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Birgit O'Connor - Backgrounds & Shadows Special 6-week Interactive course

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"Thank you for the brilliant lessons. You are easy to listen to and you are so thorough with your explanations.Your approach is so rewarding. Thank you so much." Wendy McLennan
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Birgit O'Connor - Backgrounds & Shadows Special 6-week Interactive course

Birgit O'Connor - Backgrounds & Shadows Special 6-week Interactive course

What students say

"Love the bonus material. What a bonus :)" Loree Landry

"I am really enjoying your classes. I enjoy painting the flowers and the format is perfect for me as it gives me lots of time to work on the paintings. The interactive online sessions are fantastic!" Lynn

"Thank you for the brilliant lessons. You are easy to listen to and you are so thorough with your explanations.Your approach is so rewarding. Thank you so much." Wendy McLennan

Get immediately download Birgit O'Connor - Backgrounds & Shadows Special 6-week Interactive course

Birgit is an excellent instructor who is organized, informative and thorough in her presentations. Also she is very supportive and helpful in her comments on the painting submissions. I felt strongly that she really wanted me to learn and improve and produce a painting that would make me feel that I had achieved a result that would be worthwhile. I would take another class from her in a heartbeat. Sincerely, Trish Kuncewicz

I never would have had the courage to put such a background on a painting before taking your lessons, but I can see now how much of an improvement it makes". Jeanne Hall

Thank you, Birgit. YOU make learning fun, accessible, a DREAM come true! Your fine instruction makes it possible, Frances Gill-Turano
Take a Peek inside

This content rich course will help expand your skills, give you techniques, inspire new ideas, along with helping you create some really beautiful paintings

6- Week Interactive Course

Do you paint the background first, or leave it for last, keep it the white of the paper or add lots detail and color. These are just of a few of the questions we will be covering. In this course, I’ll help you find new ideas and different approaches to apply into your paintings using a push-pull affect to create more depth. Course includes two full step-by-step paintings "Apple Blossom" & "Quince" learn how to how to change and rearrange reference photos and transform them into more pleasing compositions.

Lifetime access
Live group meetings
Go at your own pace
Paint anytime day or night
Ask questions
Downloadable PDF reference photos and sketches
Learn how to create your own reference material for future paintings.
Understand how to change the feeling of a painting to brighten it up, make it moody or intense and dramatic.
Why values are important
Learn more about the water to color ratio
The full course opens on the specified date and runs for 6 weeks.
After the end date of the course, you can still participate with limited interaction.
Learn how to fix and recover from a dreaded bloom in the middle of your painting and use it to your advantage.
Course is rich in content
Free Bonus Course Included

Your Instructor

Birgit O
Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O’Connor, is a signature member of CWA-M, LWS-M, NWWS, and is an award winning artist, judge, juror and author of the top-selling North Light books “ Watercolor in Motion”"Paint Watercolor Flowers" and “Watercolor Essentials” along with being included in three other titles. Known for her original paintings and inspirational teaching style. In 2019, she is expanded into portraits which have been well received into international shows. Currently Birgit has reduced here busy traveling schedule so she can continue to develop and build her online courses. She has been included in over 60 national and international publications, the New York Times, SF Gate,Artist Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine INK in New Mexico, in the United States, Dobry Zank, (publication in Poland) "L'Art de l'Aquarelle in France. Her memberships include Cambridge Who’s Who, Who's who in America and Who's who in American woman. In 2018 she launched a Podcast "The World of Watercolor Painting" to help support and encourage artists from around the world (available on your favorite podcast app). www.birgitoconnor.com

Course Curriculum

Welcome to class

Welcome (3:41)

Material list

Material list

Palette set-up

About the Materials

Resources & Private Facebook Group

Reference photos & FB Groups

FQA

How to login (3:36)

Light, Medium Bold Primary colors

How to keep track of where you are in the course

How to print and download PDF files (8:28)

How to make your own quick line drawing (1:19)

Reviewing Basics: Bonus Course

Watercolor Painting terms

What you will need

About brushes

Setting up the Palette

Tearing paper

About Paper

Paper type affects your painting

Make your own pad of paper

About Watercolor Paint

Color Charts

Warm, Cool, and Transparent Color

Values and Water-to-color blends

Get immediately download Birgit O'Connor - Backgrounds & Shadows Special 6-week Interactive course

Where and when to sign a painting

Common painting mistakes

Gathering background material

Background Introduction (2:59)

1 Backgrounds Getting ed (17:39)

Assignment

2 Backgrounds: How to use your camera (5:49)

3 Backgrounds: What to look for (3:01)

Take a Quiz or Print the Worksheet

Background techniques / Section 1

1 Background techniques wet-into-wet and wet-on-dry (14:18)

2 Background techniques: Dropping in water & Negative painting (12:29)

3 Background techniques: Texture (5:07)

4 Background techniques: Circles (12:30)

How this can be applied into a painting

Take a Quiz or Pint the Worksheet

Apple Blossom reference photos & line drawing

Reference photos in PDF and Jpeg

Reference of the original painting

Update- Line drawing update 15x22

DUPLICATE colorized 15x22 line drawing

How to assemble and transfer the line sketch to watercolor paper

Apple Blossom Getting ed

Introduction Values (3:50) (3:50)

Lesson 1: Mask the Stamens (2:37)

Lesson 2 Tint the background if needed (2:34)

Lesson 3: Shading (7:28)

Lesson 4 define the petals (6:25)

Apple Blossom Complex Shadows

About Shadows

Lesson 5 Complex shadows (9:11)

Lesson 6 complex shadow (8:34)

Lesson 7 complex shadows (3:26)

Lesson 8 complex shadow (2:19)

Lesson 9 complex shadows (8:16)

Lesson 10 complex shadows (5:49)

Apple Blossom Branch, Buds & Center

Lesson 11 the center (6:20)

Lesson 12 Buds (7:38)

Lesson 13 Branch (2:59)

Apple Blossom Background

Lesson 14 Let the painting tell the story (3:23)

Lesson 15 background (9:06)

Lesson 16 final details (9:48)

Post your painting / Questions or comments

Quince fruit & Background reference material

Reference photos

Quince reference photo _ quarter sheet painting (11x15inches)

Quince reference photos _ fits half sheet painting (15x22)

Quince fruit & Background lesson

Material List - Quince

Quince Intro (2:18)

Quince Getting ed (6:58)

Quince 2 The underpainting (9:47)

Quince 3 Layering color (9:12)

Quince 4 Shadow & Problem solving (4:46)

Quince 5 How to fix a blossom (5:35)

Quince 6 Adding the background (13:52)

Quince 7 Layer Color (5:49)

Optional half sheet (15x22) painting

Quince optional 1 - Half sheet painting (10:45)

Quince optional 2 - half sheet painting (10:58)

Archive

May 14 - recorded introduction (64:30)

May 28 - assignment review & getting ed on the apple blossom (104:56)

June 11 - painting review (98:12)

June 25 final review (110:43)

Bonus - Meeting Archive

Recorded meetings June - July 2019 (337:53)

Recorded meetings Nov - Dec 2018 (302:02)

Recorded meetings May-June 2018 session (210:54)

Previously recorded meetings Jan - Feb 2018 (401:25)

Questions or comments

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course and finish?
The course s now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you 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.

Testimonials

"I have appreciated all of your lessons and your ability to put water control into words and through demonstration. You are able to see things and say things in such a constructive way that I feel everyone is able to grow in their art. I have some of your books and DVD's but the interactive portion is far superior. Thank you!" Jean Matuszwski

Get immediately download Birgit O'Connor - Backgrounds & Shadows Special 6-week Interactive course

"Thank you for the brilliant lessons. You are easy to listen to and you are so thorough with your explanations.Your approach is so rewarding. Thank you so much." Wendy McLennan

Thanks so much for your teaching these incredible online workshops...they are magic! :) Debra Laurie

HI Birgit, I want you to know that this particular format with your personal reviews and critiques and the combination of website and class meetings are the best online course I have ever taken. Debra Prat

Thank you, Birgit. YOU make learning fun, accessible, a DREAM come true! Your fine instruction makes it possible, Frances Gill-Turano

Hi Birgit, I really like watching you paint… Your courses are amazing! Cheryl F. Canada

Thank you Birgit..... I am much encouraged. I have all the right equipment and am learning a lot. IT IS INCREDIBLE to be able to get advice from an accomplished artist. I shall persevere! Pat

Hi Birgit Your courses are 100 percent effective. Thanks, Fay

Hi Birgit... I'm thrilled with your extensive comments. :-) I'm really enjoying the course and to have such a valuable critique is such a wonderful addition to this course. Its as good, or possibly even better than being in a class with you. Feel like I'm on the right track with the right tutor to help me. Kind regards from Jude. :-)

WOW!!! You are such a real professional!!! I love how you are instructing...quiet, confident voice, SAYING exactly what you are doing and why, SHOWING exactly what you are doing and why, USING the reference photo as a guide and REFERRING to the practice sample as a reminder that "you can do it"!! And then GIVING the students time to put into practice what you've just taught with your comments and suggestions ready to help! WOW! Not only a first class instructor, but an excellent and beautiful artist. I LOVE YOUR WORK! Cheryl Feragen

I can't tell you how much I enjoy your courses, Birgit, you are a very generous and skilled teacher. LInda Read

Birgit! You are amazing master of painting enriching our minds, hearts and imagination with your art. Thank you, Zlatica Stauder

Birgit is an excellent instructor who is organized, informative and thorough in her presentations. Also she is very supportive and helpful in her comments on the painting submissions. I felt strongly that she really wanted me to learn and improve and produce a painting that would make me feel that I had achieved a result that would be worthwhile. I would take another class from her in a heartbeat. Sincerely, Trish Kuncewicz

I wanted you to know that I really appreciate your calm teaching voice. It was one of the main reasons I chose your class. You speak very thoughtfully, slowly, and clearly. While watching the videos, I picked up a lot of helpful instruction, before of working on the actual painting. Using the sweeping upstroke to avoid spreading at the end of the stroke, and softening the edges of lines with a larger brush both worked beautifully, much improving my first attempts! I'll be ing to paint the poppy tomorrow – so excited! Thanks in advance, Laurie

Hi Birgit. Wow!!!Looks great!!!You are tireless!!!! I love the video courses. Thank you for sharing your expertise with the rest of us. Mary Louise

Dear Birgit you are my all time favorite artist and I have purchased your some of your courses as well as a copy of the watercolor magic magazine you are featured in. H. Merchant AUSTRALIA

"I am really enjoying your classes. I enjoy painting the flowers and the format is perfect for me as it gives me lots of time to work on the paintings. The interactive online sessions are fantastic!" Lynn

Hi Birgit I am a retired art, elementary, and Montessori teacher with over 30 years experience. I tried other classes but I think I've learned the most from Birgit's online courses. I love the feedback she gives, it's way more than I have received before. I find it so valuable. I look forward to doing more. Jann Clare

"my confidence has been boosted. The lessons are so easy to follow. Thank you so much for putting together these courses." Barbara Nelson

Read more: https://archive.is/U7D4Q

Birgit O'Connor - Backgrounds & Shadows Special 6-week Interactive course

Birgit O'Connor - Backgrounds & Shadows Special 6-week Interactive course

What students say

"Love the bonus material. What a bonus :)" Loree Landry

"I am really enjoying your classes. I enjoy painting the flowers and the format is perfect for me as it gives me lots of time to work on the paintings. The interactive online sessions are fantastic!" Lynn

"Thank you for the brilliant lessons. You are easy to listen to and you are so thorough with your explanations.Your approach is so rewarding. Thank you so much." Wendy McLennan

Get immediately download Birgit O'Connor - Backgrounds & Shadows Special 6-week Interactive course

Birgit is an excellent instructor who is organized, informative and thorough in her presentations. Also she is very supportive and helpful in her comments on the painting submissions. I felt strongly that she really wanted me to learn and improve and produce a painting that would make me feel that I had achieved a result that would be worthwhile. I would take another class from her in a heartbeat. Sincerely, Trish Kuncewicz

I never would have had the courage to put such a background on a painting before taking your lessons, but I can see now how much of an improvement it makes". Jeanne Hall

Thank you, Birgit. YOU make learning fun, accessible, a DREAM come true! Your fine instruction makes it possible, Frances Gill-Turano
Take a Peek inside

This content rich course will help expand your skills, give you techniques, inspire new ideas, along with helping you create some really beautiful paintings

6- Week Interactive Course

Do you paint the background first, or leave it for last, keep it the white of the paper or add lots detail and color. These are just of a few of the questions we will be covering. In this course, I’ll help you find new ideas and different approaches to apply into your paintings using a push-pull affect to create more depth. Course includes two full step-by-step paintings "Apple Blossom" & "Quince" learn how to how to change and rearrange reference photos and transform them into more pleasing compositions.

Lifetime access
Live group meetings
Go at your own pace
Paint anytime day or night
Ask questions
Downloadable PDF reference photos and sketches
Learn how to create your own reference material for future paintings.
Understand how to change the feeling of a painting to brighten it up, make it moody or intense and dramatic.
Why values are important
Learn more about the water to color ratio
The full course opens on the specified date and runs for 6 weeks.
After the end date of the course, you can still participate with limited interaction.
Learn how to fix and recover from a dreaded bloom in the middle of your painting and use it to your advantage.
Course is rich in content
Free Bonus Course Included

Your Instructor

Birgit O
Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O’Connor, is a signature member of CWA-M, LWS-M, NWWS, and is an award winning artist, judge, juror and author of the top-selling North Light books “ Watercolor in Motion”"Paint Watercolor Flowers" and “Watercolor Essentials” along with being included in three other titles. Known for her original paintings and inspirational teaching style. In 2019, she is expanded into portraits which have been well received into international shows. Currently Birgit has reduced here busy traveling schedule so she can continue to develop and build her online courses. She has been included in over 60 national and international publications, the New York Times, SF Gate,Artist Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine INK in New Mexico, in the United States, Dobry Zank, (publication in Poland) "L'Art de l'Aquarelle in France. Her memberships include Cambridge Who’s Who, Who's who in America and Who's who in American woman. In 2018 she launched a Podcast "The World of Watercolor Painting" to help support and encourage artists from around the world (available on your favorite podcast app). www.birgitoconnor.com

Course Curriculum

Welcome to class

Welcome (3:41)

Material list

Material list

Palette set-up

About the Materials

Resources & Private Facebook Group

Reference photos & FB Groups

FQA

How to login (3:36)

Light, Medium Bold Primary colors

How to keep track of where you are in the course

How to print and download PDF files (8:28)

How to make your own quick line drawing (1:19)

Reviewing Basics: Bonus Course

Watercolor Painting terms

What you will need

About brushes

Setting up the Palette

Tearing paper

About Paper

Paper type affects your painting

Make your own pad of paper

About Watercolor Paint

Color Charts

Warm, Cool, and Transparent Color

Values and Water-to-color blends

Get immediately download Birgit O'Connor - Backgrounds & Shadows Special 6-week Interactive course

Where and when to sign a painting

Common painting mistakes

Gathering background material

Background Introduction (2:59)

1 Backgrounds Getting ed (17:39)

Assignment

2 Backgrounds: How to use your camera (5:49)

3 Backgrounds: What to look for (3:01)

Take a Quiz or Print the Worksheet

Background techniques / Section 1

1 Background techniques wet-into-wet and wet-on-dry (14:18)

2 Background techniques: Dropping in water & Negative painting (12:29)

3 Background techniques: Texture (5:07)

4 Background techniques: Circles (12:30)

How this can be applied into a painting

Take a Quiz or Pint the Worksheet

Apple Blossom reference photos & line drawing

Reference photos in PDF and Jpeg

Reference of the original painting

Update- Line drawing update 15x22

DUPLICATE colorized 15x22 line drawing

How to assemble and transfer the line sketch to watercolor paper

Apple Blossom Getting ed

Introduction Values (3:50) (3:50)

Lesson 1: Mask the Stamens (2:37)

Lesson 2 Tint the background if needed (2:34)

Lesson 3: Shading (7:28)

Lesson 4 define the petals (6:25)

Apple Blossom Complex Shadows

About Shadows

Lesson 5 Complex shadows (9:11)

Lesson 6 complex shadow (8:34)

Lesson 7 complex shadows (3:26)

Lesson 8 complex shadow (2:19)

Lesson 9 complex shadows (8:16)

Lesson 10 complex shadows (5:49)

Apple Blossom Branch, Buds & Center

Lesson 11 the center (6:20)

Lesson 12 Buds (7:38)

Lesson 13 Branch (2:59)

Apple Blossom Background

Lesson 14 Let the painting tell the story (3:23)

Lesson 15 background (9:06)

Lesson 16 final details (9:48)

Post your painting / Questions or comments

Quince fruit & Background reference material

Reference photos

Quince reference photo _ quarter sheet painting (11x15inches)

Quince reference photos _ fits half sheet painting (15x22)

Quince fruit & Background lesson

Material List - Quince

Quince Intro (2:18)

Quince Getting ed (6:58)

Quince 2 The underpainting (9:47)

Quince 3 Layering color (9:12)

Quince 4 Shadow & Problem solving (4:46)

Quince 5 How to fix a blossom (5:35)

Quince 6 Adding the background (13:52)

Quince 7 Layer Color (5:49)

Optional half sheet (15x22) painting

Quince optional 1 - Half sheet painting (10:45)

Quince optional 2 - half sheet painting (10:58)

Archive

May 14 - recorded introduction (64:30)

May 28 - assignment review & getting ed on the apple blossom (104:56)

June 11 - painting review (98:12)

June 25 final review (110:43)

Bonus - Meeting Archive

Recorded meetings June - July 2019 (337:53)

Recorded meetings Nov - Dec 2018 (302:02)

Recorded meetings May-June 2018 session (210:54)

Previously recorded meetings Jan - Feb 2018 (401:25)

Questions or comments

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course and finish?
The course s now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you 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.

Testimonials

"I have appreciated all of your lessons and your ability to put water control into words and through demonstration. You are able to see things and say things in such a constructive way that I feel everyone is able to grow in their art. I have some of your books and DVD's but the interactive portion is far superior. Thank you!" Jean Matuszwski

Get immediately download Birgit O'Connor - Backgrounds & Shadows Special 6-week Interactive course

"Thank you for the brilliant lessons. You are easy to listen to and you are so thorough with your explanations.Your approach is so rewarding. Thank you so much." Wendy McLennan

Thanks so much for your teaching these incredible online workshops...they are magic! :) Debra Laurie

HI Birgit, I want you to know that this particular format with your personal reviews and critiques and the combination of website and class meetings are the best online course I have ever taken. Debra Prat

Thank you, Birgit. YOU make learning fun, accessible, a DREAM come true! Your fine instruction makes it possible, Frances Gill-Turano

Hi Birgit, I really like watching you paint… Your courses are amazing! Cheryl F. Canada

Thank you Birgit..... I am much encouraged. I have all the right equipment and am learning a lot. IT IS INCREDIBLE to be able to get advice from an accomplished artist. I shall persevere! Pat

Hi Birgit Your courses are 100 percent effective. Thanks, Fay

Hi Birgit... I'm thrilled with your extensive comments. :-) I'm really enjoying the course and to have such a valuable critique is such a wonderful addition to this course. Its as good, or possibly even better than being in a class with you. Feel like I'm on the right track with the right tutor to help me. Kind regards from Jude. :-)

WOW!!! You are such a real professional!!! I love how you are instructing...quiet, confident voice, SAYING exactly what you are doing and why, SHOWING exactly what you are doing and why, USING the reference photo as a guide and REFERRING to the practice sample as a reminder that "you can do it"!! And then GIVING the students time to put into practice what you've just taught with your comments and suggestions ready to help! WOW! Not only a first class instructor, but an excellent and beautiful artist. I LOVE YOUR WORK! Cheryl Feragen

I can't tell you how much I enjoy your courses, Birgit, you are a very generous and skilled teacher. LInda Read

Birgit! You are amazing master of painting enriching our minds, hearts and imagination with your art. Thank you, Zlatica Stauder

Birgit is an excellent instructor who is organized, informative and thorough in her presentations. Also she is very supportive and helpful in her comments on the painting submissions. I felt strongly that she really wanted me to learn and improve and produce a painting that would make me feel that I had achieved a result that would be worthwhile. I would take another class from her in a heartbeat. Sincerely, Trish Kuncewicz

I wanted you to know that I really appreciate your calm teaching voice. It was one of the main reasons I chose your class. You speak very thoughtfully, slowly, and clearly. While watching the videos, I picked up a lot of helpful instruction, before of working on the actual painting. Using the sweeping upstroke to avoid spreading at the end of the stroke, and softening the edges of lines with a larger brush both worked beautifully, much improving my first attempts! I'll be ing to paint the poppy tomorrow – so excited! Thanks in advance, Laurie

Hi Birgit. Wow!!!Looks great!!!You are tireless!!!! I love the video courses. Thank you for sharing your expertise with the rest of us. Mary Louise

Dear Birgit you are my all time favorite artist and I have purchased your some of your courses as well as a copy of the watercolor magic magazine you are featured in. H. Merchant AUSTRALIA

"I am really enjoying your classes. I enjoy painting the flowers and the format is perfect for me as it gives me lots of time to work on the paintings. The interactive online sessions are fantastic!" Lynn

Hi Birgit I am a retired art, elementary, and Montessori teacher with over 30 years experience. I tried other classes but I think I've learned the most from Birgit's online courses. I love the feedback she gives, it's way more than I have received before. I find it so valuable. I look forward to doing more. Jann Clare

"my confidence has been boosted. The lessons are so easy to follow. Thank you so much for putting together these courses." Barbara Nelson

Read more: https://archive.is/U7D4Q