Creative Catalyst Productions - Watercolor from Within: Transparent Layering with Barbara Nechis

Watercolor from Within: Transparent Layering with Barbara Nechis


Artist: Barbara Nechis
Producer: Creative Catalyst Productions
Runtime: 142 min

If you've ever wished you could skip the thumbnails and dive head first into watercolor than join Barbara Nechis and paint "Watercolor from Within." Drawing technique is important, but sometimes you just want to paint.



     This watercolor painting DVD focuses on building your confidence with your paint. In her DVD painting lessons, Nechis instructs students to fully use the watercolor painting technique wet-into-wet to create a stunning floral scene. Without a reference photo, physical subject, or sketched outline, Nechis demonstrates how to paint from within using a single spot of magenta paint placed confidently in the center of the page.

     Using memory and emotion as her only inspirations, Nechis works outward from this center.  She uses the flowing paint as her guide for what should come next. During Barbara's art lessons, students will learn how to make composition decisions quickly and confidently. Nechis emphasizes the importance of balancing repetition and variety. She shows students how to paint with both transparent and opaque pigments, and she teaches you how to play with hard and soft edges. 

     Nechis encourages students to avoid mixing color on the page but instead blends by using the watercolor technique of double-loading wide, square brushes and then tilting her paper to make pigment flow. As the demonstration progresses, Nechis explains her techniques for transforming a loose, direct scene into an intricate and layered composition. Instead of being locked into a predetermined composition, students will learn how to respond to what happens on the paper. This frees emotion during the creative process, and it will allow you to relay your passion for a subject on the page.

Bonus Clip from this Video:  Adding Variety to your work


"Just watched the Barbara Nechis video, and I am impressed.  What a great experience. Your videos are  beautifully done. A complete bargain.  Many, many thanks for making these artists available to us."

" Wonderful DVD! All aspiring watercolorists should spend time in her workshops or studying her style even if they don't want to paint that way: her approach gets right to the essence of what watercolor is all about. Look for the preview video online."
- Ernest Y -

"Her technique was unique. She explained her thinking in every brush stroke which was easy to understand. I had fun trying this method -not a lot of preplanning. I love the loose style. It taught me more about my paints and good color combinations."
- Susan S. -

"I love how she explain everything."
- Puangtip M. -

From Barbara Nechis:

"Here is the DVD that captures how I paint in as much detail and intimacy as if I were standing before you and painting. In it I demonstrate both a layered landscape and a wet-in-wet floral completed with glazing.
Three days of filming in CCP's state of the art studio and months of editing were well worth the wait. The process itself fascinated me. During filming one camera was focused on my brush and painting, another on my palette, and another on me so that all could be put together seamlessly."


With Barbara Nechis's wet-into-wet technique, all you need to get started is the courage to make your first stroke. In this watercolor workshop, Barbara works outward from a single spot of permanent magenta using memory, emotion, and the flowing paint on her paper to guide an inspired floral design.

You'll learn to make principled design decisions confidently and quickly as you develop a loose, direct painting into an intricate, layered composition. Barbara paints intuitively, responding to to what happens on the paper rather than planning ahead with sketches or reference material. Her composition reflects her feelings about her subject instead of literally representing the flowers.

Barbara emphasizes balance between repetition and variety. She corrals transparent color with opaque pigments and contrasts hard-edged elements with wet-into-wet petals. She avoids mixing on her palette but encourages blending by double-loading wide, square brushes and tilting her paper to make pigment flow.

Immerse yourself in wet-into-wet design in Watercolor from Within: Transparent Layering with Barbara Nechis.