Hi, I'm David.

An Award Winning Abstract Painter, Nationally Recognized Art Educator, Juror and Author dedicated to helping YOU become a better painter, period.

Through live workshop events, books, videos and online training courses I help painters, both amateur and professional alike, to loosen up their painting style, understand art design fundamentals and discover the joy and freedom of abstract painting. Painting that comes from the heart, not the head.

I am ready to Instruct, Inspire and Motivate YOU to become the painter YOU have always wanted to be.

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Abstract Paintings

Abstract Painting Workshops

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Paint Fresher paintings? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? Paint intuitively from your Heart? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then David's Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshops are for YOU! These workshops are not media specific - just bring the media you typically use and join the fun. Here is some of what you can expect from the Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser, Workshop Experience:

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  • Lots of fun, friendship and laughter

  • How to loosen up and paint intuitively from your heart

  • Multiple timed painting sessions making lots of paintings

  • Big brushes and lots of fresh, juicy paint

  • How to be a better painter - not just a better abstract painter

  • Design fundamentals that build a foundation for your art making

  • How to paint spontaneously

  • How to make fresher paintings that sing with beautiful color

  • Art business information

  • Motivation and inspiration

  • And so much more!

  • Read what others have to say about their workshop experience HERE

Are you ready to move beyond copying photos to paint from your heart in a loose, fresh, colorful manner? Are you ready to take the next step in your painting journey - a step you have always wanted to take? You Can Do This! You Know You Are Ready!

Online Courses

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Abstract Painting Academy

David's Signature Course. Career-changing training by one of America's foremost abstract painting instructors.

Abstract Painting Academy is a new online workshop experience specifically designed to teach you how to loosen up your tight painting style, paint fresh, beautiful, colorful paintings using lost of juicy, luscious color, and be the painter you have always wanted to be in less time than you thought imaginable. You get David’s personal attention and feedback on all of your work during the course.

Now $100 OFF for a Limited Time! ($297 sale price)

Design Fundamentals for the Artist

What every artist needs to know to build a solid foundation for their art making.

The best artist's know, and can implement, design fundamentals in their work. David has developed Design Fundamentals for the Artist because at his workshops students constantly comment that nobody has ever taught them design. This course focuses on five major design fundamentals: Shape, Value, Color, Edges and Center of Interest.

Now $50 OFF for a Limited Time! ($147 sale price)

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Art Biz 101

A Great Art Business Course That Will Help You Get Your New Art Business Started

Art Biz 101 will give you the tools and information you need to create the art business of your dreams. David noticed that many creatives are not strong in business and financial basics, so he developed this course. Art Biz 101 provides the information you need to turn an art hobby into your art business. $97

Abstract Painting Insider

Receive Ongoing Art Instruction Each Month to Help You Move Forward in Your Art Making

Abstract Painting Insider is your new way to receive ongoing art instruction every month, and it is exclusively for Insider members. Insider members will have access to new training in art lessons, painting demonstrations, studio tips and techniques, color theory, art marketing and business information, live casts, worksheets, ebooks, downloads and more. $14.97 per month

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5 Easy Steps to Begin Abstract Painting Today!

Start HERE If You're New to Abstract Painting

David M. Kessler's 5 Easy Steps to Begin Abstract Painting Today! is the easiest and fastest way to begin abstract painting in your studio with just the materials you have on hand. There is nothing to buy and no artsy-fartsy intellectual exercises to do. David's 5 Step Process is so easy you can have an abstract painting, or a series of abstract paintings done at the end of the day! It's that easy! $47

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All About COLOR (Now Available!)

Everything You Need to Know About Color in One Place!

All About COLOR will help you understand and implement color harmony in your work. This is the most straightforward, clear and easily understandable approach to color use in paintings. You’ll learn everything you need to know, without any artsy talk. Concise, actionable information that you can start using today!
$97 Introductory Offer for a Limited Time.



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David M. Kessler's "Simple Color System" Color Wheel

Helps you develop color harmony and eliminate muddy colors in your paintings

David's "Simple Color System" Color Wheel will help you eliminate muddy colors in your paintings and at the same time help you create beautiful color harmonies that hum.    

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workbook

Great practical advice, tools, tips, inspiration and motivation to make you the painter you have always wanted to be.

Instructional book, full color, 124 pages, soft cover. This is a must have for every artist's library.

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5 Easy Steps to Begin Abstract Painting Today! EBook (FREE)

An Easy Step-by-Step Way for You to Get Started with Abstract Painting

This EBook gives you a quick, easy method to develop abstract compositions with items you already have in your studio. This EBook is FREE! Click the orange button below to download it.

20 Sure-Fire Ways to Loosen Up Your Painting Style EBook (FREE)

Includes the same 20 Loosen Up Secrets David uses in his studio everyday.

This EBook gives you the 20 strategies you need to implement to paint in a loose, free style. This EBook is FREE! Click the orange button below to download it.

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Artist’s Resource Ebook - NEW!

A Collection of Great Resources to Help Make You a Better Artist and Art Business Owner

In this great ebook you’ll find: Artist’s material resource list, thoughts on abstract painting and loosening up your painting style, a list of artists, books and other experts that will help move your art making and/or art business forward, and much more!

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Design Fundamentals for the Artist Ebook

In-Depth Description, Explanation and Illustration of the 5 Major Design Fundamentals

This ebook includes information that can make your art better than it has ever been! Transform your paintings with full understanding of Shape, Value, Color, Edges and Center of Interest.


Graphic T-Shirts - NEW!

These great tees let the world know you’re an artist.

Check out these great artist t-shirt designs. There are multiple graphics, slogans and shirt styles to match your mood.

Prices start at $21.99 (sizes S-5XL)