Course updated November 2016
This is a 'learn as you paint' workshop, and by that I mean you will learn how to use watercolour paints as you paint a picture. So you will have a super painting at the end of the process as well as learning a new skill.
I have painted this a number of times with slight changes, for people, it's atmospheric, it reminds people of their holidays in warmer climates and it could be anywhere. So why not do that your self?
You will learn how to do simple washes and create a plaster and old stone wall effect, create a realistic window with perspective, deal with glass and reflections and get to grips with colour values.
It's EASY to follow, stop and start as you wish, relax and enjoy working as and when it suits you and at your own pace.
At any time 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'. I will also be adding extra lectures over time.
All you have to do is start painting and enjoy it.
If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.
The text here explains how to start and then the film shows me getting the first wash on the painting. Unfortunately I knocked the tripod and the top of the window casement is slightly out of view. However, this is corrected later, so you don't miss anything.
1) The basic outline of the window
2) The finished painting
In this film you will see how I go about laying down the first wash. I will also be talking about colours.
Here you will see me laying down the first layer of colour on the window. You don't have to copy me exactly, use what colour you like.
Watch as I lay another pale wash over colour onto my old wall. Learning about 'washes' is one of the cornerstones of painting with watercolours.
This film will show you how I go about painting in the bricks and stones behind the render. I talk about colours and shadows and colour values.
Two types of wall, but the same starting point laying down a pale wash
Starting to paint some of the hand crafted stones.
The finishing touches to this watercolour sample technique.
Try a different type of wall. Look around you and see what other sorts of construction you might like to paint.
This lecture supports the lecture on 'Bricks and Mortar'. Not only does it endorse what you have learned but it also offers you a super NEW technique.
Here we are at the finishing stage, adding the foliage and flowers. It's then up to you how big you want to make your pot plant and how far you want your creeper to spread, and if you want to do more work on the walls.
This a supplementary page about painting the window.
Then when you are happy, sign it and get it on the wall. Congratulations
The following tips may sound simple, but then again, I don't know what you know, do I ?
Happy Painting, Nicola
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
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
Society of All Artists.
Living France Magazine