Back to the Brush: How to Start (Again) in Watercolor

Restore your joy and renew your creative practice.

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Art is supposed to be good for our mental health. So why do we find ourselves, despite wanting to make art, doing anything but? Staying on the sofa night after night, bingeing on Netflix or scrolling through social media? Why does something that I know I enjoy feel so hard to do?

How can I get back into making art with the kind of joy I need to feel?

How can I create an art practice that feels like fun again?

I believe that if I’m avoiding my art space, it’s not that I’m a lazy procrastinator. Rather, my lack of action is a sign that my creative practice is no longer healthy. I can’t thrive with an unhealthy creative practice, and I can’t make my best art in that environment either.

This course is designed to help you restore the joyful, playful fun that you originally felt while painting, so that you can make the art you’re meant to make. Art that helps you feel good in the making is art that comes alive, and helps you come alive as well.

In this course we’ll explore some of the common struggles that keep artists from freedom and joy in their work. We’ll work together to develop strategies for getting back on track when you start to slide into self-criticism, perfectionism, and discouragement, and you’ll find yourself discovering that there really is great art inside of you!

There is a shift that happens in many artists' journeys that transforms your work and your way of thinking about what you're creating. If you truly want to make art and want to find your way through this mental block that seems to be holding you back, it can be done, and you can do it. Let's work through this together!

‘Angela encourages us to play and have fun with the possibilities that present as we take our time and explore the movement of the paint...She helps us recognize what makes our soul sing and to continue to reach for that. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is willing to let their guard down and be open to stretch beyond what they believe that they are capable of doing. Just be open to the possibilities and to what feels right for you.’ - Karen F.

Course Outline:

How to Start (Again) in Watercolor

Rebuilding a Creative Practice that Helps You Thrive

  1. Introduction
  2. Opening Session: What's Wrong with Me?
    1. Are we asking the wrong questions?
    2. Ways We Self-Sabotage
    3. Counter-creative Ideas
    4. Using Affirmations as Tools for Growth
  3. Affirmation 1: Authenticity
    1. Value
    2. Exercise: Create Your Space
    3. Exercise: Judgment Free Space
  4. Affirmation 2: Abundance
    1. Exercise: Check in with your heart
    2. Exercise: Gratitude for the Journey
    3. Demo: Outcome Negative
  5. Affirmation 3: Agency
    1. Demo: Choose and React
    2. Exercise: Structure time to learn and play
  6. Affirmation 4: Acknowledgement
    1. Exercise: Sitting with Discomfort
    2. Exercise: Curiosity & Compassion
    3. Demo: Deliberate Extremes
  7. Affirmation 5: Anticipation
    1. Exercise: Use experimentation to make growth opportunities
    2. Exercise: Settle in for the journey.
    3. Demo: Future Work Identification
  8. Affirmation 6: Abandon
    1. Exercise: Boss Mindset
    2. Exercise: No Wrong Answers
    3. Demo: What can I get away with?
  9. Next Steps: Adopting your own affirmations
    1. Recognize the Artist’s “Now and Not Yet”
    2. Create the Art Practice You Need
    3. Resources for further development
‘I loved Angela’s graciousness with her way of explaining, encouraging and enabling us to do more, paint more, believe more. It is scary to put yourself out there and to trust I have something to say in my paintings; and Angela helps me do that’ - Cathleen A.

‘My biggest fear was just painting for me and not worrying about what others will think of what I love. It’s still there, but I can tell myself, "Go ahead and play; Do what you love!" She is SO convinced that we should be our own favorite artist. Everyone that struggles with artistic self worth should take this [course]. I will take with me that I am my own favorite artist and that's how it SHOULD be!’ - Wyna W.

Your Instructor

Angela Fehr
Angela Fehr
From her home in northern British Columbia, Canada, through her video lessons on her website and YouTube, Angela Fehr has created a community of watercolor lovers that spans the globe. She wants every painter to know the freedom of fearless self expression and she has made it her mission to share this empowering message through lessons in watercolour technique and loose intuitive painting. More than anything she demonstrates that the most important thing you bring to your art is you.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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