Michele Usibelli

Michele Usibelli: Painting with Gouache

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Discover The “Focal First” Approach That Creates Dynamic Gouache Paintings Without The Chaos

 

Inside “Painting with Gouache”, award-winning artist Michele Usibelli will show you her unique method we call the “FocalFirst” approach.

 

It will:

  • …help you nail the correct value every time
  • …help you determine the correct color…
  • …and most importantly, guarantees your painting doesn’t get overworked, confusing, or “chaotic”!

 

Michele’s approach is different from other artists, and it’s the reason she’s able to create phenomenal works of art that win awards.

Together with Michele, you’re going to discover ways to strengthen your composition… explore the vibrant qualities of gouache… master gouache’s challenging yet interesting characteristics… improve your brushwork… learn color tips for an impactful painting… and so much more.

If you’re not satisfied with the results of your gouache paintings, and you want to know the secrets behind successful artwork (that actually gets sold), you’re about to find out how.

According to Michele, most paintings don’t succeed because the artist didn’t have a set “plan” of how the painting was going to be built.

Like a symphony without a conductor, a painting without a plan will be chaotic and a sore to the senses.

Once you have this blueprint in place, you can almost guarantee that your gouache paintings will turn out much more energetic and full of life.

Michele will guide you from start to finish on how to complete a gouache painting with amazing results. Your gouache paintings will never be dull or uninspired again. In fact, even your non-gouache paintings in other mediums will become more moving and dynamic because the unique method that Michele shares can be applied to any painting.

 

What You’ll Discover Inside:

  • A complete start-to-finish painting demonstration in which you'll learn Michele’s “FocalFirst” painting approach…
  • How to guarantee a successful painting by following a tried-and-true plan…
  • Gouache “color shifting” problem: How to do color mixing and matching correctly…
  • How to avoid your painting being chalky or having “streaks” when using white…
  • How to add energy and life to your painting without being chaotic…
  • The 4 key things Michele does before every painting (a critical step!)...
  • How to alter the reference’s focal point to draw the viewer in…
  • The EASIEST way to know if your painting will turn out successful (besides having a plan)...
  • How to lead the viewer through the painting and bring them on a journey…
  • How to know what to leave in and what to leave out…
  • How Michele creates wonderful tactile qualities with gouache (you’ll get it once you see it!)...
  • What to do when the gouache becomes darker during the painting stage…
  • 2 key lessons you MUST keep in mind for more realistic reflections…
  • How to keep a busy background from being distracting…
  • ProTip: How to invite people in to look close to tell their own story with what they see…
  • How to layer gouache the RIGHT way…
  • How to blend and achieve smooth transitions when working on larger areas…
  • How to create LOST and FOUND edges in gouache…
  • How to alter the reference to draw the viewer to the focal point of the painting…
  • The “negative shape” trick that creates a dynamic painting…
  • How to create beautiful water reflections using gouache…
  • How to simplify a busy scene for dramatic and impactful results…
  • How to “lead” the viewer through your painting using carefully planned color-notes and impasto brushwork…
  • How to guarantee your values are correct…
  • How to create a winning composition…
  • How to ensure that your focal area is the primary area of focus/interest…
  • How to use “atmospheric perspective” to create depth in your paintings…
  • How to understand and use color temperature to your advantage…
  • How to understand when and where to use saturated and unsaturated colors…
  • …plus many other incredible lessons!

 

 

Meet Your New Instructor, Michele Usibelli!

Michele Usibelli is a versatile artist with a unique and instantly recognizable style. Her work is characterized by its loose brushstrokes, bold colors, and strong sense of light and shadow. Michele is drawn to many different painting genres, including still life, landscape, cityscapes, and figurative work.

However, it’s her individual style and paint application that creates a constant theme throughout her body of work.

Michele's early training in the Russian Impressionist tradition gave her a strong foundation in seeing and painting shapes of light and color. She has been influenced by numerous artists, including Nicholai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, and William Merritt Chase. These influences have allowed her to develop her own unique artistic voice, which is both technically proficient and emotionally expressive.

Michele's work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. She has won numerous awards, including the Silver Medal Award at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art Award. Her work is also included in the permanent collections of the University of Alaska Fairbanks/Museum of the North and the State of Hawaii.

In addition to her painting, Michele is also a passionate instructor. She conducts ongoing workshops and art demonstrations throughout the United States and around the globe. This impressive mixture of skill and experience also makes her a popular juror for art competitions.

Michele is a true artist, with a deep love of painting and a commitment to her craft. This is your chance to learn from Michele!

 

Chapter Breakdown

01- Introduction & Materials

02- Preparing to Paint

03- Lay in Darkest Darks

04- Focal Area

05- Reflections in the Water

06- Carving in the Background

07- Final Touches

 

Extra Bonuses:

  • High Speed View for your painting convenience
  • Exhibit of Works for your creative inspiration
  • Interview with Eric Rhoads for insights and motivation

 

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Customer Reviews

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Allan
She makes it easier and it all makes sense.

It seems a little backwards at first but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it.

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Monique Lavoie

Michele Usibelli: Painting with Gouache

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Cynthia Carrillo
Michele Usibelli: Painting with Gouache

Michele's gouache class brought me back to what I had forgotten. Keeping shapes simple and deliberate brushstrokes. Her reminders were clear, very helpful on the best way to use gouache. Really enjoyed this and have watched it multiple times. Now using gouache more and with confidence! Thank you!

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Margaret Coleman
Final Touches... a constant reminder and a great source to return to...

This expertly produced video works for painters in gouache, acrylic and oil, as you watch Michele create her shape pattern as if standing by her shoulder. You get to view the subject, her palette and the work at the same time letting you see the complete process. Her reinforcement of using shapes and how to "do it", including using her brushes and tools to best effect was really important to me. It's a great reminder of the importance of the focal point and the journey your brush has to make around the work to strengthen it, while making decisions with temperature and color. I also found the last chapter of the demo "Final Touches" extremely helpful and when I'm having trouble with a painting watch it again and usually find the answer. Thank you, Midge Coleman

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A Iversen
Excellent and clear instruction

Michele demonstrates her use of simple shapes to create a compositionally pleasing painting. She fully explains her process stroke by stroke. I highly recommend this video for anyone who is wanting to experiment with a new medium.