Is this course for you?

Have you ever been so inspired to create that you cannot wait to begin painting, but you find that when you approach the canvas, the results don’t match what you had in your imagination? Or maybe you experience a creative roadblock and nothing comes to you. You stare at that blank canvas and don’t know where to begin. You’re stuck. Or you end up hating your attempt at painting and another canvas ends up hidden away in a closet. Maybe you compare your paintings to the paintings of other artists, and you tell yourself you’ll never possess the talent they possess. "Loosen Up and Find Joy in Your Art" is for anyone who wants to learn how to let go of control and find joy in their art again, using my tried and true techniques. The course will help you to overcome habits that may be holding you back, causing you frustration, and keeping you from reaching your full potential as an artist. In my art course, you will create an abstract floral painting like I paint, from start to finish. And best of all, once you buy the course, it is yours to keep as long as you want. Refer back to it over an over, watch all of the video content, and download all of the helpful PDFs. This course is for all levels, although a background in art is preferable.

Are you ready to take your art to a new level of skill and enjoyment?

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Course curriculum

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    One: Lush Greenery

    • Bonus: Prepping Your Canvas With Gesso (View if you need to learn to prep your canvas.)

    • Bonus Video: Demo for Prepping Your Canvas

    • First Up: Lush Greenery

    • Demo for Creating Lush Greenery

    • Reference for Lush Greenery

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    Two: Adding Those Billowy Blooms

    • Adding Those Billowy Blooms

    • Demo for Adding Billowy Blooms

    • Reference for Billowy Blossoms

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    Three: Additive vs Subtractive Shapes

    • Additive vs Subtractive Shapes

    • Your Cell Phone as a Tool

    • Keeping Composition in Mind

    • Demo for Additive and Subtractive Shapes

    • Reference for Additive vs Subtractive Shapes

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    Four: Add Your Sparkle!

    • Adding Your Sparkle

    • Demo for Adding Your Sparkle

    • Joyful Colors Painting by Kathleen Rietz

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    Five: Final Steps for Preserving Your Paintings

    • Reference for Painted Edges

    • Examples of UV Protectant Varnishes

What are my students saying?

Here is just one example of a message I have received from a student after taking my course.

"I took your course and loved it. I have taken a few online art courses and in person too. This course was one of the best in terms of helping me make progress in my art. Thank you so much! I did start feeling discouraged at one point. I guess I felt like my painting was “ugly”. I almost gave up, saying to myself I am just bad at art lol. But a new day dawned and I came back to it and realized as I followed you that there are many layers, many stages to a painting and each stage in itself it not meant to be beautiful, just a stepping stone toward what will become beautiful. I hope that makes sense. I started looking at each stage without asking “is this pretty” but instead asking “what does this need right now?” At each stage I gave the painting what it needed and suddenly I was looking at a “pretty” painting!" M.D.

Let's Do This!

Once you purchase this course, the content is yours and never expires. Watch the videos, download the course PDF content, and join the Joyful Colors Facebook group.