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Busy Bee - Dark Backgrounds and Soft Edges

Dramatic Watercolor Paintings in Easy Steps

Nothing makes a watercolor pop like dark backgrounds and light subjects!

In Busy Bee, you'll learn which colors you can use for luminous dark backgrounds, how to mix them into a thick wash, and then apply them in the easiest, most successful patterns.Then, softening edges will give your objects a sense of distance or movement. Practice on the spots and flowers till you're good at softening, and then do the bee, for an eye-catching center of interest.


This lesson is simple enough for beginners to follow, step by step, and includes tons of helpful painting tips that even intermediate painters will appreciate.

Links to extra photos and videos are included, so, no matter what your favorite color, you'll find a bee and flower to make your own. Or, do a series for even more practice.

(Original reference photo from Pixabay Christian Berkholz.)



Your Instructor


Deb Watson
Deb Watson

I'm a self taught artist and I love teaching!

My story is simple.

I showed a lot of interest and talent as a child, but my parents discouraged art as a waste of time. I spent my adult life as a nurse and raised a family - pretty busy. While I was home with the birth of my daughter, I bought a cheap set of watercolors and fell in love with the bloom of color. I told my husband, 'I'm going to keep painting with these until I get really good.'


Back then, not many painted realistic watercolors, so I practiced and tried things until I worked out my own style. It took a lot of trial and error,

. When I entered my first art show, I won two awards and was told I'd have to enter the professional category and not beginner. That frightened me soo much, I didn't enter again for years.


When my work began selling, I entered more shows with more great success. I worked very hard and became a full time professional artist and teacher.

Although my work has been recognized and featured in major exhibitions, books and magazines, I'm very down to earth, and just love painting.

No one has 'all the time in the world'. Paint now. You're never too old, it's never too late. Any bit of time you can practice will improve your skills.

And yes, this cowboy is a watercolor painting. (Reference photo used with permission by Diana Robinson)

Have fun and learn from a master - sign up today!


Course Curriculum


  Bee Video Demonstration
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  Busy Bee Links and Introduction
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  Downloads - Reference photo, instructions, etc.
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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?
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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.

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