Sep 2018 30n30: Moonlit Waterfall

A not so 10 minute painting!

Moonlit Landscape

Moonlit Waterfall Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 6″ x 8″ Suzan Hughes-Kennedy


Since I am both a worship artist and a prophetic artist at Emmanuel Fellowship Church, I find that painting quickly is essential on those Sundays I find myself “on deck” as we call it.  You can imagine painting on a 22″ x 28″ canvas during two 45 minute worship services can be quite daunting.  I am always on the look out for tips to help me paint quickly.

On one of my searches on YouTube I discovered Ryan O’Rourke and his 10 minute painting lessons.  I enjoy watching his videos as I am walking on my treadmill.  His Moonlit Waterfall Landscape lesson is one I actually decided to try and paint.  I took notes and here are some of the things I learned:

I used the paints I normally use.  His palette included(I took my notes from his video)


  • Primary Blue
  • Primary Yellow
  • Burnt Umber
  • Mars Black
  • Titanium White

My palette consisted of

Winsor Newton’s

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue,
  • Titanium White


  • Burnt Umber

Liquitex’s Heavy Body

  • Mars Black

I tried to follow along with his video for my time table and I am embarrassed to say his 10 minute painting took this artist a total of 54 minutes and probably a bit more.  I did this last spring and my notes are just a wee bit old.  However since I just glazed the painting, I am using it for my final 30 N 30 painting.

The brushes I used:

  • Large Square Brush
  • Medium Square Brush
  • Small Square Brush
  • Small Round Brush

My timed segments were:

  • 15 min
  • 60 min
  • 30 min
  • 30 min
  • 54 min

For a Grand Total of 189 minutes for my 10 minute painting.  I have to admit part of my problem was seeing exactly what he was painting.  For instance, it was difficult for me to see the sketched rocks.  I also had to figure out some of the things he knows instinctively how to paint.

I thoroughly enjoy watching him and will continue to do so.  He has changed his channel to Stay Creative from 10 Minute Paintings.  You can also become a Patreon for a nominal fee.  I applaud him for his growth and for his dedication to share his knowledge through his channel.

His use of Mars Black intrigues me and I did like using it in this painting.  I don’t use Liquitex student grade paints for a variety of reasons but I suspect my painting would have gone quicker had I been using a thinner paint.  All in all I give Ryan O’Rouke a thumbs up as Siskel and Ebert used to say in their reviews of movies.


Be sure to check out the other participating artists at:

September 2018 30 N 30 Blog


About suzanhugheskennedyart

I am a prophetic artist discovering more of God's Grace through the creation of my art. Encouraging and coaching others in developing their own creativity inspires me. Join me in this journey!
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