Butterfly with Light and Dark Background

How to Use Color and Value for the Most Pop

Color and value don't have to be hard - just use opposites!

First, you'll see a reference photo with some quick studies - one with the same color as the reference photo and another using the complementary color. Put a complementary color behind your subject and the opposite value and, suddenly, your subject just pops off the paper!

A card size outline page is included for an easy way to try out dark backgrounds. The best colors to use and some common color substitutes are gone over before you start painting, to give you a jump start to success.

You can do as much or as little detail as you like and work at your own pace in this intermediate level painting.



Your Instructor


Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson.

My story is simple. I loved creating art from childhood, but was discouraged from pursuing art by my parents. So, I became a nurse, but kept painting.

I knew nothing about art, but taught myself over time and became a very successful artist, with hundreds of awards. Although my art and how to paint techniques are well known (in over a dozen books and online), I'm just a down to earth person.

I've always enjoyed teaching others how to paint with watercolor - sharing the joy!

Join me in your own personal journey into painting. My online lessons and zoom classes will teach you how to see and paint like an artist. No matter what your favorite subject is, you'll find it here - or email me your suggestions and I'll include a class in the future.

Happy Painting.



Course Curriculum


  Introduction and Student Photos
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  Butterfly Handouts
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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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