Dave Santillanes

Dave Santillanes: Painting Landscapes

Video Length: 4 Hours 26 Minutes

What you will learn:

  • Determine distance when creating atmosphere
  • Master color relationships (chroma and value)
  • Why creating BAD paintings is good!
  • The one painting approach Dave wishes he’d learned when he first started that would have saved him years of experimentation
  • How to capture the "feel of air"
  • Dave's prize-winning secrets for painting atmospheric landscapes
  • Techniques to paint the landscape faster
  • Use this ONE thing to bring brilliance into your work
  • Dave's unique approach to mastering greens, and what he does that most artists wouldn’t even think of!
  • A simple technique for painting rocks
  • Sculpt the shadow into an object
  • Need to set the tone of the painting? Do THIS!
  • What you MUST do to create believable depth
  • Valuable tools to help you analyze a scene (Don’t skip this part of the video!)
  • Avoid common pitfalls (and even some uncommon ones!)

Also included in the video:

  • Exclusive interview with Eric Rhoads, publisher ofPleinAir Magazine and Founder of PleinAir Salon $30,000 Art Competition
  • An Exhibit of Works by Dave Santillanes
  • Fan Favorite: High-Speed View of the Painting Demonstration
  • BONUS: Mixing a Neutral Gray


Study with artist Dave Santillanes and you’ll quickly see why he believes plein air paintings are even better than keeping a diary!

Dave exposes a fresh approach to landscape painting by deconstructing a scene in order to analyze the atmospheric structure before ever beginning to paint! He’ll show you how to use this newfound information on each atmospheric plane of your painting. 

By using the techniques Dave has mastered, you’ll begin to see how color relationships — chroma and value — play into your work. You’ll also discover how to use gray to enhance your paintings … a counterintuitive method.

Dave shows you how to paint faster without compromising quality as he demonstrates how to achieve atmospheric depth, explains the use of greens, and shows how advancing your skills in painting rocks is necessary in landscape painting.

As you watch and learn, you’ll be building skills in shadow shaping, atmospheric depth, adding meaningful detail, conducting pigment analysis, and avoiding common pitfalls that many artists encounter.

This course is designed for all skill levels, and you’re going to have many aha moments as Dave adjusts his reference image to isolate specific shadows and shapes as they become obviously warmer and darker. These four simple gradations of shadows will become the structure for the entire painting.

Dave explains the goal of each phase and then takes you step-by-step through a full painting demonstration. 

Dave has been painting outdoors for almost 20 years, learning from his environment to become a nationally recognized landscape painter. His work has been featured in Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine and Art of the West. Dave is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society and the Oil Painters of America, and won the grand prize at the 2020 Plein Air Salon (10th Annual).

Add Painting Landscapes into your personal resource library and then be prepared to refer to it again and again as you use Dave’s award-winning methods and techniques to elevate the quality of your paintings.

Chapter Outline

  • CHAPTER 1: Analyzing the Scene
  • CHAPTER 2: Materials & Tools
  • CHAPTER 3: Laying in the Shadow Shapes
  • CHAPTER 4: Modifying the Shadows
  • CHAPTER 5: Adding the Light Family
  • CHAPTER 6: FInishing Touches, Part 1
  • CHAPTER 6: FInishing Touches, Part 2


Customer Reviews

Based on 26 reviews
C and G
Excellent Demo

Dave is a remarkable artist, but he also has the ability to communicate what he's doing and why. I've watched this demo 3 times: 1 all the way through, 2nd time in stages just like his layering-in then with a couple days in between each layer to fully understand what he's saying and doing and trying out, 3rd time to pull it all together.
This is probably one of the best instructional demos.

Susan Guise-Bagley
Dave Santillanes: Painting Landscapes

Great video! What I learned the most was laying out my colours in a systematic format on my palette. Dave uses cold gray (and a TON of it) to modify his colours, except for the foreground, to create the magic of atmospheric perspective. He lays his shadow mixtures out from right to left (cold to warm) and his lights (he calls them highlights) from right to left underneath that. He says that shadows tell you how far an object is away, and the highlights tell you WHAT it is. He's a great teacher!

Paulette Kucera
Dave Santillanes Landscape

I enjoyed the video. Dave gave great comments while painting so it was clear why he made the decisions he did. I have incorporated his palette organization into my practice as well as his use of grays in color mixing. I highly recommend this tutorial.

Keith Demanche
Dave Santillanes: Painting Landscapes

Terrific video.

Heather Hawley
Terrific DVD!

This is a wonderful tutorial. The approach Dave follows is well laid out in the video and will no doubt help me improve the quality of my paintings and assist me in focusing on the key elements of a scene. His approach regarding palette organization and colour mixing was also very valuable. A great addition to my library and one I will watch again! Highly recommended.