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Back to Basics: Acrylic Painting - How To Create A Mood Through Color | Instant Access!

Learn how to use color to create different moods in your work!

In this video series, artists Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond demonstrate the steps to create two acrylic paintings of similar subject matter (oranges) with completely different moods due to the color palettes. This course is broken down into thirteen video lessons, each one approx. 10 minutes.

Acrylic paint is an accessible artistic medium with tremendous potential. It’s great for artists at every stage from beginners to advanced. Learning the basics is important because it gives artists a foundation to build on. This course will start at the very beginning and walk you through the steps and techniques of creating two acrylic paintings, while analyzing how color can be used to create different moods.

Students can apply the skills learned in this course to create more acrylic paintings of any subject matter and in any style. The sky’s the limit once you learn the basics!

This class is for everyone - from beginners to more experienced artists - with an emphasis on foundational skills. As professional artists and teachers, Paul and Melissa have met many artists who commonly face a lot of the same issues when creating their art. Learn how to use color to create different moods in your work. It’s never too late to get back to basics!

How It Works

Immediately after purchasing this course, you will receive a pdf by email containing the link to watch all of the course videos. You have unlimited access to these videos.


You are welcome to work with any painting materials you'd like, but here's a list of everything Paul and Melissa will be using in this series:

  1. Cold press watercolor paper 
  2. Acrylic paint - primary colors (red, blue yellow), white, and black are all that’s necessary. Additional colors if possible: brown, green
  3. Acrylic paintbrushes - variety of sizes
  4. Paint tray or palette paper
  5. Masking tape
  6. Paper towels and cup of water


    1. Introduction
    2. Projects
    3. Materials
    4. Moody Underpainting
    5. Painting the Background
    6. Painting the Table
    7. Painting the Orange
    8. Painting the Stem and Leaf
    9. Underpainting and Color Mixing
    10. Painting the Background
    11. Block in Oranges
    12. Finish Oranges
    13. Closing Thoughts

    About the Instructors

    Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose career has included exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. His work is collected by individuals around the globe. As an illustrator, has created over four hundred novel cover illustrations. He is a co-founder of the You Will Rise Project, an organization that empowers those who have experienced bullying to speak out creatively through art. 

    Melissa Forman spends her time creating a richly visual world filled with characters created from an opulent, mysterious, and often eerie imagination. Her lovely, idealized figures seem lost in their own worlds, drifting between the 16th, 18th, 19th and 21st centuries. Melissa has been drawing and painting commissioned portraits since she was 14. She attended the Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in 2002. She now lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. Her personal work has been shown in galleries around the world, from New York City to Seattle to Los Angeles to Berlin, Germany to Bristol, England.

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