Paint Realistic Watercolour and Botanicals - MAGNOLIAS
What you'll learn
- At the end of my course, students will have created a beautiful Magnolia painting in watercolour for themselves
- Students will have an expanded knowledge and feel of the watercolour medium in general
- Students will have an improved understanding of how to create critical textural effects relevant to the Magnolia subject
- Students will have an improved understanding of how to develop your painting with the use of simple glazing (or layers of wash)
- Students will have an improved understanding of how to create a painting with multiple elements from start to completion
- Students will learn about working with tone through layers
- Students will gain manageable strategies to paint any magnolia subject in a botanical style
- MAGNOLIA is the third in my series of 'Paint Realistic Botanical and Watercolour' tutorials. The first, 'STUDIO BASICS' is an invaluable foundation course to help you understand my own approaches to this work, the techniques I use, and gives you a clear understanding of the materials I use in order to move forward in sync with me as much as possible. Everything I teach with you stems from these basics so it is critical information. The subsequent 'CHASING AUTUMN' course is a perfect transition into simple, fun hands-on painting. It is an ideal introduction to the medium, genre, and opportunity to get a feel for this work, and a perfect launch pad to grow from. There is a level of assumed knowledge in the follow on courses, so this core information will be extremely beneficial to you in order to gain the most out of the MAGNOLIAS tutorial possible. However, if you want to jump right in with us at this point and you understand there may be a few gaps, you’re very welcome to do so too… I’ve every confidence and appreciation for winging it!
- You will need the materials outlined in previous courses, listed again in the Materials section of this tutorial. More can be found on this in the CLASSROOM section of my website.
With the autumn leaves tutorial complete, its time to explore the glorious new season of Spring! My next stop is to investigate the remarkable beauty of MAGNOLIAS, such a heartwarming sight, marking an end to winter over the world.
'Paint Realistic Watercolour and Botanicals - MAGNOLIAS' is a watercolour painting tutorial, placing the spotlight on the gorgeous Magnolia as a subject. Inspiring an undying love from most in botanical painting, the Magnolia is certainly one of my all time favourite subjects to illustrate as well. I can think of no better way to explore the Magnolia subject than with than the equally delicate, romantic and beautiful watercolour medium.... and now is your chance to join me to learn how for yourself!
Following the STUDIO BASICS and the CHASING AUTUMN tutorials, the Magnolia remains a simple yet slightly more complete study of a single botanical subject, and is an ideal subject for us to take out next step together. A beautiful subject alone, it presents us with manageable areas of simple wash, glaze and dry brushing in a harmonious colour combination. It is a perfect opportunity to start stepping the complexity of our techniques up from the previous course into some new botanical painting territory.
Working in layers, we start the magnolias with some beautiful wash work, then develop this further with the use of basic glazing to develop some beautiful richness and texture to our magnolia painting. Finishing off our work, we will try a little dry brushing to enhance the delicate leathery textural effects of the magnolia petals to completion. It is a perfect transition for us to explore on many levels.
To illustrate the Magnolia in this tutorial, we will be addressing how to approach a variety of components relevant to this subject and its elements. From stems to petals, the intricate flower centre, furry leaf buds and some small leaf details to complete our painting, this step by step course will help you through every stage of the painting process. This is an ideal subject for exploring botanical illustration, the watercolour medium, and for students of any level to learn from.
For those starting out, or who feel a little nervous about where to begin, I have designed and created a series of painting exercises to help you connect with the medium and subject, to familiarise you with the process and to equip you with a clear path and strategy forwards into your finished painting.
For those wanting to get deeper into the nitty gritty of this subject, Ive developed a specific 'extension section' that delves deeper into painting the magnolia centre, one of the most challenging aspects of this subject. Many times a painting is lost in the quality of our details, so here we place the spotlight on this element to help expand your knowledge and painting skills even further. This mini NutShell extension tutorial is called 'Magnolia Centre ~ The Heart of the Matter', and is the first in a new line of mini spotlight tutorials called ~ The NutShell Series. It is botanical painting in a Nutshell.
With so much diversity, the magnolia is a dreamy playground for botanical artists, and a perfect subject to explore on so many levels. Painting the Magnolia flowers explores creating texture using washes, glazes and dry brushing whilst the flower centre focusses on more detailed work using fine line work, and of course dry brushing techniques. These techniques are so critical to the watercolour painting medium and couldn't be more essential to creating successful Botanical Art across the board.
So welcome to the next online 'Paint Realistic Watercolor and Botanicals' tutorial. I am looking forward to seeing you in the wash!
Who this course is for:
- Lovers of watercolour
- Lovers of Botanical painting/art/illustration
- Lovers of nature and natural history painting
- Students of any level can attempt my courses, theres always learning to be discovered!
- This tutorial is suitable for those looking to develop and/or improve their watercolour painting skills
- Students who are interested to learn more about creating texture in their work
- Students who are interested to learn more about layering, or glazing in their work
- Anyone interested in finding a beautiful interest with self paced learning
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.