Bob Rohm: Secrets of Successful Paintings

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Video Length: 239 Minutes

 With this exclusive video training, you will learn:

  • What you should focus on first so you don’t waste time fixing things later … a definite “enthusiasm-buster” for most painters
  • Color mixing with a limited palette — just four colors + white and grays (this is something every artist should know!)
  • How to pull your paint around to create texture as you go … and how much easier it is to scale back on texture later rather than trying to add more
  • How using good values will keep you from painting a “too busy” scene (a tendency for many landscape artists)
  • Using positive and negative space to create interest
  • Painting just the right pattern of sunlight to draw the eye in but not override the beauty of the trees (you’ll use this technique forever!)

...and so much more!

 


Nearly every artist who paints landscapes, whether on location or in the studio, has probably experienced trouble when trying to bring the beauty of trees, bushes, plants, and other foliage into their paintings.

If you struggle to paint realistic trees, bushes, and other plant life in your landscapes, you’re not alone! Even the most successful painters can find foliage to be a bit elusive. The shape, texture, and especially the light and shadows can be a source of frustration for even the most confident artists.

There’s nothing more disappointing than having a vision of what you want your paintings to look like, but being unable to reproduce the image in your mind on your canvas — ending up with trees that float above the ground or look as though they’re just hanging from the sky, shadows that resemble black stripes, and sunlight that does nothing to capture the eyes of those looking at your artwork.

Whether trees are the main focus or just one of several components in your painting, planning the role they will play is critical so you don’t end up creating something that is too busy and doesn’t create a natural rhythm … a rhythm that guides your viewers through the painting so they can see all you want them to see.

The core skill of painting trees can now be yours when you take advantage of this great new video we have for you.

In this new instructional video, you can paint right along with Bob as he leads you through each step of painting a beautiful grove of aspens. You’ll be delighted to see how simple it is to add just the right touches that will make a tremendous difference in your own paintings.

Right at the beginning of the demonstration, Bob will show you the painting he endeavors to improve upon. To most eyes, the original painting looks pretty good … but wait until Bob tells you what just isn’t right with it … the rhythm, the values, and the sunlight.

And then Bob sets out on a journey to share with you all he’s learned about painting trees through his years as an artist — revealing the surprising colors and values you wouldn’t otherwise see … the elements that make a true difference in how the trees look and feel in your paintings.

As the painting progresses, you’ll have many “a-ha” moments as you begin to see new and different features, patterns, and colors. You may even be a bit surprised when Bob brings in a color that you may never have used, provoking the thought, “So that’s how the best of the best do it!”

As he goes along, Bob continues to provide his wisdom:

  • Why he’s not a hard-liner when it comes to drawing … and how you can use his technique to speed up the early stages of your painting
  • Color mixing with a limited palette — just four colors + white and grays (this is something every artist should know!)
  • What you should focus on first thing so you don’t waste your precious time fixing things later … a definite “enthusiasm-buster” for most painters
  • Why there’s no reason to mix big puddles of color — how small amounts allow you to capture the finer details
  • When stepping back and assessing where to go next will help you make small adjustments throughout rather than trying to fix things at the end (a major cause of artists becoming dissatisfied with the final painting!)
  • How to pull your paint around to create texture as you go … and how much easier it is to scale back on the texture later rather than trying to add more
  • Capturing the look and feel of the branches that are actually part of the background
  • Creating interest by using positive and negative space
  • Reassurance that as long as your values are good, you’ll keep from painting something that is too busy (a tendency for many landscape artists)
  • Identifying and capturing the shadowy masses — this is a must so you don’t lose the consistency in the shapes and light
  • The benefits ofnot doing too much too soon, which can escalate your desire to fix things
  • Painting just the right pattern of sunlight to draw the eye in but not override the beauty of the trees
  • Recognizing when you have enough color and that it’s time to bring in contrast
    • And, surprisingly — why Bob doesn’t work with the most obvious color, even with aspen trees, until later in the painting (this one will amaze you!)

    • More and more valuable tips and techniques from this accomplished artist who loves to help others become better painters!

ABOUT THE ARTIST: BOB ROHM

Bob is the author ofThe Painterly Approach and has been featured in many art magazines such asSouthwest Art, American Artist, andThe Pastel Journal. His artwork is featured in six different galleries, so you know you’ll be learning from someone who has gotten this just right.

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