What started as a tiny idea in the middle of the night, as become a project that I am really pleased with and also get so much enjoyment out of.
Having read some of John Ruskin’s diaries which he wrote while living in the Lake District, about students who took part in his correspondence course, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to do something similar but with the powers of the internet. So I set up the ‘Online Watercolour Course’ this is designed for anybody who would like to learn some techniques in watercolour painting, while following in depth step by step projects. There are six project in each course and each one is a landscape scene. Some are of the Lake District, which is ideal to paint in Watercolours and lends itself to this wonderful medium.
The first project is a easy tonal painting of Derwentwater from this we go to Blea Tarn in the Langdales and Windermere. ‘On the rocks’ is the sixth project in the first course and it always amazes me how everyone improves throughout the course and paints a stunning seascape scene.
Now including three video demonstrations to complement Course one Watercolours for Beginners.
With each project personal feedback is given and extra handy tips, it is I feel really important to get positive feedback and often paintings are just put in a draw and forgotten, but to see where improvements can be made can make such a difference to confident painting.
If you would like to start the Online course it’s £70 for six projects and is suitable for anyone who would like to learn the magic of watercolour.
At the far end of the Borrowdale valley you find the tiny village of Stonethwaite. Amongst the pub and the village post office there is a tiny cafe, which sells mugs of tea and coffee and a few tray bakes. You sit on a couple of wooden benches facing each other, sometimes sheltering from the rain. You might gaze around this tiny room and or listen to the cafe owner tell stories of Stonethwaite. ‘Springtime in Borrowdale’ was painted in watercolours on a sunny April morning, the light catching magically on the Herdwicks fleece. This hardy little Sheep is famous in the valleys of Lakeland and spends much of there time high on the fell tops.
Price £130.00 unframed size 19 x 10 inches
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I often sit and reflect the day, watch the geese and ducks take their evening flights across the still and tranquil lake.
A few dog walkers pass by, a photographer waits patiently for the sunset to appear between the far distant fells of Buttermere. This is my view of ‘Calm waters, Derwentwater’ captured in a simple palette of Blue watercolours.
The walk to Watendlath is one of pure joy, I start from the village of Rosenthwaite and make my way up the beautiful fell passing bubbling brooks, turning and admiring the view towards Seathwaite and the mighty fells of Glaramara and Great end. The path then descends down to the small hamlet of Watendlath with intimate glimpses of a Blue tarn with fishermen catching trout. A cup of tea and a slice of the famous Gingerbread baked in the tea room follow.
I stop at the gate post and take in this peaceful special place.
‘Walk to Watendlath is painted in pastels
Signed Limited Edition A3 print
Price £60.00 including Ivory Mount to fit a frame size 20 x 16 inches
I felt inspired to paint Castlerigg Stone Circle in watercolours with fresh snow blowing wildly and a little sunshine to warm this cold March day. This magical scene is just a mile from Keswick with 360 degrees views of glorious fells.
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Painted in watercolours by Jane Ward
Size 20 x 13
This Original painting is sold unframed for safe delivery
I love painting Derwentwater, and think it is possibly the most beautiful lake in the English Lake District. It is totally unspoilt with five small Islands, one aptly named Derwent Island owned by the national trust. I painted this original watercolour at dusk. A still lake catching warm winter sunlight with just the sounds of geese making their evening flights.