Course updated 2016
This is a 'learn as you paint' workshop. In other words you will be learning how to paint with water colours as you actually paint a picture. Complete this bright and juicy picture of the strawberries on a plate and improve on you existing skills and learn others..
Follow each VIDEO DEMONSTRATION for the techniques to complete the painting. Relax and enjoy painting as and when it suits you and at your own pace, and see how well one of my students got on with the same picture at the end.
At anytime you can post questions for any advice and also for feedback on your finished painting.
There are also plenty additional notes, professional tips, and extra tuition notes which you can download to build you own 'theory' folder'.
So all you have to do is give yourself a bit of time and enjoy painting.
If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.
This will save you time and frustration, just to understand how this platform works.
If you haven't already got you brushes and paints.
Where to get your materials and equipment.
my checking if you have a shop near you which supplies artist
materials. Begin with your telephone directory. If getting to a
supplier is difficult there are plenty of companies who have a
presence on the internet and will ship in your own country or
are three examples. If you know of another good resource please let
me know and I will add it to the list in order to help other
everything 'arty' based in the UK but they ship all over. I use them
even in France:
For those of you in the USA and Australia I understand these are good resources too.:
Make a start by getting the sketch onto your paper.
Learn about one of the most used techniques in watercolour painting.
This is a new and more detailed video to demonstrate how you can paint a wood grain effect, easily, letting the brush and the paint do the work.
See how I paint the leaves on the fruit
Now we can starting adding the fabulous red.
Now really bring your painting to life.
Now you can put the finishing touches to your first painting.
When you have finished, take ownership of it and sign it and start your own portfolio.
PLUS HERE ARE TWO FREE workshops to help reinforce what you have learned.
I have added this BONUS LECTURE to help you progress with all the skills we have covered with this workshop.
You will learn more about creating texture with paint, colour mixing and brush techniques. So enjoy painting it and do post the result for us all to enjoy.
Just for you.... a few extra links for you for other sites you may find useful.
Have Fun, love Nicola
The following tips may sound simple, but then again, I don't know what you know, do I ?
Happy Painting, Nicola
Don't waste paint, be quick and you can get it back where it belongs.
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.
Apart from cutting such a mount in two to use as an adjustable mount to look at your paintings, if it's slightly marked or has more serious damage.here are a few ideas to help revive it rather than discard it
This will introduce you to the materials and equipment you will need in order to paint this picture. If you are a beginner and need to purchase your supplies, I have deliberately kept things to a minimum to help you keep the expenses to a minimum.
You will also find, as you go through some useful resources to help with supplies and further information.
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