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

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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