Drawing from the right side of the brain

Drawing from the right side of the brain

Here we start our exploration on drawing upside down, a well-known technique with which to tap into the right side of your brain.

“You have two brains: a left and a right.

Modern brain scientists now know that your left brain is your verbal and rational brain; it thinks serially and reduces its thoughts to numbers, letters and words… Your right brain is your nonverbal and intuitive brain; it thinks in patterns, or pictures, composed of ‘whole things,’ and does not comprehend reductions, either numbers, letters, or words.” From The Fabric of Mind, by the eminent scientist and neurosurgeon, Richard Bergland. Viking Penguin, Inc., New York 1985.

Our course in studying techniques to bypass the verbal left-mode system, which, in our culture tends to dominate, that would allow the sub-dominant right-mode non-verbal system to come forward to perform a task for which it is especially suited: drawing a perceived subject will start in January 2021 in all earnest.

Herewith a demonstration in the beginners class as a taste of what is to come.


We are starting our right brain course in January next year. More information to follow soon.

Let’s have some Umbrella fun

Let’s have some Umbrella fun

This is a fun project!

The illustration you need is available here for download. Of course, you can create your own!

Let’s get creative together. Let’s have some fun.

And, please, email me your results?  


Landscaping in Soft Pastel

Landscaping in Soft Pastel

So, are you looking for inspiration? What I am about to show you in this video is a rather unorthodox way of getting the creative juices flowing. Go ahead, take a look and work with me. Please remember to subscribe to my channel. I will be uploading demonstrations every other week, typically on Mondays, that is, if nothing unforeseen happens! 

Hydrangeas in oils

In this class, we try our hand on oils

We will be using the three primary colours, black and white. You will learn how to mix your own, unique palette! Once you have mastered that, you will never look back. Your paintings will be absolutely your own. Join me and my students in this demonstration. Please Subscribe to my Video Channel on Youtube. I will be posting a new demonstration every 14 days.

Enjoy this journey with me and my students…

Through the looking glass

Peering through leaves

Visualize a shimmering landscape as background with bright, sharp and crisp objects, in the foreground. Visualize the colours, visualize the mood, then mix your colours accordingly. In this demonstration of a fun technique I am opting for white, yellow, a soft purple, a bit of pink, and some grey – all acrylic. In the foreground I am seeing leaves in bright winter plum – it is winter now, I am surrounded by these colours at the moment. So I am mixing a bit of pink, plum, grey and of course, a lot of white. I always need a lot of white.

This is how our background emerged


It somehow created itself!

Looks easy, does it not?

Start by mixing your paint 

Using acrylic and oil. Acrylic for the background, oil for the detail.

U can use oil on a thin layer of acryclic, yes. Keep the layer thin though, a thick layer may crack over time. Of course, you will have to wait for the acrylic to dry before slapping on any oil!

To create the background I will use a piece of carton to drag the paint over the canvas. Drag the carton at an angle of 45 degrees for a soft smudge. Dragging it upright will scrape your paint right off the canvas which is okay if that is what you want!

Scoop the desired colour onto the carton, then softly, smoohtly drag it over the canvas. You can, by holding the carton upright, create sharper lines. Experiment a little…

The result of this technique is often suprising!

To help you visualize the leaves, u can either use templates to trace or simply make a few drawings. In this demonstration I used templates made from paper cuttings. Once traced, remove the templates.

All hands on deck removing the templates!

Once dry, you can add your detailed foreground.

I love using a wider brush. I find it easier to tilt it this way or that. Which way depends entirely on the colour I added to whichever end of the brush.

Of course, practise makes perfect!