Skillshare Class

I just published my third class on The class is called Understanding Value and the project is to paint a box. This is the first lesson I teach my students and I think it will be helpful for artists of all levels.

Use this link to my class to sign up and get 3 free months of Skillshare. I’ll receive a referral fee if you use my class link. There are literally thousands of classes offered in Design, Business, Technology, Photography , Film, Writing, Crafts and Culinary with excellent teachers. I couldn’t recommend more. I’m still using my membership you sharpen my Photoshop skills.

Check out the introduction to my class and see what you think.

Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. When you set up a box with direct lighting you will see 3 distinct values. I’ll show you how to mix these values and paint a box that looks like it’s going to pop right off the page. If you apply this lesson to your painting whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned artist you will see a huge improvement in your work. My abstract paintings use the understanding of value to create space and the illusion that something is coming towards you.

Skillshare – Painting Landscapes

I finally published my second Skillshare class, Painting Landscapes on You can join for $0.99 for 3 months and check it out in it’s entirety here. Above is the introduction that I shared on my Youtube channel.

I worked really hard to take the mystery out of painting landscapes. Value is the most important thing to understand when painting successful landscapes. Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. Some teachers don’t explain this they just tell you the sky is blue and the trees are green.

I start with how to choose a subject to paint. This is the photograph I use.

photo-landscapeI go over the supplies needed.

supplies layout on your painting surface, mixing colors

mixing-colors and painting

painting-landscapes-painting It’s easy when you break it down.

Here’s my finished painting.

I’d love for you to check it out so I’m sharing the link again here where you can sign up for 3 months of Skillshare for $0.99. After you join you can take as many classes as you like. I used Skillshare to learn Photoshop and I can’t tell you how much that’s changed my life. It’s always exciting to add a new skill to your toolbox.


Color Palette

A few weeks ago I taught the first in a series of Abstract Painting Workshops at Highlands Art Garage in Wilmington, DE. The next ones are Feb. 7th and March 6th, 1-4 pm if you’re interested. Here’s a blog post about the workshop and the student’s work. The focus of the workshop was color. It’s a fun place to start. Black and white can be very powerful but it’s color that moves me. I had the students choose one color and mix tints and tones of that color and it’s compliment to work with.

Complimentary colors are colors across the color wheel from each other. Orange and blue, red and green, yellow and purple are complimentary colors. Here are some complimentary color combinations in my work and other artist’s work.

My student’s work in Yellow/Purple and Blue/Orange



More Blue/Orange:

Linda Celestian Awash 09Linda Celestian,  Awash, 48 x 46 inches, oil on canvas

Linda Celestian Perfect Storm 6-12Linda Celestian, Perfect Storm, 36 x 60 inches, oil on canvas

Eternal-Dawn Paul BennettPaul Bennettcarol nelson abstract artCarol Nelson

Yin_Yang_48_x_54_Maitland_2011Virginia Maitland


Linda Celestian FleetingLinda Celestian, Fleeting, 36 x 60 inches, oil on canvas

Contemporary UnknownContemporary Unknown

Kenneth Noland


Kenneth Noland red imageKenneth Noland