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Like seafoam in the crest of a wave, fallen snow is beautifully reflective and challenging to paint. Shadows are where the magic happens, revealing form and texture. Jeanne’s snowy landscape demo will also reveal what she’s learned from painting ...
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In this first watercolor demonstration video Jonathan will be discussing his recent return to a medium rooted in the very beginnings of his artistic journey. He will go over some of the basic watercolor techniques, as well as a few of his own ...
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In Part 1, I introduce you to this beautiful, misty river scene. I talk about how I decided on this particular composition, working through a thumbnail sketch that helps guide me throughout the rest of my painting. I finish Part 1 by showing you how ...
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Part 2 will show you how to mix and block in colors. I also paint in the starkly beautiful winter tree branches.
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In Part 3, I add details to the water and branches and check to be sure I've accomplished my goals for the painting. …and get a visit from a local trout!
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Painting sailboats can be tricky. This demo incudes tips to help you judge values, get your drawing right, and find a stronger composition and inspiring color even when using less-than-inspiring reference photos
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Painting sailboats can be tricky. This demo incudes tips to help you judge values, get your drawing right, and find a stronger composition and inspiring color even when using less-than-inspiring reference photos
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Dealing with a challenging subject? Close observation and simplification of shapes will go far. Jeanne will show how using these tips, anyone can learn to include boats in their work convincingly
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Dealing with a challenging subject? Close observation and simplification of shapes will go far. Jeanne will show how using these tips, anyone can learn to include boats in their work convincingly
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In parts 1 and 2 of "Holiday Transit" Jonathan demonstrates another holiday themed painting. Along with technical advice and instruction, he will describe the story behind the painting, and what he looks for in a subject. He will discuss how a ...
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In parts 1 and 2 of "Holiday Transit" Jonathan demonstrates another holiday themed painting. Along with technical advice and instruction, he will describe the story behind the painting, and what he looks for in a subject. He will discuss how a ...
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In part two of this two part series Jonathan will continue with his Christmas painting and the considerations that go into thematic work. He will discuss the latter stages of wrapping up a narrative painting, and demonstrates that twinkle of light in ...
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The third and final installment of this series takes the outdoors to the indoors where Jonathan explains his analysis process of plein air paintings. He pinpoints the areas of improvement and where good aspects can be enhanced even more. It is a look ...
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In this first part, I demonstrate how to sketch out a composition and use paint to lay in the design on canvas. Working through the changing mist and sky, I share how you can efficiently make your work capture your initial impression faster.
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While finishing the study, I discuss the use of values and colors to achieve distance and atmosphere. I then talk about utilizing the correct amount of detail to capture interest in your focal area by making selective choices and eliminating extra ...
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In part one of this two part series Jonathan will demonstrate a Christmas themed painting and the considerations that go into thematic work. He will also discuss why paintings centered around the holidays have been a tradition for him, and how he ...
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In part two of this plein air series, Jonathan moves through the latter stages of a plein air scene. Color, atmosphere, and edges are part of the process layering on top of the established composition and shapes, exemplifying the colors and energy of ...
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There is a lifetime of subject matter to study when it comes to understanding the horse and working out its descriptive form. But we must begin somewhere! I will be adding more equine videos in the future, but for now, we begin here. In this first ...
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Working on the internal features of the face we break down the form of the eyes, muzzle and the ears.
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This video covered the basics of understanding how a mane and tail function and lay on a horse. I also demonstrate how to draw the hoof, its function and mobility.
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Alluring and elusive, moonlight on water is among the most difficult sights in nature to paint. Paint it live and you’re in the dark, and yet moonlight is next to impossible to capture well photographically. In this demo, Jeanne will share how you ...
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Join me as I demonstrate how to mix the beautiful colors of fall, whilst outdoors using my favorite method! I use my standard limited palette to arrive at a wide array of the gorgeous colors of autumn.
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There are some steps In every plein air painters routine that are a must if you are looking to increase your efficiency in the field; and that is the practice of doing a thumbnail sketch before every painting. By doing a sketch ahead of time, you ...
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In part one if this plein air series, Jonathan talks about choosing a subject and establishing a composition when in the field and on location. Part one carries through establishing dark and light shapes, and the beginning stages of color ...
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Painting portraits may seem a daunting challenge, but I want to show you that it can be managed with the understanding of some essential concepts. In this video I discuss how I go about smiling painting eyes with life and sparkle.
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In this three-part video series, I share the method of working with a palette knife. The use of a palette knife is very different than using a brush, and I hope to demonstrate in this video, the many different ways to hold and manipulate the knife ...
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In Part 2, I continue painting distant fields, the trees behind the lavender and begin laying in the lavender rows.
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In Part 3, I lay in the lavender rows and the grassy aisles between them. I show techniques for using the palette knife to depict the rows' shape and direction. Finally, I zoom in on the details showing how short strokes with a dry knife added texture.
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In this video Jonathan will explain one of many ways to mix luscious green colors in oil paint. Using basic primary colors in Blue and Yellow, however with "warm" and "cool" options, he will show a basic "green" palette that can be applied to many ...
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In this first video of a two-part series, I will explain the very basics of beginning a still life. This is part 1, where I demonstrate toning a canvas, blocking in, and massing in colors and values
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Part 2, of the first lesson in still life foundations will focus of further developing the apple and lime still life. I will show more about mixing colors, establishing light, dimension and will cover use of brushwork. These first two still lifes ...
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In the third and final installment of "Retirement Plans", Jonathan will carry through to completion this charming painting of an old watercraft next to a boat shed. The painting almost serves as a portrait of the property owner, without depicting the ...
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In this video Jonathan reworks a painting that had a foundation in Plein air, but needed some changes to bring it to a place of stronger impact and interest. Also, he casually discusses some of his experience and offers some helpful suggestions for ...
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Every discipline must begin with the understanding of some basic principles. This video demonstrates the basic principles of drawing that will carry you through all your artistic disciplines, with practice.
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Most of us have some extra waiting time every now and then. What better exercise for the artistic mind than to practice some quick drawings while out and about. In this video I show you how to capture a quick tree from life.
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This first lesson in a three-part series is the preliminary stages of a portrait demonstrating Sight-size drawing technique. A portrait was chosen because I want to demonstrate that the process of drawing is not complicated, but rather a series of ...
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In the second video of this three-part series, we will work further on the portrait that was begun in the first lesson. I will develop the portrait working out the contours of the face and begin laying in the values.
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In this final drawing sight size video, I work to finish the portrait drawing. I hope that you will see that there is nothing complicated or daunting about drawing anything you want! Its all a matter of observation, taking your time and careful ...
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Nothing says majesty and grace like the noble horse. I am excited to share with you a clear simple step-by-step process to capturing a horse head portrait in this video set of three.
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Painting the portrait is one of the most challenging disciplines of painting known to artists. In this section of painting portraits, I begin with the foundations of portraiture.
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Watch as Jonathan McPhillips paints in his en plein air style the beautiful back yard and shed he discovered while staying at a friend's home.
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Watch as Jonathan McPhillips paints in his en plein air style the beautiful back yard and shed he discovered while staying at a friend's home.
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Painting the portrait is one of the most challenging disciplines of painting known to artists. In this section of painting portraits, I begin with the foundations of portraiture. We first discus the skull, and I demonstrate a simple sketch of a skull ...
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In this second video lesson of the foundations of portrait painting, I begin the painting of this gentleman by toning the canvas and demonstrate how to use my comparative drawing method to capture his likeness on the canvas.
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In this final video of the foundations of portraiture, I will demonstrate the finishing touches of sculpting out the form by using three basic values (light, middle tone and dark) to create the illusion of depth and facial topography.
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In this three-part video series, Color and Character, I will carry you through the next stage of portrait painting with working through color mixing! First, we begin with the drawing of our subject. I demonstrate in this first lesson, again the ...
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In this second video lesson of the Portrait studies, Color and Character, we delve into the weeds of really looking at mixing color. I explain the use of cool and warm color and I block in the foundation. I also begin to work through the capturing of ...
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Wrapping up the final video of this set of three in our Color and Character study, I demonstrate the importance of refining, looking and checking all areas that will need work. Then I isolate passages that need accents, and ask the question, “Did I capture
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This delightful three-part series in painting the portrait, I take you on a journey of painting a sweet little girl. This series will focus on using your brushwork to create form, understanding cool and warm in painting portraits while still ...
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In this second video of painting this sweet little girl, we take a closer look at refining the form and capturing the look of a child. There are wonderful palette shots demonstrating mixing skin tones. Edge work is also discussed as it pertains to ...
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In this final video of panting a young child, we polish up the structure, push the cool and warm vibrancy and finish painting her hair, clothes and develop a simple background that does not distract and enhances the glow of the child.
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In this three-part video series, I break down the process of portrait painting as it is more like sculpture than drawing. I want to emphasize the importance of considering facial topography in these videos. This first lesson will cover the likeness ...
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The second video lesson in this series about sculpting form will see the portrait come to life more by developing the three main values and building some descriptive form using color and brushwork.
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In this final video lesson about sculpting the portrait, we will see this painting come to a close with the addition of some final touches, discussion on paint quality, and using backgrounds to define edges and create atmosphere.
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In this video I will share with you what I carry with me when I want to do a little plein air work with my watercolors. It's a fun treasure hunt example for the individual looking to set up their own plein air kit of watercolor and pen and ink ...
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Watercolor painting is such a delightful painting medium with ease of materials, packing and accessibility. Many people feel intimidated by it's unpredictability and permanence. In this video, Jessica will demonstrate the basics of Victorian ...
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Jessica continues to present basic watercolor techniques such as broken color. Master these basic essentials, and there isn't anything you can't watercolor paint! Soon you'll be packing up your watercolor kit to take with you anywhere!
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In this Victorian Watercolor video, we use the techniques from the Watercolor Foundations Lessons 1 and 2. Together we paint a lovely fall scene of a lakeshore cabin and a small boat. Be sure to pause the video when more time is needed.
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Foliage season is coming soon: be ready for it with this live demo on handling nature’s most glorious show with subtlety and sensitivity. Learn to balance the brilliance of fall color with just the right neutrals, and create depth and a strong ...
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Efficiently packing for plein air painting is the first step to having a successful time enjoying the great outdoors doing what you love. In this short video I will show you the best options for keeping your equipment lightweight and essential.
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In this video I will demonstrate how to find a scene to paint in a park setting, develop your thumbnail sketch and block in the values on canvas
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This lesson will see you through blocking in the value and color masses, mixing greens and will further develop the painting begun in lesson 1.
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Wrapping up the painting from lessons 1 and 2, this video will demonstrate how to work through keeping your first vision, tightening up the composition and how to know when you’re finished.
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Everyone loves fall colors, water and reflections. In this video series, I will demonstrate how to capture a lovely fall pond scene with simple basic steps so you can confidently master plein air painting fall color, water and reflections. Starting ...
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Working through the painting in the first video, I demonstrate the middle passages of this forest, water and reflections scene. There are definitely layers of a complicated scene and I break down those complexities to show you an easy process.
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Wrapping up the set of three videos on painting fall colors, water and reflections, I share the finishing touches of capturing the life and energy of a forest scene. Often people ask how you can know when you’re finished and I share how you can know ...
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Capturing our furry friends on canvas is the artistic desire of many! In this set of three videos, I demonstrate my simple approach to capturing a likeness of a sweet border collie. No matter what animal you’d like to paint, the principles are all ...
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In this second video of painting animals, I demonstrate the middle passages of working through more of the blocking in of values of the Border Collie. I also show how you can use brushwork to demonstrate the flow of animal hair and develop form. ...
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In this third and final video of painting the Border Collie, I share how to finish the eyes, nose and all the remaining details that make up the character of the animal.
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Nothing says majesty and grace like the noble horse. I am excited to share with you a clear simple step-by-step process to capturing a horse head portrait in this video set of three. (Please note: In this video series, my canvas is slightly tilted ...
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In this second video of painting the horse head, I will carry you through the process of blocking in the values and refining the form with brushwork.
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With the values in place for this third and final video of painting the horse head, I will wrap up the portrait with finishing touches of correcting any issues, developing more of the character around the eyes and painting the sculptural, cool ...
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Learn to see design more abstractly—and be able to choose compositions based on how they work as designs rather than for the subject or photo, in this series of exercises.
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Learn to see design more abstractly—and be able to choose compositions based on how they work as designs rather than for the subject or photo, in this series of exercises.
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Early morning light passing through waves infuses translucent seawater with dawn’s distinctive atmosphere. In this live demo, Jeanne takes a special look at how the color pallet of ocean water changes due to lighting conditions, and in particular she ...
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In this video we’ll look at some classic tools for designing landscapes, using space (foreground, middle ground & distance) and line to direct the eye to a focal point and around the composition.
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In this video we’ll look at some classic tools for designing landscapes, using space (foreground, middle ground & distance) and line to direct the eye to a focal point and around the composition
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In this forest demo, Jeanne uses rich textures and patterns anchored by strong lines to organize a tree composition
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In this forest demo, Jeanne uses rich textures and patterns anchored by strong lines to organize a tree composition.
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Watch this first part of a three part series as Jonathan McPhillips demonstrates how he paints a schooner leaving harbor in lovely Camden Maine
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Watch the second part of this three part series as Jonathan McPhillips demonstrates how he paints a schooner leaving harbor in lovely Camden Maine
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Watch the third part of this a three part series as Jonathan McPhillips demonstrates how he paints a schooner leaving harbor in lovely Camden Maine
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In this demo Jeanne shows how to crop and simplify for maximum impact.  Learn how to identify and play to the strengths of your composition
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In this demo Jeanne shows how to crop and simplify for maximum impact. Learn how to identify and play to the strengths of your composition
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Follow along with Jonathan as he paints a couple working fishing boats en plein air in Stage Harbor, Chatham Massachusetts on Cape Cod.
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Follow along with Jonathan as he paints a couple working fishing boats en plein air in Stage Harbor, Chatham Massachusetts on Cape Cod.
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Eager to paint that virtuoso sky for your landscape?  These cloud studies will get you primed to handle any challenge in the sky, with exercises for practicing the forms, color variations, textures, and patterns that clouds can take.
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Eager to paint that virtuoso sky for your landscape?  These cloud studies will get you primed to handle any challenge in the sky, with exercises for practicing the forms, color variations, textures, and patterns that clouds can take.
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Learn how to build the soft, subtle puffy forms of cumulous clouds through this start to finish demo of beautifully lit clouds at sunset. Judging values, layering, temperature shifts and edge control all covered.
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Learn how to build the soft, subtle puffy forms of cumulous clouds through this start to finish demo of beautifully lit clouds at sunset. Judging values, layering, temperature shifts and edge control all covered.
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Tackling a complex cloud-filled sky means understanding cloud patterns and perspective and how they translate to two dimensions. This start to finish demo covers how to underpaint for large clouds, judging subtle value shifts, orchestrating a complex ...
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Tackling a complex cloud-filled sky means understanding cloud patterns and perspective and how they translate to two dimensions. This start to finish demo covers how to underpaint for large clouds, judging subtle value shifts, orchestrating a complex ...
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After sunset, a landscape’s tone and mood changes as light sources become more subtle. This demo is full of tips on creating clouds, light and atmospheric effects in a night scene
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After sunset, a landscape’s tone and mood changes as light sources become more subtle. This demo is full of tips on creating clouds, light and atmospheric effects in a night scene
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Adding figures to your landscapes creates liveliness and focus. Use these exercises and tips to incorporate figures more accurately and convincingly into to your landscapes.
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Adding figures to your landscapes creates liveliness and focus. Use these exercises and tips to incorporate figures more accurately and convincingly into to your landscapes.
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Regardless of what we’re painting, working with photos carries specific challenges: bad cropping, unreliable color, too much information. In this seascape demo, Jeanne Rosier Smith shares how she uses photos without being tied to them. She’ll show ...
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Watch and paint along with Jonathan as he paints a take out shack in lovely Maine. This video is the first half of a two part studio demonstration, allowing Jonathan to delve deeper into the process of his direct style painting.
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Watch and paint along with Jonathan as he paints a take out shack in lovely Maine. This video is the second half of a two part studio demonstration, allowing Jonathan to complete his deep dive into the process of his direct style painting.
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In this first of two studio demonstration videos Jonathan demonstrates how to convincingly capture air, a foggy coastal New England boat scene.
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In the final segment of this two part studio video we see Jonathan complete his demonstration of how to convincingly capture a foggy coastal New England boat scene.
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In this series, learn tips and tricks for creating more realistic foam. This demo includes advice for handling all sorts of seafoam challenges and will sharpen your seafoam skills.
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In this series, learn tips and tricks for creating more realistic foam. This demo includes advice for handling all sorts of seafoam challenges and will sharpen your seafoam skills.
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Learn how to capture the movement and power of an ocean wave in pastel. Understand the wave’s moving form, and explore special underpainting and layering strategies to make your seascapes come alive.
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As waves come ashore, both the design and technique of your seascape paintings become more complex. In this video Jeanne takes you through composing a shoreline seascape, handling wet and dry sand, foam, and underpainting strategies. Learn how to ...
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Coastal landscapes present unique challenges: tricks of light and atmosphere seldom seen inland, subtle curves of sand and grass, light, reflective planes. This video takes you through the particular challenges posed by the coastal landscape. Learn ...
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In this series, learn tips and tricks for creating more realistic foam. This demo includes advice for handling all sorts of seafoam challenges and will sharpen your seafoam skills.
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In this series, learn tips and tricks for creating more realistic foam. This demo includes advice for handling all sorts of seafoam challenges and will sharpen your seafoam skills.
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Seafoam is full of information about edges, motion, direction, texture of the water. This demo shows how to use foam to tell the story of the water’s motion and activity, with more sensitive observation and mark making.
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Seafoam is full of information about edges, motion, direction, texture of the water. This demo shows how to use foam to tell the story of the water’s motion and activity, with more sensitive observation and mark making.
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Seafoam is full of information about edges, motion, direction, texture of the water. This demo shows how to use foam to tell the story of the water’s motion and activity, with more sensitive observation and markmaking.
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Seafoam is full of information about edges, motion, direction, texture of the water. This demo shows how to use foam to tell the story of the water’s motion and activity, with more sensitive observation and markmaking.
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A serene winter sky creates a dramatic backdrop for a stand of winter trees. Make your well-designed sky the star of the show
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A serene winter sky creates a dramatic backdrop for a stand of winter trees. Make your well-designed sky the star of the show
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New growth and lush blossoms, brief and beautiful, create a tantalizing challenge for painters. Join Jeanne for an evening demo on approaches to finding and capturing blossoming trees at their best. We’ll cover tips for scouting great references, ...
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What to do with those snowy but nearly colorless photo references? This sample of Jeanne's demo shows how to convey depth and color to create an atmospheric and moody snow scene.
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Watch as Jonathan breaks down his painting process into three parts. In the first part Jonathan goes into detail how he sets up and starts a painting, blocks in the elements of the painting, follow his decision making process, and watch as the ...
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Watch as Jonathan breaks down his painting process into three parts. In the first part Jonathan goes into detail how he sets up and starts a painting, blocks in the elements of the painting, follow his decision making process, and watch as the ...
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Watch as Jonathan breaks down his painting process into three parts. In the first part Jonathan goes into detail how he sets up and starts a painting, blocks in the elements of the painting, follow his decision making process, and watch as the ...
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Join Jonathan as he paints a scene of shellfishing skiffs en plein air in lovely Wickford Rhode Island. The full video is available in Jonathan's ever growing library of educational videos
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Join Jonathan as he paints a lovely scene of shellfishing skiffs en plein air in lovely Wickford Rhode Island. Paint along with him as he describes what he's doing and why.
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Paint a snowy riverbank by understanding light, shadow, and plane shifts in the scene. Learn to judge snow value and temperatures, and create ripples and reflections in a winter river
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Paint a snowy riverbank by understanding light, shadow, and plane shifts in the scene. Learn to judge snow value and temperatures, and create ripples and reflections in a winter river
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Paint a snowy riverbank by understanding light, shadow, and plane shifts in the scene. Learn to judge snow value and temperatures, and create ripples and reflections in a winter river
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What to do with those snowy but nearly colorless photo references? This demo shows how to convey depth and color to create an atmospheric and moody snow scene.
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What to do with those snowy but nearly colorless photo references? This demo shows how to convey depth and color to create an atmospheric and moody snow scene.
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Learn to create a complex forest scene with a simple design and accurate values. By finding the bigger shapes and implying the detail, Jeanne creates the forest
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Learn to create a complex forest scene with a simple design and accurate values. By finding the bigger shapes and implying the detail, Jeanne creates the forest
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Jonathan continues to travel Rhode Island painting en plein air. Today he's at lovely Galilee Docks in this two part series. Part 1
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Jonathan continues to travel Rhode Island painting en plein air. Today he's at lovely Galilee Docks in this two part series. Part 2
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Snow is crystalline and reflective just like clouds or seafoam, creating wonderful color opportunities. Painting well is learning to see. The rules for painting snow change drastically depending on the weather and the light. In this demo, retune your ...
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Join Jonathan as he paints live en plein air at the Benson Preserve in lovely Rhode Island. Paint along with him as he describes what he's doing and why. Part 1
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Join Jonathan as he paints live en plein air at the Benson Preserve in lovely Rhode Island. Paint along with him as he describes what he's doing and why. Part 2
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Jonathan is an accomplished, award winning plein air painter out of Rhode Island. He is a must see for aspiring plein air and seascape studio painters.
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In this video Jonathan travels to Lafayette Falls Rhode Island, where he continues his plein air trek across the state
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In this video I take you through the correct way to setup, light, and capture a giclée quality image. This quality image can be used to apply to shows, galleries, and to print Giclées.
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In this video I teach you how to import the photograph you just took into Lightroom, to create a color profile and then to export your file to print ready.
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In this video we walk you through monitor calibration, Print Paper Calibration and Printing process out of Lightroom
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Join Jonathan McPhillips as he continues to plein air paint across Rhode Island.  Today's session is a painting of a beautiful green sailboat with lovely reflections in Wickford, RI (part 1)
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Join Jonathan McPhillips as he continues to plein air paint across Rhode Island.  Today's session is a painting of a beautiful green sailboat with lovely reflections in Wickford, RI (part 2)
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This video is an excerpt from Harvey's full video: Shadow Pattern Man to Female Head
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In his last video Harvey drew a shadow pattern man's face. In this video he turns it into a woman's face while developing it further
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In this video Harvey demonstrates how to develop a male face using a simple map of the planes of the face
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Are you a studio painter who feels guilty about not going out plein air more often? This demo is for you. I’ll share my plein air practices with you, and tell you exactly how I use them to help inform and enliven my studio paintings. Don’t get me ...
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How do we work with the reference photos we have to create the best painting possible? In this demo, Jeanne has shared how to work with less than perfect photos to compose beautiful paintings with a strong visual impact.
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How do we work with the reference photos we have to create the best painting possible? In this demo, Jeanne has shared how to work with less than perfect photos to compose beautiful paintings with a strong visual impact.
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In this video I discuss how to make colorful, visually balanced paintings with a limited palette. I discuss color mixes, visual surround, value, layout, and much more. This is the edited version of a three hour Zorn Palette video I made that was ...
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In this video I make a case for why I selected the limited palette I currently use, the thoughts that went into the colors on my palette, and how to use the palette to mix the colors you need.
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In this video I demonstrate how to use my palette to mix a myriad of colors as needed.
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In this video I demonstrate how you can practice mixing and matching colors from your palette at home.
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Every Painting tells a story. The painter always has to choose: is it about the sky or is it about the land? In this demo we’re looking up, focusing on sky drama. How to compose a sky for dramatic affect, how to build soft, billowy clouds, control ...
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Floating on the surface, reflecting the sky, suggesting depths below, waterlilies have captivated artists for centuries. Join in while Jeanne shares approaches for composing a lily pond scene, creating the illusion of reflections and suggesting ...
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Join Jonathan McPhillips as he continues to plein air paint across Rhode Island.  Today's session is a painting of the Schooner "Tree of Life".
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Jeanne outlines the origins of the workshops, plus 5 lies that lead to overworked paintings and 10 tips for loosening up.
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An exercise for expanding your marks and freshening your work.
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A simple exercise to help you get into the flow of your painting, and stop second-guessing your process
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A clear step by step guide to creating better thumbnails, the GPS for your paintings
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In this demo Jeanne shows how a clear plan allows for fresh, intuitive, looser painting (part 1)
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In this demo Jeanne shows how a clear plan allows for fresh, intuitive, looser painting (part 2)
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How much do you need to simplify? In this demo, learn to vary the degree of development, with the focal area being most defined.
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How much do you need to simplify? In this demo, learn to vary the degree of development, with the focal area being most defined.
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Floating on the surface, reflecting the sky, suggesting depths below, waterlilies have captivated artists for centuries. Join in while Jeanne shares approaches for composing a lily pond scene, creating the illusion of reflections and suggesting ...
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Get in the zone with these stress buster exercises to loosen up your style as you create small gems with boldness, confidence and a sense of fun
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Get in the zone with these stress buster exercises to loosen up your style as you create small gems with boldness, confidence and a sense of fun
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In this Photoshop tutorial I go over all of the "blend modes" available in Photoshop and illustrate how they can be added to your workflow
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In this video I delve into the concept behind the painting.  The concept is what drives the painting from start to finish.  It directs the choices in the layout of the composition, the control of light, shadow, value, color, edge, focus, and paint ...
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In this video I discuss and demonstrate what it means to "deconstruct the reference". Deconstructing the reference is an easy concept to intellectualize, yet often very difficult to master. In this video I give three short demonstrations and a bonus ...
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In this video I make a case for why I selected the limited palette I currently use, the thoughts that went into the colors on my palette, and how to use the palette to mix the colors you need.
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In this video I demonstrate how to use my palette to mix a myriad of colors as needed.
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In this video I demonstrate how you can practice mixing and matching colors from your palette at home.
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In this video we post process a color image with the use of Lightroom, Photoshop, TK7 and Topaz Studio 2. I show you have to create a separate mask for the sky and the ground saving them as channels and making separate adjustment for each with the ...
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Luminosity masks target specific tones in every image. In this video I introduce the concept and practical application of editing through luminosity masking via adjustment layers, dodging and painting.
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Luminosity masks target specific tones in every image. In this sample video I introduce the concept and practical application of editing through luminosity masking via adjustment layers, dodging and painting.
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This is a clip from the video below in which we learn to post process a color image with the use of Lightroom, Photoshop, TK7 and Topaz Studio 2. I show you have to create a separate mask for the sky and the ground saving them as channels and making ...
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Learn to paint rippling water in this start-to-finish demo by recognizing the complex visual patterns and how to simplify them
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Learn to paint rippling water in this start-to-finish demo by recognizing the complex visual patterns and how to simplify them
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In this video I continue development of your tools skillset introducing Color Masking
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The heart to Lightroom is its relational data base. Setting up your database correctly in Lightroom is key to sorting, filtering and finding images taken throughout time and location. In this video I show how to import, tag sort and find images by filters.
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In this video Jonathan McPhillips paints the Gilbert Stuart museum "en plein air".  Watch along and see how he sets up and blocks in his initial painting and then finishes a completed painting in 50 minutes!
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Jonathan continues plein air painting across Rhode Island with this lovely painting of the rocks at Fort Wetherill harbor.
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Please join Jonathan as he travels to beautiful Beavertail State Park in Rhode Island to paint today's plein air demo
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Are you a studio painter who feels guilty about not going out plein air more often? This demo is for you. I’ll share my plein air practices with you, and tell you exactly how I use them to help inform and enliven my studio paintings. Don’t get me ...
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Plein Air to Studio demo reference movie
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In this video I show an example of post processing from Lightroom through TK 7 Luminosity Masking utilizing Dodge and Burn with selections as well as a triple play action with various blend modes for effect. The image is finished with the use of ...
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In this video I introduce yet another method for converting an image to Black and White via Artisan Pro 2021. Post processing includes Lightroom, Photoshop, Artisan Pro 2021, and TK7 Luminosity with selective dodging burning and various blend modes - ...
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In this video I complete the image from part 1 bay adding in techniques in Topaz Studio as well as introducing a new technique from TK7 for painting with contrast. In the 2nd part of the video I put together yet another method for conversion to Black ...
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Learn to make sense of what you’re seeing in water reflections, and paint them effectively in this start to finish demo - part 1
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In this video we work an interior architectural image using yet another method for Black and White conversion. We dig even deeper into Artisan Pro 2021 and TK7 luminosity masking.
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Learn to make sense of what you’re seeing in water reflections, and paint them effectively in this start to finish demo - part 2
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In this video we complete the image from part 1 and begin another interior architecture image using new tools from Artisan Pro 2021 as well as new techniques from TK 7 to post process a fine art architecture image. In the second portion of this video ...
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Every Painting tells a story. The painter always has to choose: is it about the sky or is it about the land? In this demo we’re looking up, focusing on sky drama. How to compose a sky for dramatic affect, how to build soft, billowy clouds, control ...
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In this video we will demonstrate one of the most important lessons on how to make a flat object three dimensional.
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This start to finish demo shows how to create the effects of sunlight on a curling wave. Special attention to underpainting strategies, and color and value choices to heighten atmospheric and lighting effects. (Pt1)
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Here we discuss the type of light, how you position it, and the affect the direction light comes from has on your painting.
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This start to finish demo shows how to create the effects of sunlight on a curling wave. Special attention to underpainting strategies, and color and value choices to heighten atmospheric and lighting effects. (Pt2)
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In this video I finish an already started painting of pink and white roses in a vase and demonstrate painting white roses.
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This start to finish demo shows how to create the effects of sunlight on a curling wave. Special attention to underpainting strategies, and color and value choices to heighten atmospheric and lighting effects. (Pt3)
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In this lesson I go over laying out and blocking in a simple still life, laying out flow through the painting, developing form with simple shapes, paint density, color, and edges.  You can use this exercise to paint along at your own pace. Part 1
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In this lesson I go over laying out and blocking in a simple still life, laying out flow through the painting, developing form with simple shapes, paint density, color, and edges.  You can use this exercise to paint along at your own pace.  Part 2  
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Here is a little demo to show how to paint grapes as a mass without "drawing" each grape.  This is part of a continuing lesson on how to approach painting "complex" things.
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How do we work with the reference photos we have to create the best painting possible? In this demo, Jeanne has shared how to work with less than perfect photos to compose beautiful paintings with a strong visual impact. Part 1
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How do we work with the reference photos we have to create the best painting possible? In this demo, Jeanne has shared how to work with less than perfect photos to compose beautiful paintings with a strong visual impact. Part 2
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In this video I discuss how to make colorful, visually balanced paintings with a limited palette.  I discuss color mixes, visual surround, value, layout, and much more. This is the edited version of a three hour Zorn Palette video I made that was ...
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Welcome to my site
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Let's take a tour through my studio
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This short video offers a primer on pastels and paper
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This segment looks at the vital relationship between color and value, with a challenging color exercise.
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This sample clip is from my Color Fundamentals section below.  This simple exercise using a black and white photo reference shows how deepening our understanding of value can expand our flexibility with color.
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This simple exercise using a black and white photo reference shows how deepening our understanding of value can expand our flexibility with color.
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This simple exercise using a black and white photo reference shows how deepening our understanding of value can expand our flexibility with color (Part 2).
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A brief Color Theory 101, this short video considers why we need neutrals, how color complements work, and how to neutralize bright colors
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Color Theory 101 continued. How to create glowing color, and control the volume of your brights.
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This start-to-finish demo video highlights a vibrant bosc pear against a neutral backdrop, with emphasis on value and chroma choices. Bonus tip: how to fill and organize a pastel box according to color and value (Part 1).
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This start-to-finish demo video highlights a vibrant bosc pear against a neutral backdrop, with emphasis on value and chroma choices. Bonus tip: how to fill and organize a pastel box according to color and value.
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This short video explores color temperature, and especially how the quality of light effects local color. A brief challenging exercise analyzes light and shadow in terms of temperature.
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This short demo shows how to ‘turn on the light’ in a painting, conveying sunlight and shadow through shifting color temperatures.
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This segment introduces the challenges with greens, and shows how to underpaint to create rich, complex greens
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This exercise shows how to expand your range of greens, using layering techniques to create the right greens from the colors you have on hand.
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This Demo shows how to create a rich, realistic summer landscape painting, using underpainting strategies and layering techniques to make your greens more dimensional.
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A Step-by-step guide to mounting your paper
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This Demo shows how to create a rich, realistic summer landscape painting, using underpainting strategies and layering techniques to make your greens more dimensional.
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A quick, easy way to clean your pastel trays and see your colors better
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Don’t throw away those tiny shards of pastel, crush them up and make new ones! For this activity you need a mortar and pestle, a small spatula, an eye dropper bottle and a piece of plexiglass or wax paper.
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A step-by-step guide to using fixative on your finished paintings—how to apply it without changing the color, and why it’s useful.
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In this short video we explore how to ‘paint’ with a pastel stick
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Here is a clip from the full corner light demo listed below
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This short demo on applying pastel to paper shows how to create a simple still life starting with a toned, sanded paper
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This sample clip is from my Color Fundamentals section. Here I look at the vital relationship between color and value, with a challenging color exercise.
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In this longer video I take you through the complete painting from selecting a scene to paint, through creating special light effects, to completing the painting (part 1)
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In this longer video I take you through the complete painting from selecting a scene to paint, through creating special light effects, to completing the painting (part 2)
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In this longer video I take you through the complete painting from selecting a scene to paint, through creating special light effects, to completing the painting (part 3)
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In this three part video I demonstrate how to describe the texture of the material you are painting by controlling the speed of the viewer's eye as it flows across the painted subject. In this demonstration I paint four different textured hard ...
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In this three part video I demonstrate how to describe the texture of the material you are painting by controlling the speed of the viewer's eye as it flows across the painted subject. In a later video I will do four different textures of cloth. This ...
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In this three part video I demonstrate how to describe the texture of the material you are painting by controlling the speed of the viewer's eye as it flows across the painted subject. In this demonstration I paint four different textured hard ...
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In this video we discuss the problems of "sinking in", when previously richly painted passages dry to a dull matte appearance, how to prevent sinking in, and how to mitigate it when it happens.
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In this brief video I go over my standard painting palette, the colors I use, and their placement on the palette.  Paints should always be placed in the same location on your palette.  Their location becomes a muscle memory so you don't have to think ...
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Search the web and you'll find a plethora of misinformation on how to care for your oil painting brushes.  In this short basics video I show you a simple and inexpensive way to properly wash and care for your brushes so that you can use them for ...
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In this short video I discuss the various types of oil painting mediums, what to avoid, what I use, and how to use the medium.
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In this basics video I demonstrate the proper way to hold and manipulate a brush
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In this short follow up to our how to hold the brush video we again cover the basics, how to hold and move your hand to apply paint to the canvas.
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In this short basics video we cover how to tone a board, how to hold the brush, and how to use it to properly apply paint.
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In this brief basics video we cover the proper way to view your painting as you paint.
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Here is a clip from the full Light and Lighting the Still Life demo below
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In this short basics video we cover the proper way to set up your easel (something commonly done wrong by beginning artists) and how to then face and use the easel to apply paint.
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This is a clip from my full discussion of “deconstructing the reference” video. Deconstructing the reference is an easy concept to intellectualize, yet often very difficult to master. In this video I give three short demonstrations and a bonus ...
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In this eight part full demonstration I paint a self portrait from start to finish.
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In this eight part full demonstration I paint a self portrait from start to finish.
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In this eight part full demonstration I paint a self portrait from start to finish.
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In this eight part full demonstration I paint a self portrait from start to finish.
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In this eight part full demonstration I paint a self portrait from start to finish.
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In this eight part full demonstration I paint a self portrait from start to finish.
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In this eight part full demonstration I paint a self portrait from start to finish.
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In this eight part full demonstration I paint a self portrait from start to finish.
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