Learn to paint Abstract Landscapes

in oil and cold wax

A Transformational Online Art Program

 Become the artist you were meant to be

By learning to use this playful and stunning material

So you can finally express yourself  and connect with your soul on the canvas. 

Perfect for the newbie AND advanced artist


 Use code: PAINTFORWARD at checkout to receive 40% off!

Create engaging and exciting work

All levels of artists are welcome. Working from the very beginning, we will produce a series of four  abstract landscape paintings using oil and cold wax medium.

Explore particular tools and techniques to use this unique and transformational medium. 

  • Work in layers
  • Explore your intuitive side
  • Unleash your inner abstract artist
  • Learn to create rich textures
  • Mix colors powerfully and with ease
  • Create interesting lines
  • Have confidence in successful compositions
  • Know how to start with a blank canvas
  • Gain tools to turn your brain and your inner critique off
  • And simply enjoy the process  

In this 5 module, go-at-your-own-pace Abstract Art Course. 

This class is for anyone wanting to express themselves and learn more about creating art! We ALL have artists inside of us.

Use the code: PAINTFORWARD to receive 40% off on the course!


Have you seen images of oil  and cold wax paintings and wanted to learn how to use this special material?

Going to an in person workshop is more difficult today than ever. There are so few teachers out there who work in this medium, Let me bring my art studio  to your home.

Use code: PAINTFORWARD to receive 40% savings on the course!


What is Cold Wax Medium and why is it different than just oil paints or acrylics?

Cold wax is a sumptuous paste that is added to oil paints to create gorgeous abstract paintings. It is what I use mostly in my own award winning work and I will be showing you how to use it.

It is a totally unique material with unique working properties and a look that is ethereal, translucent, and playful all at the same time

When I first saw paintings made with oil and cold wax many years ago, I fell in love. The rich history, the layers, the  luminance just took my breath away. But I couldn't find anyone to teach me how to use it. It is not like you can go to art school to learn these tools. So I travelled throughout the states and also to Europe to seek out teachers, and talented artists using this unique medium- to share their tools with me. Like a story being written, each cold wax and oil painting is like a journey. Step by step we create a rich adventure on the canvas, following unexpected twists and turns. We compose this into a meaningful piece art, and  often scrape back to reveal the rich layers below. The process is intuitive and free. The cold wax allows us to experiment and explore in a way that neither pure oil paints or acrylics would ever let us do. Quite frankly- it is an opening to a creative door. And I want to share these tools with you.


SO you don't have to travel the globe like I did to learn these skills- they are right at your fingertips with this course!


Join me on the journey!

We will learn to create layers, add depth and textures, exciting expressions and explore the wonders of cold wax medium.

Creating abstract art is simply fun, and each painting is its own adventure waiting to be shared.


Learn how to make colors come alive!

I will take all the guess work out of color theory and show you exactly how I create the palette for my award winning paintings. "I have taken many art workshops and Lisa is hands down the most engaging and informative teacher. Well worth the price of admission!"


Easy to follow steps to create meaningful compositions

I give you all the tools you need to effectively CREATE. In addition to being an artist, I have masters degrees in both education and counseling, so I know a successful course is so much more than being a great artist. I take pride in how I teach, and how I help you to actually learn these tools!!


Being playful helps the process

Having fun and playing is SO critical in artistic expression! COLD WAX medium when used properly lends itself so perfectly to this playful and intuitive process. I'll show you how!! 

James | San Francisco, California

"Before taking one of Lisa's classes, I was feeling lost, demoralized a bit actually  by living a life that wasn't really true to myself.  After? I'm confident, exuberant even in my art making. I am much clearer on what I'm doing art-wise, and I completely see the connections with my art and my life in general. Since taking Lisa's course in 2020, I have been working full time as an artist and making a living making art. In my wildest dreams, this would be my life. Thank you Lisa!!!"

Who Am I?

My name is Lisa Mann, and I am the founder of Lisa Mann Fine Art and Gap Year for Grown-ups

With over 30 years experience as an educator, counselor, working artist and gallery owner, I’ve developed a system that helps artists and aspiring artists to paint powerfully and beautifully( whatever their level) and helps connect them to their voice, and the world at large.
Today, my award winning paintings are seen in international galleries, and my studio and gallery in the Greek Islands.
My students have gone on to become award winning artists themselves.

Debbie| Portland, Maine

"One of the main things that's so great about Lisa's program is the group dynamic. I didn't realize I'd bond so deeply with the other participants. Lisa is by far the best teacher I have had anywhere- ever. She is so incredibly skilled at making everyone feel  comfortable, heard, accepted. She gently opened the door for us to connect in real, vulnerable and meaningful ways in a way that I had- in all my 66 years and schooling- never experienced before. I was able to connect with other artists who are beginners like me, and others who are professionals. I've made life  long meaningful friendships, and found my creative voice. Worth every penny and more."

I'll share with you the exact tools that I developed and used over decades of work as an artist, teacher and counselor, to take my own art to the next level.

Finding and learning to use oil and cold wax medium was life changing for me and fo my own art, and I'll share my tips and tricks so you too can be successful. Using oil and cold wax for demonstrations....

This  5 module, online program will give you the essential ingredients you need to make abstract art that is stronger and more personal — 
It is for artists of all levels, from beginner to advanced. 

Become the artist you were meant to be

Use code: PAINTFORWARD to receive 40% savings on the course!


Fiona | London, England

"I was working with oil paints, timidly moving paint around...I wanted to learn skills and gain confidence. Lisa's course asked me questions I hadn't thought about before that immediately gave me a clear understanding of the process, and my work blossomed in astounding ways. My work feels meaningful to me, which is the biggest gift of all. I know exactly what to do so I don't get so stuck.  I'm having so much more success  and fun, because I'm not so worried about the outcome."

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Cosette's art transformation


Using compositional tools, Values, and focal points, Cosette transformed her work so that now she is skillfully leading the viewers eyes through the painting.

Greg's art breakthrough 


Working with stencils, washes, and Lisa's method of revealing and concealing, Greg's art is unified and offers a calmer more powerful statement.



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What are you waiting for?

You have a choice:

You can keep trying to go down this creative path alone..fumbling along and never really  getting the support and guidance you need... or....

You can invest in yourself,  join us, and finally feel at home in your art practice...START MAKING YOUR most powerful personal connected art TODAY


Not all Teachers are Created Equal

"If you are looking for a jumpstart in your creative endeavors , look no further than one of Lisa Mann's classes. She is generous with her comments and advice to help you travel further in your journey without being restrictive. I've taken several classes from her, and as a retired teacher, I can spot a "good one" a mile away and Lisa fits all the criteria..she is knowledgeable and open minded with a full range of resources, she never makes you feel inadequate, even when you do less than stellar work, she always has a kind word of encouragement to all without being condescending. To watch her paint is therapaeutic and inspiring. Can you tell I'm a lifelong fan? I've never met Lisa but I consider her a good friend!"

Nita F., Fredericksburg, VA 

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An Artist is Born

She is connected and inspired


  • Step-by-step instructional videos and resources on how to paint abstract landscapes using oil and cold wax (lifetime access) 
  • Artistic tools and lessons on creating award winning abstract art
  • The specifics to know where to begin and how exactly to use oil and cold wax medium
  • The tools to know
    • How to tell when your art is done 
    • How to face a blank canvas
    • What to do next 
    • Take all the guesswork out of the creation of soulful abstract art 
    • Lessons in composition, value and focal points 
    • Color mixing made easy
    • Finally how to create art that is a powerful reflection of your heart and soul

Use code: PAINTFORWARD to receive 40% savings on the course!


Come along for the journey and find a new perspective


~Learn what it means to connect with your artistic side.

~ Open your world

~ Explore the Possibilities

~ Let Creativity be the Catalyst