Enhance the impact of light-colored landscapes with these three video workshops from pastel master Richard McKinley.
Master of the Bastille Richard McKinley treasure! As a famous coach, he makes us all better painters. These three video workshops not only highlight his phenomenal work, but offer techniques to take pastel paintings to the next level (and then some). In “Alla Prima Pastel Painting,” Richard McKinley leads you step by step through an entire painting of pastel landscapes. You’ll go from drawing the thumbnail to the final touches, resulting in a dynamic and expressive scene. His video workshop “Pastel Impasto Painting Techniques” pushes the boundaries of painting; You’ll use acrylic-based primers to create beautiful layered work with boiling effects. Finally, in Composition and Design for Landscape Painting, create paintings that convey depth and meaning to scenes for powerful results.
1. Draw everything in one sitting
In Alla Prima Pastel Painting, you’ll achieve new, spontaneous results using Richard McKinley’s alla prima painting techniques. Good for drawing on site or in the studio, alla prima drawing (all in one session) allows you to hone your skills in composition, color and stroke. In the preview above, you’ll learn how to simplify the painting process by focusing on shape, pattern, value, and gesture. Then complete the full workshop to complete landscape painting in pastel colors from miniature to finishing touches.
2. Add texture layers
In “Pastel Impasto Painting Techniques,” add texture and dimension to your pastel landscape paintings using Richard McKinley’s fake painting techniques. Try his techniques for using acrylic beads and pastel sticks for additional texture effects in your pastel palettes in the preview above. Then be sure to complete our full video workshop, where Richard McKinley leads you step-by-step to complete your pastel landscape painting from initial surface texture applications to undercoating to finishing touches, giving you the painting tips you need for sparkling results.
3. Create more than just a pretty picture
In Composing and Designing Landscape Painting with Richard McKinley, you’ll learn techniques for creating paintings that address the viewer and convey what drew you to the subject. In the preview above, you’ll learn the importance of your viewing angle, how to see your subject more clearly by breaking it down into simple shapes, and how to create a center of interest. Then complete the full video workshop to follow as Richard McKinley leads you step-by-step to complete two studies of pastel landscapes, giving you the drawing tips you need to get solid results.
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