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Garden Friend - Realistic Roses in 3 Values, Mixing Shadow Color and Birds

Tips and Techniques for Easy Garden Realism

Garden Friend - Paint A Smile Today!

Advanced watercolor techniques, simplified, so anyone can paint and learn, step by step.

  • Paint real looking roses in three values with no special materials.
  • Use the same basic colors to paint believable, glowing shadows on the fence. (If you've never touched in color to let the color mix on the paper, this is a great first lesson.)
  • Paint your bird and watch your friends and family smile.


(Cardinal Photo from Pixabay from Skeeze.)

These techniques for realism are doable - a dark outline, a first wash of color, paint the darkest spots and then the medium areas.

Use masking tape for perfect straight lines quick and easy.

And, if you've always wanted to know how to paint glowing shadow colors on a white fence, the answer if here - using the same colors you've already mixed.

Happy Painting!


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


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When does the course start and finish?
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