Doorway and Shadows for Beginners
Painting Shadows and Scumbling for Texture
You can learn a lot from a simple subject like a red door.
The challenge in this simple lesson is the shadows - do you know how to paint shadows? Shadows are rarely one flat color. Some areas of the shadows are darker and some are lighter. And 'charging in' color in a wet shadow wash can give you very pleasing results.
Scumbling or Drybrush - Basic Watercolor Technique
You'll also see how to apply drybrush or scumbling for adding hints of color or texture - a great technique to master.
Add a pot of flowers and a suggestions of a foreground and you've got a nice painting, plus the skills to tackle more doors!
Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher
My story is simple.
I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.
Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).
My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.
Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!