This NEW series of online classes is available for purchase at any time. Students work independently at their own pace and on their own schedule. Multiple videos, visuals and written materials guide students through each topic. Videos are Downloadable and you have access to the course "forever." The first E-ssentials series is LOVE YOUR OILS which starts with The Fundamentals of Oil Painting. More E-ssentials will follow soon.



The Fundamentals of Oil Painting  #OP101 

$65 USD

  • Have you been confused about how to start an oil painting?

  • Do the terms and 'rules' of oil painting perplex you?

  • Are you worried about safety?

  • Have you wondered how to stop over-blending oil colors?

  • Have you wanted to transition from acrylics to oil paints?

Then this course is for you!  

 With over a dozen videos for you to study, Melinda will guide you through the fundamentals of Oil Painting clarifying terms, techniques, and many questions including what paint to choose, brush cleaning, safety, palette layout and much more. A full length step by step demo of the sunflower painting is the culmination of the course.

  • Lesson One – Terms and Materials

  • Lesson Two – Toxicity and Safety

  • Lesson Three – The Basic Principles of Oil Painting

  • Lesson Four – How to Begin an Oil Painting

  • Lesson Five – Continuing and Finishing an Oil Painting


Five Elements of Design in Abstraction:
Line, Value, Color, Shape, Texture
Available Early 2019

This course explains the Five Elements of Design as they relate to creating abstract work. I refer to these Elements as the alphabet to your painting novel. They are the foundation for all art making, and if you are unfamiliar with them then this course is a must. But I also speak specifically to their use in abstraction, as all two–dimensional abstract work is made up of one or more of these Elements.

•Do you struggle with the infinite choices in creating abstract work?

•Do you ever freeze up with wondering what to do next?

•Do you need some ideas for what to focus on in your abstracts?

Having the basic knowledge of these Elements will give you direction in your painting problem solving and prepare you further for advanced work with composition and design.

Multiple mediums are used in the video demos and you are free to use any medium you prefer in this course.

Available Early 2019


How do the E-ssentials online courses work?

  • After you purchase the course, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and a password.

  • Click on the link and this will send you to the course page.

  • Enter the password and you have access to the course.

How long do I have access to the course?

  • You have access to the course "forever" or as long as it is reasonably feasible for me to host my website!

Does Melinda give feedback in E-ssentials?

  • No, Melinda does not participate actively in these affordable courses.

Do I have to use Facebook?

  • No, Facebook is not a requirement. There will be an ongoing Private Facebook Group for you to share work with other artists who have purchased this course if you so choose. In this Private Group no other people will see your posts other than the students in this course. Your involvement in the group is completely up to you. I do not comment on paintings in E-ssentials.

How much painting experience do I need?

  • You do not need any painting experience for The Fundamentals of Oil Painting. However, this course does not teach you how to draw.
    You may want some experience with your medium in The Five Elements of Design, however the course is suitable for beginning through intermediate students.

What are the computer requirements?

  • The videos in the course are now downloadable. In order to watch the videos via wi-fi, you will need high speed internet access. You can access the class from your computer, tablet or smart-phone, although a larger screen is most likely more desirable.

What are the Materials?

  • Materials are explained in each course.

More Questions?

  • Shoot me an email HERE

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