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TWO Promotions for July!

For the month of July 2014, huge BOB and DOUG Promo going on!  For every $50 donation you make, you’ll get to pick ANY “FOUR” DOUG 2014 videos to download.  The other promo is buy any premium workshop and get another one free.  For complete details click here.

 

Moonlight Song

Bird Silhouette PaintingMoonlight Song

In session 27 of the DOUG 2014 series, I had created this very simple painting, geared towards anyone wanting to make a piece of art fast or for youngsters who want to be creative. After filming this, we had major technical issues and two videos were affected, so I had to film another painting. Because this painting was done on a Book of Backgrounds Bird Silhouette Painting page (textured page on the left), I decided to turn this into an opportunity to show you how to get the same look on any random background, regardless of what it is (right)

Techniques include stenciling, broad brush strokes, layering and glazing.

To get more information about this art class, click here.

Anonymous Women – Opus 3

faceless womanAn Expressive Freestyle Figure Painting and Collage of a Faceless Woman

In session 26 of the DOUG 2014 series, I had created this beautiful painting on the left. I can already see it developing into another piece of art, more collage, more embellishments.  Would also be perfect for an art journal page.

faceless woman paintingAfter filming this, we had major technical issues and two videos were affected, so I had to film another painting. Because the original painting was done on a Book of Backgrounds page (left), I decided to turn this into an opportunity to show you how to get the same look on any random background, regardless of what it is (right).

For more information about this art class, click here.

Anonymous Women Opus 2

Upcycling a Piece of ArtUpcycling Project of an Expressive Freestyle Figure Painting of a Faceless Woman

In session 25 of the DOUG 2014 series, we take upcyling to a new level.  A background that is so slick with crackle medium, I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could create a freestyle figure painting even with all the texture obstacles.

At this point in the DOUG 2014 series, the backgrounds from BOB 2013 are either ones I don’t want to alter or ones that don’t speak to me. The background used in this project was not one of my favourites, so I share with you some further enhancements to upcycle art you don’t like to make it something useful.

In addition, we will create a few freestyle sketches first, to find the expressive form we like best and then paint the design using acrylics.

To learn about this freestyle figure painting art lesson, please click here.

Anonymous Women Opus 1

An expressive freestyle figure painting of a faceless womanAn Expressive Freestyle Figure Painting of a Faceless Woman

In session 24 of the DOUG 2014 series, I show you how to creating something a little more refined, but still expressive.

At this point in the DOUG 2014 series, the backgrounds from BOB 2013 are either ones I don’t want to alter or ones that don’t speak to me.  The background used in this project was not one of my favourites, so I share with you some further enhancements to upcycle art you don’t like to make it something useful.

In addition, we will create a few freestyle sketches first, to find the expressive form we like best and then paint the design using acrylics.

To learn about this freestyle figure painting art lesson, please click here.

Tomato Study in Acrylics – Opus 2

TTomato Study in Acrylicsomato Study in Acrylics – Opus 2

I absolutely love painting tomatoes, not only because they each look different with beautiful hues of red, but are pretty tasty to eat when you are done!

In this tomato study in acrylics workshop, you’ll learn how to paint a simple tomato using acrylic paint by sketching out a rough drawing, then paint the tomato and surrounding areas with bold strokes of acrylics. You will also learn how to use a photo as your reference material when painting from life isn’t always possible.

To learn about this tomato study in acrylics class, please click here.

Rooster Study in Acrylics

Rooster Study in AcrylicsRooster Study in Acrylics – Opus 1

In this rooster study workshop, you’ll learn how to create an expressive acrylic painting from a photograph using soothing blues, greens and a pop of red.   This rooster study in acrylics is a perfect example of using photos when live painting isn’t possible.  I’ve tried painting chickens and roosters from life and they just don’t sit still!  But to keep with the classic style, we will create some rough sketches first.  Suitable for all painting skills.

To learn more about this workshop, click here.

Painting a Lemon in Acrylics

painting a lemon in acrylicsPainting a Lemon in Acrylics

I had a blast creating this classic design.  We start off with 4 sketches, then proceed to painting a lemon using complimentary colours and expressive strokes.    The video is just over an hour in length and I include the supply list, reference photo of the painting plus copies of my sketches with the video.  Painting a lemon in acrylics from a photograph is great, especially when you can’t always paint from a still life.

For more information about painting a lemon in acrylics, please click here.

Gotta Love Garlic! new garlic painting study

garlic paintingI love painting studies featuring fruits and vegetables.  In this garlic painting study, I refer to another study and photo of garlic, but flipped in the opposite direction.  Sometimes it’s not always possible to paint from live, so I share with you how I create painting studies from photographs.  Painted on textured paper in a representational painting style with acrylics.

For more information about this garlic painting study workshop, please click here.

Paint a Horse Portrait in Acrylics – Avalanche

paint a horse portrait in acrylicsPaint a Horse Portrait in Acrylics

When designing this “learn how to paint a horse portrait” workshop, I was listening to Mia’s calming music and figured that my strokes would be soothing, smooth and muted in intensity.  Boy am I glad that wasn’t the case.  Using bold strokes and high contrasting colours really gave this painting the edge that I was looking for.

One of the challenges that I’m going through is due to the fact that my graphite pet portrait classes and commissions are more on the realistic side and when I paint, I love to be more expressive and my left brain (logic) tends to try and fight the right brain (creative).  So in this “paint a horse” workshop, I give many tips and techniques that have helped me tremendously with being more expressive when painting…and for those of you that follow me/are my students… yes, I used Pthalo Blue for the background!  it’s awesome isn’t it :)

If you would like more information about this Paint a Horse Portrait in Acrylics workshop, please click here.

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