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.