Student Success In India

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More great success stories. This time from Nirmala in India. Terrific job with the painting. Here is what she had to say:

Dear Sir,
Let me introduce myself to you.I am Nirmala Kutty.from Kerala, India.myself and my husband Shankar Kutty live in our farm.our farm is beautiful with all kind of tropical trees ,a stream flowing nearby and mountains as backdrops! So being here I really enjoyed doing your painting lesson!and let me tell you your lessons gave me lots of tips on painting! Very encouraging for a person like me who loves to do painting that also oil as a medium! And this is the first time I am having a professional help.!.I am sending my finished painting which you taught me! Thanks again Mr.Rod!


Baking Cakes Without A Recipe?

Imagine trying to learn how to cook a beautiful cake or dinner without understanding the basics of cooking or following a recipe.
Even worse can you imagine hiring a builder to come and build an extension on your house if they didn’t know what a hammer is or how to use it? You would think twice about it right?
Amazingly though this is what happens with a lot of us who start on the journey of learning to paint. We simply put some paint on the palette, dab our brush in and wave it at the canvas hoping and expecting that will paint our masterpiece.
Sadly most of us don’t and many quit as a result thinking they have no natural talent.
The truth is any one can learn to paint but there are certain fundamental skills and knowledge you must learn to become a good painter.
Not the least of these is of course COLOUR and how to mix it.
Trying to do a good painting without understanding colour and how to mix it is very much like trying to bake a cake without knowing what ingredients to use and what recipe to follow.
So given that COLOUR is such a vital part of creating a good painting it is vital you understand COLOUR and how to mix and apply it for the best effect. I’m sure you will agree.
That’s why I am about to launch our new 6 week COLOUR course.
It’s designed to teach you all you need to know about colour and also to give you practical exercises to do so that you not only know what you need to but can apply it as well.
The 6 week course starts on 12th April.
It will be launching tomorrow and if you join the COLOUR course between now and the 12th April will get the EARLY BIRD price of 50% off.
Look out for an email and notification from me tomorrow.
I am excited about the COLOUR course as I know it will help you improve.
Let me know if you are excited to join us as well.


Four Phases of Learning to Paint

Four Phases of Learning To Paint

When learning to paint there are four phases you go through.

Actually this is true of learning anything.

Its important to know what these four phases are and have a clear understanding of where you are right now. Where you sit within these four phases will determine what you need to focus on in order to improve.

When learning to paint we all start pretty much in phase 1.

And most of us have a goal to transition to phase 4.

So let me explain these four phases to you, and remember these apply to anything you want to learn but are very applicable to learning to paint.

Phase 1 – Unconscious Incompetence

In phase 1 you are incompetent. In other words you have no skills in the thing you are wanting to learn. You also have no knowledge of the fundamentals you will have to learn.

This is where all beginners start before we pick up a brush yes?

No skill and no knowledge.

But here is the real key … in this phase we are also unconscious of our own incompetence.

We don’t even know what we don’t know.

When it comes to painting, if you have never picked up a brush before then you are probably not even aware that there are different brushes for different applications.

With no knowledge of the thing you are trying to learn you don’t even know where to start because you don’t even know the beginning point.

Sadly most people who have a desire to learn to paint are in phase 1 and not even aware of it. So they often make comments like ‘I can’t even draw stickmen haha’ or ‘I have no artistic talent at all’. So they don’t even try which is the really sad part. They defeat themselves before finding out what they don’t know.

If your desire to learn to paint is sufficient though you can quickly move to phase 2

Phase 2 – Conscious Incompetence

In phase 2 you start to become aware of all of the things you need to know and the skills you need to acquire … but you are still largely incompetent as far as practical application goes.

So you become aware of things like:

* Composition
* Different paint mediums – oils, acrylics, watercolour
* Brushes to use
* Painting surfaces
* Mixing colours
* Tones, Values, Hues & Saturation
* Blending
* Cross hatching
* Glazing

and on and on. At this point you realise there is a lot to learn to become a good artist.

And because your awareness is raising, you are becoming consciously aware of the skills and fundamentals you need, but your still largely incompetent in application … guess what happens?

Yes … frustration, self doubt, anger, despair, self criticism, and a desire to give up mixed with a desire to keep going.

At this point many quit.

Don’t let that be you … recognise if you are in this phase and keep going because if you can move to phase 3 then everything changes.

Incidently I think this phase 2 period is the longest and most challenging for the vast majority of aspiring artists. If you are in this phase then just stick at it and you will eventually break through to phase 3.

So how do you achieve this breakthrough and move to phase 3?

You need to spend time acquiring the right skills and knowledge and then practice them. Do a hundred paintings. Experiement with ths skills you learn. Try different concepts and ideas. Find a good teacher who underestands how to teach painting and follow everything they do. Practice, practice, practice until you feel the shift from incompetent to competent starting to happen.

A word of warning – make sure you do learn the skills and fundamentals first though before you do a lot of practice or you might wind up doing a lot of practice of the wrong things.

Phase 3 – Consciously Competent

Phase 3 is the breakthrough level that changes everything. In this phase you are conscious of what you need to know and do because you have taken the time to learn and study.

And you have applied this knowledge enough that you are now starting to become competent.

Your paintings are improving and you are noticing the improvement.

At this point you might be entering paintings into local art shows and maybe even selling a few paintings here and there.

You are becoming a good to very good artist and you get lots of positive feedback.

This is an enjoyable phase to be in because you know that you know what to do to produce a good painting and you can do so consistently.

And most rewarding is you have started to develop your own style.

But here is the trap with Phase 3 … you are still having to think about what you are doing.

So you are still making conscious decisions such as thinking through what shade of green you need for the middle distant hills and how to mix it. In Phase 1 you wouldn’t even know that it was something to think about. In Phase 2 you would know you need to mix a green but you would become frustrated by the muddy green you ended up with. Now in phase 3 you know you need a middle distant tone green and you think through how to mix it and you do.

But you still have to think about it.

As you transition through phase 3 and into phase 4 you think about it less and less.

Phase 4 – Unconsciously Competent

In phase 4 you have become unconsciously competent.

In fact you are probably highly competent with a high level of skill and knowledge.

But you never even think about it.

You just do it.

You mix colour effortlessly.

You form perfect compositions naturally.

And great painting roll of the easle with ease.

And anyone who sees you paint or one of your paintings rightly sees you as a great artist.

You know longer think about what you are doing it just flows. It’s almost like you are painting intuitively or channeling your inspiration and creativity.

This is where you become a true artist.

This is the level where your creativity flows.

This is the level of artist most of us aspire to and want to learn from.

There is just one problem.

By the time most artists get to this level they are unconscious of their own competence.

They have forgotten most of what they have learned.

And so they have trouble articulating what they do and breaking it down for those in Phase 1 and 2.

Hopefully understanding the four phases of learning helps you to get clear on where you are in your journey to learn to paint?

It goes along way to understanding why its so hard to learn to paint when most of the really good painters have trouble breaking down what it is they do.

So I have written this article because I know most who will read it will be in phase 1 and 2.

And if thats you then understand the struggle to learn is normal. The frustration and self criticism is something we all go through.

Just keep at it.

Learn more.

Study the fundamentals.

And practice them more.

In time you will transition into a phase 3 painter and you will love it when you do.

My mission is to help people like you move to phase 3 as easily and as efficinetly as possible.

It’s up to you to move from phase 3 to 4 and that’s a lifetime journey.

So if I were you right now then I would re-read this and then get clear on where you are at the moment.

Phase 1, 2 or 3?

Then when you are clear decide on a path to get through to phase 3 and ultimately phase 4.

There is no rush and its not a race as we are all on our own journeys.

Most important have fun and enjoy it even when you feel the frustration of levels 1 and 2

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Our First Art Teacher In Ireland

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Our First Moore Certified Teacher In Ireland

A huge congratulations to Anne who is our first ever Moore Certified Instructor in Ireland.

She has completed the MCI program and launched Dingle Art School.

As you can see from her early students above she is already doing a terrific job teaching people to paint using the Moore Method of Painting.

I thought you might be interested in her feedback on the Moore Certified Instructor program:

Moore Art School afforded me the opportunity to dismiss misconceptions about painting. By following the Moore Method I could plan in a logical sequence what I wanted to achieve and actually succeed! I have been trying to paint for over thirty years, never with confidence. Now I can plan a painting from scratch.

I take photos and use them to create a painting. The sense of achievement is unreal!

Then I also have successfully relayed this information to others, which adds a whole new dimension. I can teach because of the Moore Method and I can make money!!

Even though I have been dealing with Marketing for years I really learnt a succinct approach to it and I am in the process of developing my Major Marketing Plan. The guidance offered plus the possibility of using the Moore approach to websites and Social Media is second to none.

So I look forward everyday to developing further in conjunction with Moore Art School

Great feedback right?

I have no doubt Anne and the Dingle Art School will go on to great success.

Clearly the Moore Method of Painting works and MCI program is simply the best program to help you launch your own Art School.

Are you ready to get started?

Are you ready to start building your art school?

If you are ready and want to join us in the MCI program then I have a few spots left in our payment plan program.

Want to find out more?

Click Here To Learn More About The MCI Program

Oh by the way … Anne finished the MCI program in about 3 months. So in 3 months from today you could be up and running if you wish in your own art school. You have up to 18 months to complete the course though if you want to go a little slower.

Artists Palette


One of the most essential skills for an artist is knowing how to mix colours. A lot of beginners struggle with this and get lost. So their colour becomes mud.

Sound familiar?

This is why as part of the Moore Method of Painting we start with three colours for beginners:

– Blue
– Red
– Yellow

When you limit your palette to just these three primary colours you have no choice but to learn how to mix your secondary and tertiary colours. This skill is a foundation skill of all good artists.

The Moore Method is effective for beginners because it reduces the amount of options you have to mix on your palette. The average beginner goes into an art supply store and randomly selects colours without fully understanding how to use them, how to mix them, what to mix them with, and when to use them.

Confusion and frustration is usually the result. Muddy colours often wind up being on your palette and end up on your canvas. If this is a problem for you then go back to a simple palette.

In the process of learning how to mix colour you want to understand:

– Hue
– Saturation
– Values
– Temperature

Applying these ideas to your basic palette will automatically make you a better painter and your paintings will start to take on a more unified cohesive look about them.

As you progress you can then add to your palette. But what to add I hear you ask?

For a more experienced artist who knows who to mix paint and understands the above concepts you then want to progress to a palette that has:

– Warm Blue
– Warm Red
– Warm Yellow

– Cool Blue
– Cool Red
– Cool Yellow

Expanding your palette in this manner gives you unlimited possibilities.

The next logical question then is what blue, red and yellow should I use in my basic palette?

Well that depends on what you are painting primarily.

At Moore Art School I recommend a palette that lends itself to painting landscapes and seascapes:

– Ultramarine Blue
– Alizarin Crimson
– Yellow Ochre

The blue and yellow in this palette are warmer and the red cooler.

This palette is ideal for landscapes as it allows you to paint a muted grey tone to the landscape (which is what it mostly is) and then punch up the colours for the focal point.

So if you are starting out, or been painting awhile and wanting to improve, then I can not stress enough the importance of learning about colours, how to mix them, and how to use the concepts of saturation, temperature etc to maximum effect.

I am thinking about creating a small course that talks about all of this … if there is enough interest.

Is this something you would be interested in? If so please leave a YES in the comments so I know you are interested. If there is enough interest I will get to work on creating the course.