No, it's not me, I'm a pussycat, it's the humble sheet of white paper. The fear of making a bold stroke, of letting yourself go. Unfortunately, it makes people revert to what they know or what they were taught at school. I find myself having to try and undo years of bad education and the belief that you have to draw in a certain way.
The most common reason people come to my workshops is that they say they like my style and they want to learn to loosen up. Well, they've come to the right place! It does take a little while to break down the inhibitions but soon you will find yourself liberated and drawing and painting freely. Like many things it is the fear itself that is the hard thing to overcome, once you have done that you will be amazed how easy it is.
The workshop used to be called 'Beginners' but I have people of all levels and abilities come along, even art teachers! No matter what their experience, they are all beginners at painting in my style and they all come with a sense of fear. I have therefore re-branded it Watercolours without Fear. You see, if you can leave all your baggage behind there really is nothing to worry about. Watercolour is a wonderful medium but don't fight it, go with the flow and you will get incredible results.
I like to break the rules, throw away the book and be expressive. You can create dynamic, exciting watercolours with just a few simple techniques, then all you have to do is practice. I suggest to people after my workshop that they go away and have a play, get used to the medium, build up confidence and then maybe come back and do our Watercolours with Style workshop which gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and get your questions answered.
Using my style you can paint anything from a wonderful seascape, to people and animals or even the most mundane objects like the trainers below. Once you have conquered your fear you can paint anything. You really can!