Learn to PLAN & PAINT a watercolor landscape in 9 easy steps
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Learn to PLAN & PAINT a watercolor landscape in 9 easy steps

Learn to paint any subject by painting this watercolor landscape, and see how easy it is to plan, design then paint.
3.9 (31 ratings)
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Last updated 8/2019
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 17 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will learn how to plan an order of work for a watercolour painting
  • You will become proficient in choosing and mixing greens in watercolours
  • You will be confident when laying a watercolour wash over a large area
  • You will be able to plan a watercolour landscape painting from your own photos
  • You will build on your knowledge of watercolour colour mixing.
  • You will learn how to design a watercolour landscape painting
  • You will learn how to break any painting project into manageable chunks
  • A set of watercolor paints
  • A selection of watercolor brushes
  • A large piece of watercolor paper
  • A couple of clean jam jars for water.
  • Some absorbent kitchen towel
  • A 2B pencil and an eraser
  • A selection of watercolor brushes, broad one for applying a wash and something like a No 6 with a good point.

This is one from my 'pick a watercolour painting to paint' portfolio and is complete in itself. By that I mean it is unlikely I will add any further information, it is therefore priced accordingly. This portfolio of paintings gives you the opportunity to choose a picture you like and learn as you create it.

So you want to paint in watercolours, especially a landscape, but don't know where to start?

Start NOW and paint along with each of my relaxed videos and look over my shoulder as I take you through each step to the completed picture.

From designing the drawing, selecting and mixing your colours, planning the painting process and learning how to create sense of space and perspective, it's all here. 

All these skills will help you complete this painting and will give you the knowledge and confidence for your next project whatever it is. It is the perfect course for anyone who wants to be able to compose a painting from their own material, whether that be photos or sketches

This course will help you look at your subject and break it down into manageable chunks without feeling overwhelmed . A MUST for any artist and you will paint a picture to be proud of.

  • Why choose one of my courses?

    Because, as a self taught artist I understand how a lot of people feel about their creative work, sometimes anxious, sometimes overwhelmed and often that it's not 'good enough'. I will hold your hand as you overcome these fears as I offer a friendly, relaxed and sensitive teaching style.

    I also have years of experience of teaching people of all levels both in person and via the internet.

    Do one of my courses and you will feel as if I am in the room with you every step of the way.

Enjoy your painting, love Nicola

Who this course is for:
  • A great project to help anyone understand how to plan a watercolour painting
  • This is ideal for those who like to control the watercolour paints.
  • This is an excellent painting for stilling the mind.
  • This is ideal for those wishing to improve their watercolour painting skills
  • You will work in sections, making the process simpler
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 01:12:50
+ How to Navigate your way through the Course
1 lecture 04:06

Please read the descriptions in every lecture as there will be further information and extra resources.

Preview 04:06
+ Let's talk about the Drawing
1 lecture 04:15

Here I talk about the drawing that will form the basis for the painting. I will explain how I went about it and why and there will be the drawing for you to download to trace/transfer if you wish.

I have also taken photos in sections with explanations which will asisst you when you work on a new painting of your own composition.

In the resources below:

!) A photo of some stage scenery to give you the idea of thinking about a landscape in layers.

2) The photograph of the painting

3) The tracing of the main section, the buildings

Preview 04:15
+ The colours I suggest you use
1 lecture 06:29

I will explain during the video why I suggest you stick to certain colours, not just for realism but also that your painting may have cohesion and not become confusing by mixing too many different colours.

Don't forget to get the best  watercolour paper you can afford 300 gm/140 lb not (textured) or smooth (hot) it;s your choice. Use two jars of water, one for washing your brush and one for mixing your colours, this way they will stay brighter. A selection of brushes, your paints and some absorbent kitchen paper.

In the resources below:

1) a photo of the colours with their names

2) PDF s with more background information about the materials

Let's start looking at the colours we will use
+ Start Painting
10 lectures 50:56

We will get the wash in here first. It is the biggest area requiring a big wash. So don't be intimidated, we'll do it together, then that's the hardest stage out of the way. Yippee !

Let's start at the top and paint the BIG SKY

We have started at the top with the sky and now we are moving our way down. And now we will start to paint the scenery furthest away, the hills and gradually come forward.

In the resources below:

1) a photo of the colour palette

Start Painting the Distance and Come Forward

This video may look a little different as I have changed the camera format to help you see the painting easier, I hope. Here we are starting to work our way down the painting, doing the distant trees and the buildings.

In the resources below:

1) and 2) two pictures of the buildings.

Working our way down the painting.

Here we will start to add more greens in different shades, remembering that the more distant the colours, the more pale they get.

Preview 03:17

I will take you though some of the gaps I filled in, off camera, and show you how to create the impression of a window and how to lift some colour from the paper

Adding more details to the buildings and addressing any problems

Here  return to the chateau, after lifting a lot of it out, to paint it back in.

This lecture illustrates how flexible watercolours CAN be, it you know what to do. I zoomed in on the area, so every flaw is revealed. But remember this is not even how I saw it with the naked eye. I did it so you could see the process. Remember, people seldom look at your work under a magnifying glass.

Restoring the chateau

Here I will show you how I mixed my shades of greens, keeping to the limited palette.

Remember to keep changing you water.Two jars, one for rinsing your brush and one for mixing your colours.

Also bear in mind that as pools of colour stay on the palette, there may be some evaporation and so the colours will become more intense.

In the resources below I have added :

1) colour chart which I made with the yellows and blue in my paint box. Why don't you do the same?

2) a photo of my palette, to show you how the paint mixes can evaporate and become more intense.

3) a slide show of some photos of greens in nature.

Preview 03:03

Here I will take you through the process I used for painting in the vines. I zoomed in so you could get a better look and it looks quite messy when you just concentrate on one area this close. Remember when you finish the viewer will be looking at it as a whole.

In the resources below:

1) a photograph of the nearly finished painting. It's at this stage that you can start to see what areas you need to go back to and make any adjustments.

Painting the Vines
The Finished Painting, adding the finishing touches. fabulous

This lecture has been added following advice from the clever people at Udemy.

Happy painting, Nicola

Preview 01:30
Things that will stand you in good stead on any painting
4 questions
+ Other landscapes, films and pictures to inspire you.
1 lecture 07:04

Following on from what you have learned on course I thought I would add this short film to show you some of the scenery where I live and to ask you to consider, if you were going to do a painting of the view, how would you go about it.

So bearing in mind what you know now, take a look at this and see what ideas occur to you.

What would be your composition?

What colours would you select?

How would you plan the painting process?

What special painting effects and techniques might you choose?

These are all question you can ask yourself when ever you look at any subject.

Enjoy the view and if you decide to paint a picture don't forget to share it.

An early May poppy field