Out West - Easy and Effective Techniques For Watercolor Washes and Realism

Painting Is Easy If You Know How


This is wet and wild at it's best. Wet on wet for motion - flowing washes on damp paper. The figure and horse are simplified in the easy to trace outline, to make this painting easier. Intermediate painters did well, and the beginners were also happy with their results - taking on average 2 hours to complete.

Learn Easy and Effective Techniques For Realism

Avoid the pitfalls of working wet on wet by wetting the front and the back of your paper so it can stretch evenly and lay flat. Apply your dark and medium value colors, then, while still wet, use a thirsty brush to lift for the lighter areas, for easy and effective realism techniques.

No special materials were used - mostly browns, blue, yellow, a touch of red, black and opaque white for touch-up at the end.

Your Instructor

Deb Watson
Deb Watson

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!

Happy Painting.

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