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2810 The Umbrella Man, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 16x20 stretched canvas. In this opening segment, Jerry explains to his viewers the process of creating atmosphere in a painting. Then he shows how to apply a mottled background using the hake brush. Then he shows how to apply phase one of the rain using a toothbrush and a spray bottle. He finishes by using the #6 bristle brush to apply the glowing lights of the distant city and reflections. He then explains how to use the soft vine charcoal to make a rough sketch of the old man.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic on 16x20 Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic
Date Released On:  7/18/2018
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate To Advanced

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2805 The Blue Door, Part 1

In this opening episode, Jerry explains to his viewers the differences between a canvas board and stretched canvas and why he chooses one over the other. Then he discusses the subject matter and composition. Then he explains how to sketch in the perspected buildings. He then shows how to begin underpainting the buildings using various techniques to suggest brick, stone, or stucco.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic on 16x20 Canvas Board
Painting Medium: Acrylic
Date Released On:  6/25/2018
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate To Advanced

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2801, Wind and Water, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 stretched canvas. In this opening session, Jerry explains his canvas preparation. Then he explains how to use your own memory to design a complete composition from scratch without using any photographs to copy from. He now explains in great detail how to arrange all the components of the composition using the technical elements of composition. He then uses soft vine charcoal to make a final rough sketch. He finishes this episode by blocking in phase one of the sunset/stormy sky.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: 18x24 Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic
Date Released On:  5/28/2018
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate To Advanced

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2710 Taking a Dip, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 stretched canvas. In this opening segment, Jerry explains to his viewers the importance of painting what you feel and/or what makes you feel good. Now he shows how to a paint the sky with the hake brush. Then he begins showing how to underpaint the water. He now shows how to underpaint the prairie grasses. Now he shows how to paint the muddy shoreline. He finishes by painting in the distant trees.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic Medium on 18x24 stretched canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic
Date Released On:  4/29/2018
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner To Intermediate

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2705 Back from the Garden, Part 1

In this opening episode, Jerry discusses with his viewers the size, format, and tint of the canvas. He then discusses his reference material and the arrangement of the composition. He now shows how to paint the sky and background hills. Then he shows how to paint in the road and meadows on the sides of the road. He now shows how to paint in the very background Cypress trees. Then finishes by painting in the large Cypress trees behind the gate wall.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic on 18x24 Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic
Date Released On:  3/28/2018
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner To Intermediate

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2701, Artful Refuge, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 stretched canvas. In this opening session, Jerry explains the size, format, and tint of the canvas. Then he explains the use of his reference material, and the importance of using artistic license. He then shows how to use the hake brush to create a semi-mottled sky/background to establish the proper color scheme. He now shows how to use the smaller bristle brushes to scrub in the first layer of distant trees, brushes, and hills. Then finishes by underpainting the foreground brush and grass.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic on 18x24 Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic Medium
Date Released On:  2/16/2018
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner To Intermediate

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2610 Whisper of Wilderness, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 16x20 stretched canvas. In this opening episode, Jerry explains to his viewers what a monochromatic color scheme is. He explains why the canvas is tinted in a medium olive green instead of the traditional medium gray. Now he discusses the reference material and composition. He then shows how to underpaint the very background tones. He finishes by underpainting the road, hillsides, and background trees.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic on 16x20 Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic on 16x20 Stretched Canvas
Date Released On:  1/15/2018
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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2606 Red Headed Woodpecker, Part 1

In this opening segment, Jerry explains to his viewers what a diptych is and the proper way to compose the composition. He then discusses the sketch of the woodpecker and dead tree. Now he takes his viewers through the process of painting in the vivid bright blue sky using the hake brush. Now he finishes up this segment by explaining what he will be doing in the next episode.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic on Two 12x16 Stretched Canvases
Painting Medium: Acrylic Medium
Date Released On:  12/25/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner To Intermediate

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2601, Gray Wolf Ridge, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 stretched canvas. In this opening session, Jerry discusses the underpainting procedure. Then he talks about the reference material and how he composed the painting. Now he shows how to properly use the hake brush to underpaint the sky in soft, pale-blue tones. Then finishes by underpainting the eroded cliff, and discusses what to expect in next week’s session.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: 18x24 Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic Medium
Date Released On:  10/17/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate To Advanced

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2510 Joshua Tree National Park, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 stretched canvas. In this opening episode, Jerry talks about the features of the beautiful Park. Then he explains the layout of the composition and how to form the land masses to create the sandy washes. Then he shows how to paint a simple sky and distant mountains. He then finishes by showing how to use the #6 bristle brush to underpaint the sandy washes, eroded banks, and underbrush.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: 18x24 Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic Medium
Date Released On:  10/17/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner To Intermediate

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2505 Powerful, Proud, and Free, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 stretched canvas. In this opening segment, Jerry talks about the historical signature of this painting. Then shows how to use multiple pieces of reference material to create a well-balanced composition using all the technical elements of composition.  Then begins showing how to paint in the sunset behind the Statue of Liberty and the large cloud formations at the base of the painting.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic on 18x24 Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic Medium
Date Released On:  9/28/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate To Advanced

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2501, Winter Sentinels, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 stretched canvas. In this opening session, Jerry talks to his viewers about the importance of developing a photographic memory. Then explains how to create a painting from memory by understanding all the elements of composition. Then he shows how to paint in a simple sky. He also shows how to take charcoal and make af rough sketch of the basic composition. He finishes by underpainting the snow and distant trees.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: 18x24 stretched canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic Medium
Date Released On:  8/22/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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2410 Triple Mischief Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 16x20 stretched canvas. In this opening episode, Jerry takes his viewers through the process of understanding the proper use of multiple pieces of reference material. Then discusses sketching in the tree trunk and raccoons. He then shows how to paint a mottled background around the tree. Then he finishes up by showing how to underpaint the raccoons and inside of the old tree trunk.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: 16x20
Painting Medium: Acrylic on 16x20 stretched canvas
Date Released On:  7/31/2017
Recommended Skill Level:  Intermediate

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2406 Ablaze with Color, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 stretched canvas. In this opening segment, Jerry explains to his viewers how he is going to create the beautiful autumn colors to create depth and color harmony. Then he explains the composition and makes a simple sketch of the main ground contours. Now he paints the sky and underpaints the mountain. He finishes by underpainting the meadow, water, and rock formations.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: 18x24
Painting Medium: Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Date Released On:  6/22/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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2401 Yellowstone Falls, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 horizontal stretched canvas. In this opening session, Jerry discusses the reference material he uses then reviews the composition and explains how to make a rough sketch with soft-vine charcoal.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic Medium on 18x24 stretched canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic Medium
Date Released On:  5/25/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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#2310 The Perfect Perch, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 horizontal stretched canvas. In this first episode, Jerry discusses the reference material he will be using to create the composition. Then uses soft vine charcoal to sketch in the basic components of the landscape. Next, he shows how to paint in the sky and clouds. Then he shows how to block in the distant hills and trees. Now he explains the composition and re-sketches the hay bales. Then he finishes by underpainting the background and middle ground meadows

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: 18x24 horizontal stretched
Painting Medium: Acrylic
Date Released On:  4/28/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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#2305 Hawaii’s Finest Hour, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 vertical stretched canvas. In this first episode, Jerry discusses the reference material he will be using to compose the composition. Then using soft vine charcoal, he sketches in the main subjects. Now he shows how to underpaint the sky, clouds, distant hills, and main body of water. Now he shows his viewers how to underpaint the island and the beach.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: 18x24 Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic
Date Released On:  3/23/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner/ Intermediate

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#2301 A Watchful Eye, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 vertical stretched canvas. In this opening session, Jerry talks with his viewers about the reference material he will be using of the moon, owl, and color scheme. Then he discusses the composition.  Now he shows how to use modeling paste to texture the moon.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic Medium on 18x24 vertical stretched canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic Medium
Date Released On:  2/28/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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#2210 A Restful Harbor, Part 1

In this opening session Jerry explains to his viewers the purpose for painting the canvas in advance a bluish gray, green tone and shows the formula.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic Medium on 12x24 stretched canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic Medium
Date Released On:  1/15/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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#2206 Backwater Swamps, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 horizontal stretched canvas. In the opening episode, Jerry discusses with his viewers the reference material he will be using to create the swamp scene. Then shows how to use each photo to create a good eye-flowing composition.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic on 18x24 Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Backwater Swamps
Date Released On:  12/28/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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#2201 Basket of Plenty, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 12x24 horizontal stretched canvas. In this first episode, Jerry takes his viewers through the process of understanding how to compose a still life painting using multiple research photos.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic on 12x24 Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Basket of Plenty
Date Released On:  11/20/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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2109 A Frosty Tradition, Part 1

In this first episode Jerry explains why the canvas is pre-tinted with a mauve-ish/blue-gray tint. Then shows how to mix and apply it. The he explains the composition and uses soft vine charcoal to make a rough sketch of the land contours and basic objects. Now he shows how to paint a late evening sunset.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: 16x20 horizontal stretched canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic Medium
Date Released On:  10/26/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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#2105 A-Colorful-Gateway-Part-1

Acrylic Medium on 16x20 vertical stretched canvas. In the first episode, Jerry explains the purpose for using a gallery wrapped canvas. Then he discusses his reference material and how to use it to lay out the composition.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: 16x20 on Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic Medium
Date Released On:  9/18/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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2101 Chesapeake Bay Visitors, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 15x30 horizontal stretched canvas. In this first episode Jerry explains the ecological significance of the Chesapeake Bay being the largest estuary in the United States. Then he proceeds by showing how to paint the sky and block in the water. Then he shows how to block in the first value of very distant grasses. Then he finishes by discussing how to compose the grasses in the middle and foreground.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic on 15x30 Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic
Date Released On:  9/1/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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#2010 A Perfect Pair, Part 1

Acrylic on 16x20 stretched canvas. In this first episode, Jerry explains to his viewers the purpose of a smoother surface for painting close-up feathers; then proceeds to show the process of using the 2-inch hake brush to create a gradated, mottled background to suggest the effect of faded or distant pine boughs.

Length: 00:27:49
Canvas Size: Acrylic on 16x20 Stretched Canvas
Painting Medium: Acrylic
Date Released On:  7/26/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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