Monday, December 8, 2014

FREE Winter Wonderland Painting workshop video

Hello friends!!!

Stephen Lursen here with a brand new free painting workshop video! I have tought this class in the studio at Donna Downey Studios, and in the season of giving, I want to share this fun class with you! This workshop is great throughout the winter season for families, friends, children, and adults. Have fun, Express your creativity, and Explore new ways of making the world a more beautiful place. Merry Christmas!

After watching this video, you may be curious about what I used in this painting. The supplies I used include:

1.) One printed out silhouette of a reindeer that I cut out and traced onto the canvas.

2.) One pencil with which to trace the silhouette - a water soluable pencil would be best.

3.) One 11"x14" canvas primed and ready to go.

4.) Gold glitter of various sizes.

5.) Modge podge - you could use any gel medium, collage podge, glue, etc. Each will work slightly differently, and have different drying times.

6.) One half inch round tipped flat brush.

7.) One tiny tipped detail brush.

8.) Golden brand Titanium White, Anthroquinone Blue, Titan Buff, and Burnt Umber Light. All Fluid Acrylic paints.

9.) One water well with water and a paper towel for dabbing your paint brush on after cleaning.

And without any further delay, I am proud to present my Winter Silhouette Workshop! Thank you so much for watching! Sincerely, Stephen 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hummingbird Workshop - Bright and Beautiful

     I'm back with a gorgeous new painting workshop! This time I show you how to use intense color to create an abstract mixed media hummingbird painting.
     Take a look at the trailer to see not only my painting, but also the work of other artists like yourself! I instruct every step of the process from blank white canvas to amazing work of art. This is truly a mixed media painting because in addition to layers of paint, you will collage and add elements such as buttons, glitter, sequins, and anything else you can find. This painting captures a moment in time as a couple hummingbirds fly in and out of beautifully colored flowers.
     You are encouraged to paint your version with your own favorite colors in mind to create a truly unique and original work of art. This workshop is absolutely for all skill levels. No previous drawing skills required. for access to the supply list, please click here. The price for this workshop is only $25. Taking this workshop in the studio is double that price, making this a fantastic value!
     Here are a number of other paintings made during this workshop. These images are examples of how many variations you can create just by pushing your imagination! Have fun with it! Be fearless in your color combinations and layers!

 (notice the buttons applied to the canvas in this one above)

Thank you for watching the trailer and for looking at some of the other paintings made during this workshop. I would love for you to consider buying this online workshop and working along with it, to bring a beautiful pop of color from your heart to your walls! For more information on purchasing this workshop, please visit my website by clicking here.

London, New York, and Paris Workshop

Hello! Stephen Lursen here with a new online workshop! 
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     This five part video workshop takes you step by step from a blank 11"x14" canvas and 3 printed out images (the PDF images are included in the workshop) through the collage stage, then on to multiple layers to get a beautiful painting. I am very happy with this work of art and I believe that you will be too! You can definitely do this painting! No drawing skills are required. This workshop is a great value because once you complete this painting, you can continue making more London, New York, and/or Paris paintings with more of the print outs. You can print as many as you would like. Simply separate each iconic landmark and paint it on its own canvas. You can add titles of the city, mixed media elements, your favorite travel quote, or whatever comes to mind. This workshop gets you started on a much bigger possible series of travel inspired paintings.

     Wy wife Cara and I have dreamed of traveling the world and one way to express this dream is through painting. I know I'm not alone in this dream, so this workshop is for all of you lovers of travel, you lovers of cultures beyond your own home town. Especially if your favorite city includes one of these three!

Check out the trailer below if you would please.

     This video workshop includes: 5 parts of the video in 720 HD, all three edited images for you to download and print as many times as you like, and a supply list. You are welcome to look at the supply list before ordering to consider purchasing other products as you see necessary. The supply list is a PDF. If you have any questions, ideas, or problems, please write below in the comments section.

Thank you SO MUCH! I am so happy to get to share this video workshop with you!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Coffee Cup Workshop! Fall favorite!

I am so excited to be releasing a brand new art instructional video called Coffee Cup Workshop. In this video I take you step by step from a blank 10"x20" canvas to the final brush stroke of this beautiful painting. I've taught this class at least 6 times in the studio and I have received emails from some of you who have seen the class advertised, but live too far away to come in for the class.
This video is now available for everyone!
I had such a blast making this painting and I am sure you will too! This is perfect timing with the cool fall season setting in and the weather turning. please take a moment and watch the preview. The whole workshop video is an hour and a half divided into 6 separate chapters for easier streaming and downloading. The quality is in 720 HD which is nice for clarity yet not too big a file size to download. You can find the online video at: 
Thank you so much! I am really excited to get to share this painting process with you!
Please check out the trailer below. To watch in HD, watch on youtube, then click the gear in the lower right corner and select 720p.

Friday, April 4, 2014

"Day Dreamer" New instructional painting video!

Hello! I would love to share this brand new video titled Day Dreamer with you! Using my cling stamp I designed for Donna Downey Studios, Independent Women series -Anastasia {believes}, I will show you a way you may have never thought to use it before! My focus in this painting was COLOR and lots of it. I painted a world of colorful circles bubbling up around the figure. 

In the last two videos about painting the face, I made the skin tone more complex by mixing a wide range of colors. In this video I am changing my style a bit to show another way to do it! I simplified my painting process a lot in this figure painting, all the while staying true to what we all love to do, making a beautiful painting!

One unique quality about this painting compared to others is the meditative nature of the process, you can get lost in the enjoyment of it all. If you have ever enjoyed knitting, crocheting, or anything else that take some time but becomes easy once you get the hang of it, this is the painting for us! 

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your works of art posted to my Stephen Lursen Art Facebook Wall!

Here is the trailer on DAY DREAMER:

How to paint a face II - new video!

My name is Stephen Lursen and I am excited to release my newest video on how to paint the face! This video titled Painting the face II is unique, challenging, yet very approachable because I demonstrate in detail every step of the way.

To create this painting I start off by using one of my designed cling stamps titled What do you see - large face. I am very proud of the painting, with its bright yellow grungy background and the figure's long flowing coppery colored hair. If you have ever wanted to develop your skills on painting the face and hair, then this is just the video for you! Please check out the trailer to get a sneak peak.

How to paint the face - A new video!!!

My name is Stephen Lursen and I would like to welcome you to come along on this creative journey to paint a face, hair, and abstract background.

Starting with a canvas or art journal, our new cling stamp Off in the distance, a pencil, paint brush, palette knife, a few soft pastels of your choosing, and some acrylic paint let us make a work of art to be truly proud of!

I hope that you not only watch this video and make a work of art yourself, but that you also upload an image of your new painting to my Stephen Lursen Art Facebook wall! We LOVE to see the beautiful creations made as a result of being part of our artist community. 

Duration: approx. 40 minutes.
Format: M4V (Mpeg4) - Large 960 x 540

For information on how to purchase this video, please click here

Abstract Landscape Painting Video 2014

My name is Stephen Lursen and I would love to invite you to join me as I create this abstract landscape painting from scratch.

Over 50 minutes of video has been divided into 5 parts, each about 10 minutes for easier downloading or streaming. I will take you step by step so that you can make your very own painting too! Not only do I instruct on the painting itself, but also on all the tools used in the creation of this work.

In this painting we will use pencils, heavy structure acrylic paint, fluid/soft body acrylic paint, and soft pastels to create a rich abstract environment that will be a beautiful addition to the wall of your choosing. I hope you will not only watch this 5 part video production, but paint along with it and post your images on our Donna Downey Studios facebook wall! We LOVE to see the creations that come from being part of this artist community.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Abstract Landscape paintings 2014

New finished paintings! These will be hung at a group show in Rock Hill, SC.  The show will be called In Flux.

Abstract Landscape III
Acrylic and soft pastel on canvas

Abstract Landscape II
Acrylic and soft pastel on canvas

Abstract Landscape I
Acrylic, oil paint, and oil pastel on canvas

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Drawing for design work

I have recently had the opportunity to design a series of stamps for Donna Downey Studios.  The first set of 4 stamps is in manufacturing now and I have been asked to create round 2.  Working on this project has been a fun, challenging, obsessing and thankful opportunity.  Each stamp idea goes through many many changes before approval.  Not all drawings even get approved.  I am convinced that anything done really well, (be it art, music, performance, engineering or anything else) takes an extraordinary amount of work to arrive at its final successful presentation.

Here are a set of 5 new drawings that I have made in hopes of designing some stamps for manufacturing.  I will possibly make further changes for the functional needs of stamps, but I am so proud of these drawings just as they are, that I had to share them with you.

tick tock tick tock... a couple months went by since this post was created...

They are now for sale!!!!! They look great!
Please check them out online @:

Here are my drawings the designs came from! Thanks for viewing!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Shipyard III, a Lake Norman Commission

I received an email a couple weeks ago from a gentleman concerning a painting he was hoping to purchase.  He saw my painting entitled Shipyard hanging in Starbucks in Lake Norman, NC.  His wife is opening a brand new hot yoga studio in Mooresville later this month and he wanted to give her a gift.  They regularly sit beneath my painting on their coffee dates and have grown fond of the painting.  As a result, I agreed to paint a new one for their business!

Step 1: After buying the right wood and construction supplies, I began the work to cut the wood and then glue and nail it together. I purchased poplar wood for my frame because it is the softest of the hardwoods. This means it is stronger than pine and whitewood, but not as hard to work with as an oak or other hardwood.

Step 2: Once construction was complete, it was time to stretch the canvas.  I used a heavy duty staple gun and 1/2" staples from the hardware store.  It is important to stretch the canvas in a star pattern working your way from the middle of each side out to the corners.  It is also important to stretch the canvas somewhat loosely to keep the canvas from warping your frame when you prime it.  The cotton shrinks dramatically during the priming process. 

Step 3: priming the canvas multiple times with a roller and over a quart of gesso.

Step 4: Painting the base coat color. I call this color a Naples Yellow.

Step 5: Draw the horizon line 1/3 from the bottom all the way across.

Step 6: Paint! Since the sky color is already in, the next thing to paint was the water. Using a palette knife and very heavy body paints, I began working my way from the horizon line down to the edge of the canvas.

The camera I was using isn't very good in the lighting I have, so I took a number of detail shots to show what it looks like up close.  Details are lost in the wide angle image.

I'am not finished yet, but I need to let it dry over night. More images coming soon!

The downward motion of the fog rolling in from the left on the new painting might be a bit sharp.  I'll consider repainting the lower left quarter to keep from sending the eye off the painting. The old Shipyard painting (as seen at the bottom of this post) has strictly horizontal movement on the left quarter. I remember the left side being the most difficult 4 & 1/2 years ago when I painted it over and over again seeking satisfaction. 

After discussing the painting with my collector, I continued working on the painting. Here are some more progress pictures!

In the picture below, I am toning down the heavy motion and energy in the left quarter of the painting.

At this step below, I added the abstract ships beneath the masts. I also continued reducing the diagonal fog in the bottom left corner.

I noticed a huge divide in the left and right section of the painting.  This divide caused an uneasy feeling when I was studying it. I asked my wife Cara to come look at the painting and she suggested I bridge the gap.  That's exactly what I did. By adding significantly more lines, it connected the painting giving it a cohesive unity that it was previously lacking.

Here is the final image for my newest Shipyard painting:

The image beneath is the painting currently hanging in Starbucks Lake Norman for comparison. 

The Painting has been installed! Here are the photos I took on my iphone after installation.