Sorolla


Join New Zealand artist Richard Robinson in exploring the painting techniques and processes of one of the greatest painters the world has ever known - Joaquín Sorolla.
Discover why generations of artists have revered his work and been inspired to paint with more colour, more passion and more life.

In the great tradition of master to apprentice learning, now you too can learn the secrets of Sorolla’s highly acclaimed alla prima style of painting. Follow along as Richard reveals step by step how Sorolla painted and learn how you can apply these timeless painting techniques to your own work.
“It is only by standing on the shoulders of giants that we can reach heights we never thought possible.”


Resource Photo with Sorolla's painting
Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida

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  Resource Photo with Sorolla's painting
  Resource photo with "Children on the Seashore" 96 cm x 1.3 m oil on canvas by Joachin Sorolla. 1903.
  Resource Photo with Sorolla's painting
  Resource photo

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Extra Resources

Sorolla’s Wikipedia page.

The Museo Sorolla in Madrid, Spain.

A good collection of Sorolla’s paintings, nicely displayed.

A great collection of Sorolla’s paintings.

To visit the Hispanic Society’s Sorolla Room containing his massive murals follow this link,
then in the map, click on the blue dot in the far left room on the First Floor.

An article about Sorolla written in 1912 by a visiting American.

An article by Thomas Jefferson Kits speculating on Sorolla's palette.

An interactive analysis of Sorolla’s ‘Children on the Beach’ painting.

Painting Critiques

Student Painting

"Alec at the Beach" Oil, canvas 16"x10" by Gail Richardson

A very well painted scene, Gail. Congratulations for all that work paying dividends like this. The drawing is very accurate as is your attention to detail in every respect. You didn't really manage to paint a Sorolla here, but it's uniquely your work and I'm glad to see that. If you were aiming for a looser more expressionistic style like Sorolla's then I'd recommend working over most of the scenery with larger brushes, big fat gobs of paint only partially mixed on the palette and dashed on with lyrical brushwork. The colouring my be more like this:

Student Painting



Student Painting

"Beach time with Sorolla" 12x12" Oil on Canvas by Diane Grand

Beautiful work, Diane! I'm drawn straight to her shoulder - wonderful colour work right there! You're really touching on Sorolla with the contrast in paint handling between the carefully considered skin tones and the expressive brushwork in the scenery. And you've found too that it's all very well dashing the paint on in the background, but the colour and placement has to be equally considered as do the skin tones, just painted with a different energy. Sorolla didn't always paint the skin so carefully - so we're just playing with one of his stylistic variations - plenty more to explore with Sorolla!

As I'm sure you're aware by now if you've looked at your painting flipped in a mirror or on screen, some of the drawing in the painting is a little off, like his arms, and her hand, but that's relatively easy to mend compared with the work you've done to achieve this fine painting already. Good work!


Student Painting

"Workshop 63" Oil on Canvas by Aurelia Sieberhagen

Great work, Aurelia! Really interesting to see how you changed the colouring from the original photograph adding more vibrant colour into the skin shadows and also pushing the vibrancy in the water. Really very accurate drawing too which seems to be the hardest thing to get right, as ever. I love that vibrant orange halftone on the boy which just sings against the blues in the background. Fantastic! I would have liked to have seen a little more care taken in the water for a touch more interest there, but you've injected some great energy there with your brushwork anyway. Nice one!


Student Painting

"At the Beach" 10" x 8" acrylic by Sharon Repple

"This is a painting of my step-daughter and my grandkids. She had on a navy bathing suit but I changed it to white so that I could try all of the wonderful techniques Richard taught. Love this video, learned a lot and really need to learn more about mixing skin tones. Thanks so much Richard" - Sharon Repple

Thanks Sharon, you're welcome! What a great painting you've managed in a 10x8"! Lovely design, colour, brushwork and figure drawing. My one and only reservation is the placement of the horizon above the top of the picture, which is giving the appearance of an imminent tsunami. I've done this too in the past and regretted it. Much better to obscure the horizon with weather or a bluish distant hillside. The horizon here would be close to her shoulder, judging by the positions of their feet. Other than the tsunami, great work!


Student Painting

"ChuckSorollaRRBeach" 18x16 oil on canvas by Chuck Sisson

Hi Chuck, some really nice work in this one. I'm loving the intensity of the oranges and blues in the beach but I think it's a shame you didn't push the colour in the dress further to match, although the dress does look good in itself. Similarly you've got some beautiful strong brushwork in the foreground but smudged it in the background and lost that energy. Your drawing is generally very good, but my daughter is not happy with the size of her butt in your painting, so I explained to her that it's not so much that you made her butt bigger, but that you made her head and right arm slightly smaller. You'll be happy to know that Luke doesn't have any complaints though.

I find that if I paint a figure from a photo in the studio it really helps to print it out at the full size of the painting so that I can continually check the drawing in the painting against the print as I go. Helps a lot! Oh and drawing a grid over it really helps too.





Demonstration painting

"Home Time" 23 x 21" Oil on Canvas by Richard Robinson.

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"Home Time" 23 x 21" Oil on Canvas by Richard Robinson.



Carol Lavoie
"Words cannot express the joy from watching this fantastic video. Not only did you teach me so much about painting in his style but the quotes, brief history of his life and many, many photos of his paintings were such an incredible inspiration to me. I am so grateful for what you do.. you are one of my favorite artists in the handful I truly admire, respect and love to watch paint. This past hour has inspired me to paint again after a 2 1/2 year hiatus. Thank you so much!!!"


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Running Time: 60min
Beginner - Advanced
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