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Learn about the World of Watercolor Painting tips, techniques, interviews and student meetings.

Birgit O'Connor and The World of Watercolor Painting Birgit O'Connor

    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 15 Ratings

Learn about the World of Watercolor Painting tips, techniques, interviews and student meetings.

    Plein air painting, Getting started

    Plein air painting, Getting started

    First get rid of the expecations of what you do in the studio, and be willing to learn a lot about creativity, focus and a get ready to have some fun, consider Plein air painting. 
    Here easle I used is a Traveler Series Watercolor Package click here
    View the Beach painting demo on Youtube
    Online courses
    Join the mailing list on my Home website
    Instagram

    • 21 min
    Feeling ”Fearless” or fearful?

    Feeling ”Fearless” or fearful?

    Based on my "Fearless flowers" courses, in this episode, we explore when painting how to get out of your comfort zone, and grow to be more bold and dynamic.
    In the Fearless Flowers series, both the interactive and independent study options are available. For immediate access to any of the lessons I suggest the independent study option, full courses
    Single lessons
    Schedule of interactive courses
    Join my mailing list, courses, brushes and more at www.birgitoconnor.com

    • 21 min
    Reference photos and licensing

    Reference photos and licensing

    Today were talking about what if you’re doing a painting and use photos that someone else took as your reference material, can you use it for a show, can you sell it, can you claim it as your own?
    Are you using your artistic vision or copying an image?
    What if you took a class and are inspired by the instructor, and use their lesson and reference material, is it now yours?
    Is there a subject matter that you would like to hear about? Drop us a line and let us know 
    Online courses
    Join the mailing list

    • 32 min
    Pushing through the fear, do you need to be perfect?

    Pushing through the fear, do you need to be perfect?

    Pushing through the fear.
    Do you feel the need to always be perfect?
    What kind of artist do you want to be?
    Do you want to have the control you want over your brushstrokes, and if you don’t it can depend on the brush and the amount of water it’s holding?
    Are your paintings to weak and wimpy, and are you afraid of the darks? Try to relax and think of every painting as an experiment.
    We will be looking at a few white flower paintings and talking about the brushstrokestrokes, background and where do you want to direct the viewers eye?
    How to get the wobble out of the paper, try ironing it.
    Framing options
    When painting on a half sheet size painting 15"x22" the standard size frame I usually use is a standard 22"x28".
    The standard mat never seems to work as well so I have mine custom.
    You can go to your local craft store or framer for more information or custom frames, which can be pricy.
    I was looking online for online frame options, and the standard frame size can work but again, I'm not sure if the online mat option is as good as custom cut.
    I like Cheap Pete's but they don't ship the larger size frames
    Here are some online companies you can try, but you may want to call them before ordering.
    ArtoFrame
    Picture Frames
    Website  www.birgitoconnor.com
    Online courses Watercolor courses
    The course we reviewed today was from the interactive 6-week course
    Interactive white flower (runs in sessions) 
    Independent study
     

    • 26 min
    How to get motivated when you’re just not feeling it

    How to get motivated when you’re just not feeling it

    Sometimes it’s difficult to get started and paint again, it can be because of some life circumstance, the holidays, or we're just not inspired.  Not everyone enjoys the isolation of the studio or is a self-motivated artist, some enjoy painting with other artists, especially watercolor.
    With the pandemic, many people haven’t felt creative and have been absolutely paralyzed, so what are some of the things you can do, let’s talk about it.
     If you’re interested in taking an online course, or joining “Watercolor in Motion” take a look at my upcoming schedule on my website or go directly to my school 

    • 10 min
    Realism or Abstraction, painting a cluster of Monarch Butterflies

    Realism or Abstraction, painting a cluster of Monarch Butterflies

    In this episode, we discuss the approach of painting a cluster of Monarch Butterflies.
    We will be covering what you might think might be a failure could be an incredible abstraction, along with paper surfaces and color mingling.
    Online Courses
    Website 
    Monarch Butterfly Mug 
    Monarch Tote bag

    • 34 min

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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Informative

Loved the information and the authentic discussion!

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So much fun

It is interesting to hear the pactical side of art while keeping it fun

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