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Mastering Luminosity in Watercolor

Learn how to create portraits that come to life with clarity, luminosity, and captivating glow.

Instructor: Leslie Lambert
Fine Art Painters
Medium: Watercolor
Stage: Aspiring, Emerging

Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9, 2024
10am – 4pm MT


Note: Price in $USD

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All recordings are available for 1-month after the course finishes.

High School, University, and College students get 20% off!
See FAQs at the bottom of this page for details.

Course Description

Embark on a captivating journey into the enchanting realm of watercolor portraiture with Leslie Lambert. Uncover the secrets behind creating portraits that come to life with clarity, luminosity, and a captivating glow. In this immersive course, you’ll discover the intricate techniques of infusing your portraits with radiant colors that dance on the paper. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting your artistic voyage, this course is designed to elevate your skills and bring an ethereal quality to your portraiture.


  • Color Mixing: Unlock the magic of color mixing to achieve luminous hues that add depth and vibrancy to your portraits.
  • Mastering Light and Shadow: Learn how to harness the power of light and shadow to create a mesmerizing interplay, bringing your portraits to life with a captivating glow.
  • Watercolor Techniques: Explore various watercolor techniques specifically tailored for achieving luminosity, from wet-on-wet blending to controlled layering.
  • Capturing Expression: Dive into the art of capturing the essence and emotion of your subject, making your portraits not just visually striking but emotionally resonant.
  • Composition and Balance: Understand the principles of composition and balance to create portraits that are not only luminous but also aesthetically pleasing.

By the end of this course, you’ll not only have the skills to paint luminous portraits but also a newfound confidence to express your artistic vision through the captivating medium of watercolors.

Supply List

Watercolor Paper:

  • 140 lb cold press 100% cotton
  • Watercolor paper (11″x15″)

Watercolor paint (please use professional quality paint):

  • New Gamboge
  • Raw Sienna
  • Quinacridone or Permanent Rose
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue


  • #6 round watercolor brush with a good point (I use da Vinci Maestro series 35)
  • #12 round watercolor brush
  • 1/2 inch cat’s tongue brush

Other Items:

  • Palette
  • Water container
  • Cloth/sponge to wipe brush on
  • Board to tape paper on
  • Masking or Art tape
  • pencil and kneaded eraser
  • Tracing Paper (optional)
  • Transfer Paper (optional)
  • A willingness to learn
Instructor Bio

Leslie Lambert (also known as Leslie Redhead) is an award-winning artist, teacher, illustrator, and author known for her dramatic watercolors. Her art focuses on the combination of spontaneity and detail that watercolor has to offer. She continues to explore the possibilities and pushes the medium beyond its limitations to achieve luminous and incredible results.

Leslie’s paintings are in private and corporate collections worldwide. Her recent awards include First Place in Winterfest (2022) sponsored by Trails End Gallery (Chewelah, Washington), International Women in Watercolor Finalist and Honorable Mention (2022), Northwest Watercolor Society Membership Award (2020) and Best in Show with the Idaho Watercolor Society (2019). 

In addition to signature status with the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), Leslie is an associate member of the Women Artists of the West (WAOW) and a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. Leslie is the author of Watercolor 365: Daily Tips, Tricks, and Techniques and the illustrator of the children’s book, Island in the Salish Sea, by Sheryl McFarlane.

Her work has been published in Splash 10: The Best of Watercolor, Western Art Collector, Plein Air Magazine, Watercolor Artist, The Artist’s Network, and Making It!: Case Studies of Successful Canadian Artists. Leslie continues to teach with the University of Victoria, throughout Canada, the U.S., Spain, and Morocco. Leslie is represented by Trails End Gallery in Chewelah, WA, Horizon Fine Art in Jackson, WY, and Kube Gallery in Fort Langley, BC.

Leslie currently resides in Colville, Washington where she creates works of art portraying vast expanses of earth, water, sky, and studio.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


How many registrations are required for a course to start?

A minimum of 6 registrations are required.  If 6 registrations are not received by the time the course is 24 hours from starting, the course will be cancelled and all registrants will receive complete refunds.

What is the maximum number of people in a course?

This varies for each course.  The maximum number of registrations is decided by the instructor.

Can I get a refund?

Up until 72 hours before a course’s first session you can receive a complete refund. You can cancel your registration via the My Account portal, or by contacting [email protected].

After this time no refunds will be given (if you have extenuating circumstances you believe justify a refund, contact us at [email protected]).

Can I register for a course already in progress?

No. Once a course has started, no new registrations are accepted.

Where will my course be held?

All courses meet online over Zoom. You will need a device equipped with a camera and a microphone to fully participate. 

If you have not used Zoom before, learn about how to use it here.

If you don’t regularly use Zoom, we recommend you join your first session 10-15 minutes early in case your computer needs to install or update Zoom.

How do I join my course?

You will receive a welcome email from [email protected] when you register.  This email includes the Zoom link to join your course session.  You will also receive 24 hour and 2 hour reminder emails before each session, and each of these emails includes the Zoom link.  You can also access the Zoom link to join your course in your MastriusChat group.

Are the sessions recorded?

Yes, every session is recorded and are typically available 24 hours after a session ends.  All session recordings will remain available for the duration of the course, and for one month following the last session.  The recordings are viewable within the MastriusChat platform, and cannot be downloaded.

What if I miss a session?

You’ll be able to watch the session’s recording.  If you have questions the recording doesn’t address, you can ask them in the chat feed of your course’s private MastriusChat group.

What is MastriusChat?

MastriusChat is an online discussion platform.  You and your fellow course registrants will be assigned to a private MastriusChat group where you can connect and support eachother via the chat “feed”. Your group is also where you’ll access the session recordings. Other resources in your MastriusChat group include a link to join your course sessions, and a library your instructor can use to share resources.

What is a Navigator?

A Navigator is an artist who joins your course to ensure both instructor and registrants have an enjoyable experience. They support (as required) with technology, timekeeping, moderating questions, and between-session discussions on MastriusChat. The Navigator has also joined the course as participant, and just like you, they’re wanting to grow their skills and learn the material.

I’m not ready to register because I still have questions. Who do I contact?

We’d be happy to help! 

Reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to support you.


High School, University, and College students get 20% off ANY course (non-member price).

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  2. Complete your checkout
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