Inspired? Do you want to learn to create beautiful watercolours or pastel paintings yourself? Here is a list of a few artists who helped me, and at the bottom I'll list a few of my favourite art shops to help get you stocked up on supplies.
Lindsay The Frugal Crafter has wonderful beginner tutorials in watercolour to help get you started, in fact that is where I first started when I wanted to start learning watercolours. She starts at the absolute beginning with how much water to add to your paint, recommended paints, paper and brushes. Also she has many lessons from beginners to more advanced. If you want to learn watercolours, pastels, coloured pencils, or craft of any kind, pop over to have a look at Lindsay youtube channel.
As well as Lindsay you can't go past Angela Fehr, her videos and tutorials on watercolour are wonderful, as well as this she offers inspiration, and down to earth advice. Watch some of her free youtube videos or head over to her website and craftsy to see more.
Now that you've explored the basics you'll want to learn more advanced techniques in watercolour so head over to see Birgit. She is an incredibly vivid painter whose free way with the paint is incredible to watch. Watch some of her free youtube tutorials or head over to her website and enroll in her free course on Barns and Ranches and learn advanced techniques such as deliberately creating blooms. Magical, enchanting colour. Her paid courses are well worth doing especially in learning to create waves, sand, rocks, vivacious flowers and so much more. I am so glad I was able to do some of Birgit's courses she helped me take my paintings to the next level.
Another teacher I learnt from was Anna Mason. She is incredibly gifted in hues, and after studying with her you start to see those slight shifts in hue as well. She is also great for teaching brush control. She has a unique method of painting watercolours that helps her students gain confidence in their work and after learning that method you can go on and paint anything. She also has a free lesson on her website that is well worth doing to see whether her methods suit you before signing up. Check out Anna's realistic Watercolours with Wow.
Heidi is another watercolour artist who has helped me take my art to the next level. I saw her art displayed in my local gallery and had to learn more. She is an Australian artist who paints realistic watercolours, her birds are particularly stunning. She teaches workshops locally here in Australia and she also has online courses on Udemy. I was delighted to take her Udemy course "Chasing Autumn" on Autumnal leaves, absolutely beautiful.
Lisa the artist behind Lachri Fine Art is a beautiful teacher who shares her classes on youtube and patreon. While she is not a watercolour or pastel artist she is on this list for helping artists become better. Her tutorials range from Coloured Pencils, Acrylics, Oils, and more. She is a gifted Wildlife artist and her tips and lessons on creating fur and feathers have really helped me immensely.
Jason is an incredible wildlife artist. He teaches primarily in oils, pastels and graphite. You'll find his website full of lessons, he also teaches on youtube and patreon as well. He is also an incredible photographer and has a dedicated website chock full of royalty free reference images supplied to us at low cost, he also gives away free reference photo's every friday on youtube. His wildlife pastel videos and also his videos on recommended supplies have really helped me.
Don't want to limit yourself to just learning one medium, check out Art Tutor they have low monthly fees and classes in all mediums, learn watercolours, pastels, oils, acrylics, and also learn how to create better paintings by learning about value, composition and more.
Udemy has a good range of art courses with everything from beginner to advanced in a wide variety of styles and mediums. While they don't have the same range of art courses like Art tutor for example, they are not just a dedicated art learning site, so they also have courses for everything in life, including Website creation, Social Media for Artists, Photography, Photoshop, Time Management courses and more. With its increasing popularity, the range of quality art courses from diverse artists just seems to be improving all the time.
My favourite Pastel Shop. They have the biggest range of pastels in the Southern Hemisphere. Also they are the only supplier I have found in Australia that keep Clairefontaine's pastelmat which I adore. They also keep a beautiful range of botanical watercolour supplies as well. There is actually two websites for this one amazing shop, located in Adamstown Australia it is a niche art shop for quality supplies. Find them at www.softpastels.com.au or at www.adamstownart.com.au
This is another of my favourite art shops, based in the UK it is great for buying hard to get supplies and picking up incredible bargains. They have a huge assortment of supplies, great prices and cheap worldwide shipping.