Holiday art cows

Holiday art cows

We’re at the end of the first week of Easter Holidays here in Queensland and while they’ve enjoyed laying around recovering for a few days, it was time for an activity.

With a friend and cousin we took a vote and painted the Colourful Cow from my online class, Owl, Cat and Cow.

Now, with ages 7, 8 and two 9 year olds, I would recommend spreading this activity over two or three sessions. They did a fantastic job but it’s a long time to stay still (and it makes for a better result if they are still concentrating!). And see the elbow in the paint above? Yes, best to put the paint palette up next to the water bucket!

We stopped and started the video so all four could keep up (the youngest were the speediest) and I realised that it would be good to also have photos of each stage… so I’ve just added 9 step-by-step photos to the Cow video and will add them to the Owl and the Cat over the weekend.

These were the basic supplies we used. You can get Chromacryl paints from most newsagents in Australia I think. They’re ‘student quality’ acrylics and not too expensive. They did need a bit of water to help them flow though. Oh, and definitely use aprons as acrylics are hard/impossible to get out of clothes.

We also did a few extra lines to practice how to drag the brush along, and when you bend the bristles you get a thicker line… that’s also mentioned in the video.

All in all, they were all very proud to show their paintings to parents, friends and grandparents, and we had something great to show for the effort!

At just $35 for all three painting videos, and all three need only four paints, I hope it’s a fun thing for more parents to try with their kids these holidays, and I encourage you to paint alongside your child to make some real memories!




While we’ve been making art and learning all about fish in the studio this term, I’ve also been filming each of the projects.

The result? Well this is the closest to the learning you would get by being right here in the studio with me.

We discuss art supplies, artists, inspiration and, incidentally, fish! You’ll be surprised by how exciting the topic can be.

It’ll go live this Friday night so if you’re free this weekend, you can make a start.

Each project includes videos, written instructions and printables when needed. I’ll list recommended art supplies but I’ll also talk about substitutions (remember, close enough is good enough! And you might learn something wonderful!)

It’s just $55 for all TEN projects and their associated videos and printables, as well as an introduction to fish themselves – and it’s a really fun way to learn.

PLUS you get ‘forever access’ (‘forever’ means as long as I have the site, and I’m not planning on going anywhere). That means there’s no pressure and no deadlines.

Here’s where to reserve your place –

I’ll see you in the (virtual) studio!

It’s ‘Inspire Your Heart with Art’ Day!

It’s ‘Inspire Your Heart with Art’ Day!

I know. I hadn’t heard of it either.

But the lovely Ruby Slippers contacted me and asked if I’d be happy to be interviewed on her radio show on 92.9 VOICE FM on 31 January, and mentioned that this national day coincided with the interview.

So I decided it was time to get back into the swing of videos and created a FREE video series painting a FLORAL HEART in watercolour.

So click through and sign up for instant access, and I’ll see you, and your inspired heart, in my online studio.

It’s great therapy. I promise!

15 Flowers is underway!

15 Flowers is underway!

And it’s been a huge job! With five printables per flower and hours and hours of video, what seemed quite achievable (how hard can it be to teach 15 flowers after all) is actually a huge project that I’m immensely proud of.

And I’m delighted to say that the feedback in the private Facebook group, by those who have been able to get started (there’s no pressure to start yet because participants have two years access to the website), has been wonderful!

Read through some of the lovely comments:

I just feel so happy …. And hubby is happy that I’m at home and not out at shops spending money! But sshh! Don’t tell him about the art shop! I really am enjoying the two part process. I have always drawn – but never painted confidently at all. Watching you paint so beautifully is a great learning tool!

Loving these e-tutorials … Am learning new things with each one, improving with each one. So much fun … 

This is the best eCourse…we are being challenged and Anna and our peers. It is great…I am learning so much from our drawing and painting’s giving me experience like I’ve never had before..very satisfying.

On Wednesday this week I completed and filmed our finale painting, featuring all the flowers we’ve drawn, painted, and most importantly, learned to ‘see’ through the first part of the eCourse.It’ll be wonderful to see versions of this painting come to life in the homes of the 15 Flowers students, all over the world!

It’s not too late to join us if you’d like to get into the art groove and actually do some drawing and painting with a fun (virtual) group!

Your questions answered!

Your questions answered!

Thanks for all your terrific questions and comments about 15 Flowers, the eCourse – the response was just wonderful.

As a result of your vote, Iris and Gerbera will be the 14th and 15th flowers in 15 Flowers.

Read on for all the messages and my answers(in red) to the questions!

I have no questions… I am leaving my faith in your awesome teaching skills to make me an awesome painting. I am sure there will be plenty of encouragement cos I know I will need it. I am excited but nervous at the same time. It is like that very first poppy painting I did. Bring on Easter Monday. Thanks Monique!

Feeling the need to do a flower paint along soon Anna! Love your work 🙂 Might see you next term, Amanda! Dates will be out mid-April.

It’s on my to do list.Wonderful, Deb! Just don’t miss the earlybird rate – it ends at midnight on Monday. 

I know, unhelpful as I cant choose… Lol
Just get through your chemo, Kim! xxx

Why 15 flowers? How about 22 🙂 Just because of my short attention span, Jude! 🙂  I’m hoping 15 is more achievable for busy people (whispering) and there might just be a couple of extras thrown in for good luck, you never know… shhhhhh ;).

How do you have some much time in your days? And what are you taking to keep your energy levels up?
I’m drinking green smoothies and Dave’s doing all the folding at the moment. (And I’m choosing sleep over exercise for just a little bit longer…!)

Approximately how many colours are needed to do all 15 flowers (to get a true colour match of real flowers I guess)? I would want to buy only the best paints but the $$$ add up when its huge multiples of colours. – Rachael, I’d recommend these eleven paint colours:

  • Titanium White (always buy the best White you can afford, ie. Golden or Atelier)
  • Ultramarine Blue, Hansa or Cadmium Yellow, Pyrrole Red, Dioxacine Purple, Quinacridone Magenta (these can be Golden, Atelier or Jo Sonja’s – whatever the budget will bear)
  • Jenkins Green or any dark green (Golden brand or Jo Sonja’s)
  • Green Gold (Golden brand) or Sap Green (Jo Sonja’s brand)
  • Fluorescent Magenta (J Burrows, from Officeworks is fine)
  • Turquois (makes Teal when mixed with White) is a ‘nice to have’, as is Iridescent Gold (Jo Sonja’s Pale Gold is a good one though!)

And you really can start the eCourse with just the drawings if you like. All you need is an A4 sketchbook and a couple of nice coloured pencils (Prismacolour are the best brand, Crayola will do the job – don’t go cheaper than Crayola). 

There is lots more info about supplies in this blog post here, but please email me if you still have questions. 🙂

How does an eCourse paint along work? What does it cost and what does that include? Keen to try this one!Sam, in 15 Flowers – The eCourse I’m able to offer so much more than I can in a 3 hour Paint Along. I have built a password protected website with videos and helpful information about how I approach drawing and painting, as well as the parts of a flower, then I will send out an email to participants, each Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the three weeks, revealing new information each of those days.

I have videos of my drawing and painting of each flower, talking through how I’m SEEING what I’m drawing (that’s the key thing honestly – learning to really ‘see’) and painting all 15. Then I’ll put them all together and invite you to join me as I create a painting that includes all the flowers we’ve just learned about (this will be a slightly looser style, because we now know what we’re painting and we can go loose!).

The beauty of an online eCourse is that you can go AT YOUR OWN PACE (ah, the magic of the ‘pause’ button!). You can keep up and draw and paint every day, or you can do them over the weekend, or you can just watch for now, and paint on your next holiday – there are really so many options – and you’ll have access to the website for two whole years.

The reasons it’s good to register right now and joining while the course is ‘live’ are:

  • saving $30 with the Earlybird Rate (ends Monday night), and
  • being invited to join our private Facebook group and ask questions or post your drawings and paintings as we go. I’ve committed to monitoring and participating in that facebook group extensively during the three weeks, but after that, I will need to work on other projects and will only pop in from time to time (it’s a great place for you to keep in touch with your fellow 15 Flower artists though!)

There’s lots more info here too!

I love them all..they are all wonderful, and I am so looking forward to this challenging journey! Thanks Deb – me too!

Can you include an altered art flower painting or a 3 in 1 canvases? – Hi Yvonne, not this time, but I’ll add those ideas to my list! 🙂

Do they all require the same skill level or are some harder than others?Hi Denise. I have tried to explain myself well with each drawing and painting I have done, so that it’s a course that will suit a beginner, and while some flowers take longer to draw and paint, that’s the only difference – I wouldn’t say they are ‘harder’ per se. And the beauty about doing it at home is that you have all the instruction to practice as much as you like, and you can even trace over the printables to start with, while your hand learns to make the marks. It’s a terrific way to learn and build your confidence.

You had a second 15 flowers version in your studio, a lighter one if memory serves, could you post a picture of that one also please? Hi Belinda – here it is. Sold to Susan C. just last week! I’ll be painting and videoing a brand new canvas, in my same signature style, for the eCourse – as the flowers chosen are a slightly different mix. It’ll be ready soon!

I just want to tell you what an amazing job I think you have done in preparing this wonderful course! It was great to see you still teach in the same easy understanding way that you do in the classroom too! It is such good value!! Because even at full price, that is only $8 per flower!!!! That is so cheap!) I can’t join in this time, but maybe the next one I’ll be able to. All the best Anna! x  –thanks Kay, you’ve made my day with those lovely comments! Hope you can make the next one too.

No questions….keep creating! We all need something happy in our lives. thanks Delmae! Will do!

Just a phone call to explain how it all works? Not so good on computers!! will do, Elizabeth.

I do not have any questions, BUT (!) I am so excited about this eCourse, and I am ready! Deb, it’s going to be terrific!

Can we get hold of the ‘what you need’ list now or do we have to wait until the week before (I’m sure I saw that in one of the emails). I want to get some new supplies so I’m all ready to go! Can’t wait for it to start. It’s like waiting for Christmas Day!! – it’ll be like Christmas at Easter, Sandra! See the list above and the post here for more supplies info. I wanted to finish the paintings before I sent the final list – so it’ll be sent very soon. 

Would love you to include agapanthus in the 15 flowers! Maybe you could add it as a bonus flower.
Thanks Anna – love your work.
Ah Wendy, the Agapanthus has been filmed as a stand alone online Paint Along (it’s just being edited at the moment) so it’ll be ready very soon. Promise. I know it’s a favourite!

No question Anna, but I just wanted to say how excited I am about this. I didn’t know I could sketch until I did the rose and the daisy at the bottom of the requirements list.that is wonderful, Jaye!

Hi Anna, LOVE the Mural. I dropped into Murray’s and purchase most of the items. Ended up with Atelier paints. They didn’t have iridescent gold fine and Paynes Gray in stock the day I dropped in. Just inquiring about the table easel for $20. Murrays only had deal ones, wondering if you can suggest any other places or can I purchase from you. Thanking you.Hi Maureen. Yes, you can get a table easel from me (I’ll email you) and you can definitely start without Paynes Gray and Gold – we won’t need those until Week 3. Glad you love the mural!

So there you go. Please email me if you have any more questions about the eCourse and I’ll be more than happy to answer them for you.

All that’s left now is to register if you’d like to join in. It’s a gift of creativity really. And whether you achieve the 15 flowers over 3 weeks or 2 years, it’s a great excuse to get out the pencils and/or paints and get arty.

It could possibly make you as happy as Maeby (the studio dog) and I – here, we’ll show you how smiley we are…