Kyle Buckland

Kyle Buckland: Courageous Design - Unleashing Creativity with Bold Brushwork


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Create Eye-Catching Paintings Every Time With These Proven Design Templates

If you want to create paintings that instantly grab people’s attention and draw them in without any fuss or struggle...

If you want to look at the landscape and know right away how to transform it into a painting that looks right, feels right, and makes people stop in their tracks and do a double take…

Then keep reading, because you’re about to discover a way to create beautiful designs for your paintings that removes all the guesswork…

And it’s a method that’s so easy to follow that it almost feels like "cheating”...

In fact…

This is the exact method that even pros have found themselves coming back to time and time again when they feel stuck!

Inside Courageous Design, you’ll discover proven “templates” you can easily follow to quickly create winning designs every time, which means you’re on the road to creating winning paintings too!

Even if you have zero experience in coming up with good designs, these templates will help you set the foundations for eye-grabbing paintings.

But you’re not just getting templates…

You’ll also learn how to use those templates effectively for greatest impact.

Brilliant, award-winning artist Kyle Buckland will show you how, and also equip you with the right tools to create a successful design in every painting

What you’re about to learn will set you apart from those who blindly “feel their way” into a good design.

Instead, you’re going to approach design and composition fearlessly and confidently, with a crystal-clear idea of what you’re doing.

You’ll learn key brushwork techniques to enhance your design and lead the viewer’s eye … advanced tips to make your paintings even more impactful … even color-mixing tips that will make viewers think you’re a pro artist … plus so much more!

So if you have difficulty grasping design or composition and you want to add more impact to your paintings, Kyle promises that by the end of this video, you’ll be a more confident and bold artist!

“Successful designs aren’t arbitrary. They either work or they don’t, and I can teach you how to know the difference.”
— Kyle Buckland



Your Lesson Plan & Goals! 


Kyle Buckland sets the stage by introducing the fundamentals of creating successful designs in paintings. He’ll share simple and effective guidelines to follow, taking all the guesswork out of design and composition. You’ll also learn the important distinction between design and composition, enhancing your ability to create visually appealing and structurally sound paintings.


DESIGN STEMS (21 min.)

Here you’ll discover easy-to-follow design templates for impressive paintings. Through charcoal drawings of an “invented” landscape, Kyle demonstrates how different design stems, like the “steel yard” or “S curve,” can dramatically alter a painting’s appeal. You’ll learn to adapt and manipulate real landscapes into eye-pleasing compositions, improving your design skills and artistic intuition!


MATERIALS (10 min.)

Kyle discusses his essential oil painting materials, emphasizing a limited palette to simplify color choices and avoid overwhelm. He explains the purpose behind each selected color and brush, aiming to demystify the painting process. This chapter promises artists a deeper understanding of material choice, leading to more coherent and impactful paintings.


VALUE & COLOR (4 min.)

Kyle breaks down the concepts of color and value, showing how to adjust them in surprising ways. He addresses common mixing issues, which are often related to value rather than color. By mastering these concepts, artists will enhance their ability to create depth and realism in their paintings, improving overall visual effectiveness.


Demonstration Step 1: THE LAY-IN (12 min.)

In this chapter, Kyle demonstrates how to establish a successful design using the “radiating line” design stem and bold patterns of light and dark. He shares techniques for mixing a transparent dark to lay in big shapes, emphasizing simplicity and dynamism in design. You’ll learn to lay the foundation for a compelling composition, setting the stage for a powerful painting. In this demo, you’ll join Kyle as he captures the beauty of the crisp autumn day.


Demonstration Step 2: ACCENT DARKER DARKS (6 min.)

Here you’ll see how Kyle adds opaque darks to establish rhythm and flow in the painting’s design, and how this creates continuity in the painting. You’ll learn his “sword fight” brushwork technique, infusing energy into your painting and creating vitality in your work. You’ll also see how this stage gives the feeling of form appearing in the shadows.


Demonstration Step 3: APPLY COLOR (48 min.)

Kyle shows methods for applying color over dark lay-ins, emphasizing intention in every brushstroke. He shares tips for using color and brushstrokes to lead the viewer’s eye through the painting, creating a cohesive and dynamic composition. You’ll learn to apply color with purpose, enhancing the design and emotional impact of your paintings. You might want to watch this lesson a few times, as he’s sharing a ton of wonderful tips!


Demonstration Step 4: PAINT THE LIGHTS (31 min.)

This segment focuses on adjusting light/negative shapes to complete the value range and solidify the design. Kyle discusses mixing thick paint for lights and the role of texture in design. You’ll learn to refine your paintings with light, enhancing contrast and visual appeal for a more striking and finished piece.


Demonstration Step 5: THE FINAL PUSH (45 min.)

Kyle guides you through final adjustments, offering insights on when a painting is considered finished. He covers subtle shape and value adjustments, helping you assess and conclude your work confidently. This chapter promises a comprehensive understanding of finalizing a painting, so you can bring your visions to full realization with confidence and skill! Even your signature plays a role in the design of your painting, and Kyle helps you know where and how to place it!


Special EXTRAS:

  • Bonus Templates:Discover even MORE designs not covered in the main video!
  • Insights From the Artist: Learn more about Kyle and his artwork
  • High Speed View: Time-lapse of the demonstration painting for your enjoyment
  • Exhibit of Works: A grouping of Kyle’s paintings for inspiration



Meet Your New Instructor, Kyle Buckland!


You’re going to love Kyle Buckland, a remarkable talent whose roots trace back to Wilmington, Delaware.

Born into a family that valued the harmony of arts and nature, Kyle began his artistic voyage with a deep dive into the world of French Impressionism at the tender age of 14. This early exposure shaped his distinctive style, characterized by a vibrant palette and expressive brushwork that invites viewers into every scene he captures. He’s also the founder of Buckland Fine Art Studios and Gallery!

His trophy case boasts top honors like Best in Show at the Lynchburg Plein Air Festival and the spotlight as the Signature Artist at the Virginia Highlands Festival in 2011. His commitment to art education is unwavering; he’s taught at every level and is particularly cherished for his courses at the William King Museum of Art. In 2021, Kyle’s excellence was sealed with his induction into Plein Air Painters of the Southeast.

Today, he continues to paint and mentor from his studio at the William King Museum of Art’s Artlab, surrounded by the serene backdrop of Abingdon, Virginia, where he resides with his wife, Jennifer.

You can safely bet that having Kyle Buckland as your instructor is only going to strengthen your artistry and enhance your painting skills.

Inside this new video, Kyle Buckland offers not just lessons but a gateway to seeing the world through richer, more colorful lenses!

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Marc Zepeda
being bold

I felt freer to experiment with thicker paint, and learned about the many stems to use...I went back to my photos and found many of them lacking. From now on I will need to pay attention to taking photos with a Stem in mind. I feel I just have a lot of good photos but none that I could convert. Kyle's style of teaching is great...he explains everything all the way through and his demonstrations were east to understand and to follow.