Thick and Quick Acrylic / Outdoor Demo | Ron Mulvey✏️ | Skillshare

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Thick and Quick Acrylic / Outdoor Demo

teacher avatar Ron Mulvey✏️, Artist / Art Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Painting Tips Intro 1


    • 2.

      Outdoor Painting Tips


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About This Class

This is a Demo done outside and it's for everyone.

You can look through your window, or paint from your car, you can even do a little pencil sketch, the point is to get your eyes and your feelings responding to something that is important in your life.

I sketch all the time and have done so since 1980 when I was studying the French Impressionists. Get to the mountains, the forests, the parks, the alleys, the streets, just get out and get going. 

Best advice for me was from Rudy de Reyna, one of my mentors when I was starting out. His advice for Sketching: "Sketch the very first thing you see that remotely interests you. There are no perfect pictures waiting for you somewhere. You make it happen !"

Follow me in this 10-minute Demo and pick up some great  'Painting Tips' especially for thick acrylics.



Here are a few Tips you will get:

1- How to mix your colors on the painting surface and not on your palette.

2- How to use sweet and pure color notes that sing out in your painting.

3- How to get a great outdoor painting with a limited number of colors and time.

4- How to make your mountains soar and stand proud.

5- How to prevent frostbite when painting in very cold weather.

Meet Your Teacher

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Ron Mulvey✏️

Artist / Art Teacher


I've been working as a full-time artist since 1980. I have had the pleasure of teaching art since 1983 and have taught thousands of classes on drawing and painting. I would consider it a privilege to assist you in achieving your artistic goals.

I have taught the basic and advanced mechanics and principles which give us the skill and confidence to express creatively, for the past 30 years. Sharing them is my passion! 

What Do I Like Teaching?

Watercolors and Acrylic are my specialty. I work with oils also but not as often as the water based mediums.

I love trees, mountains, rocks, water, flowers, and all that nature has to offer. Getting out into nature always gives me a creative boost. You get the real energy and feeling of space and belonging.See full profile

Level: Intermediate

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1. Painting Tips Intro 1: Let's put it on there. Now, adjusting the color on the painting is better than trying to get the color on your palette. I am Ron Mulvey and welcome to Painting Tips. Let's get right down to it and let's create some mood. So thank you for enrolling, and let's get going with some painting tips. Quite dark in there. Adding some darks over here. It's about ten o'clock in the morning, December, cold. The Life of an artist outdoors is great. 2. Outdoor Painting Tips : We're going to start with little water. It's cold. Throw a brush in it, get a bit of white, little bit of blue, little yellow. Get some nice grays down really fast because it's cold. A little white streak through there, the [inaudible] paint. Bottom here, just laying in a few colors. You can use some ultramarine and red, It's going to be a little dark up there, add a little yellow, ocher, more red, mixing right on the part on the board, there we go. Got some theosine in there. Keep moving across there's dark cloud here, it's a little bit dark so add a little white to it. Let it set there. Another other one coming in here, now it's coming up here. Water, just laying in some of the colors. Get some vertical strokes to the mountains to give them some height. Pull down to your ocher to the hills, just responding to whatever I see. Green, alizarin, get some of those poplars in there, tree up there. Change brushes to keep things clean. Take a little white, little ocher, get some water in here fast. Hear the wind, howling. Little bit of light at the bottom of the mountains here behind the tree and I'll rub that with my cloth, expose a little bit of the color underneath, there we go. Get some pure white on there. There's a silhouette on the mountains coming in now so little silhouette them in white. You can see that coming up here, Mount Ida in Salmon Arm. Quite a bit of white over here. There's that water again. So on the mountains, little bit of clouds coming up here, water's a little grayer over here so I'll pick up a little bit of that blue for the mountains, throw it in the water. We don't have too much time because it's cold. Little more pure blue here, it's going to show a little bit of the pure blue and even though it's gray, there's still a lot of hues. Pull it down, don't loose that line there, pull it down here. The blue is mixing in with the grays that are underneath. We'll leave that for some snow. Then same brush, a little bit of alizarin crimson, add some reds in there, blend them up a little bit, tone down, wiggle them in. Back to the old big brush. Create some gray with a little bit of the yellow and pull in a little bit of green there. [inaudible] the bottom there. Okay, good lay-in. Take a little of that dirty color, add a little more over here, little darker. Add more white right through there. Want to pick up a little bit of the green in that grass. Get a brush. Couple of fence posts here. The road has a bit of that violent cast to it. I'm going to go dark to light, want to bring the road right through here and then gray it up, probably with the other brush here. Probably a fir tree, add a little more in there, a little fence posts over here. Now, I'm going to clean the brush because it's time to put in some clean colors. I'm going to wash off my brush and quickly pick up a nice green. I've only used really three colors, the primers, an ocher. This is the darker green. I'm just going to use a couple of strokes there to pick up some bright greens. I'm not too worried about what it looks like, more getting some tones in there. Fence posts, a little green. Put a couple in here. We're just about done because it's cold. Clean off the brush again. That's really dark. Going to use the alizarin crimson, the ultramarine, a little bit of ocher and a smidge of the fallow to get some darks into the first quite dark in there. Adding some darks over here. It's about ten o'clock in the morning, December, cold. Little more over here, little bit in there, little fiddle in there, a little rich color over here, I think I'll add that. Little hop over. Gets a little dark accent there. It's got a little green in it so I'll just take some up here, work it in. It's taken a little bit longer, maybe five more minutes and added a few alterations. Made the fir tree stand out a little more, left out some of the other mountain and kept that one, added a little bit of white here and there, a little bit of orange.