Painting Loose Sunflowers Lesson 1, independent learning

From the course The Joy of painting Loose and Free

What students say:

"Loving this class even though it is very challenging! I never dreamed an online class could be so helpful. You've made this journey amazing." Lisa Oliver

"I was so surprised I was able to paint it without a drawing. It’s so different -Love this style of painting. " Margaret Murphy

"Finally, thanks to you, something has switched on in my artist brain and I am finally beginning to “get it.” You have no idea how excited I am. Thank you so much!!!!! Annie Glacken

Non-interactive stand alone lessons from the Joy of Painting Loose and Free

Includes 3 sunflower lessons

Go at your own pace, learn to let go, be free and have fun

When it comes to this painting style as many of you have found, it's not always as easy as it looks. I'll share a secret with you, much of it has to do with the drawing, materials your using and the real magic happens in the brushstroke.

As a student you will have access to a private FB reference photo and online groups if your non on FB another option for reference photos will be listed. Here you will find a wealth of royalty free images that you can choose from for future paintings.

So let's get ready to have some fun, all levels

Unlimited Lifetime access if life gets in the way you can always pick up where you left off or retake and start from the beginning.

Private Facebook groups stay connected with other students, share ideas, photos and get additional support and join the private reference photo library too, here you can share pictures and have fun painting from the royalty free images.

Paint when you want, go at your own pace, and when the time is right, lessons are recorded to fit into your schedule and life

Downloadable stream online anytime or save to your computer and watch even without the internet.

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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


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:

"Loving this class even though it is very challenging! The worksheets have been a helpful addition and I've already ordered a tube of paint and brushes from the link you sent. I never dreamed an online class could be so helpful. Thanks for all your help. You've made this journey amazing." Lisa Oliver


"I was so surprised I was able to paint it without a drawing. It’s so different -Love this style of painting. As you said it’s gives use more chance to be creative." Margaret Murphy


"I am a long time fan of yours. I have been painting in watercolor consistently for about ten years and for a long time I have been struggling with “loosening up” my work and not painting every detail. Finally, thanks to you, something has switched on in my artist brain and I am finally beginning to “get it.” You have no idea how excited I am. Thank you so much!!!!! Annie Glacken


"I find Birgit's online school offers many extra advantages: working at my own pace, ability to repeat lessons as many times as I like (with lifetime access), plus the interaction with other students and Birgit during the class session (and beyond via Facebook). They all provide easy access to those who have physical limitations that prevent sitting/standing for extended time periods, or who cannot travel well for any number of reasons. Thanks, Birgit! Can you tell I am excited to be back early?" Sue Warnock

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