How to Create Paintings with POP

(Powerful Optical Presence) A 3 week virtual course with Dennis Perrin

How to Create Paintings with POP – Powerful Optical Presence

This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn the secrets to creating eye-catching, attention grabbing paintings that will sing from across the room or across the gallery floor.

Chances are you’ve been painting for a while, you’ve taken a number of workshops, perhaps studied with some wonderful artists and teachers.

Yet you have found something missing in your work but can’t seem to put your finger on it.

Through this course you will discover exactly what it is you can do to elevate your work to that next level, where you and everyone who views your work consider you the captain of your artistic ship, the Master and Commander of your tools and techniques, and the one who has that clear Personal Vision that puts the stamp of ownership on everything you create.


In the world of art and art training, there is a consistent emphasis on materials and techniques, which is fine since a mastery over the craft is very helpful in the creation of high quality work.

But there is a lack of emphasis and instruction on the development of a clear Personal Vision and the kind of impact that can have on the individual and the work they create.

Dennis Perrin has long advocated this “inner” work as essential to the development of the artist and their careers, using a variety of personal development tools including meditation, imagination, and visualization.

From the initial murmurs of desire to create to the full blown act of painting, Dennis walks the student through every stage of the creative process, including development of the personal vision, the formation of specific intentions, the power of mood or atmosphere in a painting, as well as the complete process of the material act of painting, from brushes, to colors, to set up, to execution.

And all of this coming to the student to the comforts of their own home or studio!

From Master Painter Dennis Perrin

"I encourage my students to first practice visualizing the finished painting in their mind’s eye before they even touch a brush or paint. In fact, we often begin our classes with a guided meditation that encourages them to “see” the finished painting. 

I then invite them to step slightly back and see that the painting is mounted on their easel, just below is their palette covered in swirls of paint, with brushes and paraphernalia nearby. I also invite them to “see” their own hand and to realize that they are the artist that created this painting.

Through this process, the student enters the role of being the creator of this work and sets the stage for them to now “allow” the painting to come into being in real, physical terms. This simple but powerful shift takes the painting process to a whole new level!"

Why take a virtual course?

Not only do we emphasize the traditional fundamentals of the art and craft of painting like value, color, composition, and design, we also offer carefully crafted teachings around the true source of all creativity—how you, the artist, thinks and feels about painting in general and any specific painting in process.

This emphasis on the artist themselves, in addition to the artwork, is what sets us apart. Through exercises in meditation and Imagination, Dennis will guide you through the entire creative process from conception to completion.

Painting is more than just a process of creating a piece of art. It is a state of being that has application well beyond the domain of the palette, canvas, and easel.

Dennis Perrin, a Master Painter and Teacher, with over 30 years of experience, will demonstrate the power of thought in transforming your art into a powerful expression of who you really are!

Gain a foothold, or more, into the often spoken of but challenging-to-realize principle of Simplification.

"I am fond of encouraging students to be mindful of what they say about themselves and their work. Why? Because words and language encapsulate our thoughts, beliefs, intentions, and emotions. When we use language to express ourselves, we create momentum and generate greater energy from the thought that’s behind the words and phrases we choose. 

So if we want to shift the energy in our vibrational makeup, language is a good place to start. When choosing words that point in the direction of what we want instead of back toward what we don’t want, we generate energy that opens new doors and leaves behind unwanted habits of thought and action." – Dennis Perrin 


Years ago, when I first began to paint, I was attracted to the soft focus of the Impressionist landscape. And, although I was having some success with this, my work had become predictable and repetitive.

An off handed remark by one of the gallery owners with which I worked at the time really took me aback! She said, “have you thought about using more contrast in your paintings?” I was floored! I hadn’t seen how relatively bland my work had become. I decided right then to begin experimenting with “more contrast.”

Soon my work really took off! Galleries were coming to me asking to represent my work! Collectors were walking out of the galleries consistently with my paintings under their arms. And I was gaining regional and even national recognition!

As I grew as an artist, I began to understand that what had happened as I found more contrast in my subjects, my work began to metaphorically POP off the wall visually.

My work had reached the point where the paintings would stand out among all the other paintings in any gallery, prompting the gallery owners to “feature” my work in the best locations in the gallery.

As a result, my sales began to soar! I was in a position to more comfortably support myself and my family.


Connect with the Virtual community and join Dennis from anywhere in the world!


Our virtual community works on any computer or smart device. You will also be able to connect with Dennis and the other students. 

About Master Painter Dennis Perrin


Dennis Perrin can best be described as a painter of light as it illuminates and describes the subject. Mr. Perrin always chooses to paint in front of the subject, not content to settle for photography or video as painting material. Dennis has been called an American Impressionist Painter in the Boston School tradition, and that is not surprising since among his greatest influences are the American Painters John Singer Sargeant, Edmund Tarbell, and Frank Benson, as well as the French painter Henri Fantin-Latour. Other major influences have been Diego Velasquez, Johannes Vermeer,  Thomas Dewing, Maxfield Parrish, Joseph DeCamp, and so many others.

A former member of the Guild of Boston Artists, Mr. Perrin paints in order to express his great love for the beauty seen all around, especially in his immediate environment. Dennis studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art with M. Dell Weller, who taught him the power of seeing and translating that vision into paint. He continues his studies exploring the subtleties of light through paint. Among his favorite subjects are the human figure, clothed and nude, flowers, still life, and the interior space, often populated with one or more figures. Though not as frequently seen in his work, Perrin is an avid plein air painter of the New England landscape.

To view the artist's current work, please visit the Gallery website here.

What's Included in this Course:

3 Modules of live lessons, instructional videos, and material with Master Painter Dennis Perrin

A Pre-Study Module

Email Support

Online Virtual Community for Lifetime Access

Private Facebook Group for Students

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