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Mike Rooney

Mike Rooney

Mike Rooney is one of Eastern North Carolina's top impressionist painters. His work can be seen in galleries throughout eastern North Carolina and Virginia, and can also be found in private collections as far away as Colorado and New York. Mike teaches several workshops a year, and has studied with renowned plein air painters John Silver and Rick McClure. He primarily works in acrylics, which are well-suited to his fast-paced lifestyle, painting mostly near the coast. Mike can recall an early interest in art, beginning with drawing and painting as a child — a passion that has continued all of his life. A native of Alexandria, VA, he studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, before joining the armed forces. The Air Force brought him to eastern North Carolina in 1977, and after three years and a tour in Korea, he opened a sign business in Goldsboro, NC. Though he made his living with a brush painting signs, his fine art interests took a backseat to building a business and raising a family. Mike rediscovered his passion for painting after seeing California style impressionism in one of his surfing magazines. He was instantly hooked. His previous style had been tight and realistic, but what he saw in the surf magazines left more to the viewers imagination. Details were left out, and it was loose and exciting to look at. So Mike picked up some oil colors, a canvas and a few books on plein air painting. In one of those books it said: "To become a proficient plein air painter you should try to block-in one hundred paintings in less than 3 months, even if they can't be finished." Mike did the hundred "starts" as they are called, and ever since then he just can't seem to shake the habit, even now creating over 150 finished paintings in a year! Quotations / Artist Statements: "I love to paint. I love to capture the essence of a three dimensional scene in two dimensions. It's my passion." - Mike Rooney

About Adjusting Shapes in Oils

In this Free Art Lesson, taken from his "How to Block in a Painting" DVD, Mike Rooney shows yo...

About An Easy Way To Bracket Values Before Painting

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About Basic Palette Skills in Oils

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About Beauport Easel in Plein Air

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About Color 101 in Oils

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About Color Charts in Oils

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About Copying Using A Grid in Oils

Trying to copy an image from a picture to your canvas can be tough. Just one out of place elem...

About Create a Palm Tree in Oils

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About Creating Form Using Color Part 1 in Oils

Plein Air Painter Mike Rooney explains how to use values to create the illusion of form ...

About Creating Form Using Color Part 2 in Oils

Mike Rooney continues to show you how to use color to describe form, changing a rectange to a ...

About Describing A Sphere in Oils

Plein Air Painter Mike Rooney shows you how to describe a sphere on a canvas using values.

About Focal Points in OIls

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About Greying Out Color in Oils

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About Greying Out Color: Part 2 in Oils

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About Greying Out Color: Part 3 in Oils

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About Grid & Sight Size Drawing and Painting

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About Homemade Gadgets for Plein Air Painting

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About How To Create Form Part 1 in Oils

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About How To Create Form Part 2 in Oils

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About How To Darken Bright Colors in Oils

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About How to Lighten Bright Colors in Oils

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About How To Make A Dappled Shadow in Oils

Realistic shadows can make the difference between an unsuccessful painting and a successful on...

About How To Make Water Believable in Oils

Nothing takes the atmosphere out of a landscape like flat, dull water. In this Free Art Lesson...

About How To Paint A Car in Oils

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About How To Paint a Cloud in Oils

Although they are one of the more common elements in art, clouds are often taken for granted. ...

About How To Simplify Palm Trees in Oils

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About How To Tone Your Canvas in OIls

Blank, white canvases can be intimidating! Learning how to properly tone your canvas first can...

About Keeping Your Oil Painting Interesting With Broken Color

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About Layering in Oils

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About Lukas 1862 Oil Colors Paint

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About Lukas Painting Butter Oil Painting Medium

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About Packing A Bag for Plein Air

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About Painting Adjustments and Re-adjustments in Oils

Sometimes things just do not go according to plan in your paintings. Amateurs and professional...

About Painting Glass: Part 1 in Oils

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About Painting Glass: Part 2 in Oils

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About Painting Upside Down in Oils

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About Painting With Palette Knives in Oils

In this free art lesson video, artist Mike Rooney demonstrates how to paint with palette knive...

About Perspective, Part 1 in Oils

Do you have a hard time getting your painting to look realistic? Sometimes objects are just no...

About Perspective, Part 2 in Oils

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About Pintura Panels Canvas Texture

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About Plein Air Painting Tips in Oils

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About Reflected Light in Oils

In this Free Art Lesson, we will take painting shadows to a new level. Mike goes into elements...

About Sight Drawing: Part 1 in Oils

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About Sight Drawing: Part 2 in Oils

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About Sight Sizing A Car in Oils

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About Simplifying Architecture for Painters

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About Simplifying Complicated Scenes for Painters

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About The Importance of Using A Value Sketch, Part 1 in Oils

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About The Importance of Using A Value Sketch, Part 2 in Oils

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About The Nid Art Case

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About Using A Limited Palette in Oils

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About Value Exercise: Part 1 in Oils

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About Value Exercise: Part 2 in Oils

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About Value Exercise: Part 3 in Oils

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About Values in Oils

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