Byron Bay Beach Painting – New Episode of Learn To Paint TV

Byron Bay Beach Painting – New Episode of Learn To Paint TV

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The latest version of the weekly online TV show ‘Learn To Paint TV’ is now available.

This time we paint ‘Byron Bay Beach’ with the headland and lighthouse. Watch the show here:

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Learn To Paint TV is our new weekly online TV show.

Designed to fit a 30 minute TV slot, each episode shows you how to paint great looking landscapes and seascapes in acrylics or oils.

The full version of each painting project is available to members of the Learn To Paint Club.

You can take a trial membership of the Learn To Paint Club for just $1 and have access to all of the previous versions of the show along with a number of full length painting courses and other bonus material.

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New Episode of Learn To Paint TV

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Friends … I’m excited about this weeks episode of Learn To Paint TV.

This week we are painting an old cottage I came across when Sue and I were walking back from Giverny (the home of Monet)

Please like, share and comment if you enjoyed the episode.

Learn to Paint Club members … this weeks FULL episode of ‘Near Giverny’ is now in the Learn To Paint Club members are. Simply log in here http://www.LearnToPaint.club

If you are not a member of Learn To Paint Club but want access to

the full length versions and all of the other goodies available to members then click this link to get access for just $1 trial http://mooreartschool.com/join-learn-to-paint-club-trial/

Of course the best option open right now that will save you money (but only for a short while) is the Lifetime Member option. Information is herehttp://mooreartschool.com/life-member/

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New ‘Learn To Paint TV’ Show Launched

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Learn To Paint TV – First Episode Now Live

We are excited to announce that our new weekly online TV show is now live.

The first episode features a great seascape painting of Cabarita Beach in NSW.

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New ‘Acrylic Painting Techniques’ Course & A Huge Announcement Coming

New ‘Acrylic Painting Techniques’ Course & A Huge Announcement Coming

New Acrylic Painting Techniques For Landscape Course

New Acrylic Course & Big News … Thanks for watching the Live Stream.

As mentioned Learn To Paint Club members are getting our two new courses ‘Acrylic Painting Introduction‘ and ‘Acrylic Painting Techniques‘ as part of your membership.

Join the Learn To Paint Club on $1 trial before end of August and you will get both courses included.

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Learn To Paint Club members will be receiving the full length version of every episode of the all NEW ‘Learn To Paint TV’ show starting in September.

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Learn To Paint E 20 – “Noosa River Reflections”

How To Paint Reflections In Acrylics

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Acrylic Painting Reflections – Learn To Paint E20 “Noosa River Reflections”

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In this Learn To Paint preview video we paint river reflections. You will learn how to paint reflections in a river using acrylics. Its a great landscape painting in acrylics designed for beginners. This beginners painting tutorial shows you how to paint a dramatic Landscape in acrylics. This is a simple painting lesson anyone including beginners can learn to paint in acrylics or oils.

This is a preview of an upcoming project for members of the Learn To Paint Club where we teach beginners and Intermediate painters how to paint in acrylics and oils. The full length version of this project is available to members.

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How To Paint Reflections In Acrylics

How To Paint Reflections In Acrylics

Knowing how to paint reflections in acrylics is a great skill to have.

Reflections can really make a painting as people who don’t paint are often mesmorised by the reflections. The great news is creating realistic looking reflections in a painting is easier than what you might think.

The key is to know what to put into a reflection.

You don’t need to put in every detail … the mind of the viewer will usually fill in the missing details.

So there is not a lot to learn to paint great looking paintings with reflections in acrylics.

In this post I will break down how I painted this ‘Noosa River Reflections‘ painting with the reflections in the water of the distant trees and the rising sunshine in the morning.

This is a project from the Learn To Paint Club so if you want to see the full length video then you can join today for just $1 and get access to the video and follow along.

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As always with the Moore Method of Painting I start out in step one by doing a rough drawing.

I use a small flat brush and some Ultramarine Blue paint. With just a little water in the brush you can thin the paint out a little for the purpose of doing the drawing.

In the Moore Method we focus on just the few big shapes for our drawing. What is important here is getting the right shapes in the right place. Note the horizon line being just below the half way mark of the canvas. I draw in the distant trees and their reflections.

Then I draw in the foreground embankment. My first attempt was a bit high so I drew in a second line to indicate where I want the embankment to finish.

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So with step one finished I now move onto the second step which is the block in.

My first goal is to establish the warm glow from the rising sunshine. This needs to be painted into the lower part of the sky and then reflected into the water.

I use Yellow Ochre and Titanium White. Mix a nice light tone and keep in mind acrylics always dry darker.

Note – Use a lot of paint. Most beginners do not use anywhere near enough paint and they struggle to apply it to the canvas and blend it before it drys out. By using a lot of paint it gives you more time to work with it before it dries out.

With a 1″ Gesso Brush I paint in horizontal bands applying the sunshine to the canvas.

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I continue working this sunshine colour down into the water as a reflection of the lower part of the sky.

A good tip is to paint this in beyond where you think you will need it. Don’t paint up to the lines … paint past them as it will make it easier to connect this section to the next in the painting.

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Now I mix up Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White for the upper part of the sky.

Again I paint this in horizontal bands starting right at the top.

With each band I lighten it a little by adding more Titanium White.

When I reach the part of the sky with the Yellow Ochre I then lighten my strokes so I am barely touching the canvas. I want to apply the blue mix over the top of the yellow mix rather than blend them together.

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For the river I do the same as in the sky only in reverse.

The big difference is that the lower part of the river is painted darker than in the sky. This is because this part of the river is the closest thing to the viewer of the painting so it will naturally be darker in tone.

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Next we want to block in our shadow colours for the distant row of trees.

This is just a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson. With the 1″ brush I am able to block this area in quickly. The brush is well loaded and I am varying my brush strokes around to create some interest and texture. At the tops I use the edge of the brush to create the effect of tree tops.

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Next is the reflections.

To get these to look right I load the brush then place it at the edge where the river embankment would be and drag the brush downward.

So the reflections of the trees (at least the shadows) are a serious of downward strokes of the brush. Refer to the video to see the technique in action.

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For the foreground embankment I use a warmer mix which is mostly Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Ochre. This creates a great earthy tone and is ideal for blocking in the under painting for the foreground land.

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Using the same dark mix of the distant trees I paint in the foreground tree.

I use the small flat brush and start by developing the tree trunk and main branches.

Start out small and grow it larger rather than start out too large initially and then having to figure out how to reduce it in size.

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The same mix is used to apply the trees foliage with the 1″ Geso brush.

As this is a foreground tree there is more details needed in the tree. So take your time with it and think about how the shape of the tree would look. Notice I have plenty of the sky colours showing through the foliage of the tree.

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Now it is time to add in some midtones and highlights on the distant trees and their reflection.

I mix a slightly greyed down green with Ultramarine Blue and Yellow Ochre. Then I add just a pin head of Alizarin Crimson into the mix. By adding the third primary it reduces the saturation of the paint giving the effect of some distance to the trees.

Notice how I use the 1″ brush to indicate the tops of the trees that would be catching some of the sunlight as the morning sun rises.

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To capture this effect in the reflections I am using the same process only the half moon shapes of the tree tops are upside down.

Later I will brighten up the highlight tone by adding just a little Cadmium Yellow to the mix and just touch it into some the tree tops for a brighter effect.

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It’s time to focus in on the details.

With a small script liner brush I start to apply in smaller branches and twigs etc to the main tree.

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Last minute touches such as the posts to tie up your boats, the river embankment on the far side and the water ripples all serve to finish of the painting to great effect.

This is a beginner level painting and is really easy to complete when you follow the instructions given step by step.

The full length video of this project is now available in the Learn To Paint Club.

You can take a $1 trial in the club right now and have full access to more than twenty painting projects and more.

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Special Announcement – Join the Learn To Paint Club in AUGUST and you will also receive 2 complete painting courses as a BONUS for joining now.

The first of these courses is the Acrylic Painting Introduction course which is a 3 1/2 hour course with three painting projects and is available to you immediately when you take the $1 trial to the Learn to Paint Club.

The second course is currently in development and will be available at the end of August.

Oil Painting Demonstration Live In Studio

Oil Painting Demonstration Live In Studio

Oil Painting Demonstration Live In Studio – Join me in the studio for this live oil painting demonstration.

I work on completing a painting in oils from a photo. During the live stream I chat about my approach to painting, the Moore Method of Painting and more.

If you want to see more live stream oil painting demonstrations then make sure you have liked our Facebook page as that is were we are doing the live streams from.

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Learning To Paint Progressively In Oils or Acrylics

Learning To Paint Progressively In Oils or Acrylics

When learning to paint it is a good idea to take progressive steps where each lesson learned builds on previous lessons. This approach to learning to paint in oils or acrylics helps you build a solid understanding of the key principles of painting.

In this live stream video I talk about a new painting course recently filmed ‘Acrylic Painting – An Introduction To Acrylic Painting for Beginners‘. The new course was filmed for Udemy and is now available there.

The new course has three painting projects. Each one builds on the previous one.

The first project is a Values Study … it is painting a basic object like a cube sitting on a table with a strong light source:

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Doing small values studies like this in oils or acrylics is a great idea because it not only teaches you about values but it also helps a lot with your skills of drawing with the brush, and your general brush techniques as you learn to paint strong edges.

From this values study we move to the second project which is a simple landscape scene:

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In this project we use our knowledge of values and apply it into a landscape scene.

We also learn about the keys to aerial perspective such as colour temperature, values and the saturation of the colour. I cover these ideas in great detail in our Colour Mixing Course.

These keys are applied to this second project in a simple landscape painting.

As you can see the painting has a a great feeling of depth because of the correct use of values, temperature and saturation.

So in the third project we take it one step further.

We paint a cottage in a landscape scene using what we have learnt:

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Now this is the key point, and what I cover in the live stream video, the values study of the small block on a table becomes our cottage. All we do is add a roof on it and extend the back a little.

But notice the values structure of the cottage is exactly the same as the cube.

This is one of the best ways to approach any painting … just breaking complex scenes and objects down into simple shapes. Learn to paint the shapes correctly and you take a big step forward to learning to paint in either oils or acrylics.

Also you can clearly see the principles of aerial perspective learnt in project two applied to this third project.

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Learning From Every Painting

Learning From Every Painting

In this video recorded from a Facebook live stream I talk about the idea of learning from every painting you do.

If you can take away one or two things to improve on in your next painting then you will progress rapidly. Really our own paintings can be our greatest teachers if we look for it.

Apologies for the video quality … the internet connection will be upgraded in the next few weeks so look out for more live streams over on our Facebook page soon.

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Keep your eye open for more live streams from us on Facebook soon.

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Abstract Painting Project Step By Step

Abstract Painting Project Step By Step

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New “Abstract Painting Level 1” Course Launching Soon

In this tutorial I will show you step by step how to create a terrific abstract painting in acrylics.

This project is part of the soon to be released ‘Abstract Painting Level 1‘ course. So if you like this project then it would be worthwhile keeping your eye open for details on the early bird pricing offer when we release the course.

As with all of our courses and projects here at Moore Art School we will be doing this abstract painting project using the Moore Method of Painting.

Of course this being an abstract painting project from the new Abstract Painting Level 1 course, there are going to be some differences. We will be moving away from a realism approach to a level of abstraction. As a result there will be less effort to paint every detail in through out the course and more focus on capturing the feeling of a place or scene.

Note – This is the first of the four projects being taught in the new course. The other projects will be even more abstract and move further from a realism approach.

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We start out (in the above picture) using a 1″ geso brush with bristle hairs. This is the same brush we often use in our projects and courses. The mix of paint is Cereluen Blue with Titanium White. I am using Atelier Interactive Acrylics for this project and painting on a 16″ x 20″ stretched canvas.

After mixing the cool sky colour I start our first step which is to do our basic drawing. In the above I am establishing the horizon line about one third of the way from the top.

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After painting in the horizon line I indicated a small land mass to the left hand side of the painting.

When I stood back to check it appeared the horizon and land mass where too high so I lowered it all down about an inch or so. That completed the drawing step.

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Step two of the Moore Method is the block in step. Using lots of paint I block in the sky area creating a nice cool sky tone. In the video for this project you will note that I really vary my brush strokes a lot to add interest into the sky.

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Next I add Ultramarine Blue to my palette. This is a warmer blue and will be ideal for the larger water area. I mix it with Titanium White. Note that it has to cover two thirds of the canvas so mix plenty of paint up before you start blocking it in.

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The paint was drying off fast so I used my spray bottle to just lightly mist the surface of the canvas. By doing so I give myself extra time to blend the water correctly.

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Now it is time to block in the land mass.

The mix I use for this is basically a dark. So Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson work fine. I also have Yellow Ochre on the palette (note this is my standard palette) and a touch would have been added in to darken the mix even further.

I mix it using the palette knife which I also use to then apply it to the canvas and form the shape of the land mass. Do not fuss with this too much … keep it a little random and undefined.

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A mix of Yellow Ochre and Titanium White make a great sand colour so I add just a little to the edge of the land mass to create a sandy beach impression.

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It’s time to have some fun and beef this painting up a little.

I mix a warm sky cloud colour. To do this I use the Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre and Titanium White together. Don’t overmix this. Keep the colours a little broken in the mix for added interest.

Then I get a scoop of it on the palette knife and start to fashion in some cloud like shapes. You need to be brave at this stage 🙂

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After shaping up the clouds a little I then create the cloud reflections.

Load the palette knife edge with the warm cloud colour and then place it on the horizon line. Then drag downwards to the bottom of the canvas. Looks great doesn’t it? The key is not to use too much pressure on the knife. Let the weave of the canvas drag the paint off.

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Above I have done something similar with the land reflections. The only difference is I have pushed the dark mix of the land mass a little bluer. Simply add more Ultramarine into the dark mix until it goes bluer. Then use the same technique of dragging the reflection down with the palette knife.

Notice the original blue of the water is still coming through between the reflections.

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With almost pure white and slightly smaller palette knife I indicate some sail boats on the water.

I do one main one and then several smaller ones off in the distance.

The reflections are done using the same technique of dragging the paint down with the knife.

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After standing back and looking at what we had done so far I concluded it was time to reduce the size of the clouds. This was easy to do simply by mixing the sky colour again and just painting back into the clouds. The good thing was it allowed me to shape the clouds in a more interesting way.

I have also done the same with the original water colour using it to shape up the reflections.

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And finally after a few more tweaks I added my signature to it.

Overall a fun project to try at home. Try a few different variations with it and add in your own ideas.

The full video recording of this project will be in the soon to be released Abstract Painting Level 1 course which will be out soon.

Painting abstracts can be a very liberating way to free yourself up, get loose and allow your creative juices to flow freely. By doing so it can only improve all aspects of your painting skills.

Give this one a try or wait until you get the full videos and try it then.

But definitely try abstract painting.

It’s a lot of fun