Poppy in Glass for Beginners

Painting Red Flowers and Clear Glass

Red Poppy in Clear Glass - Watercolor Basics

Two for one - this is a quick lesson to help you understand:

-how to use the color red in watercolor,

-and how to paint clear glass, for beginners.

Most reds besides the ones made with quinacridone pigment, are opaque, which leads to problems when painting a red flower. How do you paint shadows and highlights in red without making mud? Learn some basics for beautiful reds in this lesson.

And then there's the mystery of painting clear glass.... Quickly and easily solved, with simple but effective techniques!

This lesson took 1 to 2 hours for most students to complete, using no special materials. Colors needed: red, yellow, light blue, black and opaque white. (See the free materials section for information on black and white paints.)


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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