Painting Demonstration – Art Shed Moorabbin

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Saturday 8th December 10:00 am & 1:00 pm – Painting Demonstration (Art Shed Moorabbin)

Join Moore Art School founder Rod Moore for two painting demonstrations at Art Shed in Moorabbin. Rod will demonstrate the Moore Method of Painting explaining the 3 simple steps you need to complete an effective painting. You will also learn why Rod believes that any one can learn to paint and why we guarantee you will get results you are happy with.*** WIN an original Oil Painting. One person will win an original oil painting on the day.

Free Tea & Coffee provided.

ART Shed Moorabbin – 444 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin, Victoria

Art Class At Art Shed Moorabbin

This past Saturday we held another successful art class at Art Shed in Moorabbin.

Here are a few of the pics:

Well done to Ann-Marie, Megs, Phipps and Maria (first class with us)

How To Paint Figures

One of my favorite things to paint is figures.

Figures add life, movement and most importantly … a story line to a painting.

People connect with the story being told by the figures in a painting.

We are shortly going to be releasing a new online course in painting figures.

New Online Course “Painting People & Figures”

For now though I want to give you a starting point. Note … when I say painting figures I am not talking about portrait painting where the focus is on the face.

The first thing you need to know how to do is sketch people in the right proportions. Generally speaking … the easiest way to get this right is to understand the proportions of a fully grown adult standing upright. To start with you divide them into 8 sections.

First you mark where you want the top of their head, then mark where their feet will end. Next divide this into halves. Then divide each half into four sections giving you eight approximately equal sections. See drawing below.

Obviously these drawings a little rough but the idea is to see how the shape of an adult standing erect fits into this grid. The head takes up the first eight. The hips / groin fall around the middle section. Now remember these are general rules and everyone is shaped differently … however this will give you a starting point to work from.

I recommend you spend a lot of time with a sketch book and pencils. Just practice sketching people either from photos or from life. (I used to go to Starbucks and sketch people there while having coffee).

Above you can see some sketches made in Starbucks. I have added a little watercolor for some interest.

By creating lots of sketches like this (either from life or from photos) you start to get a feel for the shape, size and proportions of the human figure. Then you can branch out and paint them in all different positions and poses.

Now what about when there are multiple figures and some are further away like in a crowded beach scene?

When you paint figures at different distances there is a couple of key things to note.

Firstly … the eye line of all the figures will be roughly the same. (See above). So you start the head on roughly the same horizontal plane.

The key difference of course is that the further away they are the smaller they will be overall. So the finishing position of feet will be higher up the canvas.

If you get that right then you will have good perspective.

The other big key is the saturation of the color. In the above illustration the figure marked ‘focal point’ is the one closest to us. Therefore the color of their clothes, skin, hair etc will be the strongest. As the figures get further away the saturation of the color will drop. You can achieve this by adding grey and white to them … more as they get further away.

So for example the figure at the focal point might have a bright red t-shirt on. At the furthest point the red would be greyed right down and a weaker value.

This is a good starting point with painting in figures so focus on these keys for the moment.

There is of course a lot more to learn. We will shortly be releasing a new online course titled ‘Painting Figures’ which will go through everything you need to know to add in figures as I have done in the paintings below:

New Online Course “Painting People & Figures”

November DVD of Month Club – River Walk

November DVD of Month – River Walk

The November DVD of Month is now complete and in the process of being sent to our members.

This month we are painting a scene from several photos I took while out walking along the Barwon River in Geelong. It is an exercise in how to create an interesting painting from a combination of elements in multiple photos.

Our DVD of Month Club members will be learning the process of combining elements from photos. The painting can be done in both oils or acrylics.

Not a member of the DVD of Month Club and would like to get the River Walk DVD? Get all of the details here …

DVD of Month Club

Join the DVD of Month club this month and you will also receive the online version of three great BONUS DVD’s.

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New TV Show “Yes You Can Paint”

New TV Show “Yes You Can Paint”

Planning for our new TV show “Yes You Can Paint” is progressing well.

The new show will be similar to our previous TV show “Plein Air Painting TV” and we will still be visiting fantastic locations to paint,  only this time most of the painting will be completed back in the studio.

Yes You Can Paint is set to broadcast Australia wide on community TV in 2013. For the first time in Australian television history the show will be interactive inviting you the viewer to participate by completing the painting projects and posting them to our online community.

In order to produce Yes You Can Paint we need your support. Click below to watch the video and read all about the new show and why we need your help:

Support The Launch Of “Yes You Can Paint”

 There are some terrific rewards on offer to those who do support the launch of the new show including:

* A big thank you on the website
* Enrollment in one of our online art classes
* A copy of the Collectors Edition DVD set from the first series
* Limited Edition Print from one of the paintings
* Own one of the paintings from the show
* Receive an original 20″ x 24″ oil painting from Rod Moore
* Two day personal painting instruction with Rod + 3 months mentoring
* Five day personal painting instruction with Rod + 6 months mentoring

Plus … You have the opportunity to become a lifetime foundation member in the new “Yes You Can Paint Club” which will give you access to extended versions of each episode of the show, behind the scenes footage, all of the photos and sketches done on site and more.

Your support for the new show is vital and without it the project can not happen.

Please take a moment to watch the video, read the information and show your support here:

Support The Launch Of “Yes You Can Paint”

My Art Anniversary

This month brings up the two year mark since I started painting in oils and taking my painting more seriously.

Up until November 2010 I had dabbled for a couple of years in watercolour but mostly ended up frustrated 🙁

In November 2010 I decided to have a go at oil painting. Mostly because I wanted to do a painting for my father for Christmas who was very ill at the time … that’s what my motivation was at the time. This later led to passion which became an obsession 🙂

What a ride it has been over the two years. In that time I have learned a few things about painting in oils, became the only Australian certified teacher of the Alexander Art Method, started Moore Art School and helped lots of beginners paint their first ever paintings, sold my first paintings, was involved in the Double Door Studios project with Made In Geelong where I met some great people including Killian Mulcahy who together with the beautiful Sue Moore we started a TV show Plein Air Painting TVwhich was initially broadcast on C31 Melbourne then nationally around Australia, took part in my first exhibitions, found a mentor in Robert Hagan Artist who has helped me improve greatly … and a whole lot more.

Two years in I feel like I am making some progress with my painting and starting to get a handle on it. I am looking forward to the next two years.

So to everyone who has supported me during this time, bought a painting, liked one of my Facebook posts, been to an art class, watched the TV show, given me tips and lessons to improve or shared some words of encouragement … a huge thank you!

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Monet’s Garden DVD’s

 

ONLY 4 Places Left

If you love Monet and his paintings then this will interest you.

In July of this year I had the chance to visit Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny (Just north of Paris).

It was a really moving experience. I took hundreds of photos around his gardens, the waterlillies on his pond, the Japanese bridge he made famous in his paintings.

When I came home I started painting his gardens from the photos I had taken.

Now I am excited to introduce our new Online Art Class …

“Painting Monet’s Garden”

Over the course of 4 weeks I will be walking you step-by-step how to paint Monet’s gardens.

We will be painting:

* The Waterlillies
* A view of Monet’s home from Garden
* The Japanese Bridge
* Gardeners At Work

These 4 paintings will be completed from just some of the photos I took during my visit.

Each painting demonstration will be 1 – 2 hours in length.

I will show you every step in detail including:

* How to create a simple composition from photos
* Creating depth in painting
* Painting in Impressionistic manner
* Mixing a vareity of greens
* And so much more.

First 20 People To Register Receive The DVD’s

This is an online course delivered over 4 weeks however if you are one of the first 20 people to register right now … then I will also send you a 4 DVD set containing the lessons.

PLUS … WIN One of the Painting

The first 20 people to register will also have the chance to win one of the 4 paintings I complete as part of the course.

I will be giving away all 4 of the paintings.

That means if you are one of the first 20 people to register then you will have a 1 in 5 chance of winning an original oil painting.

BONUS … 100 + Photos for reference

Every one who joins us for this course will also receive access to more than 100 photos that I took of Monet’s garden so you can do further paintings in the future.

If you love Monet and want to learn how to paint his gardens then register now:

Register For ‘Painting Monet’s Garden’ Here

Remember … you need to be one of the first 20 people to register to receive the DVD’s and be in the draw to win one of the 4 paintings.

The online class starts on Monday 12th November.

Classes will be designed to suit all experience levels and we will break each of the steps down to make it easy for you to learn.

If you love Monet then I look forward to you joining us.

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