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Starter Still Life 10 DVD Course
Learn to Paint Better & Stop Amateurish Paintings
Iím Daniel Edmondson
These are some of the many problems I had:
--> not knowing
when to stop and overworking and ruining a good painting
10 DVDs 10 Paintings
Each DVD will take you from the start to finish of ten paintings that you can do at home. You can even begin your first painting today because each set of DVDs comes with an online version of the same content, so if you want to travel and paint but donít want to cart around DVDs then you can look at everything online.
Donít worry Iím not going to bore you with lectures on theory or history or anything, I explain how and WHY to paint each painting as you paint the paintings along with me.
As a rare bonus, send me your painting and Iíll critique it and give you personalized tips. This is completely optional.
Imortant: Do not change your style: This course is to help you develop your own unique recognizable style not Force my style onto you
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note: Every DVD Demo is brushstroke by brushstroke, Start to Finish, nothing left out
Learn to Create Backgrounds
Iíll teach you how to paint one of the most elusive painting elements, the background and Iíll teach you how to paint a variety from smooth and quiet to varied and abstract. Weíll go over the differences and how to use backgrounds to create the most compelling painting for yourself. This is one of those big problems that more artist don't realize in their work.
Learn How to Translate
Iíll teach you how to translate what you see me doing and what youíre doing instead of you just copying what Iím doing. This way youíll be able to attribute these qualities to your own art. This is a big secret Iíve learned over the years. Iíll also show you how to keep painting simple and enjoyable from start to finish, so you wonít have to worry about staying motivated the whole time.
Easy to understand concepts you probably have not heard before
Iíve created this course in such a way where everyone should be able to use the concepts and understand them easily, plus most youíve probably never heard before. I want you to get the information fresh and undiluted. I want you to have those rewarding ďah hah.Ē moments that we as artists find so motivating and rewarding. Even if you paint with no intention to sell, I want you to be able to break through frustrations and be able to say to yourself "wow I really did it, I'm an artist".
I also believe that in learning how to paint, and learning how to transfer what youíve learned to your personal art requires someone who explains why. I explain why I do each step that I do and why its important for painting. This is important so that you can later paint on your own without guidance.
Click here to see my Landscape Painting DVDs
Why still life one of the best way to learn to paint?
I believe that still life painting is a great place to start. It provides an opportunity for richness and a depth of color that isnít often found in landscape or portrait painting. Since still lifes are typically quite small (about 2 feet deep) and have a lot of information conveyed, I think they teach best how to learn advancing and receding planes, which is what makes your painting look believable and dimensional. Learning how to paint advancing and receding planes in still life will be a huge benefit later when you want to paint a landscape and people.
Prefer Landscapes? Click Here for my Landscape 10 DVD 10 Painting course: Landscape oil painting DVDs
How we do the class:
Once you grab the course, Iíll send you an email of the photos of the still life set ups, as well as close ups of the important features of the still lifes. These photos will be ready to print from your printer or you can print them at a local photo or drug store. You can also work from your computer monitor if youíd like (that is what I usually do), You can begin your first painting now today.
Instruction and concepts on:
Brushstrokes, Styles of painting, color mixing made easy, Composition, setting up your art space/Studio, Alla prima wet into wet techniques, Layering techniques, Toning and priming canvas or boards, How to know when a painting is finished, how to price your work, making things turn and look dimensional how to pick subjects to paint, how to get over blank canvas paralysis and start painting, what colors and tools to use, mediums and thinners, how to use acrylics, palettes, other materials, canvas and panels when to use which, clean up after painting, different types of brushes and what they do, photographing your art, scumbling, thick paint (impasto) vs. thin, how to loosen up, your process and rituals, light and shadow painting, loose painting and impressionism, painting texture, highlights and accents, ellipses, eye path and movement, color charts, hue and saturation of color, how to work from photos, finishing and varnishing, perspective when is it important and when can it be ignored, focal points and center of interest and tension, starting methods, massing, line drawing with paint, how to make things look brighter or more colorful, cleaner richer, Much more...
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The course is completely self paced...you will get the DVDs in the mail usually within a week and I will email out the reference photos/videos weekly or every time you complete the previous lesson. For example I had one woman so excited about the course that she finished it in 4 weeks and a traveling business man who took 11 months to do it...most take a little longer than 10 weeks but you choose how fast you want to work.
note: People have reported seeing an improvement in their very first painting the very first day.
Here is what you
10 DVD 10 Painting course and access to Online versions too. You Get all 10 DVDs at once
Bonus #1: 10 - Optional Painting critiques and Q&A by Daniel Edmondson
Bonus #2: Videos on how to price and sell your paintings online through eBay or a Blog and this is where Daniel Edmondson reveals his secrets on how he sold over 200 paintings online in less than a year
if you don't do anything else at least get "Free weekly Painting Tips" click here
Watch this free tip on how light and color behave... I guarantee you might learn something
One of my tips of the week
Dan's tips have been viewed over 1.4 million times
Dan's Student Comments:
Hi Dan, I was one of your first students in the original online course and last year I took your still-life course. I have taken some other online courses and I can tell you, your at far and away the best! It sure shows all the work you have put in and the benefit goes to the students. Your course, the additional videos, information, tips, marketing etc. are amazingly informative and helpful. Your critiques are so well done, no matter what the ability at the time of the student, so helpful and kind. I think my painting progressed by leaps while working with you. I have sold several of the still-lifes I painted. I highly recommend your courses. Germaine Trenary Missoula, Montana
Hi Dan, I am not very experienced at ordering things on the internet so it was a bit of a leap of faith for me to order your still life course. However I can honestly say that I am thrilled that I did and I am enjoying each new video even though time doesn't permit me to paint as often as I would like. In my opinion the course is great value for money and you are a natural teacher and generous with your tips and information. Anna-Marie
Being brand new to oil painting, I had a ton of questions about everything, from mediums and paints, to mixing colors and brushes. I searched the Internet for answers but never found anyone who addressed my specific questions. Dan's Still Life course offered exactly what I was looking for. Not only did the videos guide me step-by-step through each painting, but the additional material provided the background, technique and tips I couldn't find elsewhere. And Dan's individualized critiques of my finished paintings provided a personalized touch that sets his course above and beyond the rest. I'm very grateful I signed up. Thanks Dan! Scott Andes Kyiv, Ukraine
By accident I found your 7 Tips to Cure Amateurish in an online ad. One of the tips helped me so much with a problem I was having in a painting that I bought the Still Life DVD course. The very first painting I did from the Still Life DVDs was the Pear in the Martini Glass. It turned out so well and your demo and critique was so helpful that I recently sold this 8x10 acrylic painting from a gallery, for over $200. I think it was one of the best pieces I have ever done. The price of the course and the amount of help and knowledge you gain from it is worth every single penny!! I work in pastels and acrylics and I had no problems applying what I learned from you to these other mediums. I would recommend this course to any artist looking to take their work to the next level. Meg Anderson Green Bay Wisconsin
Dan, you are so personable and patient with your students. The subjects of your lessons look like something I would never have thought I could paint. It has been a pleasure painting under your tutelage. You have been very prompt in responding to my questions and detailed in your answers (in layman's terms.) Your critiques and your weekly tips are so helpful. Thank you for helping me to be a better painter. I have learned so much from you that I have sold several paintings now. I look forward to more courses. Judy Velasquez Allen Belfast, TN
Thank you for the great class. It has been truly
profoundly helpful and meaningful for me. I will recommend it to anyone
who might be interested in such a thing. What a great bargain too, i got
everything promised and more... so much more that it has been taking me
longer to complete the still life course than i aimed for, that and it
being far worth my while to take my time always listening to your words on
the DVDs and critiques several times to catch every nuance and things that
i miss the first one or two times listening considering all the info you
pack into it...
Thanks for the good word. I'm almost through with
the course; the last painting is completed and am waiting for the varnish
to dry before sending it in for review. The course has been very
beneficial to me in so many ways; it's taught me a lot about color and
light, forms. and technique. The individualized instruction and critique
has been very positive and motivating. Even when I am my own worst critic,
Dan always finds the positive and shows the good. I appreciate the
positive, especially from a talented professional artist.
All you have to know is dan teaches with a passion. phil ruehl chicago, ill.
You are the best teacher I've ever had and have
answered a lot of the questions I've been asking myself and will actually
explain all the why's one does the things one does when it comes to
painting. "What happens when you do this and why it happens". You are very
Tell Dan for me that I enjoy his videos, tips and
down to earth approach to teaching. Appreciate, him because he's real down
to earth and tells it like it is without acting like a pompous ass who
rams technical information and throws around terms his novice viewers
would have to google later to find out what they mean. Oh! I could go on
and on. Just tell him I enjoy his rapport and for being real. There is
simply too much bullshit going on in the world today, that when you come
across an honest soul it jumps out at you and connects on many levels.
Because of the miracle of the internet non artists like me can uncover the mysteries of putting paint to canvas thanks to your help. Ron Stanley Boynton Beach, FL
Daniel, have to tell you that I learned so much
from watching the Pansy video. You are a great teacher!
"I took a oil painting class of Daniel's via his
DVD course and was truly amazed with his teaching skills and his
professionalism . I have learned more from him than I have from any other
instructors in respect of detailing and tips. His my hero!" Ė Monica
Dan is a natural teacher! Excellent step by step instruction, packed with valuable information, I've learned so much. And it's in the comforts of home, I don't have to waste time and money traveling. Pat Chocorua, NH
I can tell already that your DVD's are going to be
a tremendous help for me. I have already learned more than I remember
learning when I was working on my studio art degree. With the holidays
fast approaching it may take be awhile to do the work, but I am still
focused to do it.
Dear Dan, The Still Life series has made a tremendous difference in my paintings. The Yellow Gerbera Daisy is the sixth painting and the one I am now working on. Because of your help I have gotten more involved in the art community here where I live and on the internet. I have donated two of my paintings. That made me feel good to help others. The information in video helps me by letting me work at my own speed. I can play them over and over, stop and play as I need. That makes for a very relaxing experience. You add extras that are of great help. I've enjoyed working on my art as ofter as I want at anytime day or night. You a wonderful artist and gifted teacher. " I am looking forward to taking your other classes. Thank you, Sandra Dixon Sandra Dixon Fort Smith, Arkansas
Dear Dan, I have only one painting to go in your Still Life DVD Course. I have loved every minute of it! The photos, tips, and DVD's are of such high quality that I have never been sorry that I spent the money to order this course. It is definitely a better value than that offered by a nearby major Art School. Your video demos are exceptional! I am also thrilled that you have offered your students the rights to sell the paintings from this class. Very generous of you! Thanks! I have ordered the Landscape course and plan to begin once I complete the Still Life class. I would recommend your courses to anyone wishing to learn or improve oil painting skills. Again, Thank you! Mary Van Deman Sun Lakes, AZ, USA
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Dear Dan, I am a beginner, now on lesson 4 of the course on still life,"Pansies in boat vase". I am painting things I never would have attempted, and I feel more confident than I could have imagined 4 weeks ago. I have benefitted from your lessons and tips, and especially critiques of my paintings. Your love of painting is inspiring to me. This course is really a Best Buy on my list. Mary Ann Philadelphia
Dear Dan I have been watching your instructional videos on line, and have been learning so many new things. Tips to make paintings interesting to the eye and, little things that create movement have interested me the most. I have really enjoyed when you critique a painting, there are so many things easy to over look, but you find a new lesson to teach us. These videos have awakened my brain to see better. thank you so much. Mary Wyoming MN
Dan's Still Life DVD course is sensational! He generously shares his knowledge and expertise on a myriad of subjects: lighting, color mixing, setups, materials, composition, brushwork, finishing details...it's all in the DVDs. His casual style makes him easy to watch and his upbeat personality keeps one going even on those inevitable "down days" that we all experience. Thanks you, Dan...I have learned so much. Kris Stewart Eugene, Oregon
Dan, first all I am totally enjoyeing my work with your DVD workshop. I am in my late 70's and haven't painted in some 45 yrs. At the time I invested in your program my daughter who lives in Birmingham, Al. also did. Her name is Susan Jackson she is a few weeks behind me. We have a wonderful time comparing notes and following each others progress. It is almost like attending a class. I am ready to begin week 5 and she just finished week 2, but we play off each other several times a week. She still works so she doesn't have quite the time that I do. I speak for both of us in saying our money was well spent and we commend you for your approach and your obvious pleasure in teaching. I live in Florida, so we keep instant messaging and email busy. Thanks for making our painting efforts so enjoyable and worthwhile. Sincerely, Noel Thomas
Dan, You are the best instructor that I have experienced - by far. My painting took a huge jump with your still-life class. I had my first acceptance to a juried national exhibition after I completed the class - wow! - thank you so much. Dave Tennessee
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