Whats On the Table?
My newest online painting tutorial 'Paint Realistic Watercolour and Botanicals - TOADSTOOLS' delves into illustrating the wonders of another very special subject, Amanita muscaria. A widely admired and immediately recognisable toadstool more commonly known as the Fly Agaric or Fly Amanita. This is arguably the most iconic of the captivating toadstool world and a brilliant painting subject indeed!
For storytellers and artists of every kind, this seemingly magical toadstool never ceases to capture our hearts and imaginations, leaping to the forefronts of our minds at the mere suggestion of 'toadstool'. For me it ticks every box as a painting subject. It is delightful, beautiful, mysterious and fun. For my students, I have every confidence this subject will prove to be excellent for our next stage of learning and achievable watercolour fun. I am very excited to have you along for the ride once more.
With 4 in depth foundation courses on offer leading up to this point, TOADSTOOLS brings another excellent change of pace to the mix. This is a wonderful starting point or introductory for new students to jump in and have a play with this genre and medium. It is an ideal refresher course for those revisiting botanical illustration, perhaps after some time away. It is fantastic for students wishing to improve their illustration rendering skills, and it is a perfect 'next stop' learning experience for those students continuing on with me here. Toadstools is all about letting go a little, new play, having fun with this extraordinarily subject and enjoying the watercolour medium, whilst continuing on this wonderful learning path together.
Our three Fly Agaric subjects provide us an excellent opportunity to look at subject, learn about subject scope, colour diversity and use, my essential combination of watercolour techniques; washes, glazes and dry brushing techniques, effective use of masking fluid necessary for this subject. Through comprehensive step by step tuition, we will learn more about the processes and essential watercolour painting techniques involved in creating each of these elements in a realistic style, from start to completion.
Choose one, two or three of the fabulous toadstool examples covered in this course to explore. Create single painting studies of each or combine them in your own mix and match composition to personalise your own piece... its up to you. Practice, repeat, vary, revisit, apply the knowledge to something new. This course is all done in your own space, in your own time and at your own pace... Its such a wonderful way to learn!
Level of Experience?
Don't even worry about it! Whilst there is some assumed knowledge in this, my 5th course, it is not essential and I welcome to everyone no matter your level of experience. For those new to realistic botanical painting and/or watercolor, this is an ideal starting point to have a play with. It is especially suitable as we will be creating beautifully rich, diverse, realistic toadstool illustrations together using a fairly simple palette of colours. Best of all, if you decide youd like to learn more, its as simple as backtracking to previous tutorials to keep on learning. For those with an existing foundation from my previous courses welcome back! TOADSTOOLS will bring fabulous new learning to your repertoire.
Following the STUDIO BASICS, CHASING AUTUMN, MAGNOLIAS and LOTUS tutorials, TOADSTOOLS continues to concrete what we've learned so far in my online painting tutorials and develop and refine our techniques and skills in watercolour painting and botanical illustration further with the exploration of this wonderful subject.
Once again, I look forward to helping you to learn, grow and keep you moving forwards on your own painting path, and to share my love of this wonderful, joyful world or realistic watercolours and botanicals with you again.
Ill see you in the wash ~ Heidi