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  • Class is Open!  Self-Study!
  • Instructor – Misty Segura-Bowers
  • 6 Lessons/6+ Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private Group
  • Course Price – $99
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Would You Like to Create Beautiful, Luminous, Watercolor Portrait Paintings?  Ready to Learn More About Capturing the Essence of Your Muse?

Join MISTY SEGURA-BOWERS in her first ever online course! In EMOTIVE PORTRAITS IN WATERCOLOR, you will be guided through every step and technique needed to create beautiful, luminous watercolor portrait paintings. Master color mixing for any skin tone as you paint a dark and a light skinned model. Take your watercolor skills to the next level by playing with texture, mastering pigment/water ratio, glazing, lifting, using beautiful blooms to your advantage and more. Misty’s award winning portraits are known for their emotive quality and capturing the essence of the sitter, and she shares all of her best secrets and tips in this class. Join now!



By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Learn to use angles and shapes to create an accurate drawing with the best information for your painting.
  • Explore color mixing for light and dark skin tones using a limited palette
  • Paint using pigment to water ratio to your advantage to gain precision and achieve textural effects where you want them.
  • Master watercolor skills like dry brush, glazing, charging, blooms, and lifting to get the effects you desire in your paintings.
  • Discover how and when to make artistic changes to your work to make your painting stronger.
  • Utilize intention in your work to convey a desired message or feeling.
  • Safely and effectively flatten a warped painting.


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We’ll start the course by covering materials. You’ll learn which materials give the best results, exactly what I use and why, where you can save money, and where quality matters.

Next, we’ll dive into lessons that develop your visual vocabulary. The more vast and beautiful your visual vocabulary is, the more eloquently you can express yourself through your paintings! We’ll create a color wheel that will inform our color mixing choices, and I’ll show you exactly how to mix colors for any skin tone with a limited palette.  After that, we’ll practice eight different watercolor techniques that will become tools we use to expertly control our colors, values and edges and create beautiful organic textures that give your paintings depth and emotion. Our final skill lesson is a fun relaxing exercise that will help you master your pigment to water ratio like a pro.


Once we are comfortable and confident with color mixing and watercolor techniques, we will paint a figurative fine art painting of a person with a dark complexion, as well as a paint a portrait painting of a person with a light complexion. You are welcome to use my reference photos, or paint from your own. You will see every step of the process in real time, from the drawings to the finished paintings.


Through each stage, I will share insight behind the techniques, colors and stylistic choices I’m choosing, including how and why I take a finished painting and alter the mood dramatically by adjusting one area of the background. I am very excited to share this experience with you and look forward to seeing what you create!



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Hi, I’m Misty, a fine artist and portrait painter. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, California with my husband, daughter and fur child.

I’ve been a working artist for the last 20 years, spending the first half of my career as a visual effects artist working on Hollywood blockbusters. I’m grateful to my film career for an education in creating realism and evoking a mood or story through art. My paintings are a blend of realism and abstraction, using oil or watercolor, exploring themes like equality and transcendence of separateness.

One thing that inspires me is when a painting has an emotive quality to it. As a painter, it is fulfilling when you can express emotion in your work, and a beautiful gift when the viewer feels it. That’s why I decided to teach my first online class on creating Emotive Portraits. I hope it speaks to you. Wishing you all a gorgeous joyful creative journey!




This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  The artist will be actively involved with the class via Facebook the first four weeks the course is open!  After that the course will be a self-study.  The artist may or may not be involved after the four weeks.  We are looking forward to seeing your artwork!


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 

  • A graphite pencil: I’m using a 6H Staedler Mars Lumograph pencil
  • An eraser: I’m using a white synthetic rubber eraser by Milan, but you can also use a kneaded eraser.
  • Watercolor paper: I’m using 9”x12” Arches 140lb cold press block. You can also stretch or tape your watercolor paper down or use 300lb paper to avoid warping and uneven pooling.
  • Brushes:
    • Synthetic round paint brushes- I use:
    • #12 Escoda Prado Sintetico
    • #4 da Vinci Cosmotop Spin
    • #2 Black Scholastic Wonder White.
    • 1 inch Winsor and Newton Cotman One Stroke
  • Watercolor Paints:
    • Deep Scarlet by Daniel Smith
    • Indian yellow by Daniel Smith
    • Permanent Orange by Daniel Smith (or Translucent orange by
    • Schmincke, or Pyrrole Orange by QOR)
    • Quinacridone Pink by Daniel Smith
    • Burnt Umber by Daniel Smith
    • Prussian Blue by Daniel Smith
    • Sap Green by Daniel Smith
    • Paynes Grey by Daniel Smith
    • Horizon Blue by Holbein
  • Palette: My large palette is a Sta-Wet Super Pro Palette by Masterson Art, but any white porcelain or plastic palette or plate/platter works great.
  • Water Container- I prefer clear or white glass or plastic, like a vase, mason jar, or white plastic food container.
  • Paper towels or cloth rag: any brand, white is best so we can judge colors on it.
  • A magic eraser by Mr. Clean - there are others that look similar marketed as watercolor erasers that you can get through art supply stores.
  • Optional additional watercolor paper for testing colors: I’m using Canson XL Watercolor paper, but I’ve used mixed media paper, children’s watercolor paper, whatever is inexpensive and handy.


**Upon purchasing your course, you will be asked to create an account and go through the purchase process (even if the cost is $0 for a free course).  If you have already created an account, after purchase your course will IMMEDIATELY be available under “LOGIN” at the top right-hand of karabullockart.com.

**If your course does not show up, please email us at karabullockart@gmail.com

**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.

**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


  1. Libbi Corson (verified owner)

    I began my art journey a decade ago with watercolor landscapes. I always wanted to accurately paint faces with watercolors but could never get the paintings to be something that I was pleased with. I was so happy to see that Kara offered this class and took a deep breath and signed up. I have NOT regretted that decision at all. Misty is an excellent teacher! She slowly goes layer by layer explaining her techniques as she goes. I am now very pleased with my watercolor portraits and plan on continuing to practice this awesome way of using watercolors. I loved that she gives real constructive critique and advice. I look forward to her teaching many more classes here on this network!

  2. Thierry Pinault (verified owner)

    What a great course ! Misty is such a wonderful teacher ! It was great to see her emotive portraits (and mine) come to life layer after layer, following her clear explanations. As a beginner, I learnt a lot about watercolour – water to pigment ratio, color mixing etc. Thank you Misty !

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