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 talent as a child, but my parents discouraged art - a waste of time! I spent my adult life as a nurse and raised a family - pretty busy. I also kept painting.

I wanted my paintings to be realistic, but the watercolor teachers would roll their eyes and tell me, "That's not how you paint watercolors."

Despite the naysayers, I just kept going and taught myself how to paint realism, the way I wanted it, with watercolors. After years of practicing (and lots of bad paintings), I got really good.


I found that not only did I really enjoy teaching other people (and giving them the encouragement I never had), I continued to learn and improve my art through teaching others. It's a win-win!

And so, I set up this site (and my Patreon site) to encourage other people to give watercolor a try. I think it improves their life and that anyone lucky enough to be able to afford the materials and time to dabble in painting is blessed. Whether (or not) you ever turn into a master painter or just gain the admiration of your friends and family.

Watercolor is doable. The more people painting, the better the world will be. Give it a try today!

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


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.
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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