‘Go from newbie to a
painter who can mix colour,
wield a paint brush with
confidence & paint a range
of subject matter within
12 months’

JaquiThanks for taking the next step! You’re one step closer to being an amazing painter!

Why? Because I’m about to share a few of my secrets so you can get there and fast!

I’ve put this website together to help and guide you towards becoming a painter who will experience loads of painting successes on a regular basis.

What’s more, you’ll enjoy those successes straight away, not some time in the fuzzy future.

Powerful confident painting is your birthright. You don’t have to be born with a creative gene to paint masterpieces. Painting is something you can learn, and quickly.

But first I need you to brace yourself for the shocking truth. Are you ready? Are you sitting down?

The only thing standing between you and being able to paint, is ….well… you!

Annoying isn’t it? That means that you and you alone may have been delaying your dreams when you could have been enjoying them to the max already.

Why would anyone not move towards their dreams that will give them so much pleasure? Sounds crazy right?

FlowersUsually what stops us is stinking thinking. That’s when you get stuck on an old idea that doesn’t help you be with your dreams.

You may not realise you are having stinking thinking as these thoughts lurk insidiously on the periphery of our minds, keeping us comfortable and safe, but not allowing us to progress. Here are some examples of stinking thinking;

  • I haven’t been to art school so who am I kidding thinking I can paint?
  • I can’t draw to save myself so this could be embarrassing to even try
  • What will others think of me?
  • I don’t have time to study….
  • I can’t afford to do art…

I could go on but you get the gist. Often we are not even aware we are having these thoughts that stop us before we even get started.

I know because I was there myself twenty five years ago!

Art SchoolBut guess what? You don’t have to go to art school to be an artist. Pictured left are some newby students who participated in a One day Blooms workshop to create these great results in Brisbane. Great results with my Blooms Painting Method™ are the norm!

You don’t need to be able to draw to work with me.

As for what will other people think of you? Get ready for surprised, amazed, delighted and envious!

My course is designed for people who don’t want to waste time in reaching their goals. I know, being a single mum of two teenagers and running a successful and busy art practice. I pursued my own painting in earnest with two kids under two.

Looking back, being needed by my family and having painting as my passion and work was the perfect balance and still is. I had to work out time efficient methods of creating and producing artwork, and that is exactly what I share with you.


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“I have been painting for 2 months now using the Blooms Painting Method and have enjoyed it immensely.

This method first assists you to understand what to look for in a photo of a bloom and then gives you a step by step guide to produce a painting of that bloom.

It encourages you to look beyond what you think you see. I have personally found that the Blooms Painting Method has given me the confidence to start (and actually finish) a painting and taught me the importance of a good underpainting in producing a good result and to not be afraid of colour.”

Gail Malone, Brisbane

Whether you paint for yourself or others, my Blooms Painting Method™ will get you up and running.

Paint in your pyjamas at the kitchen table of you like!

Looking back it’s been an absolute whirlwind of a ride! I left my corporate job in advertising to paint and be a mum in 2001. I set up my studio in the lounge room. Soon I was taking orders from interstate and even overseas. There was a constant queue of commissions.

Paint in your pyjamas at the kitchen table of you likeWhen a national magazine came calling they did a ten page spread about me and the kids, our converted barn home and my paintings, then the phone rang off the hook!

I still remember painting my first tulips canvases and the satisfaction of getting the colours just right, the joy of creating my first voluptuous red roses canvases and all the beautiful colours on my palette I came to know by name.

Then there was the delight I found in how much colour is in the shadows of heavenly peonies, my amazement at the range and delicacy of irises and working out the best way to paint them, not to mention the uplift I got from  painting sunny coloured poppies and working out how to deal with the stamens. I even applied some of the images to gift cards. It was such an exciting and special time and this is the very journey I am taking you on.

Of course flowers were a great way to begin. But soon I was itching to paint the hay bales and other local landscapes of the Barossa Valley.

Local farmers grew beautiful fruitLocal farmers grew beautiful fruit which became subject matter too.  These required new techniques and awareness that improved my painting. So naturally I share that information as well as great tips, and beautiful reference to paint from, for this part of the journey. I’ve included two of my early paintings here.

Being a lover of exquisite gardens and inspirational and exotic places, it’s only natural that we take a painting holiday together through our lessons and visit some of the fabulous gardens and locations I have been to overseas and make them the subject matter for some of the painting classes.

Painting from my Moroccan roseSo how did I manage to balance painting beautiful artworks that everyone wanted with the demands of a young family? Simple. I ditched most of what I had learned at art school and worked out a fabulous combo ofPainting from my Moroccan rose series techniques that worked for perfectly for me.  I developed my Blooms Painting Method™ at that time, a no fail approach to painting to achieve great results. It was a practical and inspired response to the situation!

Pictured right; A Painting from my Moroccan rose series of photo references painted by student Diana Orth, Brisbane.

When I started teaching I realised how effective and easy to understand my Blooms Painting Method is for my students from the amazing, immediate results they get and the feedback I receive.


Jen Hoehensteiger, Brisbane‘Jacqueline Coates has a wonderful way of communication, her students easily understand her method of painting.

Jacqueline has the ability to excite her class, with infectious enthusiasm, into picking up their paint brushes and believing in themselves to create beautiful paintings.

As an absolute beginner, the Blooms step by step method has given me the skills to confidently continue painting at home. Thankyou Jac!

Jen Hoehensteiger, Brisbane

‘Be a successful artist before you even pick up the brushes!’

With what you are about to discover here, please be my guest and immediately apply to your exciting life as an artist, now and in the future.

Success begins before you get to the canvas when you paint with me.

Let’s find out how!

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How not to get stopped before you have even started

JackieHere you are excited and terrified to begin your painting journey, possibly even experiencing some sleepless nights as your mind races with wonderful new possibilities. Perched on the very edge of a grand adventure you are longing to go on, an unwelcome friend turns up. It’s called FEAR.

Everyone experiences fear to a greater or lesser extent whenever they are starting something new venturing into unknown territory. As we leave our predictable comfort zone and try new things, we enter into a process of change. Part of us wants to risk and grow, and part of us wants to play it safe leaving things exactly as they are.

Rather than stopping us, we can allow Fear to be our ally, galvanising us into action so we don’t fail. I have taken lots of risks, one at a time, as I have bloomed to be a full career artist and now teacher.

Looking back at these steps which were scary I feel so thankful that love and trust, and listening to my heart won out and I was courageous enough to give things a go. Now I have a life I love.

I have always found love and positivity on the other side of fear, and a bigger more beautiful life to be had. Sometimes it’s simply a matter to trust where the heart wants to lead.

Yes, I allow fear to be my cautious companion who cares for me but I will not allow fear to be the brakes on new opportunities.

So make friends with fear, send him love, and let him know that it will turn out great.

Whilst you understand how he feels, you need to get on with your dreams and it will all work out. Of course it will. It’s your birth right to express yourself creatively in this life.

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One little word to empower you immediately!

Many of us are people pleasers without even realising how that happened. We put everyone else first, saying yes to loads of requests that keep us busy but not necessarily pursuing our dreams. Some of you have nurtured the family putting yourself last, waiting for your turn to come eventually.

Others have been in jobs that haven’t answered the calling of your soul.

To be an artist is more than pushing paint effectively around the canvas. It is also valuing your time and who you are. I know I promised a painting course but I think we will both find this is also coincidentally about rebooting your love affair with yourself as you make time to be with what you enjoy.

To be an artist you’ll need to fly solo while you paint for a few hours here and there.

With this in mind there are two small but very powerful letters you may like to practise in front of the mirror.  They are N and O. Combined they make ‘NO!’

Go on, pucker up and try it now in front of the mirror!

This can be presented as;

Better still put the phone on airplane mode when you paint.

It’s possible to please others and yourself. It’s all about noticing what you really need and making the time for it.

In my course I give you LOTS of ways to creatively and positively have time for
you and your creativity.

I guarantee I can help you find at least another 8 hours in your week.

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Pick subject matter that sets you up for success

If you’re going to paint something it always helps if you can tell what it is straight away in the painting, particularly when you are a newbie.

For example one of my first paintings was of red pomegranates. Friends viewing this painting commented how lovely my red onions looked! Thanks guys!

Red PomegranatesWhen you are starting out choose subjects that are easy to name what they are at a glance. Choose angles that assist the understanding of what it is.

Let’s talk about tulips. I know if I take a photo of a tulip from above looking inside it, it looks less like a tulip than if I take a photo of the tulip in profile which shows the beautiful tulip shape we are all familiar with.


First paintings was of red pomegranatesIt’s hard for friends and loved ones to appreciate our painting efforts when we make the image very cryptic for them to understand from the get go.

Avoid obscure forms which can be confusing when painted. That way you’ll avoid wasting time painting duds that leave everyone in mystery.

When friends and family who may be excited and nervous for you and your first efforts view your paintings, they will feel relieved when they can tell what it is you are painting!

‘I’m more at home in the garden than with paint brushes but after one day of painting, I have a beautiful artwork to hang on my wall. My mum who never gives compliments couldn’t believe I hadn’t purchased it from a professional artist! ‘

Jacqueline Seymour, Barossa Valley, South Australia

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Plan time to create

Painting only happens when you stand in front of your canvas. You can talk about it. You can dream about it. But it only happens through ACTION! In the present tense!

To progress your painting you will need to set times to be with it. We turn up for appointments with the dentist on time, and we wouldn’t dream of not showing up for a haircut at the hairdresser. This is no less important. It’s a date with you and your creativity. Don’t blow it off and get distracted. It’s special time to be savoured. So book yourself into your diary.

Once in front of the canvas with paint brush in hand, you will lose track of time and be in another world. A world of wonder and creativity where anything is possible.

We all have different schedules and responsabilities.

Artist to be inspiredI consider it my duty as an artist to be inspired! Here I am by the giant clock at the Musee D’orsay in Paris admiring the view over the rooftops having enjoyed the Impressionists paintings in the museum’s collection. The clock marks time. I have been there many times.     Each time I go back I am a bit older. I want to make sure I pack in as much of all the things I want to do and paint while I can in this lifetime.Make the most of every second you have and live it to the hilt!

My creative day begins when the kids’ lunches are made and they are on the school bus at 7.45am weekdays. It stops when they get home at 4. Sometimes I can be on the computer being creative though after their needs are met.

I love to paintI love to paint in the afternoon after taking care of admin in my business during the morning.

When I am working towards a collection of paintings with a deadline, I go to the studio by 10 am in time for the arts programs on the ABC radio station, then paint for the entire day. I find it handy at these times to have a few frozen dinners on hand!

Some of you have jobs and financial responsabilities to meet so you could be time poor compared to a retiree. So book a few hours for yourself in the evening, and a few hours on the weekend. That way you have time to plan your art in the evening, and time to paint in daylight on the weekend, without taking too much time away from the family and rest time you most likely need.

Before you even pick up the brushes, scrutinise your diary, and work out your best times to paint. Make a commitment to yourself and be prepared to show up! You will soon see progress and be rewarded.

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Create a special place you can paint

It’s a Tuscan sort of arrangementIt’s crucial to have a creative space you like to go to paint.

If I imagine my ideal studio space it’s a Tuscan sort of arrangement a bit like the bedroom with the shutters opening on to a ravishing countryside in the movie  ‘Room with a View’.

The reality is that my painting studio is a converted mechanic workshop ins a small country town in Kapunda because it was cheap to buy and I did it up gradually. It is over 300 square metres of luxurious space.

I have fixed the roof leaks, lined most of the corrugated iron walls, hung a few chandeliers I got on the cheap, and I am very happy there.

The reality for most of you working from home is that your painting space will be a spare room or study, enclosed verandah, garage, a sunroom or even a kitchen table top that you use when you paint and then pack up your gear, putting everything in a cupboard after each session. Whatever it is, make sure it works for you.

Vase of flowersThere are many ways to make your space feel welcoming. Try some personal touches. It can be a vase of flowers from the garden, a bowl of fruit with colours that are lovely to look upon, a favourite chair, and some inspiring books.

Keep the temperature comfy with either a heater in winter or a fan in summer while you work. A radio is a great idea as it’s company while you paint.

I’ve painted in warehouses, a small apartment in Venice, whilst waiting for a bus in Italy, on roadside verges, in paddocks, my kitchen, living rooms and on verandahs. Whatever works at the time will be fine, as long you are comfortable and can get on with your work.

It ought to take about an hour to set up a home studio. Any longer and you may be guilty of procrastinating!


Peony PaintingHi Jac,

I just thought you might like to know what I am up to. I have done another peony painting but more than that I have cleaned out half of my garage and now have a spacious studio space. I painted a wall white for display purposes – the only lined part of it – the rest is metal.

I am cutting back on a day of work from the end of April so I will do 4 day weeks and have a day for painting. A lovely gift shop  has offered to display my work and I’ve have been offered a space for an exhibition later this year in Prahran.

Thankyou so much. I found your class amazing and cannot believe the energy/power I am feeling about painting.

I just feel different in a great way.

Kind regards,

Noela, Melbourne

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Freeze time to make time

Freeze time to make timeBy choosing to freeze a moment in time in a photo this frees you up to paint it at leisure later in the studio, using the photo as a photo reference for your painting. That way you can enjoy studying the shadows and the details and translating them to paint colours.  You’ve made time stand still on your subject matter.

In real life the light keeps changing and shifting. So does the subject matter itself. A bloom constantly moves, opens up, blooms, then begins to decay. A green gold field will soon turn to yellow and be harvested.

Photography allows you to capture a moment in time which you can then appreciate and make last forever in a painting.

Capturing a moment on the camera with a photo of what you love ensures you can make the beauty last through your painting of it.

And guess what! You won’t be alone because many famous artists have done exactly that! Frozen time to make a brilliant artwork!

From Degas who used photography in the 1880’s to capture exquisite images of dancers for his world famous ballet dancers in pastels, paintings and sculptures to Andy Warhol, who posterised photos of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in his screen prints, many famous artists have benefitted from painting from a photo reference.

Make timeIn my own work, I love working from photos to capture a moment in the life of a bloom such as a peony rose, which flushes for about two weeks a year. I like to capture it at its peak of beauty, around November in Australia, before it fades and drops it’s petals. It might be winter before I choose to paint it.

For newbie painters, working from photos gives the artist control over the quality of the work they are creating as they are not subject to a host of rapidly changing conditions. The image is fixed in time.



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Inspiration begins before you get to the easel

Painting is not a chore. It’s not like doing the dishes or unpacking the dishwasher. It’s an opportunity to spend time being pleasured with colour and form, of immersing ourselves in the creative act.

When we paint we feel euphoric. It feels like we are in love. We activate the same part of our brain that is activated when we fall in love.

Get inspired and start with subject matter that inspires you in the first place. Buy yourself some flowers. Go for a drive and seek out a wonderful view.

It could be something as everyday as capsicums but it might be the way the light spills through a window onto the colourful forms that makes it special to you.

When figs are in season I visit my friends who live in convent, because they have a huge fig tree. The figs are wonderful to paint from photos.

Everyday, I notice the world around me. It gives me endless pleasure as my eye naturally seeks out beautiful form and light. Here a light blue shadow cast on a hill in the late afternoon, and there, a riot of pink blossoms on the road side heralding spring. This way every day moments are beautiful and can become precious creative opportunities!

Inspiration begins before you get to the easelI have been known to knock on a strangers door to ask to take get the perfect picture of a rose.

I have been known to rip my undies climbing a fence to get to hay bales photos.

When you have something to paint you are truly excited by you will race to paint at the easel.

Expect to notice more beauty as an artist as your eye becomes accustomed to seeking out the splendid and the colourful. Which leads me to….



You have filled my head with so much lovely stuff, the ideas and  sparks are flying, can’t wait to see where we are going next!

Penny Stanton, NSW

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Look for exquisite colour opportunities

Be sure your chosen star reference dazzles with exquisite colour opportunities you will be itching to reproduce on canvas in paint. We are looking for interesting colours in the shadows areas as well as the form.

At high school, shadows were recreated on paper in shades of lead pencil. This doesn’t mean all shadows are grey or black. I will be showing you that shadows can be the brightest part of the canvas from iridescent pink to burnt orange, mauve to cobalt blue.

Look for exquisite colour opportunitiesIf the photo is flat and dull, then there is no hope for the painting to be rich and luscious.For example in a pale pink peony, I am looking for hot pink and  red colours in the shadows as well as mushroom pink hues and cool greys, lilacs and mauve greys with hints of chocolate  on  the petals. These colour combinations look smashing together in the one flower as they are punchy in some areas and subtle and restful in others.

Start with a colourful reference that inspires. Luckily if you are in my online course, you will receive thousands of dollars of beautiful photo reference to paint from ensuring success from the get go. I will also show you to create your own using minimal photographic equipment. Most of mine is done on the iphone.

Even a cream rose can be full of colour. Students are often surprised to find they are mixing everything but cream tones once they start painting it. Instead expect earth tones, greys, yellows and even orange and pink!

If you are wondering how that can be, don’t worry, I am going to show you in our lessons!

So before you even pick up the brushes side step the mistakes most people make, by choosing excellent colourful reference to begin with. You’ll be excited and so will your audience!


Ruby Tuesday, Jamestown , SA after a Blooms workshop

Thank you for such an inspirational week, my friends & family are amazed at my paintings and quite frankly so am I!!!  I am really chuffed and Paul was speaking with my mum this morning and she said to him that she would love to get me to do a painting for her – she loves roses.  They are all saying WOW!!!   Had one friend ask how much I was selling them for!!!!!!!

Ruby Tuesday, Jamestown , SA after a Blooms workshop

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An artist without a goal is like
a ship without a destination

An artist without a goal is likeThe first thing I do with my students is set goals for their painting.

It could be the painting they are working on or a goal that is more long term.

I list my painting goals and achievements on my iphone notepad. i.e. This month I will create five paintings. Then as I create the paintings I list the size and title and even the price I expect to charge on them. This helps me measure my productivity.

My online course automatically provides a goal and a structure for your learning and growing as over a 12 month period you are given weekly lessons that progress your knowledge and painting collection. You will be able to paint at the end of 12 months and will have produced a portfolio of paintings. From blending to cropping, understanding composition and colour mixing, you will have a big tick list of skills an artist needs by the end of the course. Simply hop on board for the ride and you will get there.

Remain wishy washy and undecided about your art if you like, but is that how you want your creativity to look? Set an exciting goal, and enjoy the rewards!

A ship without a destination


“Having never painted before Jacqueline’s Blooms workshop started me on a journey of self-discovery.  It is now my huge passion and people are buying my paintings.”

Michelle Endersby, Bon Beach, Melbourne

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Visualise you are already a painting success

‘How can I imagine my goal when I can’t paint?’, I hear you ask.

Stepping into a new space you desire but feel you have no right to be in can feel audacious, I know. But isn’t that half the sizzle to the sausage? What a cheek! What fun! Come ON! You can do it!

It’s true you do need to have some faith to put your foot forward into what feels like less familiar territory whenever you take on something new.

A good way to have all of you feeling like you’d like to move forward, despite feeling nervous is to imagine the positives outcomes from being able to paint. Here are some of the reasons I like to paint. Perhaps you can list a few of your own!

  • Painting brings me loads of truckloads of appreciation as well as income.

Imagine yourself surrounded by friends and family appreciating your new talents. In my case it’s often total strangers, which I really enjoy!

  • Painting connects me to other like minded people who love the arts.
  • It makes me feel great to be producing finished artworks others love.

See yourself surrounded by scores of beautiful paintings you have created, feeling justifiably proud of your efforts.

  • I lose myself in paint as I mix stunning colours and feel inspired.

See yourself picking up your beautiful array of paint colours, mixing gorgeous colour combinations, and feeling peace and joy.

  • I constantly create an ever changing panorama of artwork all around me. I paint for myself and I paint for others.
  • Painting is relaxing and enjoyable.

Imagine yourself totally besotted by the experience of painting whilst listening to gorgeous music.

  • Most importantly, dare to dream how wonderful it will be to be able to paint!

Visualise you are already a painting success


I came to Jacqueline’s class with much trepidation and finished with the confidence to become a working artist.

Jacqueline’s workshop was like visiting Heaven for a short exhilarating, enlightening, and extremely energetic while. She answered all my questions, and was so free with her skills and knowledge.

I learned more in this 7 day workshop than all the years I have studied art, which has been substantial. The tutorial components were professional, highly educational, and practical while fostering creativity and friendships in our group.

Jac also shared her life journey, tricks of the trade, aspects of how to turn painting into an attractive career choice, and last but not least her bubbly personality. It was an absolute joy, to be part of this life changing experience. Kind regards,

Diana Orth, Brisbane

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Understand the mistakes amateurs make
so you don’t make them

It takes the same amount of time & effort, to make a bad painting as it does a great one.

Which one will you create?

I often see artwork suffering badly from weaknesses that could have easily been avoided.

None of the following are present in lack lustre paintings;Bold tonal contrast

Bold tonal contrast.

This simply means that the artist has provided a strong range of darks, mid tones and highlights. They haven’t wimped out and dumbed down the depth of the darks or the highlights. You might be saying to me, I would never do that! The trouble is you may not even know you are doing it.

I will show you how to avoid weak tonally flat paintings and how instead to create punchy contrasty paintings that get heaps of favourable attention because they look confident and sassy, even if you don’t feel that way when you are painting it. It’s the foundation of my Blooms Painting Method™ and once you get it you will never paint a wimpy painting again.

Get this right and you will look like a pro straight up.

My amazing tips will help you tell straight away if it’s tonally right or notSmooth blending.

Smooth blending

How you lay down the paint isn’t something you are born knowing how to do. I don’t expect you to know how.

That’s why I have laid it all out in step by step detail. Like the above, point it is something that can be learned. I show you how in easy steps you can practise before you try your first painting.

Wet in wet blending, wet on dry blending, how to fix up scritchy scratchy paintwork, to create a luscious painted surface that describes the subject matter.

It’s to do with the moisture in your paint brush, the medium you use with your paint, the amount of paint on the brush and how you hold the brush. I tell you in explicit steps how so you can do it too.

“I’ve had an amazing time and learned heaps with the Jacqueline Coates Blooms Method™. I’m actually painting! I’ve got blending worked out! And how much medium and how much water to use on the brush. It’s great!”

Dianne Turner, Point Lowly, South Australia

These are elements you will learn with me before you even start your first painting so you are primed for success before you begin.

Here’s the easy way to do it…

So there you have it… 11 of my secrets to success before you even pick up the paint brushes to create your first artwork. But if all of the above seems a little too hard all on your own, there is an easier way.

For just $69 per month (enjoy your first month for a special introductory price of $19.95 for a limited time only) you get access to my How to Paint Blooms teaching program you can do from home. I’ll guide you in detail every step of the way. Like hundreds and hundreds of others I have taught, you can enjoy an accelerated path to painting with great results. To find out more about what the How to Paint Blooms Teaching Program covers please click here.

As well as video tips, and weekly e-lessons and mentoring, I will be hosting student hot seats where I invite you to submit your homework. I will choose a few of them and post comments you can all learn from. To find out more about what the mentoring program covers, please click here.

Love, luck and paint brushes

Jacqueline Coates

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