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Desert Landscapes / extension

Session Dates: Nov 5 - Dec 17 Extension course, Prerequisite must have completed desert landscapes

What Students Say

"I’m over the moon for this course!! I’ve taken 4+ courses from Birgit and always walk away with many aha moments that have greatly helped me in my watercolor journey. Birgit’s classes and teaching style makes me excited to put paint to paper!! Thank you Birgit from the bottom of my heart for putting this course together!!" Georgia Young Las Cruces NM

I am having so much fun with this course! It is really getting me out of my comfort zone, but every one of your courses has done that. With this course I am trying hard to avoid too much detail. Thank you for this course! Susan Caudill

"As I am sitting here writing this message, I am looking up at the painting in the "still developing" state, and am in awe that every bit of color on that sheet was applied by my paintbrush! Birgit, this is really quite amazing! From total confusion as this project was launched, to this exciting explosion of color! WOW! Thank you again, for all your encouragement, your critique, your suggestions and expertise! I have learned so much, and have so much to learn! It has been a good journey!" Agnes Franzak NM

"This has been a great course. I love the format. I cannot say it enough times, but watching you pant real time is amazing and such a great learning tool. Thank you for you courage and willingness to do this." Bettina Redway

About the course

Inspired by one of our students, from New Mexico, she asked how I would approach desert scenes, it made me think of how much I loved the desert and all the time I spent there as a child, rock hunting out of Winnemucca NV, and the smell of sagebrush after a summer rain while trout fishing in Bridgeport or exploring the ghost town of Bodie CA, it brought back many fond memories.

When painting, I found the desert, quite different than my other atmospheric landscapes, instead of fog and soft light, there was a lot more brushwork, dramatic rock formations, strong shadows and big skies. This course will be slightly different, than others, with the live meetings focusing more on the demonstrations with a few selected painting reviews. Lessons are pre-recorded along with worksheets, deserts include Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, these techniques are applicable to any desert anywhere. All levels

Focus on

  • Brushwork
  • Dramatic rock formations
  • Strong shadows
  • Big skies


Your Instructor


Birgit O
Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O’Connor, is a signature member of NWWS, MCWA, LWS and is an award winning artist, judge, juror and author of the top-selling North Light books “ Watercolor in Motion”"Paint Watercolor Flowers" and “Watercolor Essentials” along with being included in three other titles. Known for her original paintings and inspirational teaching style. In 2019, she is expanded into portraits which have been well received into international shows. Currently Birgit has reduced here busy traveling schedule so she can continue to develop and build her online courses. She has been included in over 60 national and international publications, the New York Times, SF Gate,Artist Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine INK in New Mexico, in the United States, Dobry Zank, (publication in Poland) "L'Art de l'Aquarelle in France. Her memberships include Cambridge Who’s Who, Who's who in America and Who's who in American woman. In 2018 she launched a Podcast "The World of Watercolor Painting" to help support and encourage artists from around the world (available on your favorite podcast app). www.birgitoconnor.com


Course Curriculum


  Share your desert pictures
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  Rain on the Mesa
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  Grassland / extension / transform what you see
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  Desert path / extension /how to minimize
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  Beam of light
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  Desert Snow
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

What Students Say

“You reminded me that I need to allow the creativity to move through me and tap into the creative self. Get out of my mind, yes! Ok done! The way to changed the format has really helped me. I loved watching the critique of everyone’s paintings and I learned a lot. The demo today taught me so very much! I love listening to your thought process. I am so grateful to you for just putting it all out there and walking us through your thought process” Robin in New Mexico

"Magic! Thank you. You and your classes allow true, open thought, enjoyment and appreciation. Without your incredible application of watercolors to paper the rest of us would honestly just be observers of the finished product . When you pulled that multi-textured/colored photo out I was sure I was done. No way. We'll see. You are a hard working, talented woman who is sharing it all with no strings attached. Rare in this world!" Thanks again! Jean Lloyd

About the live demonstrations

“This course helps me to better understand how each piece is unique and each interpretation is interesting in its own way…..helps me to look more closely at details” Jere

"Amazing demonstration today! Thank you! Every time I think you've really done it you out do yourself and make believers out of us" Jean Llyod

“We are all awestruck. and dumbfounded with your live demonstrations, thank you so very much for your sharing.” Kay Meyer

“The amazing demonstration of genius!” Gloria Taylor

“This gives me permission to keep working on skies instead of throwing it away and starting another painting,You are wonderful.” Marilyn Miles

“In the live meetings with the demonstrations, I love seeing you entire development process, it’s very exciting!” Robin W

"That was a truly amazing experience today. You really are a super trooper. I think what you said and did helps all of us who are home struggling with our painting skills and hopes of improvement. Best meeting ever, Always thankful, Trish

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