Course updated November 2016
I have marked this painting process at the intermediate level because I believe that it will help a lot of painters push themselves that bit further, no matter what level you are. However if you are an absolute beginner or not prepared to try something new in your painting style, this might be for you.
Many people enjoy painting floral subjects and this one will show you colour mixing from a very limited palette, exploring light and shade and how to face a blank piece of paper and go straight in with some paint. It will help build you CONFIDENCE too
This painting procedure is for those who want to try a different way of painting. Perhaps you are feeling:
Work your way through the easy to follow videos as I demonstrate each stage, explain every step stopping naturally as the paint needs to dry.
If there is anything that you think is not clear and you do not understand in any way then please ask me and I will do everything I can to make improvements.
Once purchased it is yours to do as many times as you like and you also have a '30 day' money back guarantee.
If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.
It may well save you a lot of time if you just have a look at this PDF in the resources.
If you have any questions about the content please ask me. However if it's a technical question please go to Udemy technical support.
Listen as Nicola explains how this painting came about and the objective of painting it.
Only three colours in all.....you can't get much simpler than that.
The addition of paynes grey is optional for the darker area.
Here I will demonstrate how we are going to make a start on this foxglove painting, WITHOUT drawing anything, just by laying down some colour.
Don't feel intimidated, just have a go. A blank piece of paper can be a bit scary, but just take a deep breath and copy what I do as best as you can to get you started.
I have not included any drawing for you to copy as I feel this is a great opportunity you to explore a more free and wet way of painting. I have however added some photographs in the resource section to help you become familiar with the subject.
As we are working very wet into wet we need to allow drying time.
This is an important part of watercolour painting, to understand the drying cycle. Knowing how wet or dry you want the paint to be to get the effect you want.
It's always good to walk away from a painting and come back with a fresh eye. You see things you hadn't noticed when you are working on it. Just prop it up somewhere so that you see it now and again.
To make your work more interesting and to help it stand out from the crowd, make sure you get dark and light areas. They compliment each other.
Knowing when enough is enough can be quite tricky, but I get there in this lecture.
I also look at both of the paintings to compare what I like and don't like about each one. Each one is unique. It's very helpful to your development as a painter and to repeat the exercise, making the changes that you desire.
It's all a learning and help to nourish your creativity.
Here are some extra link which I hope you will find useful.
The following tips may sound simple, but then again, I don't know what you know, do I ?
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.
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