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Patrice Boone's “Just-Add-Water.co” site and “Watercolor-Academy.co” online video tutorials are designed to help you learn “How to Paint in Watercolor” at your own pace.

We'll start with guidance about fundamental concepts such as which supplies are required, valuable information about their working characteristics, how to ensure that you are using archival materials, setup procedures and step by step methods you'll need to paint all the lessons in the series.

Like a birdie on my shoulder, via high definition video, you'll watch as I show you every step of the way how to accomplish your goals and take the mystery out of painting in watercolor. Every lesson plan will include an original working photo and a line drawing for those who want to dive into watercolor painting right away instead of focusing on drawing.

Instruction begins with Watercolor-Academy.co Tutorials 101 - a full year's subscription of twelve lessons offered on a monthly basis. You can join and start at the beginning of the course in any month of the year.

In addition to the subscription service, some tutorials will be offered on an individual, à la carte basis.

Sample Tutorials from Watercolor-Academy.co 101:

Formosa, Indica azaleas from my garden.

A study in using underlayers to provide brilliant color.

Athena Cantaloupe, a southern favorite.

A study in back lighting and using a dark background to enhance the subject.

King Arthur Daffodil from my garden.

Learning to use green and lavenders to create shadows in yellows.

Lady of Shalott, one of my favorite English Roses from my garden.

A study in painting gradual color changes through the petals as well as rose leaves.

A Luscious Strawberry

Using complementary hues to create contrast and using layers to increase the intensity of color.

An Orange

A study of texture and painting what appears to be, at first, a monochrome subject.

Sunnyside Up

Learning to paint whites as well as learning to see the difference between cool and warm yellows.

Painting a blue Human Eye

Mixing Flesh tones and painting the human eye

Endless Summer Hydrangea from my garden.

A study blending delicate hues.

A Brown Turkey Fig, cut in half.

The contrast of complex shapes within a simple form.

A Rubrum Lily from my garden. Very similar to the Stargazer Lily, which was bred from the Rubrum. Apparently the Stargazer got its name because it looks up, while the Rubrum will often look sideways, or down.

A study using masking to isolate light areas from darker backgrounds.

A toad I saved from drowning in my fishpool.

A study in texture. The subtle interplay of the colors of this toad look like hand sewn beads upon close inspection.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

A study using a stippling brush technique.

Spilled Beans

A study of color overlays.


Using warm and cool yellows to define form.

A radish from Mr. B's vegetable garden.

A study creating the feel of roundness and form and the texture of leaves in a botanical illustration.

A set of four bell peppers.

Warm and cool reds

Warm and cool yellows

Warm oranges, warm and cool yellows, with red shadows

Warm and cool greens with cool highlights

Each pepper has its own unique cast shadow hue.

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