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Cracking the Landscape Code

My name is Christopher Fornataro and I will be your coach for this course. I have been painting landscapes for over 15 years and I think I have cracked the code to learning how to paint landscapes and now I want to share it with you.

The Big Problem

Do you not even know where to start when painting a landscape? I mean you don't even know what photo would make a good landscape? Or maybe you have you taken a photo of a landscape and thought it would make a great painting only to get back home and look at the photo and see it doesn't come close to capturing the beauty you saw in person? I sure have.

This is the main problem that throws everyone off! Landscapes are not like portraits and still lifes where you can copy the photo and make a great painting. There is more to it than that. There is a process to capturing the scene. I want to teach you that process in this course.

The Solution

The way you are going to crack the code with landscapes is understanding that landscape painting is a translation process not a copying process.

For years I would watch instructors paint landscapes and scream in my head "Wait! Why are they painting it like that? That's not how it looks in the photo. How did they know how to do that?!"

Once you understand that you need to translate and not copy it is going to make painting everything a whole lot easier.

Shortcuts? Really?

I am the first one to say that there is no real shortcuts with painting but... there kind of are.

I remember I took a one-on-one workshop with a master landscape painter with Bill Farnsworth and we were painting sand on a shoreline and he showed me how using burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, and white got me a good sand color. I remember thinking "Wow, that's helpful to know." It was a simple way to translate the sand. I still use that tip to this day. Over the fifteen years of painting I have come across a lot of tips or "shortcuts" like this that have helped me in this translation process.

Now yes, it takes time and practice to understand and wield these "shortcuts" but knowing they exist will save you years of trial and error.

"It’s a course you can do with no previous painting experience or a lot of experience and still gain something from the course and have fun!"


How This Course Is Different

It wasn't for lack of trying that it took me so long to figure out landscapes. I've spent thousands of dollars on workshops and online courses that lacked the in-depth explanations and structured learning I was looking for.

With this course I carefully structured the lectures, exercises, demos, and tutorials to build off one another and answer the questions that we all have had about landscapes.

One of my favorite features of the course are the quick video cliff notes of the tutorial you're about to watch. This gives you the benefit of knowing the overall process which will help you produce a better painting. Check out the example cliff note video below!

Example Curriculum

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The Big Shapes Method

There are many different ways to start a painting but for landscapes for new painters I have found that blocking out the scene with big simple shapes of flat color yields the best results because you organize your painting right from the start and it keeps you on track and prevents you from getting overwhelmed with details.


I will demonstrate and explain how I translate the most common subjects in landscapes so you won't struggle with them anymore.


I will walk you through some of my favorite landscape painting exercises that are designed to help you develop specific landscape painting skills.

“It's a great value course where you will get the bang for the buck. A very inexpensive way of learning, if you consider all the time you will waste trying to make decent paintings without knowing the basics that are taught here.” - Fernando

Island Water

Demystify painting water and reflections with this fun tropical tutorial.

Grand Canyon

Wield atmosphere like a pro to create the vast depth in this canyon tutorial.

Sunset Field

Learn my best shortcut for painting large grass fields in this tutorial of a sunset in Jackson Hole Wyoming.

What About Composition?

The foundation of a landscape painting is the composition. This is why the first lesson of the course is on composition. Here I will teach you how to construct a great landscape with impact.

"Your courses are always much more informative, in-depth and helpful than courses I’ve taken with other painters." - Kim

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