Master the importance of colour values and raise your painting techniques to a higher level. In this course you will learn how by working in one colour or monochrome. Believe me it will really make a difference.
Before colour photography came on the scene black and white was all the photographer had to play with. The process relied solely on colour values, so it makes sense to go back to this and really get to grips with this important factor in your painting
If there is one thing that can really stop a good painting from becoming a terrific painting, is the lack of values. By this I mean that all the colours appear to be of the same intensity and there is little contrast. I see this often in my teaching, and believe me when the adjustment is made it really brings a painting to life. Don't be afraid of painting with stronger colours
This painting process will show you how because you won't be distracted by colour selection only by light or darker tones. Remember black and white photographs and film? Here you will have to turn a colour picture into a monochromatic one. An excellent exercise.
This is a must for painters who feel they have reached a plateau or that their work looks flat.
It's EASY to follow, stop and start as you wish, relax and enjoy working as and when it suits you and at your own pace.
At any time you can post questions for any advice and also for feedback on your finished painting.
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
StartColour values and why do we need them. (5:12)
StartThe colour palette - first layer (2:37)
PreviewContinuing with the layering of the colour. (10:46)
StartThe darkest colour (8:12)
StartAdding another colour - more contrast. (8:43)
StartA quick and simple painting in colour (10:32)
StartConvert the colour painting to just sepia (8:14)
StartConvert the colour painting into pencil (8:12)
PreviewConvert the colour painting into pen (3:17)
StartAnother demonstration in indigo. (9:37)
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