Paint Realistic Watercolour and Botanicals - CHASING AUTUMN
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Exploring the incredible colours and textures of Autumn in the watercolour medium and botanical illustration genre
4.7 (98 ratings)
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Created by Heidi Willis
Last updated 8/2016
English
Current price: $35 Original price: $70 Discount: 50% off
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Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Practice putting what we've learned from 'Paint Realistic Watercolor and Botanicals - STUDIO BASICS' into action
  • Understand the development of a simple idea or painting from start to completion
  • Identify suitable colour choices for a simple subject or element
  • Have a better sense of using basic watercolour techniques ~ washes, glazes, dry brushing, masking fluid
  • Understand how a botanical painting can be approached as a beginner
  • Feel more confident and strategic with the watercolour painting process
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Requirements
  • Of course anyone at all can join me here in the Chasing Autumn Tutorial... It is suitable for most everyone! Its not essential of course, but I will say, to get the most out of my hands on painting tutorials, it will help you immensely to start with my 'Paint Realistic Watercolor and Botanicals - STUDIO BASICS' tutorial first. The knowledge and information covered in the initial tutorial will be assumed to some degree in all of my subsequent courses.
  • The nightmare that sourcing materials can cause has prompted me to collaborate with my suppliers to create a complete, custom 'Materials Kit' for my students. This means you will be able to order everything you need in a one stop shop from anywhere in the world (i believe) and at a discounted rate... I know that this initiative will save so many of you a whole lot of time and trouble when it comes to sourcing everything you need! More details can be found in the 'Classroom' section of my website
Description

'CHASING AUTUMN' is a progressive watercolour painting course that has been specifically designed and developed to apply the skills, knowledge, concepts and practice exercises covered in 'Paint Realistic Watercolor and Botanicals - STUDIO BASICS' into action. Autumn leaves are an ideal subject to start with on our painting journey, and a perfect subject to refine and develop your skills further if you come to this tutorial with some experience already. Offering simple outlines, shapes and form, an insanely beautiful and diverse palette to play with, and endless combinations and variations of colours and textures to play with, this is a topic that gives you plenty of room to move with techniques and colours and still achieve successful results. This course and subject is all about having fun with watercolour... but look out! You may just learn a lot too. 

'CHASING AUTUMN' explores a series of 7 gorgeous Autumn leaves, one leaf at a time. Each have been specifically selected and designed to focus on and develop precise target areas of watercolour techniques to a completed painting (or in this case paintings!) allowing us to understand the relevance of what we learned in STUDIO BASICS, and to get a firm hold on the focus points and techniques of each. 

With almost 4 hours of content in this watercolour painting tutorial, you can follow my start to end, comprehensive step by step instruction on each element as set out for you, or by exploring your own compositional ideas, you can personalise your work a little more in this tutorial too. Breaking the course into 7 separate subjects allows you to break the course up into bite size pieces, and gives you time to process and digest each one in your own time and place. Its a wonderful place to get started and to get learning! Im really excited to welcome you to this new tutorial 'CHASING AUTUMN' and I look forward to your company. 


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in watercolour painting
  • Anyone interested in Botanical Painting
  • This is an ideal starting point for the watercolour medium and Botanical Illustration
  • For the more experienced, this is an ideal place to refine your watercolour techniques and skills
Curriculum For This Course
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CHASING AUTUMN - Paint Realistic Watercolour and Botanicals
2 Lectures 20:42

The Chasing Autumn Tutorial is my first real 'hands-on' watercolour painting course. A follow on from the Studio Basics Tutorial, Chasing Autumn takes much of what we explored from the Basics course and starts to apply the techniques to a specific painting subject... 7 subjects in fact! 

In this tutorial we take a series of 7 Autumn leaves which have been carefully selected to introduce you gently to the watercolour and botanical painting process. Autumn leaves are a perfect starting place for new beginners to jump in and have a play, and an ideal subject for those with more watercolour painting experience to practice and refine your skills even further. The course guides you through the process of creating each leaf illustration from start to completion, exposing you to working in washes, glazes and dry brushing.

The idea of this course is to break the ice and to soften some of the anxieties students tend to experience when starting out. The aim is to give you a clear sense of the overall painting process, and to help you understand strategies that will produce effective results for you, honing our watercolour painting techniques as we go to achieve better results with each attempt. This tutorial is about getting the brushes wet, exploring the medium, and getting a real feel for how it applies to realistic watercolour and botanical painting... Remember, its about learning and improving, but it is so much about just having fun with your painting and this beautiful medium!  




Preview 05:37

Out and about, exploring the great outdoors in search of just the right subjects to include in this Chasing Autumn Tutorial for you, the collecting reference process is such an important step in the work we create. I really wanted to share this part of the experience with you. I could have easily  skipped the back story to this concept and experience (and you can still hit the fast forward button if you prefer!) but it is important to me that you engage in the story and that you understand the process and joy in sourcing our own reference. There is a certain kind of energy that we bring to our work with us, and I wanted you to feel a little of that connection to this topic too. 

Day Tripping for Autumn Reference (we love an adventure!)
15:05
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Subject, Materials List and Worksheets
2 Lectures 09:56

Choosing our subjects comes down to refining what we've collected to some specific choices, and in this case the focus was on manageability and exploring specific focus techniques in the watercolour medium as an introduction. Narrowing our swag down to 7 leaves, I have selected each for the learning opportunity each presents.  

Preview 07:51

The materials needed for watercolour painting, at least in my world, is pretty simple. Once you are set up with the basics, it is an extremely economical medium to work on. Here you'll find information on the specific materials required for this tutorial, as well as the high resolution A3 (297x420mm) colour copy print out we will be using for our reference template. I have also created the template into A4 sheets to make it workable for you if you dont have access to an A3 printer. These sheets are created from my own photographic reference using images that I have cleaned up for you as a clear working guide to our paintings. This is the easiest way for these tutorials to be structured, and the most straight forward, consistent way for you to learn about the painting processes. 


The materials list is here for your reference, however I have also attached a printable file of the materials list for your reference. 

CHASING AUTUMN ~ Materials List ~ HEIDI WILLIS

• 2B pencil or a pure 2B graphite stick

• Mechanical pencil 0.5 mm HB (or harder)

• White plastic eraser

• Scotch tape  

• Taklon or good quality detail brushes (sizes 3/0, 1, 5 with GOOD points and a cover sleeve on them)

• Palette (a KLIK Palette)

• Masking Fluid (colourless W&N please)

• Ruling pen

Watercolour paints artist quality Windsor and Newton

Paint colours

• Sepia

• Windsor Violet

• Perylene Maroon

• Permanent Rose

• Permanent Magenta

• Windsor Red

• Indigo

• Raw Sienna

• Burnt Sienna

• Permanent Sap Green

• Windsor Lemon

• Cadmium Yellow

Paper/board

• Langton Watercolour Board (18x14in) This board can be cut down to size if need be, otherwise the 10x14in board will be fine.... just fit the printout to the smaller sheet. 

*PLEASE NOTE ~ The challenge of sourcing materials individually can be a huge and daunting task, so I have collaborated with Eckersley's Art Supplies store to supply all my students with a complete start up kit. The kit offers you a one-stop shop for all the materials you'll need for my tutorials, and at a discounted rate... and they will ship internationally. The kit is available through Eckersley's Art Supplies Online, or you can locate it on the 'CLASSROOM' tab of my website. My Start-Up Materials Kit includes a 10x14in sheet of Langton watercolour board.


Materials List and Exercise Worksheets
02:05
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Leaf 1
2 Lectures 22:16

In preparation for painting Leaf 1, we take a quick look at our objectives and strategy for this painting, as well as our materials, our colour selection and at the drawing up process before getting started. 

Leaf 1 ~ Introduction
03:59

Painting Leaf 1 explores a small Japanese Maple leaf in brilliant red Autumn colours. I have selected a small, simple subject to start with so that the sizes, shapes and areas we are dealing with are manageable as a starting point. We explore simple washes, simple form and tone, some beautiful colour and we refine the finished painting with some steady line work to complete... It is a perfect introduction to painting leaves as a subject, and to the watercolour medium.  

Painting Leaf 1
18:17
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Leaf 2
2 Lectures 24:00

In preparation for painting Leaf 2, we take a quick look at our objectives and strategy for this painting, as well as our materials, our colour selection and at the drawing up process before getting started.

Leaf 2 ~ Introduction
04:15

Though still fairly simple, painting Leaf 2 digs a little deeper into the complexity of shape and texture, and the watercolour medium. Working in far lighter tones we explore greater tonal ranges and diversity, as well as introducing some subtle variations in colour. We move into more intricate shapes in leaf 2 as well, making it a perfect progression from the first.

Painting Leaf 2
19:45
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Leaf 3
3 Lectures 45:58

In preparation for painting Leaf 3, we take a quick look at our objectives and strategy for this painting, as well as our materials, our colour selection and at the drawing up process before getting started.

Leaf 3 ~ Introduction
06:03

In Leaf 3 we start to step up the level of complexity in our subject, and in the watercolour painting process. Taking what we've already explored in the first two leaves, we develop this further into the third. We explore more diversity in tone and colour, using far richer pigment washes over larger areas now too. Working in delicate layers of glaze, we expand on our use of the watercolour techniques to develop the information held within Leaf 3 into our darks, our detail and our textures to completion. Leaf 3 is a perfect opportunity to practice the most essential techniques needed for realistic watercolour painting and botanical illustration. It is delicious! 

To cover this thoroughly enough, I have divided this process of painting Leaf 3 into two Lectures. This, the first, looks at the first layer, laying our basic foundation washes down and creating texture to the our subject.

Painting Leaf 3 ~ Layer 1
19:56

In Leaf 3 we start to step up the level of complexity in our subject, and in the watercolour painting process. Taking what we've already explored in the first two leaves, we develop this further into the third. We explore more diversity in tone and colour, using far richer pigment washes over larger areas now too. Working in delicate layers of glaze, we expand on our use of the watercolour techniques to develop the information held within Leaf 3 into our darks, our detail and our textures to completion. Leaf 3 is a perfect opportunity to practice the most essential techniques needed for realistic watercolour painting and botanical illustration. It is delicious! 

To cover this thoroughly enough, I have divided this process of painting Leaf 3 into two Lectures. This, the second, we explore the process of developing our initial wash into our mid and dark tones, improving the richness of our pigments, and we practice creating the delicate textural information Leaf 3 presents with a little dry brushing and fine line work to complete.  

Painting Leaf 3 ~ Layer 2
19:59
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Leaf 4
2 Lectures 22:31

In preparation for painting Leaf 4, we take a quick look at our objectives and strategy for this painting, as well as our materials, our colour selection and at the drawing up process before getting started.

Leaf 4 ~ Introduction
02:39

Oh I love Leaf 4, and i KNOW you will too! What captured me about this subject is its delicate warm palette, the exploration of delicious colour and that wonderful mottled texture it has. As a subject, it is a perfect manageable size for you to play with, to practice applying washes down to larger areas and to get a feel for the 'balances' we must understand to create beautiful water-colour paintings. This exercise is all about understanding these balances, timing, coverage, brushwork, wet and dry, the introduction of new information, working with and understanding that 'satin sheen' i speak about so often better, and of course it is an ideal opportunity to play with harmonious colour and to create gorgeous texture. Leaf 4 also introduces a little masking fluid use... just for fun. Leaf 4 is a playground of spontaneity, so much the realm of watercolour painting! 

Painting Leaf 4
19:52
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Leaf 5
2 Lectures 23:52

In preparation for painting Leaf 5, we take a quick look at our objectives and strategy for this painting, as well as our materials, our colour selection and at the drawing up process before getting started.

Leaf 5 ~ Introduction
03:59

Working in a more diverse colour palette now, Leaf 5 introduces a new challenge or element to our Autumn Leaf challenge ~ to develop and to maintain soft highlights in our washes. Our challenge here above all else, is to practice achieving this effect in our watercolour paintings, and Leaf 5 is an ideal opportunity to practice this feature in the simplest of terms. Of course this is a critical skill for all botanical painting, so its really important that we take a look at this in the Chasing Autumn tutorial.  

Painting Leaf 5
19:53
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Leaf 6
3 Lectures 35:50

In preparation for painting Leaf 6, we take a quick look at our objectives and strategy for this painting, as well as our materials, our colour selection and at the drawing up process before getting started.

Leaf 6 ~ Introduction
02:27

Leaf 6 is gorgeous! With its fine features, delicate serrated edges, gentle textural features and simple delicious palette, Leaf 6 is an ideal opportunity for us to practice the more intricate side of botanical painting. The sizes we work with are wonderful and manageable, which gives us time to focus more intensely on other points such as the beautiful, clear colour shifts from our yellow to our reds, and the delicate mottling we see on the leafs surface. Although in tiny doses, the tonal and colour variation in this subject is also more diverse, giving you an opportunity to practice including much information in smaller and smaller spaces. Shifting away from the larger areas and wash work, the demands on our techniques become more specific, delicate and refined in this painting challenge. It is a simply wonderful subject to play with, and to help you develop your watercolour painting techniques to the next level.  

Again, to cover the painting process of Leaf 6 adequately, I have broken it into two lectures. This, the first, covers the laying down of our initial wash and creating the foundations for the rest of our painting.

Painting Leaf 6 ~ Layer 1
18:55

Leaf 6 is gorgeous! With its fine features, delicate serrated edges, gentle textural features and simple delicious palette, Leaf 6 is an ideal opportunity for us to practice the more intricate side of botanical painting. The sizes we work with are wonderful and manageable, which gives us time to focus more intensely on other points such as the beautiful, clear colour shifts from our yellow to our reds, and the delicate mottling we see on the leafs surface. Although in tiny doses, the tonal and colour variation in this subject is also more diverse, giving you an opportunity to practice including much information in smaller and smaller spaces. Shifting away from the larger areas and wash work, the demands on our techniques become more specific, delicate and refined in this painting challenge. It is a simply wonderful subject to play with, and to help you develop your watercolour painting techniques to the next level.  

Again, to cover the painting process of Leaf 6 adequately, I have broken it into two lectures. This, the second, covers the process of developing our initial wash into a completed painting.


Painting Leaf 6 ~ Layer 2
14:28
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Leaf 7
2 Lectures 21:05

In preparation for painting Leaf 7, we take a quick look at our objectives and strategy for this painting, as well as our materials, our colour selection and at the drawing up process before getting started.

Leaf 7 ~ Introduction
03:25

Leaf 7 is just for the sheer fun of it! The idea behind this leaf exercise is to show you that although a subject can be baffling to consider sometimes, especially when starting out, with logic and good strategy it can be easily achieved. This leaf takes a bit of a different approach technically, as we split the process up into several very clear layers or steps in development. I think its the icing on the watercolour painting and botanical cake and I really look forward to playing with you on this leaf. 

Leaf 7 sees the end of the Chasing Autumn Tutorial, a conclusion to a fairly comprehensive yet appropriate tutorial for you to jump in to the medium and genre and have an explore. Once practiced and refined, the exposure that the watercolour techniques that these 7 leaves offers you is enough to see you making vast improvements not only in your watercolour and botanical work, but across the painting board. Play. Practice. Persevere. Perfection! 

Painting Leaf 7
17:40
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 03:34

In this course I really want you to focus on your own individual development, and your level of enjoyment throughout the painting process. There is always a bar, someone else's bar, that we can compare to. A pivotal moment is to return to yourself and to focus on raising your own bar in this work. With a little guidance and explanation, the painting subjects in this tutorial are all quite simple to explore. Repeating the process with consciousness about how to improve will serve you extremely well. 

What I look for in students, is to see an improvement from the first efforts to the last. This is what you must look for yourself, that personal improvement from one attempt to the next... This is progress! This is success! Congratulations on completing the Realistic Watercolour and Botanical Tutorial ~ Chasing Autumn!


Thank you and Happy Painting!
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Heidi Willis ~ Renowned Natural History Artist, Botanical Illustrator and Watercolour Painting Tutor

Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught Natural History watercolour artist. Her work intricately illustrates our native and exotic plants, flowers, fruits and seed capsules, whilst her powerful & distinctive portraits of our spectacular bird life offers viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it. Painting full-time since 2003, Heidi quickly established herself as one of Australia’s emerging artistic talents. Her reputation as a leading natural history, wildlife and botanical artist is well established and her meticulous and intricate studies of botany and birds can be found in significant public and private collections around the world.

Heidi’s work has featured in prominent national and international exhibitions over her career. Highlights include The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize six times to date. The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious and richest art competitions held by the South Australian Natural History Museum. Several of her works have been showcased as a finalist at the Focus On Nature exhibitions, a leading international Natural History Art Prize held in the New York State Museum. Her work has also featured and won awards in both Botanica and The Margaret Flockton Award, hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Her work is held in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation PA, USA and her work has also been included in the highly regarded Shirley Sherwood Collection. Her work has also been featured in several publications, most significantly Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Craft Arts Magazine, Colophon, SA Life, International Artist Magazine (front cover), twice in Artist's Palette Magazine (front cover), twice in Australian Artist Magazine (front cover) and Australian Geographic Magazine multiple times over, with her work featured on the front cover of Artist’s Palette issue 123. Most recently, Heidi was taken on by Australian Geographic as a freelance botanical illustrator where her work features in the Nature Watch section of the magazine.

With her work in such demand and her watercolour masterclasses booked out over a year in advance, she has turned her focus to online teaching in order to reach and help more people pursue and achieve their own watercolour goals.