John Pototschnik

John Pototschnik: Limited Palette Landscapes


Video Length: 15 Hours 15 Minutes
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Discover One Of The Most Powerful Techniques For Dramatically Improving Your Painting Skills Right Now 

Sometimes the most simple painting techniques can unlock a world of possibility…

For example:

If you learn how to mix your colors the right way, you can create incredible “warm” and “cool” tones that tug at your viewer’s heartstrings.

The right color harmony can make a painting vibrate and create a deep emotional connection with your viewer.

In fact, working with and mixing your paint colors is one of the most important skills you need to have as a painter … and yet so many people unknowingly get it wrong.

This is one of the most common reasons painters get frustrated. The painting isn’t coming together, and they cannot figure out why — when all along, it may be lacking color harmony.


If you make the wrong color choices:

  • Your tones don’t complement each other or intermix well…
  • The elements in your work seem disjointed or flat…
  • The structure and values of your composition feel wrong…
  • Your paintings don’t make an emotional connection…

…and all of this creates disharmony in your work and makes makes things appear “off” to the viewer.


And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also overwhelming to sit down and look at all those different tubes of paint and ask yourself, “Where do I start?”

After all, you may think that more tubes of color are helping your painting, but it could be that it’s impossible to find harmony with too many colors.

Has this ever happened to you?

If so, the acclaimed landscape painter John Pototschnik has a surprising solution:

Limit your palette!

It may sound simple at first, but this is the key to building a strong foundation for creating impressive paintings — no matter what your style or genre is.

Here’s how it works:

Start out with three primary colors only: alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, and cadmium yellow pale…

… then you mix your additional colors the correct way by using different combinations of these primary colors.

You see, if you spend just a little time creating a color wheel with different shades mixed from these colors, you can refer to it over and over and always “find your way” to the right color for anything in your work.

All of the shades in your painting will create a sense of harmony because they’re derived from the same primary colors. 

So if you take the time to learn the fundamentals of working with a limited palette, you can mix and paint with colors in a much more masterful way.

In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most exciting discoveries you can make as a painter.

But this is not something you can easily learn from a book.

You really need someone to take you by the hand and show you how it works up close … and for that, there really is no better teacher than John Pototschnik, because: 

He’s The Master Artist Who Has Helped Countless Students Take Their Painting Experience To The Next Level

It’s true, and here’s why:

John has been painting professionally since 1982, and over the course of his 35-year career as a fine artist, he’s received an impressive number of regional and national awards, including four George Washington Honor Medals and the John Steven Jones Fellowship.

John’s work can be found in several private and public collections all over the U.S., and he’s been featured in seven different art books and a wide variety of prestigious art magazines, including: The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art, American Artist, PleinAir, American Art Collector, and more.


His influences include many of the French masters from the Barbizon School, including:

  • Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
  • Charles-François Daubigny
  • Jean-François Millet
  • George Inness

John is well known for his beautiful naturalist style, often depicting pastoral settings of subjects ranging from stoic farm scenes in the Southwest United States to regal villas in the Italian countryside.

John is a true master when it comes to working with value to establish mood and draw the viewer in — in fact, this is one of the key details that sets his work apart from that of other landscape painters.

In his own words:

“I am interested in depicting the truth about life, as I see it, in a naturalistic way free of frills and bravado…

…I enjoy depicting simple, common, everyday life and its objects as things of beauty and worth.”

John is a highly technical master painter, and that’s why we asked him to come to our studio and record a brand-new, step-by-step instructional DVD, titled:

 Limited Palette Landscapes

John Pototschnik will guide you through every step of his painting process from A to Z…

…beginning with the very first stages of selecting your subject, all the way to making the final adjustments that speak to your viewer on an emotional level.

You see, anyone can try painting with these basic colors, but without understanding the method to color harmony, you may miss the boat.

But this video isn’t just about color. It’s learning how this master painter starts and finishes a painting. 

You’ll also discover:

  • How to select your subject and identify exactly what you want to portray with your painting
  • How to use a special tool to lay out your composition and establish the correct proportions
  • An easy way to decide what surface and size to use for your work
  • John’s technique of using a single specific color and a soft brush to create a monochromatic painting that makes it MUCH easier to manipulate your values
  • What reference photos can and can’t do for you as a painter
  • An easy way to find your horizon line, and why this is so critical for getting your painting started in the right direction
  • How to make the area of interest stand out more so that your viewer is more engaged and emotionally invested in your work
  • How to make the light tones “pop” so they draw your viewer into appropriate areas of your painting
  • How to stay true to your original concept through the use of the appropriate color, value, and quality of light
  • John’s secret to working with dark and light accents and how to subtly (and not-so-subtly) manipulate the shadows to highlight different elements of your work
  • How to make your subject more personal and relatable for the viewer
  • How to work with a “muted” palette that speaks softly and almost seduces your viewer into the painting
  • Tips and techniques to capture a sense of peace, morality, and security within your subject
  • All the building blocks of a successful, gallery-quality landscape painting
  • What you should focus on when painting the foreground and background
  • How you can get BETTER results with just three primary colors (you can mix a massive variety of additional colors you need from this palette)
  • How to mix your colors and get every shade you need for your painting — including the buildings, trees, sky, foreground, background, and more
  • How to paint the calming, peaceful sunlight peeking through the clouds
  • How to find inspiration and let your painting evolve as you go
  • How to create paintings that speak emotionally to the viewer
  • …and much, much more.


Customer Reviews

Based on 34 reviews
Jayne Brown
Wonderful Video

Gteat video!

Lynn Niekrasz
Propels your Art to another level

I have always been interested in painting with a limited pallette. The simplicity appealed to me. I have plans to travel and paint, this system made sense to me.
Willing to commit the time and money during the shutdown I ordered the DVD and book. I was so excited to get started with a new way of learning.
I have not been disappointed. The book and DVD are easy to understand with basic knowledge behind you. Having certain timeless principles reinforced and trying a new way to approach my work was an epifiny for me.
Of course I've had challenging moments but the book has the answers you need. I'm committed to the process of the limited pallette system and can see only growth and improvement in my work now and in the future.
Thank you Streamline and John Potoschnik for making this available to artists. I'm telling everyone about it!

Barbara Bond
Planning is Everything

Mr. Pototschnik tells you everything you need to know to plan a painting. I've been told these things before but apparently needed to see and hear it one more time for it to make an impact. The other really big takeaway for me was how much (or little) paint he uses. He is precise and doesn't waste. That's because he has planned well and underpainted his painting to work out values and tweek details. My paints will last much longer now. I highly recommend this instructional video.

Malcolm Crosland

John's very well done instructional video is, in my opinion, an excellent value for any art student, whether beginner or professional. There's something here for everyone regardless of your experience level. Additionally, John is an excellent teacher with a laid back style you will enjoy and find most comfortable.

Lynda Foster
A student of your limited palette

This is the perfect DVD. I am excited to be able to view and learn at my leisure. His painting techniques have helped me so much. After attending one of his sessions, I am ready for more.