I just started teaching myself water colours about two weeks ago now. Please note this is a photograph taken just before the camera died of the actual painting..and then touched up a teensy bit in photoshop, so it's quite different from the original. For example her hair is much more of a soft, rosey pink.
My lessons are basically drinking a lot of coffee and just watching as many random Youtube videos I can find. Hopefully I will be able to make some really nice backgrounds relatively soon.