Alpine Mountains – DVD of Month

Alpine Mountains – DVD of Month

The May DVD of Month is of an Alpine Mountain scene. This painting is all about creating ariel perspective in a painting with the distant mountains, plus it focuses on the S shape composition which has been traditionally used in landscape painting for hundreds of years.

This is a great exercise to learn how to do a grand landscape and is probably best done on a larger canvas.

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Congratulations To New Students


We had another terrific art class on Saturday with a really terrific group of happy painters. Congratulations to Jim, Eva, Pat, Rachel & Claire … you all did a terrific jon with your paintings. This was our first class in our new Melbourne home at the Gasworks Arts Park in Port Melbourne and it is a terrific room for learning to paint. The next class is on 19th May at Albert Park and details are below. Click Here For More Pictures

Ready to start your painting journey? If YES then I have put together a guide for you on how to get started. Read it here:

Here are some more pictures from Saturdays class:
Pat takes a coffee break while Eva, Rachel and Claire work on the block in stage of their paintings.
Rachel & Claire working on the embankments of their rivers. Great reflections in the water!
Jim starting to paint the tree trunks and branches in. Jim did a terrific job and he brought Tim Tams!
This was our first class in the Gasworks Arts Park … fantastic room to learn to paint in.
Eva and Pat progressing putting the finishing touches on their paintings. Terrific job ladies. Every one in the class did extremely well … well done to you all!

Step By Step Painting Demonstration – Alpine Mountains

The following is a step-by-step demonstration of a painting of an Alpine Mountain scene.

The painting was created for the May DVD of Month Club members and we filmed the entire process discussing each step in detail. The DVD of this painting will be about 2 hours in length. Along the way I took progress photos of the painting and thought it might be of value to explain the steps to you.


The painting itself was inspired by a quick twenty minute sketch from one of the DVD's on composition from the Get Started Painting – Home Study course. The sketch was to illustrate the S type composition. So I decided it was a great exercise as it also demonstrates ariel perspective and a number of other key compositional elements.

The outline drawing is completed using Ultramarine Blue & Alizarin Crimson mixture. I loosely sketch in the main shapes looking mostly for correct placement and to make sure the composition works.

I start the painting with the distant mountain range to get the value right. It needs to be light enough to show its in distance yet still contrast against the light sky. Both are done with varying mixtures of Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White.

I then add snow caps onto the distant mountain on the light side and some shadow colours on the darker side of the snow capped mountains. This gave these mountains a greater sense of distance. The next two mountains are added in getting darker in value the close they get to the viewer. The closest mountain has Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Ochre in the mix.

I start blocking in the distant fields and the base colour for the river. The fields are just various mixes of Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ocher and Cadmium Yellow.

I continue blocking in the fields getting darker as they get closer. I have started working on the distant trees putting a dark value on the trees closest to us. In the distance I have added highlights to the trees surrounding the house giving them more shape and volume. I have added rocks into the foreground water using Burnt Umber.

The final steps are to finish off with details … all of the trees get highlight colours added. I have varied the colours to keep the trees interesting. The house is painted in and smoke added to create a sense of life. White water is painted into the river especially in the foreground, cows added in and the fence line is used to create even more depth in the painting.

The process we have used is one we call the Moore Method of painting. It is following 3 simple steps:

1/ Drawing – Focusing on big shapes and ensuring you have the right composition and perspective

2/ Blocking In – Establishing base values and blocking in base colours

3/ Highlights & Details – The finishing touches bring the painting to life

If you would like to see the complete film of the painting where I talk you through every step and brush stroke then join the DVD of Month Club and you will receive the DVD of this painting in May.

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Michelle’s Painting – Summers Here At Last

Michelle's Painting – Summers Here At Last

Michelle has done a great job with her version of the painting 'Summers Here At Last'. In this video I go through the painting pointing out what is done well, and a few key areas for improvement.

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Michelle’s Painting

Michelles Great Painting!

Hope you had a great Easter break!

I had to email you today to show you this great painting by one of  our students Michelle Endersby.

Michelle is pretty much a total beginner when it comes to painting. She came to one of our art classes in February and did a great job completing one of her first ever paintings.

Then Michelle joined our DVD of Month Club … and completed the above painting from the March DVD. What I love about this is that Michelle has done her own interpretation of the painting, adding in the rocks on the right hand side creating a great little cove scene, and creating a painting that is truly her own.

Michelle has done such a great job for a beginner and we can only imagine how much she will progress in the coming months as she continues to follow the lessons and the projects as a member of the DVD of Month Club. Congratulations Michelle … we are grateful to have you as a member of the DVD of Month Club.

NOTE: I am going to be doing a video review of Michelles painting highlighting what she has done well and a few keys for her to improve her painting.The video will be available in the members area soon.

The DVD of Month Club is one of the best ways to learn how to paint. You see … learning to paint requires you getting regular instruction to improve your skills, and regular practice. By spacing this learning out month to month, and following the projects in the DVD's each month you can not help to improve.



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St Ives Harbor – DVD of Month

St Ives Harbor – DVD of Month

The April DVD of Month is of a great little harbor scene in St Ives Cornwall. This is a beautiful part of the world if you ever get a chance to visit and its an artists paradise. My wife Sue and I spent a few weeks there back in 2009.

The scene that we paint in the DVD of Month is of the harbor at low tide. It shows the harbor wall, the distant hills and a few boats with our main feature boat in the foreground.

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DVD of Month Club – April

DVD Of Month Club – St Ives Harbor Cornwall

St_Ives_Harbour_DVDThe DVD for April for our members of the DVD of Month Club features a great little scene from St Ives in Cornwall. Sue and I visited there for a few weeks in 2009 over summer and loved the harbor at St Ives. It has amazing tide highs and lows. 

The painting project for April on the DVD is done in acrylics and features the harbor scene.

I wanted to do a painting in acrylics for our members so they could see that it really is quite similar to painting in oils with just a few key differences.

The painting is loose and impressionistic with a fairly limited palette.

Members of the DVD of Month Club will be receiving their DVD in mail shortly.

If you are not yet a member then find out more about joining the DVD of Month Club by clicking here

Here is the finished painting …

St Ives Harbour

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