Are your paintings tight and lifeless? Do they take forever to finish? Do you want to loosen up and become much freer in your style? Do you want to grow in confidence as a painter?Then this course is for you!
In this unique 7 part course I'll teach you how to paint in a fast, loose and free style. Each part of the course is based on the style and methods of a particular master of watercolor impressionism. From these great artists you will learn how to paint in a way that is free, fast and full of expression and passion. The course will be most suitable for those who already paint in watercolors but is really for anyone who just wants to loosen up. The lessons are not difficult, so even beginners will be able to follow along.
I suggest you take the course one step at a time, and so build up your skills. With each lecture there is an audio introduction which will help you to get started. Then download the pdf pages that show you step by step what to do, and also give you more ideas and information. Finally watch the video of me painting the project, and then have a go yourself.
I suggest you take a project a week, so that once you have painted the set piece you can spend some time practicing the techniques before moving on to the next project.
Find out how the course works and how to get the best out of it. I suggest taking one project (lecture) a week, having a go at the demonstration and then practicing the techniques with other pictures. And above all, be confident in yourself and have fun!
Here we are having a go at painting in the style of Frank Webb, using a background wash to provide color harmony. We will also be using a flat brush to get nice straight edges and crisp corners, and working in three stages from a pale background, through mid-tones and finally to darks (plus a bit of tidying up at the end).
This winter scene based on a painting by Edward Seago is quick and fun to paint, but you need to just let go and let it happen. Here is where the fewest brushstrokes can make the best paintings.
Painting details and textures does not have to be tie consuming or difficult. In this project you will learn how to create textures fast and loose.
This project in the style of Claude Croney shows how an impressive picture can be painted with bold shapes followed by just a few details.
We will paint a woodland scene in the style of Jack Merriott who managed to depict a variety of recognisable plants with just a few strokes of the brush. Woodland scenes can be complicated, but you will find out just how easy they are to paint if you follow his method.
Tony Couch was a master of using darks against lights to give punch to a painting. in this painting of a barn on a snowy hillside we can practice this technique and learn how to create pictures that really capture the attention.
In this quick painting you will use all the skills you have developed so far - economy of brushwork, speed of painting, drawing with a brush over a few pencil guidelines, and hopefully a new found enjoyment in painting fast and loose!
I have taught painting for many years, both in adult education classes and also over the internet. Through my online courses I have taught over three thousand students to paint since 2005. I have lead a number of painting holidays in the UK and overseas, and for a short time I was an instructor with Derwent Pencils. For five years I worked in ceramics, painting large tiled wall murals to commission.
I am originally from England, but now live in southern Spain with my lovely wife and two dogs.
My interest in painting goes back to my childhood, and I have learned throughout my life the skills and ideas that have kept me in employment and which I now hope to pass on to you. I love working in watercolors, and also in oils and acrylics. Each of these requires a different way of working, but I always aim to keep my paintings lively and fresh. I always want to convey something of the heart to anyone looking at my paintings.
The exercises and painting projects in my courses have all been thoroughly tested over time and proved to work well, and I am constantly amazed at the speed at which students improve. I hope you enjoy learning with me!