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Expressive Flowers With Acrylics - Learn An Approach That Gets Results

Robert Joyner, Strive To Become An Artist - Not A Painter

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12 Videos (2h 19m)
    • Introduction

    • Positive & Negative Space

    • (NEW) Student Critiques: How to avoid common positive and negative space problems

    • Explore Composition

    • Value Study

    • (NEW) Student Critiques: How to avoid common still life composition & value mistakes

    • Color Mock Up

    • Color Study

    • Exploring The Subject

    • (NEW) Student Critiques: How to improve still life paintings and avoid common color problems

    • Final Painting

    • (NEW) Student Critiques: How to avoid common acrylic still life painting mistakes


About This Class

In this course you will learn the essential skills needed to paint lovely, expressive still life painting with flowers using acrylics. You will start from the very beginning as you discover the importance of positive and negative space drawings and ultimately finish with a step-by-step flower masterpiece.
Who is this class for?
Anyone that would like to paint expressive flowers and desires to learn more and the techniques.
What will you learn?
Positive & Negative Space- this is essential in understanding the edges of your subject. It will teach you some of the characteristics of your motif and help solidify the main shapes.


Thumbnail Sketches- a great way to compose your painting without investing a lot of unnecessary time. It will help prevent many hours of painting in circles only to realize the composition doesn't work.


Finalizing The Composition- this is a quick composition drawing based on previous thumbnails and positive & negative space drawings.
Value Mass Study- an essential step in understanding how to simplify values and locate lightest light and darkest dark.


Color Mock-up- an important stage that will bring drawing and color together. You will choose a palette and complete a quick color study that prepares you for the final painting.


Explore Color- this is a great lesson for understanding how to shade and tint colors. Once you complete this exercise you will see how much range you have with only a handful of colors.


Explore Subject- sometimes you just need to doodle and play with expressive techniques in order to push the boundaries a bit. I'll share some secrets on how I do this by simply take some time to be creative.



Step-By-Step Demo- now it's time to put all the lessons together and create a final painting. If you have done your homework this should be the easiest step in the process.


Material List
4 sheets drawing paper - 60lb. 9x12" 
graphite pencil, or a standard #2
4 sheets watercolor paper (140lb. cold press), or Bristol - 9x12"
small canvas (11x14 inches), watercolor paper, or Bristol for final painting (12x16 inches)
acrylic paints, ultramarine blue, titanium white, lemon yellow (or cad, Hansa yellow), deep red (Cadmium, pyrrole), alizarin crimson, burnt Sienna 
brushes, small round, medium round & large flat





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Robert Joyner

Strive To Become An Artist - Not A Painter

Hi, I'm Robert Joyner.

I'm a full time paint-slinger from Richmond, Virginia specializing in watercolor, acrylic & mixed media paintings. Best known for my signature loose brushwork and carefree approach to creating abstract style artwork.


I host and teach advanced monthly workshops for watercolor and mixed media are available. If you want more critiques and feedback that will help you identify problem areas be sure to visit pai...

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