Achieve painterly effects while retaining strong structure with lessons from award-winning artist Val Nelson. Create a gesture drawing that captures the volume and energy of multiple elements. Learn essential color mixing theory and tips for avoiding muddiness. Fade details or bring them forward with additive or subtractive techniques. Enhance the spatial quality of your work with lost and found edges. Use brushwork techniques to enliven your work with focal points, movement and volume. Achieve different textures and impressive effects with wet-on-wet and impasto methods. Adjust hues and chromas to the colors and values you want on your canvas. Plus, learn seven questions that will guide your painting to a professional finish. Create painterly paintings with inspired movement and spontaneous energy.