Ron Mulvey✏️, Artist / Art Teacher

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9 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Painting Big Painting Small Intro

    • 2. Setting Up

    • 3. Drawing Mountain Lake

    • 4. Color Lay In

    • 5. Details To Finish With

    • 6. West Coast Inlet

    • 7. Let's Paint Big

    • 8. Finishing Up With Details

    • 9. White Magic Acrylic Demo


About This Class



                             GOING BIG CAN CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE YOUR TOOLS


There is an art rumour flying around that says that if you can't paint then PAINT BIG!!!

There is a misconception accepted by many beginning artists that PAINTING SMALL is safe.

Both of the above statements are false. Painting big or small is all about the size of your tools.

In this class we will develop your painting skills and your perception skills using water based paints. Washing paint into wet paper and observing the character of watercolors is the very most important technique to master if you want to feel good about your painting.

Standing back from your efforts and properly perceiving what is taking place is the very most important attitude to develop.

Learning how to use your materials is the very most important skill that you can develop that will allow you to get out of trouble and into the creative flow. Artists are always getting into trouble when they create. The good ones learn how to redirect that 'failure fear' and move forward.

I did the first project's pencil drawing in black and white so you can see it clearly.The lighting is very warm on some of the clips as I work at night sometimes. Other clips are on overcast days and are cooler in appearance. I used halogen lights for the first lay in for the BIG PICTURE,

Get used to different lighting conditions when you do your art. The bright perfect light from a professional lighting system is not what all of us have to work in. Outside is the best, but it is a little cold here at the moment so we work indoors and find the best lighting that will get the job done.

You will need some good watercolor paper for this class. Cheap paper makes more trouble than it is worth. It makes a trouble that you cannot get out of. Go brand name with your materials.

I use a big 'Purdy' house painters brush for my big painting and some synthetic squirrel hair brushes for the smaller paintings. I was very delighted to purchase 3 soft flat brushes for $5 at our local art supply store. I'll show you all the materials in the class.

Now this class would be about 6 hours if I included all the film for the paintings from start to finish. I tend to get lost in them after a few days and spend hours adding color notes, darkening, lifting, adjusting values, looking for that special feeling that comes when you are in that timeless creative zone. It's a good thing that I am the cook in this family or i would probably just wither away with a paintbrush in my mouth.

Balance your life and you won't tip over before your time.


You will come out of this class with some great brush skills and a real understanding of the true nature of is all about WATER and COLOR.


I have added a 2 minute Video of a 6 foot by 4 foot acrylic painting I did this time last year. I call it 'WHITE MAGIC'. Take a look at that first as it is at the end of the class. It will get your creative appetite primed for the class. My son James Mulvey created the music. A proud father to be sure!

Perception not mis-perception!!! Watch 'WHITE MAGIC'