Big Bold Basics is not just for beginners. I have been painting for awhile and I have incorporated so much of what I have learned into my painting. I Love Debra’s Keep you out of Trouble palette. The color in my paintings has greatly improved and helped to create interest in my work. My brushwork has also greatly improved. Learning to use the correct brush, in the correct way has really helped. This has always been a challenge for me. Now I tell myself, “lay it down and leave it”. I’m really looking forward to the next course Light. Shadow. Atmosphere. and the ways it will help to further improve my painting skills.
— Kim Halvorson

“Big, Bold Basics pulled me back on track with my painting.  Debra has an easy, thoughtful way of explaining basic techniques that I had heard many times before but never totally understood. The focus on color mixing and value helped tremendously, and shows by producing more dynamic paintings. In addition to learning new techniques that I will use moving forward, I am excited by each thoughtful stroke I now make on my canvas"  - Mary Ann Parker 

I loved Debra’s online Big, Bold Basics. First of all, it wasn’t overwhelming and I loved hearing the thought behind every decision that Debra makes at the easel. The paint alongs were subjects that inspired me.
— Barby D. Cahill


I have taken other online workshops but I have to say this has been my favorite. Debra doesn’t just show you how to paint but the information you receive helps you become a good painter. There are so many elements needed to make a painting good and Debra gives you all those tools. I count on learning them with her!
— Kymee Martinak

I really loved Big Bold helped me recharge my painting by reviewing Notan, Color mixing , attention to values and more! Suddenly my painting became a joy and joyful things were happening on my canvases. Thank you Debra for all your inspirational teachings that are broken down into very understandable lessons! - Colleen Bowsky

I love the Big, Bold Basics! It has taught me so much about color temperature, color mixing, how to hold a bush and apply the paint correctly. I have learned so much and glad that I took the course. Thank ya so much Ms. Debra. - J.D. Fields

New to oils. I finally got the time to devote to my Xmas gift workshop! I learned lots,I am a watercolorist turned acrylic painter. Loved the value creates form and how to apply the paint lessons, Thank you Debra.
— JoAnne Perez Robinson
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I've been painting for 6 years, purchased many dvds and taken workshops around the country and yet even with this being a course designed for beginners, Debra gave me new insights into how to approach color, composition and brushwork. Highly recommend it for anyone who feels like they are stuck in a rut and are looking for a fresh approach to their work.  - Jenny Sandman


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Debra’s workshop series is a great combination of rigorous painting exercises and laid-back comradery.  Along with sharing the useful tools Debra has learned in her career, she is helpful in organizing the clutter of “art stuff” already in one’s head but not able to put on the canvas before. My value sketches are becoming more effective. I'm seeing color better and improvement of my palette knife work as well as my brush technique, something that makes me very happy.  Her workshops have put me on a path towards an artistic future I didn’t have before. - David Martin

Debra, I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful class. You are a terrific and enthusiastic teacher and you make fairly complex ideas easy to understand. Thank you. I’ll be back for more!
— Barbara Davidson

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Debra is a hands on teacher that relates to her students in a practical friendly way. We personally experience, and then practice, class lessons with her guidance. This really allows each artist to understand the techniques of the lesson and apply them to our paintings. That's why I have taken multiple classes from Debra. It has really changed my paintings and has allowed me to paint with confidence and vision.  - David Rahn