Developing Your Artistic Voice in Landscape Paintings with Brian Sindler

Developing Your Artistic Voice in Landscape Paintings with Brian Sindler


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Go beyond the limitations of your subject to compose a dynamic painting! Do you find yourself simply copying your reference photo shape by shape, shadow by shadow? In this course, award-winning Landscape Painter Brian Sindler will teach you how to look beyond what your subject has to offer.


Coming soon in Q2 2021

Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

Medium: Acrylics

Are there objects in your landscape you wish weren't there? Are you imposing your will on your subject, or is the subject imposing its will on you? Imagine if you could paint beyond the limitations of nature!

Don't let yourself be held back by what nature is throwing at you, whether it be unappealing weather conditions or an inadequate photo reference. Learn how to use composition to design your paintings in a way that compliments your inherent strengths and weaknesses.

Brian Sindler will walk you through a step-by-step instruction that focuses on how to see the world through your creative lens as well as how to create preparatory drawings and translate your vision onto canvas. He will give you the tools to translate the landscape rather than merely copy it by simplifying, designing, and creating interesting shapes. Brian teaches the philosophical differences between documenting and translating the natural world. You will find insightful analogies between art and music that will offer a unique viewpoint as you consider your own art. The lessons will be broken up into specific themes and exercises that will culminate in a final chapter that will guide you with the knowledge you need to start making paintings rather than relying solely on what is presented to you by nature.

Chapter 1: Introduction
The difference between a poet and a textbook author. An important analogy that will be repeated throughout the course.

  • 1.1 Artist Mindset
  • 1.2 Creative Philosophy

Chapter 2: Materials
This chapter will discuss the use of a wet palette, Acrylic paint, specific colors for the palette, the palette layout, mediums, brushes, and a quick demo.

  • 2.1 Acrylic Paints, Mediums & Brushes
  • 2.2 Wet Palette
  • 2.3 Quick Demo

Chapter 3: Creating References
How to distill nature into simple forms. 

  • 3.1 Ink Sketches
  • 3.2 Photoshop & References
  • 3.3 Making Effective Small Painting as References

Chapter 4: Shape and Simplicity
The importance of creating simple but powerful shapes. 

  • 4.1 Design Elements
  • 4.2 Shapes & Design Demo

Chapter 5: Composition
How to use design to strengthen your paintings.

  • 5.1 Painting with Design in Mind
  • 5.2 Combine Multiple References

Chapter 6: Color
How to effectively use color to strengthen paintings.

  • 6.1 Color & Design
  • 6.2 Color & Mood
  • 6.2 Reserved Color Approach

Chapter 7: Edge Handling & Texture
I will demonstrate how you can use edges to bolster your design.

  • 7.1 Realistic vs Stylized Edges
  • 7.2 Edges, Texture & Design

Chapter 8: Editing
How to edit images to improve the design and use them for marketing purposes. 

  • 8.1 Editing in Design
  • 8.2 Editing a Painting
  • 8.3 Body of Work
  • 8.4 Website & Social Media Platforms

Chapter 9: Final Project
How to take everything you've learned and incorporate it into your common painting routine. 

  • 9.1 Using References
  • 9.2 Break Free From References
  • 9.3 Troubleshooting Painting Challenges

At the end of this course, you will have the ability to break away from your reference photo and compose exciting landscape paintings that complement your skillsets.

Color, Composition, Design, Landscape, Tonalism