Updated November 2016
PAINT ME !
This is one from my 'pick a painting to paint' portfolio and is complete in itself. By that I mean it is unlikely I will add any further information, it is therefore priced accordingly. This portfolio of paintings gives you the opportunity to choose a picture you like and learn as you create it
If you like this picture and want to paint it, then that's exactly what you will do, effortlessly.
You will be able to follow my clear and friendly videos, looking over my shoulder as I paint every step of the way.
Each step has a video fully supported with any extra visual images or text that you might need to help you fully understand each painting process.
At the end, not only will you have painted a beautiful atmospheric painting but you will also have learned a number of valuable tips when working with watercolour paints.
Learn how to plan and mix your colours effectively. How to achieve a sense of warmth and shade and how to use enough detail painting to enhance the sense of distance in a landscape.
Each lecture stops at a natural break, as you would wait for you paint to dry and my relaxed and clear narration will help you fully understand the process. Enjoy it and don't forget to share your painting with us all.
I am here to help you build your confidence and knowledge so you can get as much as you can from this rewarding pass time.
Enjoy your painting, Nicola
If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.
In this short video I explain a little about the painting and the process I used from beginning to end. A process which will help you with any other painting you do.
Take a quick look at this lecture to see how to work your way around 'Udemy', it's appearnce,and where to find what. It will save you time and frustration.
In this short film I show you what you will need. If you have any questions, just send me a message and I will reply quickly. I'm always here to help.
I've kept it as simple as possible so you will soon be able to get on with the fun of painting.
Planning is 90 % of the job, or is it 99% ? What ever, it is very important and will save you a lot of trouble if you do your planning at the beginning and get into the habit for every painting.
Whether you are working from a photo or life, plan your composition, choose your colours and solve any problems before you even pick up a paint brush. I always recommend that as well as doing the overall sketch you might want to do some detail sketches of difficult areas. So even if you don't include quite so much detail, you know how to give the impression that it is there.
It is always advisable when painting with watercolours, to start off using the colours very pale. By that I mean a little of the pigment colour with quite a bit of water.
I look at it like the first coat, or under painting. Then you can get a feeling how your colours are going to work.
So, set up your paints and make sure you have everything to hand before you start. And don't forget, if you are right handed, put everything one the right and vice versa.
It's alsways important to establish which the light is coming from and to be consistent,
It's always good to walk away from a painting once in a while, so that you come back with a fresh eye. This especially true if there is something you are not sure about. Place it somewhere that you will pass now and then and suddenly you will see what needs to be done.
Use bits of card or an old mount to look at the picture afresh. It's a good way to check your colour values and make sure you are happy with everything while you can still make changes.
We are really starting to move on now by adding more detail and checking for shadows. Always keep looking at both what you are working from and the painting, making colour adjustments and adding more intense colours as you feel is needed to get a balance.
Here you are at the end.
Five simple steps to a completed painting. Go back over any of the videos if you think you have missed anything and don't be shy about asking questions and posting your picture for us all to enjoy.
Happy Painting, Nicola
Here I will add simple tips that may save you time, or money or your temper. Or just make your painting life a little easier.
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