Carol says: "I’ve completed many tutorials but I’ve also had the confidence to go it alone!"
"After signing up for the free pear tutorial on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I sat at my dining table. I used the “wrong” paper, brushes and paints but I managed to produce a pear that actually looked like a pear and ‘leapt off the page’. From then on I was hooked, joined Nature Studio and made sure I paint or draw (almost) every day.
I’ve completed many tutorials but I’ve also had the confidence to go it alone! I still sit at the dining table (but I now use the recommended paper, brushes and paints). So, if you’re nervous of starting to paint, give it a go – you may surprise yourself! The first Iris I painted [before joining Nature Studio] in March 2022, the second one I painted [independently] in August 2023, about 7 months after joining.
There’s an amazing supportive and encouraging community here, and whatever the outcome, if you enjoy it, then that’s the only reason you need!"
After 7 months of membership:
Nancy says: "This is self-care defined!"
“You don’t need talent to do what you see here”. It’s true! Like playing a musical instrument, painting requires a set of skills that can be learned. It’s in practicing those skills that you develop your own unique talent. Anna’s method offers a clear path to anyone who has the desire to learn, practice and grow. This is self care defined!
The tulips are before Anna, the rose is after, a year later.
After 1 year of membership:
Anne says: "And yes, you can do this too!"
“Here I am with my “before” and “after” paintings. Yikes, what a difference! And yes, you can do this too!
Before becoming a member, I struggled to use the loose watercolor style that people in my evening class were striving for. I kept wanting to control the paint and add more detail. When I found Nature Studio, I realised I had been trying to go against my instincts. My brain wants details, and finding someone who can teach me how to work with that tendency, rather than against it, has changed my whole approach to painting. The fact that Anna specialises in paintings of plants and animals makes Nature Studio a perfect fit. I could not be more appreciative. Give it a try, and surprise yourself."
Anne with her before and after paintings:
Shanna says: "painting is now part of my life"
"I am very proud to be a member as I have learned so much from Anna that painting is now part of my life. Anna’s methods and techniques are so skillful and effective that they have changed my way of painting after two years! These before and after paintings say it all!"
After 2 years of membership:
Miyako says: "I’m really grateful to Anna for teaching me so clearly and in an easy-to-understand manner."
"Recently, I have had my paintings framed and displayed on the walls of friends and relatives’ homes. A friend of a friend saw the painting, liked it, and ordered it from me. I never thought that people would be happy to see the pictures I drew.
Until 10 months ago, I didn’t really understand how to apply color, but I’m really grateful to Anna for teaching me so clearly and in an easy-to-understand manner.
I hope to be able to draw something that will move people who look at my drawings even just a little bit. Just as I was deeply moved when I saw Anna’s painting.
I want to continue this wonderful time for as long as possible, so a morning walk is part of my routine."
After 10 months of membership:
Sharon says: "The lessons never end"
"Hi Folks, I joined in 2019 and continue to learn with each lesson. Here is a comparison of a dragonfly I painted in 2016 before I became a member, and in 2020 one year after I joined. Good luck to all members, new and existing. The lessons never end!"
After 1 year of membership:
Ann says: "I'm here for good!"
"I would highly recommend anyone joining. In fact I spoke to two people this week interested in starting to paint. They were really impressed with Nature Studio & all it has to offer & my paintings too!
I have been a member for over 3yrs & had been painting for many years before joining. However, your method was new to me & felt very much a newbie. Deciding to start at the beginning & work through the levels – which gave me new skills with each tutorial. My aim was to paint the Pink Rose & the Peonies in a Chinese Bowl, which realistically would be sometime off but a goal…
You make the tutorials easy to understand & your teaching skills are second to none Anna. Nature Studio offers much more than just learning to paint. We have a community from around the world too! I am in touch with several members/friends from different countries. I’m here for good! Do come & join us – you will be most welcome."
Since her membership:
Leslie says: "Best has been the video demonstrations of beginning to end of the painting process"
"Years ago, I took a watercolor 101 class at the local college. All the students were at least 20 years younger than me AND much more skilled. It was embarrassing to see my effort lined up next to theirs at the end of class...
The most helpful thing to be about being a member of Nature Studio is Anna’s methodical tutorials, constant repetition of key artistic concepts like hue or color and their adjusting, tone or value and how to achieve them, how to tidy up edges, add details, the importance of a steady hand and sharpness, difference between a wash, layer and stippling, all have been important to my improvement. But best has been the video demonstrations of beginning to end of the painting process which I watch in portions or entirety, then attempt on my own. I strive for achieving value distinction and form instead of matching hue. Training my eye/brain to SEE these differences and then mastering hand eye coordination has taken many hours of repetition."
Since her membership:
Teresa says: "I really enjoy painting again!"
"After MANY years of not producing art, I sat down and painted this cardinal. It was fun but it definitely needed improvement. I started practicing and was unhappy with the way my paintings were turning out. I stumbled across a beautiful strawberry painting on Instagram. I had to find out more about the artist! I found Anna Mason and then to my great delight found she was teaching online! I had to join! I painted the free pear and then, as they say, the rest is history. Anna’s method takes practice and I’m still learning with each painting I try. I feel like I have learned so much. My paintings aren’t perfect but the method has helped me gain more confidence and try varied subjects. I really enjoy painting again!"
Peggy says: "We have made monumental progress over a year"
"I paint with 2 other ladies on Thursdays at my house. I recruited them!! They are part of this marvellous community... This would not have happened without Anna and the fantastic support from the team and wonderful tutorials starting from the very beginning."
"We paint at different levels. We enjoy each others achievements and we share our work freely. We have made monumental progress over a year together. All three of us started at mostly beginner level painting. We are in awe at the level we are painting now. Our eyes and muscle memory are so much more advanced to see and paint. We are so grateful!"
Saran says: "the fun is in the process, and learning every time"
"I have learned so much from Anna’s tutorials. Her techniques just clicked with me. Pumpkin from just 2 years ago and my latest of arctic iris. I also think that it’s important not to focus on getting it exactly the same as the tutorial. It’s still your interpretation of how you see and experience the painting and the fun is in the process, and learning every time."
An early painting from 2 years ago:
A recent advanced-level tutorial painting:
Linda says: "Joining Nature Studio was the best thing I’ve done to improve my watercolour skills."
"I joined Nature Studio because I wanted my paintings to be more realistic. I have noticed an improvement, and because of that, I will likely always be a member. It’s also a very calming, relaxing time while painting, especially while painting all the details. My paintings may not always turn out the way I want, but I learn so much and remember for the next attempt. Anna, her team and other members always provide helpful advice and inspiration too. Joining Nature Studio was the best thing I’ve done to improve my watercolour skills. I’m still learning, and I love it!"
Linda's painting from before:
Linda's painting after joining:
Clara says: "My paintings have improved by leaps and bounds"
"I was a C-grade student in art lessons in school. As such, I gave up drawing and painting after high school, believing that art is not my forte.
I joined as a member... in April 2020, and have never looked back since. My paintings have improved by leaps and bounds, and now I could paint fruits, flora and fauna with much confidence. I would not have come this far without the valuable lessons and techniques that Anna has so generously imparted in her tutorials. The support from Anna’s team and the encouraging comments from other members on my paintings have also played a huge part in making my art journey a wonderful experience. I’m so glad to have found Anna Mason and being part of the Nature Studio community."
Since learning with us:
Karen says: "when I take a moment to look back at what I was creating before I joined, I am amazed"
"I have learned so much from being a part of this community. I am often hard on myself and judgmental about my paintings, but when I take a moment to look back at what I was creating before I joined, I am amazed.
You can see the difference between my lady slipper orchids and my cupcake. No need to tell you which one is more recent.
Anyone can learn how to paint. My time spent painting is relaxing, fulfilling, and joyful. Thanks, Anna."
Barbara says: "I now have the confidence and skills to paint my own pictures "
“I have been doing crafts and a bit of painting for many years. When I retired I really wanted to invest my time in watercolor. I have spent a lot of time practicing and painting pictures from others that I like. It wasn’t until I found Nature Studio, however, that I now have the confidence and skills to paint my own pictures from my own photos. Of course I still learn from every tutorial and painting that I do. One painting of a sunset for a friend had seven renditions before I was satisfied enough to show her! Anna’s techniques definitely led to success on that project.
Paper that works for you and professional paints are the key to part of your success – determination is the other part! Don’t be too hard on yourself - over time you will learn the process and how to ‘save’ a painting when needed. I have attached a poppy from before becoming a member, and a recent painting of my own clematis. Happy journey!"
"Anna’s tutorials have definitely trained my eye to see details and color variations. It’s been a real pleasure to develop new skills and create paintings I’m proud of."
Before joining us:
Progress after 4 months as a member:
Yvonne says: "The last time I had picked up a paintbrush was in school."
"My story is a little different as the last time I had picked up a paintbrush (before finding one of Anna’s tutorial’s) was in school. So I have no prior paintings to show but I thought you might like to see how my skills have developed. The rose on the right is the very first of Anna's tutorials I did before I joined Nature Studio and I was very happy with it. The larger and bolder rose on the left is the Constance which I did earlier this year, when I first joined I would never have even considered tackling it but I am so glad I did as I get so many compliments on it."