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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

Acrylic Painting Lesson Step By Step

Acrylic Painting Lesson Step By Step

In this acrylic painting lesson you will see the step by step process of creating a landscape painting from a photo. The photo is of an old fruit shack in Mapleton in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

This video is a preview video of one of the full painting projects now available in the Learn To Paint Club. To access the full painting project click this link:

Get Access To The Full Painting Project

Next month in the Learn To Paint Club we are having an Impressionist month so we will be doing projects in the styles of Monet, Cezanne, and a mystery impressionist. It will be a lot of fun so come and join us.

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Acrylic Painting Tutorials YouTube

Acrylic Painting Tutorials YouTube

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:

Watch The Full Length Version For $1

Our YouTube channel is full of Acrylic Painting Tutorials all designed for beginners – Acrylic Painting Tutorials YouTube

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Acrylic Painting Tutorial For Beginners

Acrylic Painting Tutorial For Beginners

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

Watch The Full Length Video for $1

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.

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Learn to Paint – Episode 11 Preview

Learn to Paint – Episode 11 Preview

Learn to Paint – Episode 11 Preview “Outback Sunset”

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.

Join The Learn To Paint Club For $1

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.

Mixing Muddy Colours

Sick of Muddy Colours?

Mixing Muddy Colours

Sick of Mixing Muddy Colours?

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.

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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!

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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.

Artists Palette

Colour

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.