Painting A Puppy With Layers

Beautiful Backgrounds, Simple Realistic Eyes and More

Who could resist those eyes? Especially when you learn the secret to easy, successful eyes.

Reference photo from Pixabay.

Painting in layers usually means painting light to dark, but in this video, you'll see how mixing it up, painting light, then dark, and medium values last, will let you paint a cute puppy quick and easy.

Have trouble with eyes? Painting the eyes dark and lifting can give you excellent results fast and easy, plus you can repaint the dark for as many tries as you like - it's never ruined.

Last, but not least, wet in wet for the most beautiful background in watercolor. Hint - use thick washes of color and a soft, large, wash brush, then tilt to mix. (Paper towels are a must.)

Materials -

  • I used the Qor high chroma sample set colors for the demo, but you can use any colors and still have a very successful painting. Opaque white can be used but isn't necessary.
  • Paper - this method will work best on cold pressed paper, but give yours a try if you don't have that. (Arches is always top notch.)
  • No other special materials are needed. Trace the outline page using graphite paper (you can make your own - see the free materials lesson on graphite paper and tracing for some great tips.)

Time required - most students finished this pup in under three hours.


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.



Course Curriculum


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