Dynamic Birds in Flight

Fun & Free Watercolours

Zoom Demonstration with Tom Shepherd

  • Saturday 8th May

  • 2pm - 4pm (UK time)

  • 10 minute break halfway through

  • £12 per person

  • Re-watch for 7 days afterwards, whether you watch live or not

  • PDF teaching notes with photos

The Demo

In this particular demo we will be looking creating exciting and dynamic paintings of birds in flight.

The fun and free flowing nature of watercolour I think perfectly lends itself to this sort of subject!

It's amazing what we can cover in 2 hours. We will look at all of the below (and more)

  • 2 paintings; one slightly longer and larger format, the second a shorter, slightly different approach

  • Some simple anatomy that can really help capture their flight

  • Looking for gesture and character

  • How to change and exaggerate the subject to create even more exciting compositions

  • Dealing with multiple birds in one painting

  • How to interpret our subject - what to put in, what to leave out

  • How to capture the essence and character of the bird - all in an expressive and fun way


  • All the materials - including colours and their properties

  • Techniques of watercolour from wet into wet to dry brush and everything in between

  • Paint consistency: the one thing above all else that I believe is the "secret" to watercolour - we will look at the "watercolour clock" and it's applications

  • Colour mixing

  • Creating big bold brushstrokes

  • Where to let loose a little and where to bring in more refinement

  • What to do with backgrounds

I very much welcome questions typed into the chat throughout the demo. I do my best to answer as we go but I will also open up the floor to "Questions and Answers" if people want to un-mute (at the end of the first half and the end of the demo)

Sit back and watch, or paint along with me!  You will be sent a link afterwards to watch the demo at a later date for up to 7 days, plus a PDF document of typed up notes and photos.

Tickets are paid in full and non-refundable. You will be emailed a PDF document on how to use Zoom and a reminder of the overall format of the demonstration, along with the reference photo and the meeting ID and password.

You will need to be able to run or download Zoom on your device. 

These demos are always a great fun and I do my absolute best to jam pack them with lots of useful information and hopefully leave you feeling inspired to go and pick up those brushes!!!

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