The Secret to Your Painting's Success

How Making a Great Start to Your Painting Ensures Successful Completion
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Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (798 ratings)
18,348 students
51min of on-demand video
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Research, prepare and begin a painting


  • A basic selection of materials such as:
  • Pencil and A5 sketch pad
  • Broad tipped (wedge) black marker pen
  • Primary colors and white in either oils or acrylics
  • Small canvas or painting panel
  • A #6 bristle brush
  • Paper towel and cleaning materials


Do you find that your paintings seldom finish off looking good? Or do you abandon your painting halfway because nothing is looking right? Scraping back the paint in frustration only to abandon the painting is annoying. Not to mention a waste of time and money.

The solution in many cases is what you do even before you begin painting. It is all about the preparation and start where the real outcome is usually determined.

Any professional will tell you that there are a thousand ways to paint your picture and ruin it too. But most agree that getting the painting off to a great start is critical Step One

That is why I decided to create this short course with a focus on the start. This course is based on part of my Learn to Impact Master Course. The latter has much more detail should you want to take your learning to the next level.

The Secret to Your Painting Success will give you much information and practical tips that you can try out now with your next painting. Make that step up in your painting before moving onto more complicated techniques.

You will need the following materials:

  1. The primary colors and white (oils or acrylics)
  2. A canvas or painting panel
  3. Brushes - #6 bristle
  4. Medium or white spirits
  5. Paper towel
  6. Pencil and A5 sketchbook
  7. Black marker pen (thick wedge shaped tip)

I look forward to meeting you on the course!

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners and anyone struggling to complete a painting successfully


Professional Artist
Malcolm Dewey
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 3,273 Reviews
  • 36,004 Students
  • 12 Courses

I am a professional artist with twenty years experience in painting mainly in oil, acrylic and watercolor mediums. I have studied art for most of my life and continue to develop my style of painting. I enjoy teaching art, which has led to me developing courses to help artists seeking to improve their work.

I am also concerned with helping people find their calling to create. This includes using art to release creative blocks, achieve mindfulness and more calm in our lives. Art has great potential to ease the burdens of modern living.

I follow a representational approach to subjects using a painterly or impressionistic style. Plein air painting is a favorite part of my approach to painting. I currently produce paintings for sale to collectors worldwide.

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