The Heart of the Flower - Peony, independent learning

This is not your everyday Peony, go deeper inside the flower, towards the edge of abstraction.

What I love about this online venue is that we can go so much deeper into the creative process than ever before.

You are able to be in your studio or kitchen table and have all of your painting supplies right at your fingertips.

This is so much more than basic instruction, also includes painting reviews, problem solving and critiques.

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Includes reference photos and line drawing to scale, the focus will be on a half sheet painting 15x22.

(smaller option can be provided if needed) Contact

Your instructor: Birgit O'Connor

About the artist

Over the last 21 years, through my books, articles, in person workshops and online courses, I have taught thousands of artists of all levels, beginner to advanced learn, how to paint and expand their skills in watercolor. I have met so many wonderful people, made great friendships and have had some amazing experiences.


For the last 5 years, much of my attention has been directed more towards my online courses and workshops. What I found, it has enhanced the student experience, removed the fear, and eliminated many of the problems of in person workshops of not being able to hear, see, or remembering what I had done in the demonstration, simply because, I am now right on your table, and it's a much more personal experience, plus it reduced the problem of time and travel expenses.


As an instructor, over the years, it’s been rewarding to be able to share my passion with so many others, with my goal of helping artists expand their view of traditional watercolor with new ideas, techniques, and many different courses so you the artist can feel successful, no matter what you decide to paint and reach your full potential. 

Testimonials: What Students Say

"Your workshop was an outstanding learning experience for me. Thank you for clear and organized instruction. The combination of interactive live introductions, mid-day check-ins, end-of-day review of work and feedback and excellent instructive videos to view at our own pace were all most helpful.

In addition to the workshop materials, your presentation, as always, is full of humor, great attitude and generous humanity. Your love of family, nature, place, art and service are values that can be felt in our exchanges throughout the workshops, as well as in instructional videos and Friday Q and As. Thank you for your welcoming of interactions and questions. You so carefully review each student’s work and offer suggestions for improvement while also praising efforts and successful techniques and encouraging and inspiring your students.

I enjoyed the opportunity to be in the class, meet other students and even have time at the beginning of our zoom meetings to have personal exchanges with your fine administrator, Sue, and other students.

You are an amazing artist, instructor and human being.

Thank you for the knowledge you share, the effort and time you devote to teaching all of us, your relaxed yet professional style, your ease of laughter and your generosity of spirit. What a memorable experience!

Warm regards, Ginger Lang NC

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