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Have you always wanted to create a beautiful painting, but you don't feel artistic or you have no idea where to start? Art Elation is for you! Let's get started with your first great painting.
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Rules we paint by
- Be patient with the process. Painting takes time. To reduce pressure, we (1) leverage digital art tools and resources whenever possible and (2) practice with small canvases so that we can focus on colors and technique, rather than filling a huge space. (Shaley practices on 8x8 inch canvases and only scales up when she loves something. She'll teach you how to do this at the YouTube channel.)
- Paint for fun and relaxation. To protect our inner artist, we approach painting as a self-care activity (more like meditation or mindfulness). We focus on producing expressive works, rather than realism or "perfect" work. We channel Bob Ross’s “Happy Accident” philosophy to help us let go and enjoy the painting experience.
- Encourage our inner child. We speak to ourselves thoughtfully, as though we are a child with limitless potential. We consider new, sometimes uncomfortable challenges to be necessary opportunities for exploration and growth, forgive ourselves easily, learn from what doesn’t work, and always try again.
No experience necessary!
Start with the foundations and grow from there.
- Learn by following step-by-step videos to copy Shaley's paintings (like those seen on this page), or use the Art Elation creative process to paint your own unique masterpieces.
- Don't worry about inspiration. We'll teach you how to come up with ideas, select painting subjects and styles, and practice your craft.
"Nobody is born with a style or a voice. We don't come out of the womb knowing who we are. In the beginning we learn by pretending to be our heroes. We learn by copying.
We're talking about practice here, not plagiarism—plagiarism is trying to pass someone else's work off as your own. Copying is about reverse-engineering. It's like a mechanic taking apart a car to see how it works." ~ Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist
In Art Elation, we continually deconstruct professional, modern work to talk about approach and technique, difficulty level, and why you might choose a style, so that you can make better decisions and experience more success with your own paintings.
No secrets here!
In the past, artists have protected their process like secrets that should never be revealed. They've avoided showing their work until it was totally done. Art was treated like a luxury, only to be admired.
At Art Elation, we believe that art is a language that everyone should learn! In our free tutorials at YouTube, we teach you how to use creative skills and imagination to paint your very own one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
There's something for everyone. You are welcome, regardless of where you are on your journey!
You are a Hopeful Newbie if...
You are a Budding Talent if...
You are a Tenacious Explorer if...
You are a Confident Advocate if...
What you'll learn at YouTube
You'll go behind the scenes to see exactly how Shaley moves from an idea or inspiration to a finished piece of art! SUBSCRIBE NOW!
How to use the creative process to successfully finish more paintings
Start practicing the process by collecting your supplies, selecting a subject and style, creating your composition, choosing your color palette, painting the background and foreground, addressing points of intersection… fixing errors by repainting over them, adding a topcoat, and SO MUCH MORE.
How to give your paintings a WOW factor that captures attention
Stop wasting precious time, energy, and money creating paintings that aren't attractive in modern homes. Learn what type of art people are drawn to, and express yourself through big, bold colors with beautiful textures and designs.
How to increase confidence in yourself and your painting
Learn to focus on process, rather than results, to reduce feelings of failure and creative fatigue. Practice selecting subjects and styles, mixing colors, playing, stepping away, changing directions, and more.
How to think like a designer, so your paintings are more likely to turn out as expected
Get the inside scoop about how professional artists make decisions for the design of their paintings by addressing color, composition, scale, shape, negative space, and more.
How to use traditional and non-traditional art tools like a pro
See how traditional tools (paint, brushes, canvases, etc.) and non-traditional tools (Q-tips, toothbrushes, straws, etc.) can be used to make your art more active, vibrant, and modern.
How to use digital art tools to make painting decisions and outcomes easier
Remove guesswork with the help of modern digital tools, such as sketching and ideation apps, smart phones, projectors, and more.
BONUS: Learn how to use Photopea (like Photoshop) to refine and improve your work.
Meet your painting instructor.
Hi, I’m Shaley Paige.
I absolutely love art and technology, so my mission is to help people like you use a combination of traditional and digital tools to paint anything!
Okay, maybe not anything… if you haven’t already discovered natural talents, you probably won’t become Leonardo da Vinci (he painted the Mona Lisa). But even if you are painting stick figures now, I think you could paint something as good as Vincent van Gogh before too long (he painted Starry Night)!
I come from a long line of artists. My great grandmother used a pseudonym to create work for the New Yorker and Disney before women commonly did so. My great grandfather paid for his move across the country by painting signs at motels and gas stations along the way.
I don’t believe in waiting for inspiration, or that only a few people are blessed with the ability to create beautiful paintings. In my opinion, everyone can be an artist, if they learn the creative process.
Painting is an activity that we all can practice for self expression, personal well-being, and empowerment. And if you truly internalize the creative process, as I teach it in Art Elation, I believe it can have profound impacts on your confidence and happiness.
I hope you’ll join me in a FREE painting challenge at YouTube to start building up a community of like-minded friends, learning and growing together!
We are all creative. Cross my heart!
What else is COMING to YouTube!
24/7 access to videos about everything you need for success
All videos in the YouTube channel go behind the scenes to show you exactly how Shaley moves from an idea or inspiration to a finished piece of art!
Unlimited access to step-by-step videos about the creative process, traditional and non-traditional art tools, digital art tools (such as Photopea), design thinking, confidence building, how to create the WOW factor, and the technique tutorials (where Shaley deconstructs paintings from across the web).
A new painting by Shaley for you to copy and learn every month
How-to videos for one new painting by Shaley per month. For each new painting challenge, we provide:
- Step-by-step videos
- Reference photo
- Supply and color list
- Template for tracing
*You CAN print copies that you painted of Shaley's designs for personal use only on pillows, shirts, canvases, mugs, or other home items. See Painting rights, below.
Q&A with Shaley
Shaley answers popular painting questions from the across the Internet, such as how to:
- Photograph and print your art
- Create cool art objects like NFTs
- Paint with your imagination
- Find your personal art style
- Protect your artwork
- and TONS more!
A community of people learning the same creative process
Get first opportunity to join Shaley for exclusive painting challenges and events, like celebrating Bob Ross's birthday with a Bob-Ross-theme Zoom social painting party!
Full rights to sell copies of or teach others how to paint your own unique paintings that you make following Shaley's creative process.
*Limited rights to print copies that you painted of Shaley's designs for personal use only on pillows, shirts, canvases, mugs, or other home items.
*Upon approval, limited rights to teach Shaley's paintings at local in-person paint parties. Online teaching, online kits, and selling products of any kind with Shaley's designs is not permitted.
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art e·la·tion (Noun) - The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination for the purpose of great happiness.