Painting Holidays France

I have just uploaded my latest painting video to YouTube. Just 30 minutes of pure, pink, painting pleasure. 

Paint this in three stages and if you want me to send you the photos and the drawings I worked from just write to and I will send them to you with pleasure. Click on the picture below and it will take you straight to the video which has three stages joined together in one 30 minute video.

And if you enjoy this video don’t forget to click on LIKE, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE and tell me if you would like to see a bigger painting with a selection of peonies.

YouTube channel: Nicola Blakemore

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Especially for you I have put together two of my essential watercolour painting courses to help you get the most from your painting.

Watch the introductory video by clicking on the link on the right.

Then when you are ready to commit you can click on this link on the right

This will take you my painting school where you can purchase the bundle for $15 instead of $35 only until the end of May 2017.

The bundle includes:

Course ONE: Painting Essentials – Beginner? Get good habits. Experienced? A bit of revision

* An absolute beginner? This will give you some basic guidelines to create solid foundations to help you get into good habits right from the start.

* Already painting but think your pictures lack ‘something?’ This might be just what you’re looking for to lift the standard of your work and make your paintings stand out from the rest. It’s easy to get in a rut and use the same methods time after time. This course will help you step outside your comfort zone.

Take a closer look at composition, shadows, fixing mistake, perspective, making changes and colour harmony.

Course TWO: Painting- Special effects with brush techniques, other tools and substances.

Do you want to take your watercolour painting to a higher level ?

Do you feel that you are a bit stuck ?

Do you want to give your paintings that WOW factor ?

Then this is the course for you.

This course is for anyone interested in starting to paint with watercolours and also for those who are already painting with them but would like to lift their work to the next level.

TWO super courses to help you on your watercolour painting adventure

Enjoy your painting, love Nicola





I have always admired people who have that relaxed and fearless state of mind to be able to work in the ‘sketch book style’

People like Danny Greggory who see’s his art as a comment on the everyday, taking it from the mundane to something that matters, to have the motivation to draw anything and everything that presents to him. It was also a way for him to survive his ‘monkey mind’ whilst going through a very difficult period in his life. Which is in itself a valid enough reason. We all need to escape that incessant chatter from time to time.

I am forever, and I mean FOREVER telling my students to enjoy the ‘pleasure of the doing’ and that the outcome is secondary. It doesn’t matter what other people think of your painting, it’s only what you think that matters and that the process is the most important thing.

So with the enjoyment and the ‘doing’ in mind I have embarked on some sketchbook work myself, including posting some videos on my YouTube channel for people to do and the feedback is very rewarding. I am also enjoying it.

So if you don’t, think you can’t or even can’t be bothered have a go, have a scribble, just scrawl about with a pen and some watercolour crayons. And if you need any help get in touch with me and we can scrawl together.

Happy sketching.

Village Scene

Village Scene

Sketch Book

Sketch Book

It’s my favourite time of the year when everything is fresh and vibrant. Fabulous.

As a celebration of the brilliant poppies I made this little video. You can see on my YouTube channel. Just click on the picture below. And have fun.

A tutorial on YouTube

A tutorial on YouTube

Yes it’s true. I now have my own school where I will post any new painting and courses in the future. It’s called ‘Painting with Nicola’ So why not pop over and take a look.

I will still be posting little videos on YouTube for you to dip into and enjoy, but my new site will carry everything new that I create. In the meantime have a go at painting this.

thumbnail lilac

Spring Lilac.

Here is another fun painting for you to do as a warm up painting exercise, or as a pretty gift or scaled down for greeting cards.

Click on the image and go to my You Tube channel and enjoy. When you have watched the video don’t forget to click on LIKE, then SHARE and of course SUBSCRIBE.


Pretty Primulas in a pot

Well I would really like to know what has made this little video so popular on my YouTube channel

Tutorial on YouTube

Tutorial on YouTube

(click on the picture and you’ll see it)

I asked the question in a few painting groups and the answer that came back indicated that the way I had filmed and narrated the video made people think that they could paint this too. That there were no expectations and no pressure to create the perfect painting.

So with this in mind I will be doing more fun and hopefully simple little paintings for people to do themselves and to have some painting FUN.

If you haven’t already, take a look at the video, click on LIKE and then SHARE with your painting fiends and of course subscribe to my channel.

All you have to do is click on the picture below and it will take you straight to my YouTube channel ‘Nicola Blakemore’ where you will find a host of other videos to help you with your painting.

Tutorial on You Tube

Tutorial on You Tube

At my regular art class one of my students brought in some sprigs of a yellow flowering shrub and it made a nice little watercolour study for everyone to do, including me.

Below is the picture of the one I painted in Class. If you click on it you will go directly to my YouTube channel where I will show the painting process.

I’m not sure how long it took me to do the painting in class as I paused a lot to see how my students were getting on. I wanted to do the film in one go, so naturally I don’t think the picture turned out as well, but it took 15 minutes. Why not have a go ? And you can take as long as you like. Enjoy.

You Tube

roussillon 2Check out this video Perspective made easy and see how you can simply implement this technique when you need to tackle a scene.


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