Have you ever had problems painting landscapes in watercolor? Have you struggled to paint water, buildings and people? Then this course will help you! I'll show you how to paint some of these common elements of the landscape with confidence! I'll teach you how to paint water in a variety of ways and situations, as we look at puddles, reflections and lakes, waterfalls and seas. I'll also show you how to paint simple buildings that will fit into any landscape and also how to put people in the picture.
By the end of this course you will be able to paint all these essential elements with ease. You will learn some simple techniques that will help you paint great landscape paintings. No matter if you are a beginner or if you have a little experience of painting, this course will help you improve.
Puddles may seem insignificant but they can add drama and highlights to a landscape.
Here I'll show you how to paint simple puddles that will bring another dimension to your painting.
Follow this series of videos to find out how to paint water in four different ways. They are all easy to do, and will help you master painting water.
The first method of painting reflections in water: wet on dry.
The second way of painting reflections on water: wet on wet.
The next way to paint reflections on water: how to create ripples.
Finally, a way of painting reflections on water by dragging the paint.
A gallery of pictures showing various ways of painting lakes and reflections in water
Let’s have a go at painting water rushing down a waterfall.
Painting the sea is all about painting movement. Here in this exercise we will paint the rolling of the waves.
Waves crashing against rocks make a great subject for a painting. Let’s see how we can create this effect.
Here is one way of painting a simple building that will fit into any landscape. Try this exercise for yourself and gain confidence in painting buildings.
Here are four more types of buildings for you to practice.
Here's a gallery of paintings showing buildings in a variety of situations. For inspiration!
Doors and windows are key elements of any building, and if we learn to paint them well we can change our paintings from being merely average to being truly excellent! Here are some key points to help us paint better windows:
Old doors and old walls make wonderful painting subjects. So let’s have a go at painting them both together, and learn some textural techniques along the way!
In this exercise we will put a number of buildings together and create a street scene. Let's see how to do that...
Adding people into a landscape brings life and a story to your painting. And it’s much easier than you think!
I have taught painting for many years, both in adult education classes and also over the internet. Through my online courses I have taught over three thousand students to paint since 2005. I have lead a number of painting holidays in the UK and overseas, and for a short time I was an instructor with Derwent Pencils. For five years I worked in ceramics, painting large tiled wall murals to commission.
I am originally from England, but now live in southern Spain with my lovely wife and two dogs.
My interest in painting goes back to my childhood, and I have learned throughout my life the skills and ideas that have kept me in employment and which I now hope to pass on to you. I love working in watercolors, and also in oils and acrylics. Each of these requires a different way of working, but I always aim to keep my paintings lively and fresh. I always want to convey something of the heart to anyone looking at my paintings.
The exercises and painting projects in my courses have all been thoroughly tested over time and proved to work well, and I am constantly amazed at the speed at which students improve. I hope you enjoy learning with me!