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
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
StartPLEASE read this before you start
PreviewWhat you will need.
PreviewThe drawing for this picture (7:02)
StartTips on acquiring symmetry - easy (2:20)
StartStart the letters beginning with the 'F' and the 'R' (10:03)
StartPainting the white 'N' (6:04)
StartPainting the ashtray (8:01)
StartPainting the Ricard water carafe (8:51)
PreviewLet's see where we are overall. (2:48)
StartThe croissant. (8:37)
StartPainting the frog. (11:29)
StartThe glasses. (15:16)
StartThe Eiffel Tower 'A'
StartThe newspaper 'Le Monde.' (7:51)
StartThe cigarette packet (8:15)
StartFinishing touches and overview. (19:00)
PreviewWant more? - here are some extra goodies just for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
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