Paint a contemporary and abstract picture with subjects of your choice.

Learn how to use watercolour paints effectively. Mix colours, paint glass, smoke and create a dramatic composition.

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This is a super painting for those who want to learn to create an abstract composition while still enjoying the magic of watercolour paints. It's a 'still life' but there are no vases of flowers or bowls of fruit. It's contemporary and evocative and shows you a way to create a painting out of a selection of objects.

Over two hours of video demonstrations in 14 lectures complete with full descriptions and photographic resources.

Perhaps you had a great trip to somewhere really unusual, or you want to preserve to memories from a special occasion? Painting this picture will help you see how you could use souvenirs, tickets and other items which remind you of that wonderful time.

Here you can ignore the rules and create a pastiche which pleases you. Display everything as you like and be creative with your design.

I have only used the three primary colours here, but you use what suits your subject. Have a go at this first and then get started on your own unique contemporary work.Paint this or use it as a template to compose one of your own.

I painted this as 20'' x 16'' or 60.2 cm x 41 cm

Most of all enjoy your painting, Nicola

Your Instructor

Nicola Blakemore
Nicola Blakemore

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 which will have you feeling as if you standing next to me looking over my shoulder.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Thanks for doing this course.

I hope you have enjoyed painting this picture, I know I did, and have learnt something from the process.

Please share your painting with me, and if it has inspired you to do something similar with other objects I would love to see that to.

Most of all enjoy your painting, love Nicola

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