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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

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)

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Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Video Demonstration
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  Puppy Downloads
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