Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Paint this cheerful Xmas scene and learn the techniques of poster artists as well as portrait painting, caricature and luminosity.

Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -  painted by Peter Inglis.
Santa and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

On Christmas Eve Santa Claus flies from the North Pole with his magic reindeer delivering presents to all the good girls and boys!

Why does Rudolph have a red nose? Well, he enjoys a bit of Xmas cheer!

Special features

  • 60 x 90cm canvas (purchase the canvas when you book the lesson)
  • Class size limited to only 4 people

These canvases at 60 x 90 cm are about four times the area of our standard 35 x 45 cm canvas. So the lesson is only suited to those who can stand and work for four hours.

Sketching Santa

Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -  painted by Peter Inglis.
Starting with a stick figure, we find Cezanne's basic shapes.

Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -  painted by Peter Inglis.
Rudolph gets the same treatment.

Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -  painted by Peter Inglis.
We see how to take the basic face template and make it happy.

Student's Santa

There's no drawing on the canvas! No no no, or rather "Ho Ho Ho!", the students are learning to paint, compose and modify their ideas directly and quickly onto the canvas with a brush.

Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -  painted by Peter Inglis.
Starting very loosely we blocked in the basic colours and the big shapes.

Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -  painted by Peter Inglis.

Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -  painted by Peter Inglis.
By the 4th hour we are getting into detail.

Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -  painted by Peter Inglis.
Penny's Santa, Xmas 2018.

Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -  painted by Peter Inglis.
Sophia's Santa Xmas 2018.

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Caricature
  • Figure Drawing
  • Hard and soft edges
  • Luminosity
  • Painting while standing
  • Pop Art
  • Portrait Painting
  • Poster Art
  • Xmas themes

Paint Santa!

Leaf of the Crepe Myrtle

Capture the glow of a sunset hitting the leaves of the Crepe Myrtle.

Crepe Myrtle Flower - image ©2018 Peter Inglis.

Crepe Myrtle Flower - image ©2018 Peter Inglis.
The leaf of the Crepe Myrtle - image ©2018 Peter Inglis

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  image ©2018 Peter Inglis.
Click here to read about the other painting in this set: Glowing flower of the Crepe Myrtle.

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Depth
  • Focal Point
  • Hard and soft edges
  • Impasto
  • Impressionist style
  • Painting from a Photograph
  • Photo-realism
  • Texture

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Glowing flower of the Crepe Myrtle

Achieve photo-realistic effects as we capture the intimacy of the sunset illuminating these tiny purple flowers.

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.

The Crepe Myrtle's flower is so small (1-2 cm) you can't even see it from a few metres away.

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
My mother's garden, looking west. The Crepe Myrtle is the central bush at the far end.

As I walked toward this bush I could see tiny flickering red lights. What was this? Magic? Solar powered LEDs?

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
The source image from my photograph.

No, amazingly it turned out to be the sunset lighting up these delicate purple flowers from behind. As the sun's rays hit these dancing flowers they would momentarily glow a brilliant pink!

Isn't nature full of miracles?

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
Stage 2: Blocking in the colours

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
Stage 3: Developing the textures

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
Stage 4: Detail

In another painting we will capture the sunset hitting the leaves of the Crepe Myrtle.

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
Leaf of the Crepe Myrtle

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Depth
  • Focal Point
  • Hard and soft edges
  • Impasto
  • Impressionist style
  • Painting from a Photograph
  • Palette knife
  • Photo-realism
  • Texture

Paint this!