Lighthouses in watercolor

Sept 25, one day workshop, all levels

September 25 One day Workshop

9am-1pm (PDT) Our focus will be on one - two paintings where you will learn techniques so you may know how to translate these ideas into your own paintings, using the reference materials and capture the love of lighthouses.

Did you know, the reason lighthouses are painted differently is to help the mariner identify them during the day, and if it’s painted white most likely the surrounding background is dark, meaning a lot of trees or fields, and if it has red and white stripes often it may up against a white background, such as cliffs or rocks, and the reason why many lighthouses are so tall is to be seen further away at sea and take into account the curvature of the earth.

The actual shape of the lighthouse often depended upon the whim of the individual designer, and location of where it will be and the different flash patterns allows their location to be identified.

The techniques and lessons here, will help you be to be able to paint any special lighthouse that you love.

Your Instructor


Birgit O
Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O’Connor, is a signature member of CWA-M, LWS-M, NWWS, 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


What Students say

"Painting without a brush definitely loosened me up. Thank you for the guidance. It was fun." Barbara McCurdy

"Having studied with Birgit for 2 years, I am still awed by her passion for watercolor, her willingness to experiment, and her dedication to meeting the needs of her students. I have enjoyed every minute spent watching her paint. Such painless learning! I am excited about this new class for 3 main reasons: Birgit is taking us deep into her creative process; we get to play with paint and water without “investment” in the outcomes" Sue Warnock

"What a privilege to be in this class! I LOVE your demos! It is SO helpful to watch you mix the paint, how much water you used, how to get the water onto the palette. "Thanks to you! Just to be able to use the photo as a reference and put paint on the paper that sort of resembles the photo, is something I have never ever done before! THANK YOU!" Agnes NM

"This is my third course with Birgit because once you discover the best instructor from whom you learn the most - well you stick with her! Tina Mewhinney TX

"Birgit is an excellent instructor who is organized, informative and thorough in her presentations. Also she is very supportive and helpful in her comments on the painting submissions. I felt strongly that she really wanted me to learn and improve and produce a painting that would make me feel that I had achieved a result that would be worthwhile. I would take another class from her in a heartbeat." Sincerely, Trish Kuncewicz

" I cannot thank you enough for teaching. I hope there is some way to continue this format. it is very fun". Bettina

Dear Birgit, I've watched a lot of videos over the last year and yours are by far the BEST!!!! Your presentation is clear, very informative, and beautiful. Carol Jakubow


Dear Birgit you are my all time favorite artist and I have purchased your some of your courses as well as a copy of the watercolor magic magazine you are featured in. H. Merchant AUSTRALIA

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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
On the day of the workshop
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, refunds are available up to 24hrs before the workshop begins