Often when I'm teaching a painting course, we are focusing on skill building in technique and creating a variety of different styles of paintings. While this is an excellent method for growing your painting abilities, when you are ready to start developing your personal style and creating a body of work, it's much more likely that you will find yourself working in a series.
Working in a series brings with it a number of advantages:
Consistency: allows you to develop a reliable working method
Creativity: familiarity with the subject gives you confidence and a sense of questioning, "what next?"
Insight: better understanding of your motivations and interests as you settle in to finding the truest form of self-expression
I have learned the most about myself, my painting style and seen more breakthroughs and growth as an artist when I've been willing to paint the same subject for as long as it takes to make it mine.
An inside look at an artist's working method:
In this series of videos, I share a more intimate look into my watercolour studio process, my methods and thoughts, as I paint a series of paintings inspired by spring and snowmelt. While not a formal course on watercolour painting, it is my hope with this series of videos that the artist's journey will feel a little more approachable, and you'll see better how to refine and create value in your own painting discipline and process.
1: 3 warm up paintings demonstrated
2: Prep work - stretching paper on stretcher bars for large scale painting
3: Using Masking Fluid in Abstract Painting
4: Intuitive Pond Study Demonstration
5: Creating a "Really Big" Abstract Painting
6: Pulling it all together - Final Project
As always, when you enroll in this series, you get access for as long as this course is on the internet. Watch the videos as many times as you'd like, at your own pace.