Learn to Paint With Impact
- 6.5 hours on-demand video
- 6 articles
- 70 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- This course will show you how to assess a subject like an artist. Compose and paint a subject with confidence for maximum impact.
- You will know how to mix colors to the correct value.
- Why edges are so important.
- How to use brushwork effectively.
- Apply this system to studio and plein air painting.
- Paints: (oils, acrylic or watercolor) titanium white, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow light and ultramarine blue. Size 6 and 8 flat brushes. A painting knife. Palette. Sketch pad and black felt tip marker - wedge shape tip. Grey marker optional. Pencils: 2B and 6B. Painting panels: size 6 x 8" or 10 x 12"
- A passion for painting!
This course is designed to fill in the gaps left by conventional art instruction. We all want our paintings to stand out. To express our feelings or catch the eye of a collector. What is it that makes a painting move from ordinary to stunning?
The secret is learning how to see like an artist. No matter what your subject the basic foundation for color, value, edges and shapes needs to be in place. I take this further with extensive video demonstrations that give you the confidence to try yourself.
Challenging and fun assignments with demonstrations will help you put theory into practice. In this course you will learn by doing - the best way! Supplemented with over 200 pages of notes, video, slideshows and full demonstrations you will be able to take your painting to higher levels quickly and confidently.
This course will give you the confidence and direction to paint with impact.
What Others are Saying:
I've been painting for many years, but never had formal study. This course is a great way to learn the foundations of painting & tools that will help drive my painting to the next level. (Lynne)
Very well done. Very professional. (Bruce)
Malcolm is an excellent instructor. He is welcoming and knowledgeable..I am looking forward to learning A LOT! (Joyce)
Very thorough course. Unbelievable amount of information for the money I paid. Great instruction, Malcolm! (Linda)
With over 202 Five Star Reviews on Udemy there is a good prospect that you will find useful and practical painting tips from my courses. My primary goal is to make a difference to YOUR painting and increase your enjoyment of painting for years to come.
I hope you can join me today.
(Course Updated October.2018)
- Beginners and intermediate
Canvas lined panels are easy to make and provide an excellent surface to paint on. These panels have the benefits of canvas, but are stronger and convenient to take with you on plein air painting trips. This brief demo shows you how to make your panels and prime them.
How to prepare your painting surface is very important. You painting experience as well as the future of the painting itself depend on good priming.This video explains how to prime the painting surface before you begin painting on it. This procedure applies to canvas lined panels or panels without canvas. Prime and tone both.
Stretched canvasses are a good option for larger paintings. Panels can be too heavy, for instance, so a canvas gives a lighter option with a good surface to paint on. Here are a few options when purchasing canvasses. As always you get what you pay for so try for good quality canvas.
Why is this section on shapes so important? I give a brief introduction to this section.
This lecture explains how you can measure values using the Munsell value scale. By comparing color spots on your subject to the value scale you can identify the correct value of the color. This makes mixing accurate color simpler. Values are one of the keys to painting with impact.
Download the value scale below, print it out and stick it onto card. You will then have your own value scale to use during this course.
Color mixing from the primary colors can seem daunting to say the least. But it can be simple if you practice it regularly. Color mixing will save you money and make you a better painter more quickly. The ability to mix your colors instinctively plus adjust for value and saturation is an essential skill. This video shows how you can mix your landscape colors easily. Practice mixing these colors over several days until you are comfortable with the basic steps.
This demo video shows how to start your painting with the shadow and light shapes. This is part of making a good start to your painting to simplify the major shapes into light and shadow color ranges.
PRO TIP: Practice making a start. Do this over and over with different references on small painting panels or even primed water color paper. Getting a confident start does a lot for your confidence and the painting's success.
Let us have a look at a landscape scene with lots going on. Plenty of potential, but you must see what to include and what to leave out. Decide what it is you want to focus on. It is usually the strongest elements that instinctively draw your attention. Stay with those. exclude the rest.
Still struggling to simplify the scene? Time to force yourself to paint the big abstract shapes! Use this method until you have developed the new habit. Get a LARGE brush and small panel. Size 16 brush and a small 10 x 12 panel. Then paint the painting using the same brush and see how far you can go. Repeat this exercise many times. It is a critical skill so please do not laugh it off.