Online art courses with me. Cost £90 (GBP) via Paypal, prior to the course. There are a series of paintings throughout different courses, from start to finish of the painting. One painting per course. Effectively, this is £90 per painting. There are various painting courses. Each course has a different theme, available only to course participants. I can send the video links to you all at once, so that you can watch them and paint with me in your own time. You can choose how many courses you wish to do. Click on 'Images for online painting classes' to see actual paintings for each course.
A brief description of each course:
'The Lovers.' This is a favourite theme of mine and also a favourite theme of many noteworthy painters throughout art history, particularly Marc Chagall.
'Mystic Self Portrait' (with two moons) wherein we explore ourselves and our intentions, thoughts and desires through words as under-painting, symbols, colours and visual imagery as metaphors for that which we wish to evoke in our lives.
'The Goddess of Abundance' (with doves) is based on a much loved painting which I sold, but loved so much I wanted to paint her again so decided to paint her for a course.
'Aerial', a painting inspired by an album by Kate Bush. Abstract/figurative landscape with white bird.
'Nispero'; simply a painting of a woman's face surrounded by leaves, and was filmed in a beautiful garden of a cortijo in Spain, where I will soon be holding art retreats.
'Solea', an abstract/decorative painting created through pattern, stencil, glazing and controlled paint drips.
You can choose which painting you would like to do.
I see the painting as a kind of secular prayer for that which we wish to manifest or evoke in this life, either literally or metaphorically. We will be painting together and I will be guiding you, holding your hand the whole way. I will form a Facebook group page for those on the course, where we can share ideas, insights, thoughts and photographs, and I will give feedback. To register an interest in learning with me from the comfort of your own home, please contact me or email email@example.com. I will be offering meditative, gentle guidance, setting intentions, using the painting as a form of meditation and healing, knowing the painting as a secular prayer. Painting modern iconography. Teaching my own techniques: the methods I use such as painting my birds, or other spirit animals, how to paint a face, a figure, light and shade, a symbolic landscape, glazing, colour washes, pattern, how to bring forms forward or push them back through glazes, using under-painting through abstracted techniques, adding white, or leaving white space, using words as under-painting too. Techniques such as glazing, dry brush-work, stippling, acrylic pen-work, detailing, and stenciling. Working from my favourite themes: Iconography, Goddess archetypes, the Divine Feminine, Jungian archetypes, symbolism, mysticism, metaphysical art, shamanic and alchemical totems, sacred geometry, pattern, ornament, process and intuitive painting.
For me, there must always be the still-point. The point where you find the zone, where the painting is painting itself through you as the conduit. Or you come to a point where there is a deep meditation. This is my intention in my art practice and in teaching.
Register an interest here via the contact form, or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
A selection of acylic paints. Daler Rowney is a good make. Colours: cadmium red, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, yellow ochre, titanium white, sap green Also a good make of purple. I use Windsor and Newton purple.
A selection of brushes, from fine-tipped to slightly thicker and up to 0.5 inch, or 1 cm thickness. Also a bristly brush. This is for stippling and stenciling. Make sure the end is slightly stubby. Thickness of this bristly brush is about 1 cm, or 0.5 inch. Also a simple household paint brush. This is for varnishing and decoupage.
Stencils. There are many different designs and they are available online. I get mine from Amazon.
A selection of fine-tipped acrylic Posca pens. A variety of colours, including white.
A selection of decoupage (decopatch) papers. Not too many; just of your choosing, 1-3 sheets.
Decoupage (decopatch) glue.
Gold Dutch metal (much cheaper than gold leaf.) One sheet only used in this painting but it is bought in a small booklet so you will have plenty left over.
A canvas, canvas board, or acrylic paper. Dimensions approximately 30 cm by 40 cm, or 12 inches by 16 inches.
A 3B pencil.
A palette. Glass jars for water. Kitchen towel or rags to mop up or dab.
All materials can be bought online or in art shops. I generally use Amazon.
During each course of approximately 10-15 videos, I take you on a journey of a painting, from beginning to end. I make 'mistakes' which are all an inevitable part of the process, and how to correct them or change them, and guide you through the painting and teach you my techniques, thoughts and insights. There are long periods where I am simply painting, with the camera following my progress, and you can paint along with me, pausing or advancing the video when you need to. I encourage you to make your own decisions. The course entitled 'The Lovers' is a painting of two lovers in a landscape, but you may choose to paint just one person. It's all up to you. You may choose to use different colours to the ones I use. I have a Facebook group page where we share our thoughts, pictures, questions and ideas. Or you can email me privately with photos or questions. I do my best to always answer any questions you may have. After you have made the payment to me via Paypal, I will send you the links to all the videos, which are available only to course participants. I believe this will be the easiest way for you to work in your own time. The cost via Paypal is £90 GBP, and the email associated with my Paypal is: email@example.com
Paypal also does a currency conversion for you if you are from another country.
Artists who inspire me:
So many, but here are a few to look at to start with:
Henri Rousseau, Georgia O'Keeffe, Cecil Collins, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, William Blake, Pierre Bonnard, Raoul Dufy, Odilon Redon, Gustav Moreau.