How To Develop Abstract Landscape Painting - Acrylic & Mixed Media Painting Demonstration | ROBERT JOYNER | Skillshare

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How To Develop Abstract Landscape Painting - Acrylic & Mixed Media Painting Demonstration

teacher avatar ROBERT JOYNER, Make Art Fun

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4 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. How To Use The Platform

    • 3. Seascape Demonstration

    • 4. How To Aquire Rejects & Doodles

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About This Class


In this class I will introduce you to one of my favorite expressive painting techniques - Rejects! Yes, I create plenty of bad art simply because I tend to really go for it. Painting trite & boring art just isn't in my DNA. So, that attitude and approach certainly has it's drawbacks and one of them is bad art. But I never throw the rejects away. Instead, I use them as a beginning for the next painting. This is a fabulous & creative technique that really adds plenty of expressive & abstract qualities to my work.

Who Is This Class For?

Anyone that likes to create & think unconventionally. This approach is suitable for all levels and will certainly add a layer of creativity to your arsenal of techniques.

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I'm a full-time, self-taught artist from Goochland, Virginia. I specialize in creating loose watercolor, acrylic and mixed media paintings.

I'm a happy husband, and father of three kids that keep me busy when not slinging paint :)

I've connected with 11K SkillShare students, and teach many others at my personal teaching hub.


Kentucky Derby Carnival Cruise Lines 555 Steak House CBS National Baseball Museum To name a few...


Visit my personal website to view & purchase available art 


Watercolor Fanatic - founded in January 2022 with one goal in mind; to support and help beginners overcome the many hurdles of learning wate... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi there. I'm Robert Joyner. I'm excited to share rejected the art of recycling your bad work into beautiful finished paintings. Now, if you're like me, you tend to go so I don't like trite and boring heart. And that's not what I create. Studio really take risks on that attitude that approved. We love the result and reject for inferior artwork. But that's okay. I never let that bottom me because I used those rejects to create beautiful paintings. So if you're ready to get started and roll today and learn how you can take all of those bad paintings and tournament winner hook to see you on the inside again, I'm Robert Joyner. I love the pain. Oh, my rejects, I love thanks for watching. 2. How To Use The Platform: In this video, I just wanted to go over the Skillshare platform. I know some of you know how to use it, but I know there are many others that simply don't understand how to create a project. How to add more photos, texts, and things like that. What I will do now is pull up one of my classes on Skillshare. This may not be the class you are learning, but it does have everything we need to cover what I wanted to share with you in this video. This is my watercolor workout basics and beyond class. And you've got the main video here. Obviously. If you wanted to make that video bigger, you can click that in the top right hand corner and that will enlarge the video if you want to reduce that size again, come up here to the top right-hand corner, click it. And that's going to bring up your navigation menu on the right-hand side. Now if I hover over the video with my mouse down here in the lower left, you have play speed. For some reason you wanted to slow things down or speed things up. You can always change the speed. Keep in mind if you do change, it just makes sure you go back and set it to normal if you want to, in fact, see at a normal speed, you can also rewind things 15 seconds. If you're watching something you wanted to see what happened within 15 seconds together, you can click that and then I'll take you back in 1515. Second increments. You can click it three or four times and go back 45 seconds a minute, whatever you want to do. If you want to make a note of the video, you can click this little pen That's going to bring up your note. And that's a good way to remind yourself if something interesting happen there. And you just wanted to sort of jot something down that sort of clicked in your mind. This is your volume. So if it's CBC, this slash like I have now lets you need to unmute it so you're not going to be able to see the sound. If I click that now, I can now hear the video if it were playing, this would be subtitles. So if you wanted to have a subtitle and the various languages here, you can do that. You may not like having subtitles. You can put subtitles off on the top of that. So if you don't want to see them, That's how you get rid of them. Again, we can go full screen with that feature in the lower right-hand corner. So if you wanted to see this and this largest possible resolution, that is going to be the option to do it. Okay, So again, that's that one. So that tells you a little bit about how to navigate some of the options on the video. Over here on the right. So long as you're in this mode, we can scroll down and see the different videos. All videos that you have watched all the way through should have a checkmark. If you want to again, get rid of that, you use this button in the top right-hand corner, you can get rid of it. And then here we see it. Now down here, we have some tabs. We have the About tab. So that's going to be the class description that I added. I will often add other classes that you may be interested in. So throughout the course, I may say if you want to learn more about how to plan watercolor art, be shorter, checkout the link in the class description, and that's gonna be right here in the About tab. So if we scroll down, we can see all of these are links to different classes I have. So that's a little bit about the about page. Reviews are where you can see how awesome reviews that the students left on the class. Here, our discussions, discussions are very important because that's how I'm going to notify you about each new lesson. When they're available. You will see, if you scroll down, you'll see discussions, you'll see where there's some different things going on. This is important too. So if you have questions about the class or a lesson you watched, then you can use this discussions to get in touch with me and I'll try to respond to you as soon as possible. You can also share links and the discussions too. So if you have something you want to show me, you can always link it up and I'll be able to see it. Here. You see I can start a conversation, I can ask a question up and share project and so on. Speaking up projects, if I go right here, this tells you a little bit about the project. So here you'll see each lesson has a project well almost, but the point is to get involved and started doing the demos and projects shared in this class. And here you can scroll down and see all the students that are posting projects. If you want to explore, you can click on that and just see what an awesome job the students are doing, getting these different projects and things done. Of course, you can comment on these two. So over here on the right-hand side, you can click on that. You can share a little feedbacks and encouragement, whatever you want to do. If you look at my project right here, you're going to see that I've got a detailed breakdown of all my lessons here. So each time I post new lessons in a class or a demo, I always break it down and give you a really good description of what's going on. Now you may want to create a project. Now since I already have one. Are you going to see that I don't have the option to make another one. But here is a class that I don't have a project. So you will see this green button on the right-hand side. To create a project, all you have to do is click on that. And that's going to bring up your project option. Now the first thing you'll see is a cover image. If you want to add a cover image, just click on that and then navigate to your image. So I'll just select one here. So I'll select this one. And then that's going to upload the image. Once it's uploaded. I have the option here on this slider right there to enlarge it and then sort of move it around, however I want that to be seen. And once it's done, click Submit. Again, this is just the cover image. You can go ahead and add a title and I'll say, awesome class by Robert. If I can spell that right, that would certainly help. Description. Hey, took three-week class. Here is what I did. Now if I hit Enter, That's going to bring other cursor down here below. And then I can add an image. You see down here, you can see, you can have three options to add more content. If I click on image, I can add another image, so I can click on that and then you have to give it a second. And then that's going to upload the image. Now I can click Enter, you see I can write more content. I'm like, This is my cool fish painting. Now, if I wanted to add a video or link and maybe you're like, Hey, did you happen to see this picture or whatever? You can double-click on a word and then you have a link option here. You can paste the link in there, just make sure you hit the Check button to make it active. And now I can hit enter again and then add more images. That's how you can make your project. If you don't want anyone to see your project, you can click this button here to make it private. But once you're done, very, very important, scroll back to the top and hit Publish. And as soon as you publish your project, that's going to be visible for everyone to see that's publishing right now. I'm just going to give it a moment, alright, and then there it is, right there. So I just added my projects. So let's say you want to edit your project, you click on that again. And now you come up here to the top right-hand corner. You can click Edit. Now you can scroll down. Make sure you put the cursor where you want it. So if I want the next image or the next video or whatever to be below the fish. I can come down here and click on the end of the sentence, hit Enter. And now again, pull in my images or wherever it is that I want to do. Again, make sure you hit Publish when you're done. Then that's going to save it. You just have to be patient and let Skill Share save it. Another thing you may want to do is share your project on social media. So you have this Copy Project link. You can copy that and share that wherever you wish. Over here on the right-hand side, you can hard thing. So if someone did project that you really like, you can give it a heart. You can share a comment and say, those fish are amazing, and then hit posts and that's going to share your comments with whoever it is you're talking about. So again, just good stuff to know. And I think if you learn how to use the projects is very useful. And teachers can often see them and hopefully they do and they can give you some feedback on what you're doing. The last thing I want to share with you is right here under the again, we've got about reviews, discussions, and then project and resources. These resources are downloadable. If the class has images, resource images, whatever the case may be, you can click on the link and that's going to download it to your device. So I hope this video helps you out and that you understand a little bit more about how to navigate the Skillshare platform. And then of course, the courses that are taught there. 3. Seascape Demonstration: all right. Basically a reject painting here with leftover paint. At the end of my sessions, I like to take my pain That's on the palate instead of discarding it or you're tossing it away. Um, I'll just smeared on my reject painting. I'll start with my fan brush here. I have a little Seascape, and, um, the idea is just to use the image for inspiration and then let it rip. Okay, so I will be taking a lot of liberty to change things. I'm just gonna zoom you in just a smidge here. I think I'm gonna use a relatively low horizon line. And here somewhere, I'm just going to start with that boat. And what the heck, Let's just go ahead. He's a little cno orange and just kind of mark where that horizon is and then started whacking in on this boat. No, it's is totally different than what's there. I get it, but that's what I wanted to be. This is a loose, abstract version of what is there, and I'm not creating picture perfect stuff to paint free like this on a regular basis, and just to let the things kind of rip a little bit is a lot of fun. Add some darks to anchor this front boat. Put a little action there on the dock on. Uh, come on now, coming down in this area. So, actually, before I get into the drawing, I got a little bit of failure Blue on my palette here. I just added that mix that with a little bit of these off waits and waits. Um, see, maybe a little bit of these some sienna is to tone it down and, uh, see if we can capture just kind of rough feeling some of these boats. I will make that a little bit darker as it approaches us in the foreground. Here. Now, I'm gonna use that same brush I want to go with, uh, adding a little bit of yellow white to this sky area. I'm moving to some blues. Just trying to leave little pockets of that original colors. I go a little bit later. Here, change it up with some blues greens. That's good. This boat suppose just a little bit too high. Um, I think it needs to be about in there somewhere. That looks better. Get back to my fan purples. gents is or violence. Those shadow over there. Maybe a brownish orange colors. We can throw that feeling of, Ah, building or some sort of structure there. I kind of see evil thing happening here, moving like this darks. I haven't forget about the drawing. About to get to that. See, I'm using my license here to change things up. Also having phone with color. I'm not getting stuck with what's there on. Good. Some rigging. Okay. Different things happening here on this boat. Few scribbles in here. And we have these boats here, that air, same thing. And as as these boots get closer to us to get a lot taller, so you get that sense of perspective here. I want to run that, uh, run that those colors down into the reflections in the harbor. That's good. We've got a little bit of ah reflection going on here. Uh, that's fine. Maybe a little bit later. That's good. Now play with this guy a little bit, maybe touch some clowns, and it's kind of different things that may be going on. I just want to make this a little bit darker in the foreground here. Maybe a few reflections there on the boat. Now he's going to grab my little liner here, Put a little water on it. I'm just going to soften some of these lives. It's gonna add a feeling of some windows. They're just want to add a few more details here. There's all types of stuff happening here. I just want to capture some of it. I want to really make these much, much taller. So these things air basically going off page here? Really? Just demanding your attention. This is all doing pretty good. Maybe a few windows, a few lines, a little bit of detail. These things have all types of crazy rigging and cables you name it feeling of Ah, maybe so reflections or something going on in here? I think it was back up here. That looks like I hope you enjoyed the demo. I enjoy doing it for you. And of course I will see you in the thanks 4. How To Aquire Rejects & Doodles: all right. Really a super quick video here to show you how I use my left over paint on the palate. And then I've got a little reject here. Sounded reject. It was just a simple doodle. And, uh, I want Thio added a little something to this to help me with my next painting so I can take some of these colors. I've got some yellow left over and I can just drag that brush right along, pick up some more yellow. You see, I got a nice pocket or yellow there. Maybe I want a balance that out a little bit up here, have some reds. That's lovely. Can make a little rectangle around that shape. Here, hold on. Something on the edge that looks good. We'll get a cno, have some blues greens on. I can, though. That down have some grays and some other colors here. A little bit of white. And there you go. So, uh, if you I really wanna have some fun, you can take a crayon here and throw months and scribbles. Come, pray on. And And this is the These are awesome because they're done with no expectations. They're just simple use some leftover paint slapping down through some crayon strokes on there, and, um, and who knows what I will eventually paint on that. Whatever it is, it's a really beautiful beginning. It could be buildings, landscaped, whatever. And it will be a lot of fun if you want to make it even more abstract or if you want to take it to another level, there's a little damp rag right here. I can do smooth out some of these edges, something like that. And, um, and now you don't have such hard edges. It's nice and smooth. And some areas, um, kind of muddy. And then those are a lot of fun toe work with. Okay, Like I said, this is a very quick video, but I encourage you, Teoh, have some fun. Try these little things and then make sure you never throw your pain away. Whatever you do that stuff to ruin your palate, you better off to go here. And that way you're already beginning your next masterpiece. Okay? I hope you enjoy