Over 600 students are currently enrolled and I have over 280 active members in the Facebook Support Group.

I do all of the admin myself so I’ve closed the course off for a while to concentrate on current students and get some painting done!

Please leave your email in the above Newsletter section and I will notify you when I have caught up and re-opening the program for more students.

Until then, best wishes, Scott.

Meet Scott Christensen

I’m Scott Christensen, the creator of the Paint the Ocean Learning Program.

It’s a program I’ve produced that distils the knowledge I’ve learnt and shows you exactly how I paint and run the business. I began painting in 1997 at the age of 26. Three years later, I resigned from work drilling under roads to pursue art as a fulltime career. My wife had just given birth to our first children: twins so failure was not an option. Since then I’ve painted hundreds of seascapes, sold over 2.1M worth of my art and continue to enjoy the lifestyle that comes with being a fulltime artist. I’m ready to share all and this online format is a great way to teach you the workflows and techniques, and everything in-between to build a rewarding business.

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with Scott Christensen

Up-level your Skills and Techniques, Optimise your Workflow and Develop a Business Strategy – to Sell More Art.

If you need help with technique; need to sell more art… and want a plan going forward: You’ve come to the right place.

You’ll get more out of this program than if I gave you a two 2 or 3 Day workshop. My methods are simple, understandable and don’t require any speciality gear.

You’ll get no interruptions and you can learn in the comfort of your own home. I’m really proud of the content I have put together for you here… I put 100% into everything I create and this course is no different – I know you’ll get a lot out of it.

With enrolment you get access to the closed Paint The Ocean Studio – Facebook Group and access to me – where you can ask questions and further your learning and become part of a supportive community of like-minded artists. I look forward to seeing you there!


Course Contents Module List

1. Introduction and Overview

  • Course contents: Optimise your learning
  • Scott’s story: Valuable insights
  • Change your focus to change your results
  • Be yourself, everyone else is taken: Copyright
  • The Basics: Successful seascape analysis

2. Materials and Equipment

  • Working space: What you need
  • Brushes and other useful accessories
  • Easels and lighting
  • Canvas – choosing correctly for you
  • Acrylic and oil paint and mixing mediums
  • Capturing your subject: Build an image library

3. Planning and Construction

  • The elements and principals of good design
  • Strategic order: Begin with the end in mind
  • 2 Key factors: Focal point and light source
  • Composition: Start with a winning draft design
  • Print a project page with Photoshop basics
  • Transfer the outline and blocking in
  • Where to start: Organising your layer order
  • Mixing your paint
  • Colour and value essentials

4. Water & Ocean Fundamentals

  • Break it down: Each element to consider
  • Calm and clear water technique
  • Bring on the swell: Shaping the water
  • The examination of the breaking wave
  • Vivid colours and technique
  • White-water and foam patterns
  • Other aspects that create the illusion

5. Other Seascape Components

  • How to paint the Sky
  • How to paint Headlands
  • How to paint Rocks
  • How to paint the Sand
  • How to paint the Foliage
  • Strategies to tie it all together

6. The Keys for Success

  • Working in manageable layers
  • Blending essentials
  • Detailing
  • Glazing
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • Varnishing and sealing your work
  • Other valuable tips and tricks

7. Step by Step Demonstrations

  • “Cast Away #2”
  • “Endless Summer”
  • “Glide”
  • “Greenmount Morning”
  • “Imagine”
  • “Moonstruck”
  • “Nirvana”
  • “Reef Magic”
  • “Shine”
  • “Yamba”
  • “Sunshine”

8. Your Mindset Matters

  • Inspiration, gratitude and CANI
  • Experimenting and failure
  • Mid-painting blues
  • Comfort zones and stretch zones
  • Enjoy the journey

9. Building a Thriving Business

  • Selling your paintings overview
  • What you need to sell your paintings
  • More ways to sell your work
  • Building a catalogue of work that keeps selling
  • Log your sales
  • Truths and myths
  • Win/win: Donating to charity
  • Photograph your work in stages

10. Printing Essentials: Leverage Your Art

  • Basic publishing overview
  • My recommended setup
  • Photoshop basics to make you prints pop
  • Storing your prints
  • Marketing your prints
  • POD?
  • Other tips and information

11. Passive Income: License your Images

  • Leverage your effort: Finding an agent
  • Licensing overview: Scott’s findings and results
  • Product mock-ups
  • Conclusions: Is it for you?

12. The Round-up and Your Plan Forward

  • The round-up – be a light-hearted artist
  • Where to go from here: Create a plan
  • Conclusion and Workbook

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Each class in every module has been transferred to PDF. Print out the lessons to read for a deeper understanding. Have the printed step-by-step demonstrations with you at the easel to help with your own workflow.

Some of Scott’s large paintings take around 50 hours to paint. Here you will have access to watch the whole process edited down to a fast but understandable pace to see exactly how Scott does it. We use vision from two set cameras and a head mounted GoPro – all professionally edited down for your learning and enjoyment.

Enrolees have access to join the “Paint the Ocean Studio” closed Facebook group – where you are invited to contribute and learn more about painting seascapes in a closed supportive environment. Scott will be on hand once a week to answer questions and support the community of like-minded artists.

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This lesson gives you an insight on how to build buzz and get people to share your work: Journalists have the power to put your art in front of a lot of people. In this lesson Cory Huff will cover how to research andapproach the right media organizations for your art. More at

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