Key to Luminous Paintings

An online masterclass with Layne Johnson

Whenever someone sees how I start my paintings, here’re the questions I invariably get:

  • Why do you paint your canvas brown first?
  • What’s that brown paint for?
  • What is that you’re painting with???

Here’s my short answer:

It’s an oil paint wash that I use to begin an underpainting, called imprimatura.

For my longer explanation about WHY I start my paintings this way, I invite you to enroll in my Imprimatura Masterclass.

In this painting masterclass you’ll learn:

  • A key to painting rich, luminous paintings
  • How I begin all my paintings
  • The specific underpainting technique I believe is best for landscapes

This course includes a lecture, a full length imprimatura demonstration, Q&A and more than an hour of bonus imprimatura demo footage from several of my other paintings.


Course Curriculum


"I just watched your imprimatura masterclass... and I LOVED IT!! I took lots of notes and can’t wait to use what you showed me in my new painting." :-)


"That was a perfect class, I truly enjoyed. Thank you so much." :-)


"I just wanted to say that this masterclass was awesome."


Your Instructor

Layne Johnson
Layne Johnson

With almost 700 students in his online courses and more than a quarter million followers on social media, Layne Johnson is a popular artist and painting instructor. His oil paintings also hang in multiple private and corporate collections around the world.

An award winning lifelong painter and professional artist, Layne’s art career includes graphic designer, illustrator, children’s book artist and fine art painter. These days he's best known for his expansive and dramatic cloudscapes.

Layne’s paintings have been described as a blend of Luminism and Classical Realism with a touch of American Impressionism. His work is available at The Good Art Company in Fredericksburg, Texas, and Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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