Acrylic Painting: Explore A New Composition Using A Reference Photo | LaurieAnne Gonzalez | Skillshare

Acrylic Painting: Explore A New Composition Using A Reference Photo

LaurieAnne Gonzalez, Painter | Dog Lover | Bob Ross Wannabe

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14 Lessons (1h 1m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Preparing the Paper

    • 3. Painting Process - Part 1

    • 4. Painting Process - Part 2

    • 5. Painting Process - Part 3

    • 6. Painting Process - Part 4

    • 7. Painting Process - Part 5

    • 8. Painting Process - Part 6

    • 9. Painting Process - Part 7

    • 10. Painting Process - Part 8

    • 11. Painting Process - Part 9

    • 12. Painting Process - Part 10

    • 13. Final Painting and Tips

    • 14. BONUS: Black Gesso and Gouache

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About This Class


In this class, I will show you how to paint from a reference photo, as well as, how to add into the painting an element that was not in the original photo to create your own original composition.

This class is intended for those who have taken my other painting classes and/or for those who have painting experience and want to learn a new technique to incorporate into their painting practice. However, if you are a beginner or new to my classes, I recommend taking my classes in the order below:

1. Acrylic Painting: Learn The Basics For Beginners

2. Acrylic Painting: How To Paint An Abstract Landscape

3. Acrylic Painting: How to Paint Using a Limited Color Palette

4. Acrylic Painting: Explore A New Composition Using A Reference Photo (this class)

5. Acrylic Painting: How To Create A Mixed Media Painting 

In this class, you will learn about:

  • How I use reference photos and sketches together
  • My favorite paints and brushes to use
  • How I start all of my paintings
  • My painting process from start to finish

At the end of this class, you will have the skills to paint your own painting using reference photos and sketches together. 

Below is a photo of the colors I used for this painting, but you can use whatever colors you would like!

IMPORTANT: The paintings you create from my class examples are for learning/educational purposes only. Those paintings or ones heavily inspired by my class example (or my other work) cannot be sold or reproduced in any way. All of my work is copyrighted and that is a violation of the copyright. Please stick to painting from my class examples only (not from other work on my website) or work from your own inspiration photos.


I have linked all of my supplies below*:

Blick Matte Acrylic Paints

White Gesso

Black Gesso

Golden OPEN Acrylic Paints

Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Watercolor Paper Pad

Large Filbert Paint Brush

Paint Brush Set

Gesso Brush Set

IKEA Brush Set

Artist Tape

Glass Palette

IKEA Utility Cart

Holbein Acryla Gouache

Winsor & Newton Designer Gouache

*Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will make a commission, if you click thru and make a purchase.