There are stacks of premixed green acrylic paints on the market. Here I compare NINE of them (oh wow!) and you can decide which ones you like!
Here’s a link to my sample sheet so you can download it for yourself. Please remember that colours may differ screen to screen and printer to printer, so please use as a guide only. (For personal use.)
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 supported..by Anna and our peers. It is great…I am learning so much from our drawing and painting tasks..it’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!
Do you have a special space to paint and draw? Or are you a ‘portable person’ and you simply make space wherever you go?
While you’ll sometimes find me sketching in a notebook or scrapbook in front of the telly, I do prefer drawing at a table and painting on an easel these days.
While my kids were really little, I used whatever space I could. The memory of painting at night, with my book or canvas propped up on a Milo tin, with one ear open for a rustle of bedding (my first baby slept in the pram a lot, so I would wheel him up beside the table), is still vivid. Of course, there were usually other things on the table, so I’d make do with whatever setup I could manage in the time I had!
Now that I have been painting for years though, I have figured out the way I like to work best. Admittedly it gets out of control occasionally – usually when collage is involved – but I do try to set myself up the way I know works well for me.
Now, I’m right handed… if you’re a lefty you’re no doubt used to mirror imaging things. 😉
I have my reference materials above and to the left of me and my substrate in this photo is a canvas paper pad.
On my right I choose the brushes I’m planning to use (here I have #6 and #12 round brushes, a 1/2 inch flat and a #12 hogs bristle brush), and my tear-off paper palette. I know of many artists who will use a small canvas as a palette and then reuse that canvas for a new painting – I think this is a terrific idea, I just have trouble remembering to do it!
Then I have an old teatowel for wiping my brushes, and usually two ice-cream buckets, about 2/3 full, of water. I use one to do the first wash of the brush, and the second for a final rinse between colours.
To the right of that I have a selection of paint colours that I plan to use. The Golden colours shown are my absolute favourites.
Now if I was painting a canvas for a Paint Along (40 x 50cm), this is the set up I’d have:
I’ve simply replaced my paper pad with this table easel. I’ve tried a few table easels over the years, starting with a ‘three legged’ version, but found they were a bit wobbly for my tastes.
This is the type I’ve decided works best for me (and in my Paint Alongs):
They cost about about $20 AU.
If I’m painting a bigger canvas I’ll use my standing easel, with a small table beside me, set up just as I’ve shown you above.
I’d love to see where you manage to paint. Feel free to email me a photo of where you’re working your own art magic!