Gavin Glakas

Gavin Glakas: Painting the Night


Video Length: 7 Hours 45 Minutes
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In Painting the Night, Gavin Glakas directly and logically explains complicated concepts like:

  • Drawing
  • Color Harmony
  • Paint Quality
  • Aerial Perspective
  • Depth
  • Composition
  • Design
  • Texture
  • Realism


And he does all of these things backed with technique, tools, and a true passion for painting. You’ll be taken by his teaching style and the ease of his approach. You’ll find yourself adapting to it faster and with less effort than you may think is even possible.


Here’s a bit more of what you’ll experience:

  • How to go from fuzzy idea to a finished scene that tells an emotional story 
  • What pushing color does to create emotion 
  • The detailed technique for light reflecting on a building or passing over the uneven surface of a cobblestone road 
  • How to suggest architectural details and let the viewer “finish” the painting 
  • A proven approach to creating exciting, unpredictable, vibrant, and believable color
  • Why breaking away from the confines of a photograph is necessary, and how to do it


You’ll learn these tips from this top-tier professional artist:

  • How to master the art of using thick AND thin paint 
  • How to manipulate edges 
  • Layering colors the easy way 
  • Combination brush AND palette knife effects 
  • Creating the atmosphere you want, every time 
  • Contrasting warm and cool colors for impact 
  • How to paint loosely but accurately
  • And a whole lot more!


Get the Lights to ‘Glow’!

Gavin will break down exactly how he gets the lights to glow and feel so inviting. He has an approach to pushing and experimenting with vibrant, exciting color that is logical and understandable. And most importantly, it’s easy to actually use in your paintings.

‘Suggest’ Architectural Details

Gavin has a method that relies on the brain of the viewer to mentally complete some details in his paintings. He has perfected exactly how to do this so his work is believable. He even shows how you can exaggerate some elements, minimize others, and distort object shapes, all while enhancing the realism you create and the story you are telling.

Gavin will teach you how to paint cityscapes at night that truly tell a story. It will be like flipping a (light) switch! Your scenes will glow with a natural, smooth, warm, and colorful light. You’ll be creating the kind of paintings people can’t stop looking at!

The Scoop on Gavin’s Materials and Tools

In the beginning of this video, you’ll learn about Gavin’s favorite brushes that help him create crisp lines and angles. Plus he’ll share the two mediums you’ll need on hand to create the color and look that helps take your paintings far beyond where they are now — and isn’t that what every artist wants to do?

There are things I couldn’t possibly explain in words, but I can clearly explain them in paint!” 

 -Gavin Glakas


Gavin is an excellent instructor who talks his way through each painting (whether he’s teaching or he’s painting alone!) so you’ll hear every decision and thought process as he progresses through the instruction and demonstration painting.


Chapter Outline

Chapter 1: Materials

Goal for Segment: Review Materials & Tools 

Basic color palette, a few brushes, liquin, gamsol and linseed oil


Chapter 2: Review the Subject: Composition & Color

Goal for segment: Explain how to proceed with the painting and explain Color Theory


Chapter 3: Initial Sketch

Goal for segment: Sketch in composition using major shapes and angles


Chapter 4: Block in Color

Goal for segment: to figure out what matters and what doesn't, to get a feel for the TERRAIN of the painting, to depict a block in of color as dramatic and believable as possible


Chapter 5: Work From Focal Point Out

Goal for segment: Work from general block-in to specific details starting in focal point


Chapter 6: Secondary Details

Goal for segment: Work on details beyond the focal point


Chapter 7: Foreground Details

Goal for segment: Work on details in foreground 


Chapter 8: Final Details

Goal for segment: Add details 


Chapter 9: Cleanup

Goal for segment: adjust and finish

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
David Pellegrini
An absolute treasure trove of practical instruction on painting and the use of color

As someone who has purchased and studied many, many instructional videos over the years, I consider Gavin Glakas' video "Painting the Night" to be first in class. I am bowled over by how much actionable information is packed into this video, not just about the special challenges of painting a nocturne, but about a practical and comprehensible approach to the use of color, value, and chroma. After painting for 15+ years, it has never been made more clear to me after watching this video. Plus, you get to follow the artist's step-by-step progress and the unfolding of a gorgeous painting and see up close how he accomplished it. Plus, Glakas is down to earth, charming, and articulate as he does it all! Amazing.

Kathlyn Farrell
Gavin GLAKAS is Excellent

I have over 30 Streamline Videos. This is my favorite. Gavin is an excellent teacher. He has improved my oil painting immensely. I highly recommend this video.

David Wicks
Excellent Video and Instructor

I recently completed watching the Gavin Glakas video, "Painting the Night", and wanted to express my appreciation for the professional quality of the video and the excellent presentation by the artist. This is one of the best art videos that I have seen, and Gavin did an exceptional job of walking the viewer through every step of the process - the hows and the whys and the innumerable nuances that direct the process, all described in a very articulate and personable manner. I also enjoyed the interview portion of the video and the portion that shows the diversity of his artistic talents. A great video!