MODULE 1 | DESIGN
When starting a painting, the placement of our major and minor shapes is of paramount importance. What a great place to begin, right at the foundations of a painting. Many artists get overwhelmed by the complexity of a particular subject, I will show you the importance of starting with the biggest shapes and finishing with small. We will also be delving into focal points, balancing your composition, lead in lines, editing our original scene and many other powerful ideas and concepts that will enhance your work. I find that when I start a painting, if I have planned well, I’m going to finish with a painting that I'm happy with. Instead of stressing and fighting with unknown forces.
MODULE 2 | VALUES
My work is known for my use of light, I would like to share with you my secrets to achieving a powerful light effect in your paintings. After Design, Tonal Values are my next priority when painting, not to be mistaken for use of color. The search for subtle and accurate Tonal Values is an exciting and rewarding exercise. We will be looking into the importance of expanding our tonal range from light to dark and from cool to warm. I have extra content to show you visually how to achieve strong and precise Tonal Values.
MODULE 3 | STRUCTURE
The most fearful aspects to painting structural scenes is perspective and proportions. I will start with the large skeleton shapes of our composition and then we will put some muscle onto those bones. We will be breaking down a complex scene into paintable steps. I will delve into brushwork and edges so our structural shapes begin to take on the form we are aiming to portray. Controlling the visual information is very important, this demonstration will explore ways to keep control of our scene and maximizing our focal points.
MODULE 4 | ANIMALS IN THE LANDSCAPE
I’ve always felt that a painting will be enhanced if we can inject an example of life or a sense that someone lives there. There are so many scenes that grab our attention, but we quickly think. Oh, it’s missing something, if only it had that something extra to hold our focus. This demonstration will show you how easy it is to take an interesting scene and turn it into an attention seeker.
On top of the core 15 hours of instructional videos, Colley adds additional educational content throughout the 365 days — it’s an ever-growing library of tutorials to provide you with fresh material for added inspiration and motivation.
Whether you paint still lifes, landscapes, figures, or portraits … whether you use oils, acrylics, pastels, or watercolors, Colley’s course will teach you techniques and skills EVERY artist needs.