Charlie Hunter

Charlie Hunter: EDGES - Breakthrough Painting Techniques


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Discover Charlie Hunter’s Edge-Making Secrets to Create Even More Visually Stunning Works of Art!

In this must-see video, renowned artist Charlie Hunter takes you on a deep dive into the art of depicting both crisp and soft edges to breathtaking effect.

You’re going to learn how to render edges with such intentional mastery, you’ll be able to convey the precise moods and emotions you want to express, while capturing that beautiful relationship between the landscape and man-made objects.

The unsung heroes of painting, edges play a crucial role in creating depth, realism, and visual interest.

Charlie is known for his use of the squeegee to create wonderful edges, and he’s going to share with you everything he’s discovered

You’ll learn how the squeegee can save hours and give you a distinctive mark no other tool can achievefrom razor-sharp light/dark dichotomies to beautifully rusted galvanized roofs.

Through two start-to-finish painting demonstrations (the same subject done on two very different surfaces!), you’ll discover how strategic edge work can capture the juxtaposition of landscape and man-made elements, and how the surface you use is important to how and what YOU want to say.

Watch in awe as Hunter transforms an ordinary barn scene, using various tools (including his trusty squeegee) to evoke the beautiful decay of weathered wood and rusty metal.

You’ll learn how to create narrative through considered mark-making and develop a nuanced approach to edges that elevates your paintings.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or enthusiastic newcomer, the lessons you’ll learn inside Charlie Hunter’s EDGES: Breakthrough Painting Techniques will infuse new life and dimension into your art!


Your Lesson Plan! 

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Dive right in as Charlie provides an overview of the powerful techniques you’ll master in this comprehensive video.


Chapter 2 - Tools & Materials

Discover Charlie’s essential tools and materials, including his favorite brushes, the two colors he uses for his monochromatic paintings (he uses water-mixable oils but gives insights for using traditional oil paints), and unique implements like squeegees and sgraffito tools. Learn why each tool is crucial and how to combine them seamlessly.


Chapter 3 - The History of the Squeegee

Explore the fascinating history behind Charlie’s signature tool, the squeegee. From 18th-century fishermen to modern window washers, uncover how this humble implement became an artist’s secret weapon for creating beautiful edges.


Chapter 4 - A Review of Substrates

Not all surfaces are created equal. Charlie breaks down the four best substrates for the techniques in this video, plus one you can make yourself! Discover which surfaces to avoid and why the right surface is crucial.


Chapter 5 - Mark Making

Witness the magic as Charlie demonstrates how different surfaces react to brushwork, squeegee applications, and paint removal. Learn his favorite mark-making techniques, from crisp lines to rusty textures, unlocking new creative possibilities.


Chapter 6 - The Sketch

Drawing is the foundation of great painting. Join Charlie as he shares his sketching process, emphasizing the importance of capturing textures, storytelling, and experimenting with composition before putting brush to canvas.


Chapter 7 - Painting Demo 1: Dry, Handmade Surface

Roll up your sleeves for a start-to-finish painting demonstration on a unique, handmade surface. Follow along as Charlie blocks in shapes, explores hard and soft edges, and utilizes creative tools to evoke the character of a weathered barn. Complete this painting in under 60 minutes!


Chapter 8 - Painting Demo 2: Acrylic Gesso Panel

Expand your skills with a second painting demo on a smooth acrylic gesso panel. See how surface texture influences your mark-making as Charlie guides you through establishing shapes, removing unintended marks, and his legendary "pull down" technique. Complete this painting in under 60 minutes!


Chapter 9 - Compare & Contrast

In the final chapter, Charlie reviews the two completed paintings side-by-side, highlighting the impact of different surfaces, edges, and the resulting look of the applied techniques. Leave with a deeper understanding of how your artistic choices shape a compelling narrative.


Here’s a small taste of what’s inside EDGES: Breakthrough Painting Techniques:

  • Discover Charlie’s signature “squeegee magic” — rendering textures and crisp edges in a fraction of the time they would take to paint with a brush…
  • The one brush you need for capturing the emotive power of Andrew Wyeth’s work (hint: it’s dirt cheap!)...
  • Elevate your compositions with Hunter’s simple sketching process for capturing narrative…
  • Unmask the secret language of edges — and how to craft compelling visual stories…
  • Go step-by-step as Charlie reveals his “pull down” technique (borrowed from the Tonalists)...
  • The little-known history of how a window washer’s tool became a master painter’s magic wand (and how it’s able to conjure up breathtaking works of art)…
  • “Ruin” your paintings beautifully with Charlie’s “You Are So Stupid” trick…
  • Kiss your brushwork to new heights with Charlie’s additive and subtractive “kiss” edges…
  • Corrupt your grassy areas the right way — learn what to do when they look “chewed” ...
  • The rusty-roof texture secret (it’s easy with a squeegee)...
  • Delight in the sharp lines architects’ dreams are made of — no steadiness required!
  • Infuse your paintings with weather-beaten authenticity using just a towel…
  • Elevate mundane scenes into visual poetry with Charlie’s intuitive substrates…
  • Stitch picturesque narratives by marrying your foreground, midground, and background…
  • Embrace the philosophy that turns imperfect barns into irresistible compositions…
  • Why a beat-up brush may be superior to a new one (the key to natural brushwork)...
  • PLUS: Two full painting demos unveil Charlie’s process from start to stunning finish…
  • …and so many more tips that will have you on the EDGE of your seat!


Meet Your Instructor, Charlie Hunter!

“Charlie Hunter has the uncanny ability to seize upon the most ordinary things, and transform them with his brush into bewitching jewels of design and artistic perception.” — Richard Schmid.

There are few artists as accomplished as Charlie Hunter. With a deft hand and an extraordinary eye for design, Charlie transforms ordinary subjects into breathtaking works of representational art.

Charlie is a graduate of Yale University with a degree in art and graphic design, and his paintings exude both technical brilliance and an ethereal emotional resonance.

As an artist, Charlie is a storyteller in the truest sense. “What is of great importance is how we choose to tell the story,” he says. “What kind of brush marks do you want to use? How much do you want to spell things out? That’s what we painters need to be thinking about.”

His accolades speak volumes. Charlie has taken home first place at major plein air events like Laguna, Door County, Wayne, and Mountain Maryland. He’s been honored as Artists’ Choice in Sedona, and earned Best Architecture and Best New Artist awards at Plein Air Easton.

Respected as both a painter and an instructor, Charlie has been a faculty member at numerous Plein Air Conventions and his works are displayed in museums and galleries nationwide. There are few better instructors to lead you on your journey toward painting mastery.

In EDGES: Breakthrough Painting Techniques, Charlie shares his approaches for depicting crisp architectural lines, soft atmospheric hazes, the textures of man-made objects weathered by nature, and so much more. With him as your mentor, you’ll gain new insights into edge control, perspective, value structure, and composing compelling narratives through your brushwork.

Whether you’re a seasoned painter or an eager novice, learning from Charlie Hunter is an opportunity to elevate your artistry and develop a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the art of creating beautiful paintings.

This is your chance to study under one of the modern masters of representational oil painting!

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Michele Girard
Charlie Hunter: EDGES - Breakthrough Painting Techniques

I really enjoyed this video tutorial, it's always a joy to watch and listen to Charlie Hunter. He goes into detail about making your own painting surface, the many commercially available substrates, and the different effects each of them can produce. He also discusses other useful tools to add to your arsenal. I had a squeegee and I felt intimidated by it, now I can't wait to put it to good use! Wonderful interview of Charlie Hunter by Eric Roads.

Charlie Hunter
Really Quite Good, say his cats

Charlie Hunter's cats would like you to know that he does not feed them enough of the "gud fud," but they hope that if you purchase this video, the situation might change in their favor.

Lawrence Maslowski
Absolutely fabulous!

Charlie is a fantastic teacher and funny too! Enjoyed the video immensely. He made it very easy to follow and learn about his method of painting.