Inside “Painting with Gouache”, award-winning artist Michele Usibelli will show you her unique method we call the “FocalFirst” approach.
Michele’s approach is different from other artists, and it’s the reason she’s able to create phenomenal works of art that win awards.
Together with Michele, you’re going to discover ways to strengthen your composition… explore the vibrant qualities of gouache… master gouache’s challenging yet interesting characteristics… improve your brushwork… learn color tips for an impactful painting… and so much more.
If you’re not satisfied with the results of your gouache paintings, and you want to know the secrets behind successful artwork (that actually gets sold), you’re about to find out how.
According to Michele, most paintings don’t succeed because the artist didn’t have a set “plan” of how the painting was going to be built.
Like a symphony without a conductor, a painting without a plan will be chaotic and a sore to the senses.
Once you have this blueprint in place, you can almost guarantee that your gouache paintings will turn out much more energetic and full of life.
Michele will guide you from start to finish on how to complete a gouache painting with amazing results. Your gouache paintings will never be dull or uninspired again. In fact, even your non-gouache paintings in other mediums will become more moving and dynamic because the unique method that Michele shares can be applied to any painting.
What You’ll Discover Inside:
Michele Usibelli is a versatile artist with a unique and instantly recognizable style. Her work is characterized by its loose brushstrokes, bold colors, and strong sense of light and shadow. Michele is drawn to many different painting genres, including still life, landscape, cityscapes, and figurative work.
However, it’s her individual style and paint application that creates a constant theme throughout her body of work.
Michele's early training in the Russian Impressionist tradition gave her a strong foundation in seeing and painting shapes of light and color. She has been influenced by numerous artists, including Nicholai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, and William Merritt Chase. These influences have allowed her to develop her own unique artistic voice, which is both technically proficient and emotionally expressive.
Michele's work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. She has won numerous awards, including the Silver Medal Award at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art Award. Her work is also included in the permanent collections of the University of Alaska Fairbanks/Museum of the North and the State of Hawaii.
In addition to her painting, Michele is also a passionate instructor. She conducts ongoing workshops and art demonstrations throughout the United States and around the globe. This impressive mixture of skill and experience also makes her a popular juror for art competitions.
Michele is a true artist, with a deep love of painting and a commitment to her craft. This is your chance to learn from Michele!
01- Introduction & Materials
02- Preparing to Paint
03- Lay in Darkest Darks
04- Focal Area
05- Reflections in the Water
06- Carving in the Background
07- Final Touches