High Demand for John MacDonald
After the release of John’s best-selling video over a year ago, people have told us they want to see more of his techniques. So he’s back with even more new approaches to train your brain. In this video, he focuses on how to craft an absolutely poetic painting using photos and sketches.
There is Great Value in a Great Teacher
John paints and teaches differently than any other artist. In fact, we love all of our teachers, but John is probably the best of all the teachers we represent because he patiently describes everything for complete understanding. It’s sophisticated, but not talking over anyone’s head.
7 Steps to Success
Over the years, John has created a 7-step system for landscape painting that makes the entire process more predictable and manageable, but not robotic.
Go From Great to Extraordinary
Using John’s process will free up your time, and your mind, to focus on other things in your painting — things like the mood you want to capture, the message you want to send, and the emotion you want to evoke. THIS is what will take your paintings from great to extraordinary.
As he demonstrates his proven 7-step landscape painting system, artists of every level will be able to understand and apply John’s tried-and-true steps and techniques that have allowed him to create striking and award-worthy paintings.
Elevate Your Ability
You’re about to discover how color, value relationships, and the quality of light will help you elevate your ability to create a desired mood or emotion in your paintings. You’ll see how composition, selecting a focal point, and tonal underpainting make a tremendous difference in how people see and experience your artwork.
And take a deep breath because John is going to show you how to...
Paint From a Photo? (GASP!!)
Another quality that makes John stand out from other artists is that he often works from pencil sketches, painted color studies, and photographs to create landscape paintings in his studio.
Make Paintings That Don't Look Like You Used Photo References
Now we know you may have been taught that it’s impossible to capture the amazing beauty of nature from a soulless picture that distorts color, condenses values, and can make it hard to distinguish shapes and shadows. John is a plein air painter too, and prefers to capture nature while painting outdoors, but that’s not always possible. The key is understanding what to use and what to leave out in a photo. Understanding the principles John demonstrates will remove the mystery.
There are times you may want to work in the studio, and John is going to show you how you can still paint gorgeous landscapes while indoors — it’s all about how well you set yourself up for success before you start the painting.