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Paint A Large Expressive Portrait in 20 Days | Instant Access!

Paint a large-scale expressive portrait in twenty 10-minute video lessons!

In this video series, artist Paul Richmond takes you step-by-step through the process of conceptualizing, designing, and painting a large expressive portrait on canvas. For the first time ever, see his creative process from start to finish and create an expressive portrait of your own in this series of 10-minute lessons that will inspire you to bring creativity and self-expression into every step of the portrait painting process.

Participants will design and create one original painting from start-to-finish during this course, each lesson containing another step in the process. 

In this first-of-its-kind course, artist Paul Richmond invites you into his artistic process from the very beginning. Work along with Paul to get to know the model, create a reference image, design the composition, sketch the image onto the canvas, and paint it in an expressive, colorful style using either acrylic or oil paint. You will be amazed at how much your portrait painting skills will improve in a short time with focused, daily practice. Paul's gentle, lighthearted approach will make learning fun and keep you coming back for more. This course is great for beginners and will introduce you to the painting process while covering the techniques of capturing a portrait in an expressive style. No prior experience is needed. This is also a good opportunity for more experienced artists who want to practice a new approach to portrait painting.

Painting expressively is all about trusting your instincts and painting in a more intuitive way. This course will start at the very beginning and walk you through the steps and techniques of designing and creating an original expressive portrait painting.

  • At the beginning, we will meet our model and take reference photos, which will be shared with all course participants.
  • Then we will look at different ways to design the composition, infusing it with symbolism/meaning while breaking down the photographic image to invite more abstraction into the process. Several options for conceptualizing the piece will be presented - one using Photoshop for those who are digitally savvy, and another using collage and sketching for those who prefer a more traditional approach.
  • Next we will cover the canvas with a completely abstract layer of multi-colored paint using a palette knife as a base coat.
  • Learn multiple options for sketching the portrait on top of the base layer, including freehand drawing, using a projector, and using a grid.
  • Then it's time to paint! We will slowly build up the portrait by adding bold layers of thick, colorful paint until the figure is complete.

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

Paul has been teaching students to paint for over twenty years. This class covers the most effective techniques he utilizes in his own painting practice. This class is great for beginners and also a refresher for anyone who wants to loosen up and paint in a more expressive style.

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. Acrylic or oil paint will work best for the techniques Paul will be demonstrating, but feel free to use anything you want. Here's a list of everything Paul will be using in this series:

    1. Canvas 36" x 48"
    2. Acrylic paint (Primary Red, Primary Yellow, Black, White)
    3. Paintbrushes (Various Sizes)
    4. Palette
    5. Oil Paint (Titanium White, Ivory Black, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Dioxide Purple, Sap Green, Viridian, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue)
    6. Palette Knives
    7. Yardstick  (optional)
    8. Projector (optional)
    9. Photoshop  (optional)
    10. Sketching/Collage Materials  (optional)
    11. Source Materials (available with Lesson 2)

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      "Paul's style is great! He made me feel like I was taking an actual class, by talking and making jokes while teaching. I am a complete newbee and I still created some things I'm a bit proud about, which is a lot for me!" ~Florencia Pi

      "I am absolutely amazed at what I could do. Your techniques are so helpful, especially start with the parts not the whole. Time flies when you are taking lessons from Paul!" -Jackie Barr

      "I look forward to tomorrow and the next day and the next..." -Angelica Blatt