Paint Realistic Watercolour and Botanicals - CHASING AUTUMN
What you'll 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
- 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
'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 this course is for:
- 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
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.