Gympie Art Class At Quartz Hub
We are giving away 100 copies of our new DVD ‘Tuscany Farmhouse’
This is one of the projects from the Learn To Paint Club and is the first in a new series of DVD’s we are going to launch in the next few months. The DVD’s will be $37 + postage when released.
For a limited time though we are giving away 100 copies of the DVD if you pay for the postage. It will save you $37.
At this stage we are limiting this offer to 100 copies so act fast if you want one.
This is the first in a series of VLOGS on how to sell your art online. For artists there has never been a better time than right now to take control of your own art career and build a business around your art. There are so many tools available to us to make selling your art online a viable way to earn an income from your art.
In this first episode of Selling Art Online VLOG I introduce the idea of becoming an Art Entrepreneur or what I term an ArtPreneur. This is the idea of the artist becoming an entrepreneur and starting to build a business based on their art with multiple streams of income.
Selling Art Online is not easy and most artists will fail at it however there are many who are successfully creating a full time income from their art using the online tools available to sell their art.
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This acrylic painting tutorial on YouTube is a preview from a recent Learn To Paint Club painting project.
In this project I show you how to paint this great landscape scene in acrylics following a step by step process. The full length version of the video is available to members of the Learn To Paint Club:
Our YouTube channel is full of Acrylic Painting Tutorials all designed for beginners – Acrylic Painting Tutorials YouTube
In this acrylic painting tutorial for beginners we take a step by step look at how to create a landscape with depth and atmosphere. This tutorial is a painting project from the Learn To Paint Club. You can get the full hour plus long video of this project when you take the $1 trial membership to the Learn To Paint Club.
The subject we will paint in this acrylic painting tutorial is of the Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland.
In the first step above you can see that I have started my basic drawing. This is step one of the Moore Method of Painting where our goal is just to draw in the big shapes and place them correctly. Above you can see I have used a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson to mix a dark to draw with.
I continue to develop the drawing but note that I am not trying to draw the scene in. This is really about establishing the half dozen or so big shapes and helping them find their place in the composition. I made the distant hills a little larger as they were too small in the photo.
Now above I have moved on to step two in the Moore Method of Painting. Now I am establishing the value relationships between the middle distance and the foreground. The mountains are painted in with a grey down blue mix. As the objects get closer they become darker. In our Colour Mixing Course we cover values in great detail.
The foreground is blocked in with a warmer earthier tone. I simply added more Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Ochre to the blue grey mix that I had been using. You can see the depth in the painting already starting to become established as the values relationships are working.
I use my darkest dark on the tree and establish its shape. For the foliage I used a large flat brush and pushed it up through the dark mix so the hairs opened up. Then I scrubbed the brush across the sky causing a somewhat random pattern yet still in the shape of the gum tree.
Now the exciting part. A mix of Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow give us a bright green. I toned it back with a little Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Ochre as I wanted to first paint in a midtone green.
In order to create the effect of bright sunlight streaming in from the left I have gone to almost pure Cadmium Yellow and I am highlighting sections of the grass. Notice I have also highlight the middle distance trees using a greyed down version of the same greens.
Step three of the Moore Method of Painting is all about highlights, details and finishing touches. You can see that I have been busy with the main tree, and painting in little tufts of grass catching the light.
A few more finishing touches and we are done. A great little landscape painting to try at all levels even if you are a beginner.
Want to watch the full video of this painting project? You can when you take the $1 Trial membership to the Learn To Paint Club:
The Learn to Paint Club gives you access to new projects like this one each month. It is ideal for those learning to paint in oils or acrylics and gives you a range of new painting projects to try at home each month.
This is a preview of a recent project for our Learn To Paint Club members. It is a simple easy to paint project designed for beginners which anyone can do. The project is done in acrylics but easily adapted to oils. Have a go at this one and I am sure you will be happy with the result.
Right now there is a limited opportunity to join the Learn To Paint Club for a $1 trial. You will get access to the full version of the project above plus lots of other great painting projects.
OMG, I can’t believe I’ve created this painting. Thank you so much. Learning to paint has been on my Bucket List for many years and now, thanks to you, I’ve been able to at least make a start. I’m now in my early seventies (can’t believe that either), we live in NZ and 12 years ago we toured Australia for 2 years with a caravan and then toured NZ for several years so I have many amazing photos I’d love to be able to paint.Your course is so good. I can’t draw. But I’ve been able to get this far in my first effort. But I have to say, I’ve painted over this painting several times so now the painting is quite heavy!!I started a second one as I was not happy with the first one but went back to the first one and am reasonably happy with it but may do touch-ups tomorrow. I hope the second one may be better.My biggest problem was the highlighting of the bushes. I think the photo looks better than the original and I’m still not happy with it.I painted it on an A4 sheet of Bockingford water colour pad.When I started the second painting it was interesting that, while listening and watching your tutorial, I heard so much more than I’d heard the first time. I’m looking forward to watching your video on colours – but have been too busy painting …..Also looking forward to all the email tutorials I have from you.While touring Australia I’ve got to admit I had a 3 hour lesson in Alice Springs where I did a 6″ x 4″ water colour so the current painting is actually my second one!
Thank you once again”
I feel I know you now after listening to your lessons. You are a very good teacher as in my wildest dreams I didn’t think I’d be able to produce these paintings. I can’t wait to go through the other lessons.I was a bit nervous about starting the second one fearing I wouldn’t be able to paint one as good. And for a while I was worried until it was just about finished. It would be so easy to toss it out when half way through.I feel I’ve learnt a lot by painting the same scene again and it would be interesting to do it again but I’ll try another one next.I’m looking forward to finding the right frame for them.You asked for a photo so will send it in another email.I’ve bought your colour lessons which I’m really looking forward to.Thanks againMargaret Cullen
ps just thought – I think I’ll put my name on the paintings – I’m actually very proud of them – thanks to you”
Hi … Do you have this problem?
A lot of people starting out learning to paint often struggle with their paint mixes getting muddy and lifeless.
I hear it all the time from our students.
It’s a topic we will be covering in great detail in the new Colour Mixing Course
The problem with mixing mud on your palette is that it is usually lifeless and rarely the colour you were hoping to mix. It leads to frustration for a lot of us starting out painting.
So what do you do when you have mixed a pile of mud?
As I said we will be covering it in detail in the new Colour Mixing Course but let me share with you a few thoughts that will help you right away.
First … how do we end up with muddy colour anyway?
Well muddy colours is usually a result of mixing three or more colours together in the wrong proportions (typically in equal amounts). When you introduce too many colours into your mix it reacts by turning to a dull grey brown colour.
So when you try and mix a colour think about what are the two dominant colours in the mix. When you mix say blue and yellow (two primaries) you get green. So if you are trying to mix a green and it goes muddy then you have probably introduced red in the wrong proportions.
Keep you mixes simple with two dominant colours and you will keep away from mud.
A second key idea is the temperature.
When you mix mud its usually neutral in temperature.
So if you find yourself with muddy colours on the palette then you can either WARM it up or COOL it down. By altering the temperature of the mix you bring it back to life.
The big challenge for beginners of course is when you watch videos of master artists you see them dancing their brush across the palette dabbing into all sorts of colours and adding them to the mix.
This can be confusing to beginners because it looks like they aren’t even thinking about it. Of course they are not … they are doing it unconsciously based on years of experience.
As a beginner you need to follow simple principles to avoid mud.
Again we will be covering this in a lot more detail in the Colour Mixing Course.
For now though remember:
* Keep your mixes simple with two dominant colours
* WARM up or COOL down your muddy mix to bring it back to life
I hope these tips help you keep out of the mud
PS … The new COLOUR MIXING COURSE starts on 12th April. You can join at the Early Bird Price and save 50% if you join before the course starts. It will run for 6 weeks and teach you everything you need to know about COLOUR.
More great success stories. This time from Nirmala in India. Terrific job with the painting. Here is what she had to say:
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!