Welcome to my NEW Acrylic Painting Course, Coastal Canvas!
This impressionistic seascape is all about simplicity.
It has been designed with short 10 -20 minute ‘micro-learning’ lessons, so you’ll build your knowledge, even if you’ve never painted seascapes. The project is so simple that you’ll have a finished painting in a few short sessions.
In this course, we view the coastal path across gentle waters, where sailboats are harboured up or just coming into the dock.
Set in the early evening golden hour light, the foreground has a secluded coastal garden with pink hydrangeas in full bloom; the greens are dark, cool and olive in tone and frame the passage of the sea.
Then, in the far distance, you’ve got a warm headland of pastel yellows and greens glowing from the golden light, creating a contrast of values and tones of greens from the foreground to the background, and then just a glimpse of a white lighthouse in the far distance.
Loosen Up Your Acrylic Painting
Many beginners think that painting the sea is too hard or that getting a convincing perspective is beyond them and that they need special drawing skills. But in reality, all you need are simple shapes, scale and a framing shift when mixing your colours.
This course is designed for beginners, with a simple subject (even if you’re brand new to drawing) and a limited palette of colours.
Learn how you can keep your brushstrokes simple and the subject fresh to create an impression of a scene rather than a photorealistic rendering. (You could also follow along with Watermixable Oils or Traditional Oils.)
I’ll walk you through how to mix colours, analyse pigments and distil your subject into a compelling painting. We’ll cover the preparation of your surface & drawing out, observing the composition with sketching and scale, and keeping the boats in scale to give that sense that they’re in the distance.
Inky Depths to create realism.
Change the intensity of the greens by changing the pigments, lose the fear, and embrace black in landscapes and seascapes. You’ll discover you don’t need to go bright with your greens in order to make them feel realistic. In fact, less is more; the more darker and muted your greens are, the more realistic they will read in a landscape painting.
When capturing coastal light, sea and sky, understanding the undertone and colour bias of the different blues to achieve the glimmering reflected lights.
When it comes to the details of flora and focal points, we keep things gestural and impressionistic, looking for passion, not perfection.
By the end of this course, you’ll have that insight into the hidden under-workings of a painting, teaching you classical painting skills alongside impressionistic brushstrokes.
Gained confidence that you could create a painting from a simple subject, motivating you to tackle different, more challenging views from your own photo library.
Capture the Essence, Not Every Detail.
- Learn how to paint realistic headland by controlling your colour intensity
- How to create a ‘vignette’ with your foliage to frame your view
- How to paint the sea by using colour strings
- How to control water flow and absorption
- How to select an image that will translate well to paint
- How to check if a subject will make a compelling painting subject (by creating a postcard prep study)
There are some intermediate lessons where we expand the colour palette, but each step is described clearly and succinctly.
What’s in the Course?
- 1hr 45min Self-Paced Downloadable Video Course
- 1 x Seascape Painting subject from start to finish, working from a reference image.
- 8-step-by-step video lessons (split into ‘micro-learning’ sections.)
- DRAWING TEMPLATE – line drawing to follow to help you overcome the blank canvas
- TOOLS & MATERIALS: Downloadable Materials List PDF
- REFERENCE IMAGES: Downloadable Line drawings.
Study at your own pace ✔
Over 1hr 45min+ hours of detailed video instruction ✔
Full Lifetime Access to the Lessons ✔
One-time Payment ✔
Who this course is for?
A beginner to acrylics who wants to gain confidence in their painting by following a step-by-step proven plan. An aspiring artist who loves the sea and the coast and has folders of photos they would love to capture in paint but are unsure of the best approach.
Learn More about the course here: Coastal Canvas Impressionistic Seascape Course