Updated November 2016
This delightful and atmospheric painting will help build confidence for both the beginner and the intermediate. In the process of painting this you will learn about colour mixing, colour values, creating a sense of distance and how to use your watercolour pencils for a special effect.
Use both a large and small brush and gradually work through the process at your own pace, as where and when it suits you.
Each lecture ends at a natural break as I wait for paint to dry. Listen as I explain every step of the way, and ask questions of myself as I work through the picture, problem solving as I go, an important process to learn.
Most of all become absorbed in the process of the painting.
If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.
Here I explain my motivation for selecting this subject and will talk about colours and painting style.
1 Photo of the whole building.
2 Detail of the roof.
Now the first very light washes are dry, let look at what we want to do next. Adding more colour of course and making any adjustments.
I always like to paint a bit on every part of a picture so that you can get a feel for the whole thing.
In this lecture I decided to put a very weak blue wash in for the sky and do some work on the stone walls.
Here I start to add some detail, although I still want it to be a loose painting it will need some detail to make the most of the subject.
I also decided to add a bit more colour in the form of flowers I call Hollyhocks. I have put a picture in the resources for this lecture.
In this lecture I start to show you how to take a fresh look at your work, looking for problems which may need solving, balance and even, dare I say, errors.
In this final lecture I will explain what changes I have made and make a few adjustments.
I hope you have enjoyed painting this charming picture and please do share your finished painting with me and the other students. Don't be shy.
We learn from each other, including me, and it's also encouraging for everyone to see how other people are doing. It isn't a competition remember, it's creative play.
Enjoy your painting, Nicola
Some special resources and offers for you.
Happy painting, Nicola
It may seem obvious but here are a few reminders.
In response to student comments I have filmed this film, which I hope will help you with drawing and painting shadows.
Identify the light source and be consistent - that's the key
If you have a mount or matt beyond salvation, cut it in two and use it to look at you work in progress. It helps you take a more objective view.
It will help you not only decide how you might want to frame it, but also to check for any changes you might want to make to the composition or colour values.
Why choose one of my courses?
Because, as a self taught artist I understand how a lot of people feel about their creative work, sometimes anxious, sometimes overwhelmed and often that it's not 'good enough'.
Well I will hold your hand as you overcome these fears as I offer a friendly, relaxed and sensitive teaching style.
Do one of my courses and you will feel as if I am in the room with you every step of the way.
Here's a bit about me.
I originally trained as a graphic artist, and then followed a different career path working in the national media, travel and public relations in both London and Paris.
After sometime I returned to my creative roots full time, so to speak, and became a full time artist, teacher and creative entrepreneur.
The artist bit means I have worked in a variety of media, but am currently splashing about with watercolours. I love the magic they make when the pigments play with the water. And if you let them do their own thing, it's even better.
I have also painted murals in a child's bedroom or around a swimming pool, covering everything from fairies to Tuscan views. Painted furniture with decorative effects and designs and given walls specialist paint effects and stencils. All fun stuff for the discerning home owner
The teaching bit involved me teaching a 'Decorative Paint Effects' section of an interior design certificate course at Kidderminster College, Worcestershire, UK. Here they studied paint effects for walls and furniture, designing and cutting stencils, Period design elements and produced sample boards.
Then continuing the theme of teaching I have also tutored on many private workshops in the above subjects plus decoupage, gilding and trompe l'oeil (trick the eye painting).
Now, installed in the south of France I continue with all of the above but adding on-line courses to my creative portfolio. Flexibility is the name of the game in today's world
I have exhibited widely in the area.
Recently I was invited to plan and teach a creative summer school, offering a variety of artistic subjects, at one of the leading camping venues in the area. So, you never know some of these subjects might pop up as one of my courses on Udemy
I have had work featured in a national 'lifestyle' magazine and on BBC Radio 4 and Central TV in the UK