"Kristen is not only a fabulous painter, but a very a highly skilled instructor. I have taken several watercolor courses from her and always am blown away by how much I didn’t know!! Her instruction has really impacted my work. She answers questions well and is very motivated to help students at all levels of experience. I appreciate her kindness and vast level of knowledge. Highly recommended!" .....Jana

What you will learn

It's challenging to paint something where the entire composition is red and green. I'll show you how to mix a wide variety of reds and greens as well as make each leaf slightly different in texture, value and detail.

I'll also explain how and why to balance your colors throughout your artwork with secondary and tertiary colors.

Paint along with me while I demonstrate how to design and draw from a photo without copying it.

At the end of the video I show you how to carefully create interesting splatter marks to add texture to your painting.

Supplies needed

This photo shows a few of my watercolor supplies including a 5" x 8" and a 9" x 12"

You'll need watercolor paints such as the one shown. At least 1 watercolor brush

1 pad or block of watercolor paper. I recommend 140lb or 300gsm cold pressed paper. I use a 9" x 12" in my painting demonstration but you can use any size you like:)

1 lead holder or 2B pencil

A white plastic eraser

Water cup

Paper towels

What students say

Not too long ago I moved from NH to CA. Took 6 months to get my house organized and bingo we were under “house arrest" for the virus and I hadn’t painted in almost a year and lost my creativity. I looked on "‘Bold Brush” and found a class listed as “paint the California desert” I liked the painting that advertised the class and when I spoke to Kristen I knew it was a go. I’m a moderately experienced painter and loved watching Kristen demonstrate and talk about what she was doing. I understood what she was saying and learned about round brushes and how to use them. I love to watch Kristen's brush work. It makes me want to paint. Not only that, she has a sense of humor, is refreshing easy to talk to, and loves to teach.


I have been following Kristen’s fun video lessons one after another on teachable for a while. With her teaching I learned how to mix vibrant impressionistic colors and brushstrokes. Paint along with her is always fun and enjoyable. 


Preview the supply lists and view the course curriculum