Watercolor Tips and Techniques

Get The Most Out Of Your Watercolor Painting and Have Fun Doing It!

Tulips With Dark Background Step By Step

Backgrounds are often (usually) an afterthought with artists. They paint the subject they’re passionate about, study their work and wonder, does it NEED something behind it? If so, what? Good - Picking the perfect background may turn your ordinary painting into a breath taking...


Reference Photos For Craftsy

Here are most of the reference photos for my Craftsy class on painting pet portraits. I also have many other pet photos you can download and paint on my Flickr site : https://www.flickr.com/photos/debiwatson/albums/72157650418298450


How to Paint Fur

3 Tips For Painting Fur In Watercolor Use a black and white photo to see the values Use the complement of your color to create darker fur (brown/blue or gold/purple) Use short brushstrokes for short fur and long brushstrokes for longer fur.


Painting With A Three Color Palette

Limit the number of colors you use to paint for a more professional look. Plus, you'll learn faster how to mix colors effectively. My newest video shows how to set up a complete palette, using red, yellow and blue (primary colors) to mix secondary colors (orange, purple and green) and...


Improve Your Painting With Juried Shows in Three Steps

Juried Shows Can Help You Be A Better Artist I've been accepted into a lot of juried shows, and won awards. I have also gathered more rejection slips than most people would think sane. I use juried shows as a tool to improve my art and career and you can, too. What Is A Juried Show A juried...


Free Reference Photos To Paint

A great painting often starts with a great photo. Here are sites where you can legally download great photos to paint free of charge. (No camera required.) 1.Pixabay.com Millions of free images and photos you can use anywhere. (One of my favorite sites!) 2. Paint My Photo .com You have to...