Updated November 2016
Paint this spontaneous and vibrant lavender fields painting in FIVE easy steps. Just look over my shoulder and copy what I do.
So many painters tell me they would like to 'loosen up'. Well, discover how easy it can be to do just that with your painting style. Try it, you will have more fun and get more exciting results with your watercolours too.
I give you FIVE easy to follow steps, working with only two brushes and a limited colour palette. It couldn't be easier. Let go of an preconceived thoughts about presentation and detail and just go with the flow.
Let you heart control you brush and let your colours play with the water. You will be very surprised at the result. And don't forget to share you findings with the rest of us.
Have fun and enjoy your painting, love Nicola
If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.
A little more information of what to expect and few words of encouragement from Nicola.
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This is a fairly spontaneous painting where I hope to have you painting in a more wet and loose style. Relax and go with the flow.
The next section is getting that bright vibrant lime green field in to out colourful painting. Learn how I mixed this stunning colour.
Now we have the sky and the filed in place, let's look at the foreground with the white wild flowers in the darker green verge
Possibly the most difficult part is painting in the lavender field.
Here there is a fine line between being loose and not putting in any detail, and giving enough information to tell the viewer what it is and to give the sense of distance.
Painting in the tree and a few final touches.
FINAL TOUCHES - I added more colour to the lavender fields especially towards the lime green field.
I also added a few extra blobs of blue to the sky.
I have just selected a few images from the internet to to show you some different styles concerning the same subject. Why not have ago at the same painting but in a different style.
Just play and have fun, it helps you look at things differently and try something new when you do this.
And don't forget to share your paintings and if you can leave a nice reveiw
Enjoy your painting, Nicola
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
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