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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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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Episode 5 – You Make It Look So Easy

Welcome to the fifth episode of the podcast The Artists Journey.

In this fifth episode of The Artists Journey I discuss a comment from a student recently “Rod … you make it look so easy” and look further into the process of becoming a good artist and what it takes.


Download Episode 5 Here (Right Mouse click and save to your computer)

View The Coastal Collection Here

The Coastal Collection are a range of small framed paintings with a coast and beach theme. They are small enough that they make an ideal gift for Christmas for family and friends. Click the link above to view the collection. If you wish to create your own small framed paintings as gifts then find out how by clicking here.

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Step By Step Painting Demonstration – Alpine Mountains

The following is a step-by-step demonstration of a painting of an Alpine Mountain scene.

The painting was created for the May DVD of Month Club members and we filmed the entire process discussing each step in detail. The DVD of this painting will be about 2 hours in length. Along the way I took progress photos of the painting and thought it might be of value to explain the steps to you.


The painting itself was inspired by a quick twenty minute sketch from one of the DVD's on composition from the Get Started Painting – Home Study course. The sketch was to illustrate the S type composition. So I decided it was a great exercise as it also demonstrates ariel perspective and a number of other key compositional elements.

The outline drawing is completed using Ultramarine Blue & Alizarin Crimson mixture. I loosely sketch in the main shapes looking mostly for correct placement and to make sure the composition works.

I start the painting with the distant mountain range to get the value right. It needs to be light enough to show its in distance yet still contrast against the light sky. Both are done with varying mixtures of Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White.

I then add snow caps onto the distant mountain on the light side and some shadow colours on the darker side of the snow capped mountains. This gave these mountains a greater sense of distance. The next two mountains are added in getting darker in value the close they get to the viewer. The closest mountain has Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Ochre in the mix.

I start blocking in the distant fields and the base colour for the river. The fields are just various mixes of Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ocher and Cadmium Yellow.

I continue blocking in the fields getting darker as they get closer. I have started working on the distant trees putting a dark value on the trees closest to us. In the distance I have added highlights to the trees surrounding the house giving them more shape and volume. I have added rocks into the foreground water using Burnt Umber.

The final steps are to finish off with details … all of the trees get highlight colours added. I have varied the colours to keep the trees interesting. The house is painted in and smoke added to create a sense of life. White water is painted into the river especially in the foreground, cows added in and the fence line is used to create even more depth in the painting.

The process we have used is one we call the Moore Method of painting. It is following 3 simple steps:

1/ Drawing – Focusing on big shapes and ensuring you have the right composition and perspective

2/ Blocking In – Establishing base values and blocking in base colours

3/ Highlights & Details – The finishing touches bring the painting to life

If you would like to see the complete film of the painting where I talk you through every step and brush stroke then join the DVD of Month Club and you will receive the DVD of this painting in May.

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Michelle’s Painting

Michelles Great Painting!

Hope you had a great Easter break!

I had to email you today to show you this great painting by one of  our students Michelle Endersby.

Michelle is pretty much a total beginner when it comes to painting. She came to one of our art classes in February and did a great job completing one of her first ever paintings.

Then Michelle joined our DVD of Month Club … and completed the above painting from the March DVD. What I love about this is that Michelle has done her own interpretation of the painting, adding in the rocks on the right hand side creating a great little cove scene, and creating a painting that is truly her own.

Michelle has done such a great job for a beginner and we can only imagine how much she will progress in the coming months as she continues to follow the lessons and the projects as a member of the DVD of Month Club. Congratulations Michelle … we are grateful to have you as a member of the DVD of Month Club.

NOTE: I am going to be doing a video review of Michelles painting highlighting what she has done well and a few keys for her to improve her painting.The video will be available in the members area soon.

The DVD of Month Club is one of the best ways to learn how to paint. You see … learning to paint requires you getting regular instruction to improve your skills, and regular practice. By spacing this learning out month to month, and following the projects in the DVD's each month you can not help to improve.



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DVD of Month Club – April

DVD Of Month Club – St Ives Harbor Cornwall

St_Ives_Harbour_DVDThe DVD for April for our members of the DVD of Month Club features a great little scene from St Ives in Cornwall. Sue and I visited there for a few weeks in 2009 over summer and loved the harbor at St Ives. It has amazing tide highs and lows. 

The painting project for April on the DVD is done in acrylics and features the harbor scene.

I wanted to do a painting in acrylics for our members so they could see that it really is quite similar to painting in oils with just a few key differences.

The painting is loose and impressionistic with a fairly limited palette.

Members of the DVD of Month Club will be receiving their DVD in mail shortly.

If you are not yet a member then find out more about joining the DVD of Month Club by clicking here

Here is the finished painting …

St Ives Harbour

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