Kevin Macpherson

Kevin Macpherson: The Magic Grid - Portraits

Video Length: 6 Hours 16 Minutes

The Ultimate Master Class Volume 2 The Magic Grid: Portraits 

In this Master Class, Kevin paints a portrait of fellow artist and friend Ron who interacts and asks questions here and there to keep the learning and stories flowing as Kevin paints his oil portrait from start-to-finish. As this dynamic happens, you will learn:

  • How to decipher three-dimensional reality onto a two-dimensional painting
  • Understand the vocabulary of the artist
  • The secret of the subject/artist collaboration
  • How to pose a model for maximum impact
  • Why TWO lighting sources in the studio are necessary
  • The benefits of a limited palette
  • How to get the full spectrum of color relationships easily
  • Use the power of three to improve color harmony
  • The proper use of color and layering
  • Benefit from Kevin’s highly trained eyes to “see” the subtle changes in value and color
  • How to find the inspiration in your subject
  • Why the Magic Grid is a breakthrough in portrait painting
  • A proven method to improve your composition
  • How to make better decisions in the moment
  • Brushwork tips you won’t find anywhere else
  • A technique to eliminate fear and embrace the unexpected
  • How to bring and keep life and spirit in your painting
  • Ways to see the world as a grid of mosaic shapes


This course is packed with 40 years of experience from master artist Kevin Macpherson and includes:

  • Choosing a model, location, and pose
  • Materials that are essential to success–including a unique limited palette to use for amazing results!
  • Drawing the subject on the Magic Grid
  • Composing the values 
  • Laying in the shadow family
  • Painting the light family
  • Developing color and value
  • Making adjustments


Meet your instructor:

Kevin Macpherson is a master of the art of painting outdoors directly from nature, en plein air. His intent as a painter is to capture the light that infuses every scene. Besides an accomplished painter, Kevin is a gifted writer and published author as well as a teacher, juror and guest lecturer. He is regarded as a master mentor, a reputation well earned by years of teaching international workshops and giving personal guidance to many aspiring artists. Kevin Macpherson is Signature and founding member and served as the first president of the Plein Air Painters of America, a California Art Club Master Artist, an American Impressionist Society Master Artist, an International Plein Air Painters Master Signature Artist and an Oil Painters of America Master. 


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