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Acrylic Landscape with a Painting Knife

Learn to paint a simple landscape and how to mix acrylics with a painting knife and just 3 primary colors and white.

Acrylic Landscape with a Painting Knife

Learn to paint a simple landscape and how to mix acrylics with a painting knife and just 3 primary colors and white.
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This is a Welcome to the Acrylic Landscape course
This is a brief introduction to the guided Acrylic Landscape with a Painting Knife.
Basic Acrylic colors and Painting Materials required for this course are outlined in this video.
Painting this Landscape requires a 4 Stage Process. All the various steps in each stage are demonstrated with easy to follow step by step videos.
Tinting the canvas is the 1st step in preparation for the painting.
Outlining the composition with a piece of rag dipped in paint is a direct approach rather than using a pencil or brush!
Using a Red tint in the foreground of this painting will add spots of vibrancy alongside other colors.
Applying the dark tones early on in the painting will provide a good foundation to develop the painting.
As the Sky is the most distant part of the painting, it is important to establish this early on so that you can complete it and start to develop the painting working forward.
Including clouds against your blue sky can help to add character and interest to the composition.
After completing the Sky, you will need to re-establish the darks in the Hillside Bushes ready to add the next layer of greens.
The Hillside Lights determines where the sunlight falls on the landscape and adds tremendous contrast to the painting.
Placing strong Lights in the foreground presents the opportunity to apply the paint fairly thickly, which adds texture and character.
Adding Olive greens to the Hillside Bushes gives shape, definition, and contrast to the foreground lights.
Highlights enhance the brightest parts of the painting, creating more depth and contrast against the dark areas.
Placing final highlights will add touches of spark to your painting, giving the viewer additional points of interest to focus on.

This Acrylic Landscape course will introduce you to simple landscape painting using acrylic paints and a painting knife.  If you have no previous knowledge or experience of painting with acrylics, you will quickly and easily learn the basics of how to use 3 Primary colors and white to paint an impressionist style landscape. If you do have some previous experience, you may not have painted a landscape with a painting knife before so you will benefit by taking this landscape painting course and return to some fundamental principles of mixing and working with a limited range of colors.

It is easy to follow the course, and you will start painting immediately using a small piece of rag to tint your canvas and outline the composition. You will then block in the big shapes of color and tone. You will learn to use a Painting Knife to mix and apply the paint to help you keep a broad, loose approach without getting bogged down into doing detail.

You will complete your landscape painting through a 4 stage process. I will demonstrate the various steps in each stage so that you can watch and paint along with me as you progress through the course. You will also see plenty of close-ups of the color mixing technique with the painting knife.

What will you learn in this course?

  • Paint a simple Landscape Impressionist style with a broad approach and three primary colors
  • Apply paint to your canvas using a painting knife technique
  • Compose and outline your landscape breaking it up into big shapes. No pencil, no brushes!
  • Mixing colors from the darkest through to the lightest and place highlights that add a spark to your finished painting
  • Create the illusion of depth from foreground through to far distance

Who is the Acrylic Landscape instructor?

My name is Gerald Ashcroft, and I have created this course for beginners who want to explore landscape painting with a painting knife and also learn the fundamental principles of mixing and working with basic colors. If you have some previous experience, you will also benefit from this acrylic landscapes course by learning what can be achieved from using just three primary colors and white.

Requirements

  • Painting materials required are outlined in the materials video.
This is a Welcome to the Acrylic Landscape course
This is a brief introduction to the guided Acrylic Landscape with a Painting Knife.
Basic Acrylic colors and Painting Materials required for this course are outlined in this video.
Painting this Landscape requires a 4 Stage Process. All the various steps in each stage are demonstrated with easy to follow step by step videos.
Tinting the canvas is the 1st step in preparation for the painting.
Outlining the composition with a piece of rag dipped in paint is a direct approach rather than using a pencil or brush!
Using a Red tint in the foreground of this painting will add spots of vibrancy alongside other colors.
Applying the dark tones early on in the painting will provide a good foundation to develop the painting.
As the Sky is the most distant part of the painting, it is important to establish this early on so that you can complete it and start to develop the painting working forward.
Including clouds against your blue sky can help to add character and interest to the composition.
After completing the Sky, you will need to re-establish the darks in the Hillside Bushes ready to add the next layer of greens.
The Hillside Lights determines where the sunlight falls on the landscape and adds tremendous contrast to the painting.
Placing strong Lights in the foreground presents the opportunity to apply the paint fairly thickly, which adds texture and character.
Adding Olive greens to the Hillside Bushes gives shape, definition, and contrast to the foreground lights.
Highlights enhance the brightest parts of the painting, creating more depth and contrast against the dark areas.
Placing final highlights will add touches of spark to your painting, giving the viewer additional points of interest to focus on.

About the instructors

Gerald Ashcroft

Artist and Teacher in Landscapes and Abstracts
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Hello I'm Gerald a West Australian artist originally from the UK specialising in Landscapes and Abstracts using oils acrylics and pastels.

My journey into painting Australian landscapes began in the late 80's. The rich colours dynamic shadows and brilliant light triggered my enthusiasm and an urgency to start painting out in the open air known as 'en plein air'

I was a lecturer for 6 years at the School of Art Design and Media with the West Australian Department of Training and I have been painting landscapes and abstracts in oils acrylics and pastels for over 25 years.

For many years I have run landscape and abstract workshops for groups couples and individuals and have a passion for helping people break through their self limitations. I have seen the amazing transformation in students whose confidence and self belief has grown during my workshops. They were able let go have some fun in the process and give themselves permission to paint without any self expectations!

I'm excited and look forward with enthusiasm to sharing and bringing my many years of experience as an artist and teacher online. My mission is to help as many students as possible discover their abilities and talents during their journey into creating both Landscape and Abstract Paintings.

Please visit my website: www.geraldashcroft.com

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