Changing Light in the Acrylic Landscape (Quick Studies) with Craig Nelson

Artist: Craig Nelson
Producer: North Light
SKU: 22-CN8d
Runtime: 1 Hour, 49 Minutes

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Begin with one reference photo and learn how to use acrylic light painting techniques to change the time of day or the season in a scene.


In this instructive video, you will walk through three different landscape art studies to learn these techniques. This is a useful exercise in acrylic painting because you learn how to master the composition at hand. Plus, the video has exclusive bonus footage, featuring three extra instructional videos! With Craig Nelson’s step-by-step techniques, you will move from a preliminary sketch to a refined painting. Explore the transformative world of acrylic painting!





Snow Scene


This Video Features:


  • Laying out an Acrylic Palette
  • Preliminary Sketching and Painting
  • Blocking in the Big Shapes
  • Color Mixing and Placing Value
  • Setting in Final Details
  • Repeating the Process for 2 Other Scenes

Titanium white
Naples yellow light
Yellow ochre
Cadmium yellow
Cadmium red light
Alizarin crimson
Ultramarine blue
Cerulean Blue
Sap, Veridian, or Hooker’s green
Burnt umber

Bristle flat 10 and 4 or 6
Bristle filbert no. 8
Synthetic bristles nos. 4 & 6
Sable brushes ranging from small flat, to medium round
Liner brush
Wash brush

Day scene: Hardboard with neutral tone surface

Wax Paper Palette (gray)
Paper towels
Water bucket


About Craig Nelson

Craig Nelson has been creating landscapes and scenic environments since the 1970s. His expertise has been sought after by motion picture studios and recording studios to create posters and album covers. He has over 200 awards of excellence and won the Grand Teton Natural History Award. His collections are all over the United States, Europe, and Asia. A teacher for the Art Center College of Design, in San Francisco, he conducts workshops over the year and has two published books, 3 videos with NorthLight and 7 DVD workshops with Creative Catalyst Productions.

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