Updated November 2016.
Students often say to me, 'I wish I understood more about colour mixing.' Well this is your opportunity to get to grips with it in a particular way.
Here you will use Magenta, Cyan, Yellow and some black, which with the aid of screen printing techniques they were able to produce all the colours for printed matter. Some of you may already be familiar with these colours depending on the type of printer you use at home. But have you ever thought about painting with them?
It is the ultimate colour mixing process and will set you up for any other colour mixing you will want to do.
This painting will also help you to look analytically at a view and see how to enhance it to make it more interesting to the viewer, and by using such a limited palette you will become more aware of the importance of colour values.
So have a go, share your results and comments and enjoy your painting.
If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.
Here are the original photo and the drawing for you to download and use as an aid.
Here we look at the starting point and look at some of the colour combinations.
As the pencil marks are very light I thought I would put in some hedgerows at this stage, so you can better see what I am doing.
Starting with the mountains, let's put more paint on.
I always say start with your colours light and add layers and deeper tones as you go along, calibrating as you go. It's in this lecture that we do just that.
Picture to help you with understanding colour values
Taking a look over all.
Some special resources and offers for you.
Happy painting, Nicola
It may seem obvious but here are a few pointers.
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
This will also work for other tubes....toothpaste, tomato paste etc.
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