I can get most people to paint a respectable picture that they are proud to have framed and show their family and friends. Considering that a lot of people that come to my Watercolour Workshops haven't picked up a paintbrush in decades many of them are visibly shocked at their own ability and what they have achieved in just a few hours. But more importantly, it opens up a whole new world for them. Excited, they just want to go out and paint and try out their new skills.
So what do we do on the workshops? Well, I cover the basic materials that I use, get you to do a few doodles and splash some paint about to loosen up and get a feel for the medium. I show you how to draw quickly and loosely without fear and some simple techniques that allow your paintings to come to life. We break for a coffee and now you are ready to paint a picture, no really, you're ready.
Before Christmas I painted a series of four winter birds - the robin, the wren, the bullfinch and the blue tit. Since then I have been demonstrating how to paint the blue tit in my distinctive style. Below is my original next to the framed version and below that are some examples of what we achieved in the workshops over the last few months.
The blue tit is a good starter picture as it is a relatively simple shape with just a few colours and because of my loose style you can't really go wrong. It is funny, when I show people my original and say that is what we are going to paint I see the fear in their eyes but I break it down in to simple elements and soon everybody has got the hang of it.
Well, could you paint this picture? Yes, I know you can, you just don't know it yet. If you, and maybe a friend, would like to come to one of my Watercolour Workshops, Watercolours without Fear, we have a few spaces left for my next one on the 9th May and we add new dates regularly.
So, why not give it a go and find a whole new world of colour at your fingertips. You can paint this!