Adjust shapes to create the composition

The importance of composition

Painting a sunny day from a cloudy reference

Enjoy short painting makeover videos -- for free!

Watch the changes Trisha makes to her students' paintings and gain a deeper understanding of how to make powerful paintings.

More free videos are added each month.

You will get an email as new free videos are added to this collection each month.

Trisha walks you through from 'before' to 'after.'

The Importance of Value Range

... and lots of other good stuff.

Let composition suggest a focal point

Let the diva shine!

Don't compete with your focal point.

All the Usual Tricks!

We use two-point perspective, high contrast and soft edges to make this painting shine.

How to paint a low light scene

When you have two, let one dominate.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Free Makeover series. (Click the small down arrow to the right, if you don't see the entire list of videos.)

    • PEACEFUL POND: Two versions

    • RED HOUSE: How composition affects the painting

    • DAHLIA PAINTING: How to Take a Very Good Painting and Make it Great

    • SAXOPHONIST PAINTING :Two Light Sources & How to Paint a Complicated Instrument

    • QUILT BARN PAINTING: Drawing Tips for Buildings in the Landscape

    • TURKISH URNS: Strengthening the shadows, strengthens the painting

    • SUNNY INTERIOR: Emphasize the focal point

    • YELLOW TULIPS & MANDARINS: The Effect of Value Range

    • COUNTRY HOUSE: The composition can suggest a focal point

    • AUTUMN IN COLORADO: Let the diva shine!

    • CARDINAL IN SNOW: The reference to the rescue!

    • WHITE BARNS: Perspective, high contrast and soft edges transform this painting

    • MOROCCAN MARKET: Painting in low light

    • WHITE ROSE: The background exists to make the middle ground look good.

    • TWO IRISES: One Should Dominate

    • OLD BRIDGE: Painting a sunny day from a cloudy reference photo.