DVD LENGTH: 5 Hours
Join accomplished artist Erik Koeppel as he shares century-old methods for capturing beautiful scenery in the style of the Hudson River School painters. This is the second Hudson River video where Erik teaches the techniques of masters such as Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand.
For many years, the techniques of the Hudson School painters were lost. But through Erik’s dedication to studying the work of these great artists for more than 10 years, he is able to present these painting secrets in an easy-to-learn format that you can incorporate into your own paintings right away.
In detail, Erik explains the importance of your initial drawings, and of making sure the scale is where you want it before you begin painting. He’ll show you how to lay in the shadows before the majority of the painting is done in order to gain accuracy, and he carefully explains how to make the colors in the scene realistic and reflective of nature. He’ll take you through each step of a painting — from beginning to end — so that you can practice and develop your own unique approach founded in the Hudson River School style.
Take a look at this short video and see just some of what you’ll experience with Erik Koeppel — you won’t be disappointed!
Erik has spent years researching historical documents and scouring the notebooks of the Hudson River School painters. He has experimented with these techniques, brilliantly captured these artists’ approach, and mastered both the painting style and the teaching methods.
You will be amazed at how quickly you will learn from Erik as he guides you through his entire landscape painting process.
Watch as Erik:
Selects a perfect scene for Hudson River School-style painting. You’ll see that it’s not just choosing a beautiful location — a mistake that many artists make (and you will never make again!).
Shows you his exact palette selections and why he uses them — he’ll help you minimize the number of colors you need (perfect for on-location painting).
Shares his panel selection and preparation — getting this right the first time will save you a lot of work.
Demonstrates the brushes he uses and what the benefits are of each. This is critical for every painter to know!
Explains “atmospheric perspective” in an easy-to-understand way that will allow you to see how objects in the scene recede in space — and explains how not to let your eyes trick you into seeing color and value recede, too.
Shows you how to select your horizon on your panel, create a perspective plane, sketch your scene, and mass in closer, heavier elements; this technique alone will save you a lot of time and reduce the frustration of trial-and-error.
Uses his tried-and-true teaching style to show you how to create the details and final touches that will make your painting absolutely stunning.
Discusses and demonstrates the glazing that allows him to unify the painting — you’ll love his technique and want to try it right away as you watch (you can always pause the video to practice!).
And a whole lot more!
Erik is a gifted painter and instructor who is passionate about teaching the Hudson River School techniques. He paints quickly, yet explains every detail as he goes along so you won’t miss any of the details.
By practicing and then mastering these incredible techniques, you will become one of the few artists who have this knowledge and skill, setting your paintings apart from all others. Whether you paint as a hobby to relax or you’re a successful artist making a great living selling your artwork, you will benefit from incorporating what you will discover from Erik Koeppel in this video.