Monthly Archives: March 2014

On-line learning

I have enrolled on an on-line watercolour course to hopefully broaden the scope of what I am able to paint.  For some time I have not been entirely happy about the finished painting – it did not jump off the page as I wanted it to.  At first I thought it was just more practice that was needed, but then felt maybe a change in direction!  When I saw the on-line course by Anna Mason, it seemed ideal.

The beauty of a course like this is that you can do it in your own time, the videos are like have your own personal tutor and all the other students are there to compare notes with and to express sympathy and encouragement.

When I have completed a lesson, I then do something similar of my own to try out the new techniques.  One lesson was a white flower, so I did this snowdrop…..

Snowdrop

Snowdrop

A clematis followed, so I chose a clematis from my own garden whose name I do not know, but luckily photographed last year…

Clematis

Clematis

So far so good.  I am pleased with the results.  It is making me think more about how I want the painting to look instead of just rushing in.

The lessons range from beginner, through intermediate to advanced which are really quite difficult.  This is where it is so helpful to have the backup of the ‘community’.  Another person’s comment can inspire you and get you back on track when you feel like throwing your work in the bin.

There are quite a few artists now offering on-line courses.  They vary a great deal in content and price, but I like the fact that I can do it for as long as I want, there are no deadlines to meet – therefore no pressure, and I can stop when I want.

I would love to hear if anyone else has tried one or is running one.