Thinking about taking an oil painting workshop or lessons? Want to take those lessons or that painting workshop on your own time at your own pace? Looking for a knowledgeable instructor and a great value? Check out Daniel Edmondson’s online oil painting workshop. I did, and I’ll tell you about it….
A Great online Still life Painting Workshop
I had been on the hunt for an oil painting workshop to go to, somewhere in the western U.S., that fit my schedule, would stretch me a bit, and sounded like fun. The thought had not even entered my mind to look for or consider an online painting workshop. As I was bumpin’ around on the internet, I saw a listing for Colorado artist Daniel Edmondson and his online still life oil painting workshop.
Now I have been 19 for many years now, and I have been making art in one form or another ever since I can remember. I gotta tell you, I have never in my mind wanted to have anything to do with painting workshop that involved making still life paintings. Not in high school, not in college, and not ever. To me, that genre’ was for little old ladies with blue hair and hearing aids. I couldn’t have been less interested at the prospect. I now stand corrected on that front. My apologies to still life painters everywhere, and to little old ladies with blue hair and hearing aides.
The Still Life Painting Workshop
Here’s what you get:
The complete painting workshop is a ten lesson/DVD course, but you can just take one lesson if you want, it’s up to you.
You are emailed photos, a demonstration of Mr. Edmondson painting that particular photo, along with any support material for that lesson. You also get the lessons on DVD mailed to you so you can refer to them again if you want to.
After you paint your painting, in your time frame, you need to photo it (he shows you how) and email it back so he can critique it.
Cost: $179 for the 10 lesson course, or individual lessons for $25 each (at last glance), with a no questions money back guarantee.
Worth every penny
Here’s how it went down for me:
The lessons for the painting workshop were sent via email. Photo’s of the still life, a demonstration video, and sometimes a related sheet of information to print out.
The photos were extremely impressive by themselves. Not only is Edmondson a very good teacher, this guy knows how to take a photograph. He might as well add a photo workshop on top of the painting workshop. I emailed my photos to the local Walgreen’s, had 8 x 10′s made, and they turned out really well.
The demonstrations were easy to follow, nicely presented, and very informative.
I painted my paintings as I saw fit, photographed them after each lesson, and emailed them back to Mr. Edmondson for his critique. If I had any questions during this whole process, I just emailed him and guess what? He actually emailed me back!
The technology part of the still life painting workshop process was pretty easy. I did have a little trouble in the beginning with printing out the photo’s. After a knock down drag out wrestling match with my computer, I discovered the problem was with my software on my computer.
During the painting workshop Mr. Edmondson touches on things like color mixing, light, temperature, materials, composition, mood, paint quality, brush strokes, and more. He also has a great video on how to set up and photograph a still life for great results.
Another tip I found very helpful during the painting workshop was how to photograph your paintings so they not only look good for him to critique from, but also so they look good for a website, sending to a competition, or for your portfolio.
Taking this still life painting workshop worked out good for me, and I feel I’m a better painter for it. Whether or not I choose to continue to paint still life paintings in the future, this painting workshop helped me in a lot of ways that I can use in my other paintings, regardless of the subject matter. I would highly recommend going to Daniel Edmondson’s oil painting workshop website www.oilpaintingworkshop.com, and getting more information or send him an email if you have any questions.
This painting workshop would be good for the beginner, the intermediate, and the painter who, like myself, is looking to stretch and try something new, while getting some knowledge and guidance at the same time.
Don’t take this painting workshop if you want to learn to paint very tight and realistic, if you don’t want to paint still life paintings, and if you feel you need to paint totally from life to get any better at your craft.
Recently Mr. Edmondson has come out with a landscape oil painting workshop modeled after his on line still life painting workshop course. If you go to his workshop website listed above, you can see all the landscape painting workshop photos you would be working from should you take that course.
Another thing you can do is sign up for his weekly painting tips. This is a free service from Mr. Edmondson. About every week or so you get, as fresh as a new cup of coffee, a new video painting tip. Each tip lasts about five minutes and I find these painting tips very useful and informative. Highly Recommended by yours truly!!!
To wrap it up, taking the Daniel Edmondson online still life painting workshop worked out well for me. Like I said, I was looking to go somewhere and take a painting workshop on location when I found this on the net. I liked the fact I could do it in my own studio, on my own time, and the technology of the whole thing was an asset and a learning experience, not a total pain. The cost was very reasonable. In fact, I thought for what I got out of the painting workshop, the price could have been much higher. I consider it a good investment, and have already made back many times the cost in sold still life paintings. In the end I found painting still life paintings were a lot of fun, extremely addictive, and very challenging. I recommend this still life oil painting workshop highly.
If your interested, you can see more still life paintings that I finished after taking the still life painting workshop at www.craigshillam.com
Update: Daniel Edmondson has a new painting workshop and a video about 25 different ways to market your paintings which you can check out here.
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