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8 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Monet promo

    • 2. Art history moment Monet 1

    • 3. Monet 2

    • 4. Monet practice run

    • 5. Monet 3

    • 6. Monet 4

    • 7. Monet5 Varnishing

    • 8. Monet Conclusion

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Come have fun with me.  Learn the basics of painting like the Impressionist -Monet while learning about the artist himself.  Step-by-step we will start at the drawing and make our way to the final steps.  Easy and fun, this style of painting consists of layers of dabs of different colours that create a shimmering glow of colour.  This technique is fun and relaxing at the same time so join me in this new style of painting.


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Doris Charest

Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor


Doris Charest - Biography


BED University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

BFA University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

MED University of Alberta, AB

Mixed media is Doris' favorite favorite form of painting . She loves exploring with textures, shapes, and a more contemporary look. Nature and the world around her inspires Doris. Her love of texture won her the Allessandra Bisselli Award and a First Place in a Still Life show with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver. Look for Doris Charest's work in the American Magazine: Sommerset Studio (Summer, 2007) and British Magazine: Leisure Painter. Both feature a three pages of Doris' artwork. She won the Sylvie Brabant award in 2011 for her work in the art community. In 2013 she won First Place for he... See full profile

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1. Monet promo: hi and welcome to painting like Monday. This is a quick technique, and it's really fun. You'll enjoy it. So my name is Doris Sharia, and we're going to do this exercise together while you're painting. You'll also learn a little bit about money and the whole impressionistic movement. You learn his technique, you learn the skills, and it's really, really easy. You'll enjoy this US call clothed Monday. He was one of the great, and his technique is unique. He's one of the first artist to ever go outside and paint what you really see. And that's one of the wonderful things about money, for this course will work from a photo. We won't actually travel all the way to France and javale me to work in his garden. But painting from a photograph will work really well, and in just a few evenings you'll have a magnificent painting. You'll start with the drawing and then the under painting and then the full painting itself . This is a view of the under painting with one layer. We have a bonus, will take a walk through money's garden, and then we'll continue painting and you'll learn tips and tricks of how to paint in the impressionistic style. It's wonderful. You'll really enjoy it. This is a version of the final peaking. I'm just going toe. Hold it still so you can have a good look. You can see how we've paint a just little dabs all over the place with multiple colors. Our main colors air green, yellow, pink, purple and little bits of blue. We also have little bits of white and mixtures off all those colors. It's wonderful. You'll really enjoy painting this painting and it's easy step by step. So join me in painting like money. See you soon. 2. Art history moment Monet 1: Hi. Welcome to the art history moment. Painting like money. A quick lesson in technique and techniques used by a famous artist. My name is Doris, shall they? And I have a bachelor's degree in fine arts as well as a master's degree in education, more specifically in art education. So it shows that I love teaching art, and I love contemporary art in particular, and I want to share my knowledge with you. Keep in mind that these lessons are very simplified and they show just the basics of what artists do. Their techniques are way more complex than what I'm showing you. I'm just getting you started in these techniques. You can take more lessons. Letter what you will learn. You will learn about Impressionism. You will learn about the artist behind Impressionism. You will learn this technique used by money. You will get a short video describing how to do this work. Now I put one short video, but in the meantime, I've cut it into several pieces so that it's more manageable. What we're going to do is we're going to have one art history moment and then art lesson, another art history moment, and then another art lesson, So I hope you enjoy this Oscar clothed money. He was one of the first impressionists in France, and he was born in 18 40 live till 1926. The period I love the most are the last paintings he didn't. He did water lilies and flowers and his garden. I'll talk more about that later. But look how large those paintings are there larger than life size. Now what will do is learn a little bit about Impressionist painting. The title Impressionism comes from the title of Ah, Painting, made by money, and it means a Pacione is just what it says an impression of what he sees in front of him now. The Impressionists were the very first artist to go out and paint outside, and that's called Plan air Painting. There, you can't get a painting with a lot of detail. The bugs air eating you. The sun is shining and it's hot or it's raining or it looks like it's going to rain. The light is changing. You have to work really quickly to capture what's in front of you, and that's why it's called a pest CEO. An impression of what you're seeing your capturing the moment. You're actually just trying to get the gist of what's there. Just the impression, the feeling, the emotion that you see while you're painting that painting the Impressionists. When they first, uh, put these paintings in the shows in Paris at the salon, they were ejected. So they created their own salon and they called it Salo. They refuse e the salon of the refused and over time everybody wanted to be in their salon as opposed to the academic salon in Paris, so that's pretty interesting. They were really revolutionary for their time, and what they wanted to capture is exactly what I said earlier. What is in the moment while they're there, while they're seeing that land for those that half hour that they're painting that painting , that's it. For now, for my art history moment, we're going to have a lesson. Well, I'm going to stop here and we'll see you in the next section. 3. Monet 2: hi and welcome back to money and how to create a work like money. This is all in the video that just follows, so just make sure to watch it carefully. Remember to take your time. I may take a shorter time than you do to make decisions, so make sure that you take the time you need. You don't have to be assed fast is I am. Don't forget I've done this before, so let's watch the video. So here's the next step. The next step is actually picking an image that you like. So what I did is I downloaded some images from the Internet and some pictures of a friend of mine. And what's That's the same photo Just printed it twice and different seasons from the Garden of Money. I love that one and all the water lilies. Ah, see, this is another season again. Looks like late full, and the bridge is my favorite. I love that. With all the white flowers hanging down, you can also get close ups like Muslim. You can use black and white so that you can see the values better for this painting. I think I'll choose something similar to this, remember? Ah, these are the different steps we're going to take. We're going to start with a drawing that you can barely see on there, mostly because I don't like to draw with, Ah, hard line. And then we do an under painting and then the final painting or layers. Don't forget. You can choose the painting surface, Bat Lord, canvass board or canvas. For more information, see my video, That bonus section on choosing a painting surface and that's it for this section will see you in the next one. 4. Monet practice run: Hi. Welcome back. We're going to have a practice exercise. Just get you in the mood. And before starting, what you're going to need is one brush at least an inch wind. You'll need three colors and white, and you will need one surface. The paint on this doesn't have to be something special. It could be some heavy paper. It could be, Ah, scrap peak. It could be a scrap piece of canvas that you have laying around. This is just practice Now. If you have time, you could watch some of these videos about money, and it's very interesting. It tells you all about his life. Here's my little art history moment before we get going. Money used a very limited palate. He used lead white chrome, yellow canyon, yellow, Veridian, green, emerald, green, French, ultra marine, cobalt blue Matter Red, which is called Eliza in Crimson, now for milion but and black. But there was a while where he never used black. Now let's watch the video and see the practice. So here's the big brush and you're going to see when you brush. This is the mark that you get. You get these nice wide strokes Now, when you're dabbing, we're going to do three different kinds of of dabs. So the very 1st 1 is dabs that they're fairly small, and you just pat Pat Pat on a white surface. Now Manet worked on a background or a white surface. He Bakst it all up, and as you can see, I speeded up the camera, so that goes faster. So we're just going to dab dab, dab different kinds of marks just for you to see what it looks like. And these air small dabs and you add light ones, dark ones, medium ones and you just keep dabbing. See how the your eye blends the colors together so one color is next to another color, which your eye bland's without your brush, blending it for you. So that's what's gonna happen in our money painting. Now we're going to mixed a little bit more. I really like this peach color seems to unify all the others. It's a nice one to blend together. Now this is one way that Manet painted, but there are also different ways. Hey, sometimes used a very large brush with big, bold brush marks. We're going to try that in a minute as soon as I'm finished, Kind of tweaking this one so that your eye seems to blend all the colors into a nice off pastel e kind of scene. When I first saw money is paintings. That's what I saw. And it was so beautiful. I loved it. And that's what made me fall in love with money. So here is one way small dabs, and there you go. So now we're going to take our brush again, and we're going to try bigger dams. But first we're going to create a background and ah, greenish background like the one we're going to do in our big painting. So the dabs will be bigger and you just create a background like that and make green. So it's just mixed the green dab it on and big strokes just like that. Then you take a bit of color and go on top. You don't have to do this in one single night. You aren't quite often. What I do is I, uh, do one layer and then let it dry, do another layer and let that dry and keep on going that way. See how it changes the look having a background and the big boulder strokes. It changes the look of the painting completely. So think about how you want to paint your painting. Do you want small brush strokes? Do you want big breast jokes? I shouldn't say brushstrokes. There really gaps. So you want small gaps, are bigger, adapts and then see how you just layer one on top of the other. I really want you to practice before you start your painting. It makes a big difference. Now what we're going to do is ah, third type of dabbing. We're going to brush big strokes so that you can see the difference between big strokes and smaller strokes. So you have very small. You have medium and you have big. Now I'm having you do this so you get it out of your system. I don't want you to paint your money painting like this. I don't want the big, long strokes. I want that the exercise for money is painting is stabs. But I want you to see the difference in the look. See how big strokes medium Stokes. Small strokes. Big difference. Now practice this and we'll see you in the next section. 5. Monet 3: money was considered one of the driving forces behind Impressionism, the effects of light on the local color of objects and the effects of the juxtaposition of colors with each other with the important parts of this movement. So if you put red next to blue, you're I would blend the two colors together to create purple. So if you put red next to White, then you would get an impression of pink, depending on how much white and how much red. That was the basic concept there. Money spent a lot of his career portraying the light light with most important concept for him. So he painted it's Garden in spring and summer in the winter and then in the morning, in the afternoon and the evening, all kinds of light, all kinds of weather. He paid it. See other scenes like that earlier on before he started, painting is Garden. He started painting light and the changing of the seasons light it. When he was in England, he painted the tower and then he just kept painting different effects and what the light did to the objects. So by object, I mean, maybe the tower, maybe the flowers in his garden. Uh, maybe other buildings that air there. He often painted haystacks different seasons at different times of day. How the shade was reflected on a cloudy day as opposed to a sunny day. He tried different points of view. It was amazing. He worked really hard and tried a lot of different versions, really trying to capture that light properly. Now, that's it for the art history moment. For now, we're going to start on exercise number two. You saw the basics of what you needed. I hope you picked the campus or other painting surface. Remember, you can use matte board. You can use illustration board. Those are other options you can use. You can even use a heavy paper, so pick your material now and get your paints. We're going to start with the drawing and then the painting will draw first. See you in the next section. Now we're going to do the drawing and the blocking in, which is like the first step of color. So remember you don't have to be very accurate. You want to create shapes, pick certain shapes. You don't have to copy absolutely everything. I've speeded up the drawing here so that it's not so boring watching me dried all in its basic shapes lilies and then adding one focal point with a flower. So the main areas are just lilies floating on the water, so it should be very, very simple. You want to keep the drawing to a bare minimum. The pencil lines sometimes shows, so don't press very hard on the canvas. I usually I don't like using a pencil line that much. I like to draw it in very, very lightly and then add the color. You want to use this pencil line just as a guideline, not as something that you're going to and here to like a sleeve. You're going to just very loosely draw in those shapes, and then you add paint just like this. You're going to block in basic colors, so the basic colors are green. That is mainly the color of the lilies, but not just one flat color of green, but a variety of kinds of greens. So every time you pick up your brush, you change it up. You add a different color to your green and change the color of your green, so see how Every time I'm adding color to my brush, the green is a little bit different. So to your green you add to your green. You would add a little bit of red, maybe a little bit more yellow, a little bit more blue, and then you just keep on going, making sure that you change it up completely. You want to keep it very simple and very easy to put in. Remember, this is just the basic underlying color. You don't want to have a lot of white. You want to keep that underlying color as the color you're going to add to. So on top of this basic green, we're going to add not only more kinds of greens later on, but also pinks and purples and blues and all kinds of other colors. This is a very simple process, just adding it in, and I also speed it this up because it's very slow. This is something you want to do in a couple of evening, so one evening you block in the next evening. You might add more color later on. It's always good to let the color dry when you can, and then add some more layers later. That's often what I do. I work one step one evening and the next step another evening. It doesn't take long that the whole painting gets done really quickly. Now notice that with the drawing, I'm changing the color. And where the focal point is, I'm adding brighter color. So you want to create eight something that is very simple and easy way for your eye to go to the focal point. So you want to create a lot of contrast. So the colors that are far away from the focal point are a little bit more neutral. So I've added reds and more colors that dull the green a little bit, Uh, but near the focal point, I leave the green a little brighter and more eye catching. That's something you want to do for most of it, and as you go further away from the focal point, you change it again to get a little more neutral. So when I move away from the flower, see how I'm just adding loose brush strokes? This is something that you is easy to do and just adding, look, look at that really fast. Not being particular about the paint because this layer almost doesn't count. It's great to have a background color when you're adding the paint, but you don't need to be fussy about it. Later on, we'll get fussy, but not this time. So see how you want to keep it different around the focal point and then just make it more neutral away from the focal point. This is an easy step, and I want you to do this step now and then I'll see you in the next section and then in the next section. What we'll do is something like this will add just little pieces of green and other colors just tapping like this. That's exactly what we'll do in the next steps. You can practice now if you want, because money that's when he did. He added. Dots of color everywhere, some of the dots air fairly large and others air smaller. I'll stop talking out. Just do this step now and we'll see you in the next section 6. Monet 4: Here's an extra bonus photos of Manet's Garden. Let's take a walk through his garden. So here's the entrance and you can see it's a rainy day. But they're still flowers everywhere, and you go in and it's luscious. Trees are, ah, full of flower gardens or full. There's all kinds of flowers and trees everywhere. The path are very well maintained. Ah, bit of fog or drops of water on my lands there. But see how the beautiful the flowers are and so well maintained. Everything organized, this is a huge area is filled with flowers and trees and vines. Everywhere you can see there's more lilies this time. Just off the path. You see how full the gardening is. Here's part of a bridge or a bridge. There's more than one bridge here, and this is my favorite scene. It's the scene you see everywhere in many of his paintings. More lily pads and that's it. That's just a quick overview. Now we'll have the next part of our painting, so watch the video. So this is a lot last part of the painting, and we're going to add some more color. So the last time added pinks and purples and dark blues and variations of pinks and little bits of white. And now we're going to add some more of these colors. We're going to add light areas, light areas that lead my eye towards the focal point. So if I squint, I see all these little white marks and they lead my eye towards the flower. That's the goal. Same thing with the dark areas. They all lead my eye towards the flower that's there. So just keep dabbing. That's all this is. Remember, money style is all kinds of brushstrokes that overlap, and it's just so exciting. I just love. The style of painting is relaxing. It's fun, and there's no way to make any errors. So now I'm adding bits of yellow as sunshine shining on the water, and then I'll add little bits of blue next to it. It will make it look like the water is shimmering. It's totally beautiful, this kind of thing I just love doing this. Noticed that at the top again. I'm not putting many marks. All the marks air closer to the focal point, and that's the flower. So now it's little bits of green, with little bits of white, and then I space it out. So there's that color in about every quadrant of the painting and my eye. If it follows, the yellows will come to the flower, and that's what I want and it just leads to it. So comes from the top goes down from each side and it the leads my eye towards the flower. And that's the fun part. Now little bits of blue notice these air just touches again. Little tiny marks. Money didn't start painting like this. It's grew slowly, and they turned it into a whole new style of painting. So this is it for now. I want you to do this part and then see me in the next section. 7. Monet5 Varnishing: Welcome back. Here's a bit of a history lesson and the final stage, and that's varnishing. You'll get an overview of how to varnish, and that's a super easy step. You will also get a short history lesson. So here we go. Here's the history lesson. Impressionists and Post Impressionists were the groups that Monet belonged to, and they moved away from realism. Now each of them have a lot of variety in their styles. So the first is bangle Mbango, like thick paint, bright colors. Some of his paintings are almost half an inch thick there, so sick with paint. He also love creating patterns and the mood. There's Degas, who loved chalk pastels, and he liked showing movement and creating that effect of movement. There's Klimmt, who love gold and pattern. He put golden pattern in everything he painted. There's Turner in England, who loved to show the British Missed. He painted the skies and the in the morning in the afternoon in the evening, but he particularly loved sunrises and sunsets. There's Picasso, who co founded the Cuba Smooth Movement, and he went the furthers into abstraction. There's also Mary Cassatt, who I love. She loved to paint Children and the mothers women in particular. She worked in pastels and oil paint. There's Manet, who loved bold shapes and bright colors and very dramatic effects. Now we'll have our varnishing lesson. Varnishing is the easier step there is. All you need to do is take a bit of gel and add water to it. So maybe 20% water and krilic gel. You can buy varnishes if you want, but I tend not to, because quite often what happens is that I changed my mind. I want to tweak a certain part of the painting I can paint over it. If I varnished quite often, I cannot go back over the painting and tweak it. The varnish is the very final layer, and it seals it completely. What it does is it creates a barrier so that if you spill your coffee, it won't stain it. Also, if you have your painting in the kitchen and your spill spaghetti sauce on it, for example, you're not going to get a stain there. Remember how ah spigot East sauces, really staining. While this is not going to happen with this gel and water, it really seals all the pores. And then you can just save your painting from all those accidents Now speeding it up because when you or your gel and water, I call it a varnish. You paint from in one direction all the way horizontally, for example, and then you paint it all the way vertically. So I went in two directions. Now I'm going in three directions. So I want to make sure that all those tiny cools in the canvas and the layers of paint are well covered. No, I take my time and I also let it dry between those layers here I've cut and spliced and added, So it looks like I did a doll in one shot, but really, I let it drive, so we'll see you in the next section. 8. Monet Conclusion: conclusion when they is mastery of light is extraordinary, and he has proved with his lily paintings in all of his other work that he is a master of late. That is something that we totally all love about this. Now I have one very short video to show you, so let's watch the video and then we'll talk again. So here's our final version. Look at all the different variations of color in the tiny dabs. Now you could keep on going even more with this. You don't have to stop now. There's other variations you can create with a lot of looser paint. Now my paint was more liquidy. I would get this kind of version and something like this as well. The crackling that you see there and in this next painting is a medium that you put underneath the paint, and that's what happens. I like the look of that, but this is just to show you how you can use a lot looser paint than what is seen in the videos that we've done, and you could put it vertically or horizontally. Each of these would work. The loser gives you the more abstract look So let's go back and look at the finished painting. See how the dabs the dark dabs lead you to the focal point. The light stabs lead you to the focal point. You end up with a wonderful painting, so I hope you have fun with this style of painting. I just love it. It's a wonderful, relaxing, very enjoyable way to paint, and anyone conduce to it so we'll see you in the next video. Just for your information. All my information about money comes from the Internet. All images by money come from the Internet. Some off, the photography is mine or a friend's donation. For my next course, look for Picasso. Learn how to paint like Picasso.