Portraits in Watercolor Part 1 - Independant study

Focus on figures and keep it simple

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This course is little different than traditional portrait painting, here you will learn it's not just about depicting only the face, head and shoulders of our subject, it's also about capturing personality, with the focus is on skill building, so you will be able to paint your own portraits.

What you will learn using my looser painting style, is how not to get caught in the need of being perfect, rather using any of those so called mistakes to your advantage and how to translate them to give our subjects more character and life.

Part 1

Focus on skill building, skin tone, eyes, mouth, lips, and personality

  • Includes, step-by-step lessons along with the entire thought process, reference photos, worksheets, and scale line drawing.

Ballet Dancer

  • We will keep the focus on the overall figure working with our brushstrokes, eliminating all excessive detail, light, shadow, and giving our subject personality.

Child face

  • Keep the attention on the facial features, work with skin tones, eyes, mouth, and lips.

Little Baker

  • Our goal is to give a wince in her eyes, joy in her heart, and build the background with color and design.


Your Instructor


Birgit O'Connor
Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O’Connor, known for her original paintings and inspirational teaching style, is an award winning artist, master artist of CWA, NWWS, LWS and respected judge and juror.

She is the author of the top-selling North Light books “ Watercolor in Motion”"Paint Watercolor Flowers" and “Watercolor Essentials”

Birgit has been included in over 60 national and international publications. Her memberships include Cambridge Who’s Who, Who's who in America and Who's who in American woman


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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

"Every course is so rich in learning experiences as well as being just so much fun to see what a brush and paint can do in my hands. :-) ;-) " Gail Gabriel

"This is my 6th course with Birgit in 6 months. What does that say about her instruction? Incredible, as I have been painting for only 14 months and she has brought me so far in just 6." Tina Mewhinney TX

"Your classes are addicting!! LOL" Gay Weston San Diego CA

"The way you teach, I feel I can paint anything...thank you" Gudrun Johnson

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