Simple Portrait with Loose Flowers

Portrait Basics with Soft Backgrounds

Simple Portrait with Soft Flower Garden

This simple portrait will jumpstart your learning in painting people with watercolor.

Learn how to mix skin tones, apply in a wash, add a few shadows, carefully put in the features and then pink it up with a red wash - all portrait basics.

First trace the outline page or reference photo onto your watercolor paper.

Follow along with the written instructions and video demonstration and don't hesitate to post questions or ask for help in the comments. Answers are only a click away.

With this lesson, you'll have a good start on watercolor portraits, soft background, AND the bokeh effect of dots for your backgrounds.


Your Instructor


Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson.

My story is simple. I loved creating art from childhood, but was discouraged from pursuing art by my parents. So, I became a nurse, but kept painting.

I knew nothing about art, but taught myself over time and became a very successful artist, with hundreds of awards. Although my art and how to paint techniques are well known (in over a dozen books and online), I'm just a down to earth person.

I've always enjoyed teaching others how to paint with watercolor - sharing the joy!

Join me in your own personal journey into painting. My online lessons and zoom classes will teach you how to see and paint like an artist. No matter what your favorite subject is, you'll find it here - or email me your suggestions and I'll include a class in the future.

Happy Painting.



Course Curriculum


  Introduction and Student Photos
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  Instructions, Outline, Reference, etc.
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  Video Demonstration
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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