Painting Holidays France

Here is my latest painting which I have also released as a painting course. It’s bright, it’s colourful, contemporary and a lot of fun. If you love France and painting then you’ll love this.

The painting 500

This contemporary composition is a great way to still enjoy the pleasures of watercolours yet in a new way. It’s also a super way to learn how to create your own composition from a collection of favourite objects, maybe from a special trip or event. Paint this one or use it as a template to create your own.

Over two hours of video demonstrations in 14 lectures complete with full descriptions and photographic resources. Only $30 go to the link below

Here is a a selection of my TOP TIPS to enhance your painting pleasure.

And you can get them with my latest mini courses for just $10.

It’s called ‘Here are my TOP TIPS for easier, happier and more relaxed painting‘. Find it at

They have been compiled out of the observations I have made when I have been teaching people in person. And some of them proved to be a real revelation to the painter.

Some of these tips will save you time, money, energy and help you avoid frustration and make painting a more enjoyable experience. Many of the tips may be common sense to you, but I don’t know what you don’t know.

If you have any bright ideas of your own, let me know.

Enjoy your painting, love Nicola

People often ask me how to paint water, whether it’s in waves , as a lake or tumbling down it can be tricky. Not anymore with my easy to follow techniques.

After all you are really painting something which is transparent, so you need to take into account the colours of what is either underneath it or reflected in it.

I have just put together a course to help you where I offer you some ways of painting waves, tumbling water, cascading and rippling water. Click on the picture  below and look at an example video, then decide if you think the course will help you. It is on offer until the end of August for $10 at my new on line painting school at

Whatever you do, enjoy your painting.


 Here is my latest little painting video tutorial now on my You Tube channel.

Take a look and have a go at this little bunch of Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Toms

So often when we are drawing or painting, we are so focused on the objects we forget to look at the spaces. Well this little painting tutorial is to help you take note of the spaces. 

Negative Space

For example, it is very helpful when you are sketching a still life and you are working out how to place your objects in relation to each other, by looking at the shape of the spaces between.

Not only is it a great exercise in helping your brain become more flexible, it also shows you how by painting the spaces you create the objects at the same time. Confused? Well have go, you’ll have to concentrate but it’s worth it.

I can’t take credit for the idea, as I found it in a book I have had for years by Linda Kemp. Check her out if you’d like to know about this approach to painting.

For more watercolour painting courses and painting workshops, go to ‘Painting with Nicola’  Or if you can join me on one of my painting holidays. Enjoy your painting.



Here is the first batch of the year, sliced and seasoned and ready to dry.

And it’s only June 18. I hadn’t thought to be doing this in June but the weather is so hot and these little darlings so tempting it had to be done. And what better task to do on my terrace on a Sunday morning.

There they are, the little beauties, all tucked up for the day. Now I hope I’ve got enough jars !

sundried toms

Whether you have been living on your own for years, or it is a situation which is fairly new to you, sometimes it’s hard to go somewhere different on your own, however much you want to.

I have had many singletons, both male and female come on my painting holidays over the years, but this lady knew that she had to embrace the anxiety and do it anyway.

Still going through a bereavement, she  hadn’t done anything on her own for many years and she also hadn’t painted for quite a while and felt that she had lost her confidence. But this little interview will show you how she overcame her fears and found the perfect place, company and tuition to move her on. Well done and keep creating your beautiful paintings.

So don’t be anxious, just come and have a great time.

When I posted this video in my painting group page on Facebook, I was thrilled to see a comment from a lady who came earlier in the month.

‘Yes I can absolutely endorse this 1000% I thoroughly enjoyed myself in a wonderful, safe, friendly, caring and nurturing environment second to none and which was only made possible by two exceptionally kind ladies, Nicola and Annika who were both insightful and intuitive and nothing was too much trouble for them, I thought I might have felt intimidated by more experienced painters but this was not the case at all. This painting holiday was excellent value for money and far exceeded my expectations in every aspect.’ Alison

Well an accolade indeed. I feel honoured and slightly humbled that this lady wanted to make the big trip to be able to have my tuition in person rather than via the internet. Let Stephanie tell you about it. Thanks Stephanie.


My second painting holiday group are enjoying some fabulous weather in a beautiful and peaceful setting at my venue  in my village ‘Maison Quarante.’

When they are not working in our bright and comfortable studio learning and trying out new techniques, they can be found sitting in the garden painting putting into action their new found skills.

This group was made up of more experienced painters, but they confessed that they had not really been taught how to properly plan a painting. Now armed with that knowledge they are feeling more confident and prepared to get painting.

My next painting holiday in Quarante will be in September.


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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