Updated November 2016
You can't get enough of a good thing, especially something as beautiful and healing as lavender. The fields in Provence, south of France are world famous for their abundance and colourful beauty, so here is number two in the series.
Perfect for those who wish to learn more and to loosen up their painting style. See what is covered.
If you would like to really go with the flow with your watercolour painting this is a great painting workshop you to do.Full of colour and technique, you will produce a vibrant painting that has spontaneity and energy. Relax as you paint and enjoy the process.
If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.
Make sure you read the helpful information you can find in the Student Support section on Udemy. Below is the link to take you there. I have also added a simple guide to get you started.
You will need your paints a number 8 and 1 brush and two jars of clean water.
You will also need some masking fluid and absorbent kitchen paper and some heavy watercolour paper
This video will explain the starting point for the painting and the first step.
Here you will see me adding the paint for the soil.
I used a mixture Of white and tiny bit of Venetian red. The red is a strong pigment, so if you use it you have to be very careful. If you don;t have it use what you do have, maybe burnt Sienna with a bit of red
Here comes the exciting bit, adding the lavender.
As I saw on my visit to see the famous lavender fields of Provence, France, they come in lots of different colours.
I used a paint which was called violet by Sennelier or you can mix a red and a blue it depends what you have. Make sure you use a warm red and blue or it might come out a bit muddy.
Time to take off the masking fluid on the horizon and put the distant trees in.
Some extra resources and information you may find helpful.
Here's a little extra something.
Painting quickly can sometimes free you from many constraints.
Don't think about the outcome, just enjoy the process. You can see many more little fun videos like this on my channel, Nicola Blakemore
The following tips may sound simple, but then again, I don't know what you know, do I ?
In response to student comments I have filmed this film, which I hope will help you with drawing and painting shadows.
Identify the light source and be consistent - that's the key
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