Course Index

Foundations in Visionary Art Topic Overview

As we explore sessions rich with the layered heritage of Mischtechnik, world-building, and the primal elements of art – pigment, medium, and canvas – we weave a tapestry with the threads of empirical wisdom drawn from the depths of antiquity, and also of modern visionary artistry. Each session of our art course is designed to cover various facets of the artistic process.

Session Breakdown

Topic/SessionSession 1Session 2Session 3Session 4Session 5Session 6
OrientationsOrientation to Mischtechnik – examples of art and modern lineageWorldbuilding and landscapeSignal to NoiseRenaissance LineagePrime of StylesProfessional Habits
SupportsCanvas, Linen, Wood, and other Substrates, pro’s and consPrepping a support with GAC productsMaroflageQ&AQ&AQ&A
GroundsGesso and Primer – the differencesAbsorbent and Non-absorbent groundsHow to Sand SmoothModelling PastesQ&AQ&A
MediumsOrientation to Oil MediumsAdvanced recipes and modifiersSun oilTempera EmulsionsQ&AQ&A
PigmentIntroduction to PigmentsPigment GroupsMaking ones own PigmentsUseful Historical recipesQ&AQ&A
DesignThumbnailing & Ideograms and Vaporous SketchesDada, Quantum Collage, Bringing forth a WorldPhotography Do’s and Don’tsA.I.Nested Compositions and HolarchiesQ&A
ImprimaturaIntroduction to Classical Imprimatura and Fuchsian Imprimatura (Mischtechnik) basicsDifferentiated Imprimatura (Temperature)Decalcomania and Manna PrimaReductive ImprimaturaQ&AQ&A
UnderpaintingIntroduction to Values and Optical GrisailleIntroduction to Values and Optical Grisaille part IIQ&AQ&AQ&AQ&A
Working up, Color and GlazingQ&AQ&AIntroduction to Mischtechnik Color theorySplit Primary PaletteTemperature, Semi-neutrals and Noble ColorsQ&A
The true fruits of this course blossom not within its confines but in the soil of your artistic journey beyond. Repeated exploration and practical application of these principles will tend the transformative fire within, forging your unique path.


Session 1

Orientation to Mischtechnik – examples of art and modern lineage

Mischtechnik, initially formulated by Max Doerner in his 1921 book “The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting,” delves into the complexities of optical qualities seen in Netherlandish Renaissance paintings. This method entails the skillful amalgamation of various paint media, including imprimatura, optical grisaille, and the strategic deployment of glazes. Mischtechnik’s history took a significant turn when Ernst Fuchs, born in 1930, a luminary in visionary art, wholeheartedly embraced and expanded upon this technique. otable artists like Robert Venosa, Mati Klarwein, and others from the first generation of Fuchs’ students carried forward his legacy, producing mesmerizing and luminous works of art. We will look at the hallmarks of this method and its basic principles.

Canvas, Linen, Wood, and Beyond: Choosing the Right Support

This session navigates the important choice of support materials for your artistic endeavors. We will talk about into the pros and cons of various substrates, including traditional canvas and linen, as well as the enduring appeal of wood panels. Learn about the characteristics of each option, their texture, durability, and archival qualities.

Gesso and Primer – the differences

Understanding the distinctions between gesso and primer as foundational layers in art preparation.

Orientation to Oil Mediums

We explore the essential components that make up these mediums, shedding light on their diverse properties, viscosities, and drying times. Understanding the nuanced nature of oil mediums is crucial as they serve as the bridge between your pigments and the canvas

Introduction to Pigments

Getting started with pigments, their properties

Thumbnailing & Ideograms and Vaporous Sketches

Intuitive work and ideas can start extremely loose and open. An uninhibited approach to idea generation.

Introduction to Classical Imprimatura and Fuchsian Imprimatura (Mischtechnik) basics

There is a diffierence between ‘old masters technique’ and ‘Fuchsian’ mischtechnik. We will pursue both to discover the difference and similarities.

Introduction to Values and Optical Grisaille

Sculptural values in underpainting and how they can be rendered with optical grisaille method.

Session 2

Worldbuilding and landscape

Delving into worldbuilding within art, particularly in landscapes, learning how to create immersive and detailed artistic worlds

Prepping a support with GAC products

Learning how to prepare supports using GAC (Golden Artist Colors) products, ensuring a suitable surface for Mischtechnik.

Absorbent and Non-absorbent grounds

Exploring the characteristics and usage of absorbent and non-absorbent grounds in art, the benefits and pitfalls of each.

Advanced recipes and modifiers

Exploring advanced recipes and modifiers to enhance the properties of oil mediums.

Pigment Groups

Categorizing pigments into groups and understanding their shared material characteristics.

Dada, Quantum Collage, Bringing forth a World

Differentiated Imprimatura (Temperature)

Introduction to Values and Optical Grisaille part II

Continuing the exploration of values and optical grisaille as foundational elements in artwork.

Session 3

Signal to Noise

Understanding the concept of signal to noise in art, exploring the emergence of forms out of chaos.


Diving into the technique of Maroflage, a combination of linen and wood panel, and its advantages for artwork.

How to Sand Smooth

Learning the techniques for achieving a smooth surface in art preparation through sanding.

Sun oil

Making ones own Pigments

Exploring the process of creating custom pigments for artistic expression.

Photography Do’s and Don’ts

Decalcomania and Manna Prima

Introduction to Mischtechnik Color theory

Session 4

Renaissance Lineage

Examining the lineage of Mischtechnik in the context of the Renaissance, studying the techniques and approaches of this era.

Modelling Pastes

Delving into the use of modeling pastes to create texture and depth in artworks.

Tempera Emulsions

Exploring tempera emulsions and their use in artistic techniques.

Useful Historical recipes


Reductive Imprimatura

Split Primary Palette

Session 5

Prime of Styles

Nested Compositions and Holarchies

We shall submerge ourselves in the divine geometry of nested compositions and holarchies, a space where sacred art traditions echo in visionary landscapes. Drawing inspiration from the complex yet harmonious systems of nature, we shall craft worlds within worlds

Temperature, Semi-neutrals and Noble Colors

Session 6

Professional Habits

Focusing on developing professional habits as an artist, understanding the practices that contribute to artistic success.

Recommended Best Practices Box

Along the way, look out for the box below. In the realm of artistic creation, leveraging both ancient wisdom and modern advancements is key. Our guidance, grounded in archival research and firsthand experience, aims to offer the best practices in painting — presenting a blend of high-standard and accessible approaches while highlighting the materials and methods to avoid. Through this, we aim to nurture informed choices that respect tradition and embrace innovation, guiding you in crafting artwork that stands the test of time.

Recommended Practices
Best PracticesConvenient CompromiseTo Avoid