Expressive Flowers in Acrylic Paint

Easy Flower Painting for Beginners to Advanced

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If you enjoyed the floral painting in the 'Three Acrylic Paintings' then this is the next step. I will be going into more detail about the process of painting a lovely floral the easy way.We will be using an expressive method to create a lovely vibrant painting of a vase of flowers. By following along with my process you will learn how to take a relaxed approach to your painting ideas, and give yourself plenty of room to change your mind all the way through. It is very hard to make an error!

We will start with a very loose underpainting, and let the painting grow and develop as we apply more and more layers - one step at a time. There is a very sound underlying process in this workshop despite it looking casual and loose. We will cover the use of composition, tone, colour, opacity/transparency, and balance, as well as 'how to' use paint. You will be able to apply the full process again and again in your future works, but get very different results depending on your own imaginative creative desires. The process will stand up to any subject.

I will be sharing my own creative machinations, discoveries and choices as I go, so you can see how it is - inside the process (at least for me anyway!). My style is generally pretty upbeat and I like to keep a sense of humour about the place so as not to take myself too seriously, which can lead to far too much self-judgement for my liking. Everyone knows artists are the most vigorous critics of their own work, but this is also a saboteur of a potentially abundant artist.

My intention is for you to build confidence with me in this workshop, so that you may be able to just dive into your painting in the future without a shred of doubt - which can often happen to us when faced with a blank canvas.

The paralysing sense of 'perfectionism' gets turned on its head with this loose and fun method. Everyone can benefit from this workshop, from beginner to advanced.

Overview of the Workshop

At the start of the workshop I give a quick run down on the materials, and then we will begin the painting. I will show you every single step and brushstroke in real time as well as my palette so you can see what I am using. After the underpainting, we will move on to the next layer, moving from the broad overal design of the painting all the way to the very last little special touches. There is so much room for you to move with your own inspiration if you wish to all the way, or you can just hold my hand fully. For those speed learners, you will be pleased to know you can watch at up to two speed or on the other hand slow it down. I will give lots of little special art tips along the way. It is just like being in a private art lesson, sitting with me.

Materials Used

These are the materials I have used, but you are most welcome to bring in your own colours and brushes. You can mix and match to get your own feeling in the work. I have used specific colours so you can see the differences between warm and cool colours.

Your Instructor

Helen Norton
Helen Norton

Hi, I'm Helen Norton. I am currently live in sunny Perth in West Australia. I have over three decades of a very succesful exhibiting art career behind me - including over sixty solo exhibitions under my belt. In recent years I felt a very strong urge to come out of my lovely solitude in the studio, and do something for other artists instead of just my clients who have provided me with incredible patronage to date. I still love painting, and in fact taking a dive into teaching has created a deeper love of it. However, I now feel its time to hand over the skills!

After running some very succesful live workshops, in my home state, I discovered I could make the transition from artist to teacher, which is not as easy as one would think! What I wanted was to share as far and wide as I could, not just with the locals, so thanks to technology, I can welcome you to my online courses.

I hope you will join me on a wonderful creative adventure where I can share my experience and years of learning through various courses on different aspects of the art vocation. My mission is to save you tons of time working everything out like I had to through so much trial and error, although what artists does not like exploring? I will give you my very best in tips, techniques and insights into how to paint, and also help, with how to move past blocks, and fears, and especially to build confidence. Mostly this will be pragmatic and step by step demonstration of different processes of creating artworks. I can't wait for you to pull up your easel alongside me in the studio so we can paint together!

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"I loved the class and Helen Norton! She's an expert at what she does and I learnt so very much. She is generous with her knowledge and hands on with help - tireless in helping us feel great about our work. I would recommend this workshop to anyone interested in developing skills. It is a serious workshop! Thank you Helen"

- Saras, Student in Helen's live workshops - Perth WA

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start 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 level of art experience is the course made for?
This course is suitable for anyone from a beginner who has never painted to an advanced artist. Many of my students in my live workshops would come in at these opposite extremes and yet they all gained much from the workshops. Even I love doing other artists workshops, despite my experience. It is so refreshing and always brings some new exciting inspiration.
Do I need high speed internet for the course?
Yes, you will need good internet connection to view or download the video content for this course. If you have slower speeds you can still watch but may have some lagging.
Is there an online community I can join for this course?
Yes, I have a very special private Facebook group for my students set up. I will provide details of how to submit a request to join the Helen Norton Art Lessons Facebook Community within the course. The community offers a wonderful opportunity to share and connect with other like-minded folks. You can share your inspired paintings, with us all! You can also use the hashtag #helennortonartclasses on Instagram and other social media such as FB, Pinterest and Twitter. There is also a comments section in each module and lesson where you can share your in-progress work and questions about the workshop, lessons or classes.
What is your refund policy?
Once you are enrolled in a course I am unable to offer a refund as you have full access to all the content upon paying. If you have any concerns prior to enrolling please reach out to me so I can give you more information if needed to help you decide on committing 🙂
Do I need to use the materials you have listed?
Actually no! I have chosen an array of colours to give a wide variety of colour and so I can do a little discussion about the difference between warm and cools. But you can use any colours you like. Your painting could even be done in monotone! My list is just a suggestion. On brushes, try to get filberts, even if they are not super expensive. If you are just giving painting a whirl and would prefer not to spend too much, you can most certainly use student grade everything but as we know, you will get better results especially in art, with better quality materials and brushes.

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