Paint this landscape in 9 easy steps & improve in all areas.
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Paint this landscape in 9 easy steps & improve in all areas.

Learn to paint any subject by painting this watercolour landscape, and see how easy it is to plan, design then paint.
4.6 (14 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
720 students enrolled
Last updated 11/2016
Price: $50
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn how to plan an order of work
  • You will become proficient in choosing and mixing greens
  • You will improve in laying a wash over a large area
  • You will be able to plan a landscape painting from your own photos
  • You will build on your knowledge of color mixing.
  • You will learn how to design a landscape painting
  • You will learn how to break any painting project into manageable chunks
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  • 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.

Course updated and expanded November 2016


This is one from my 'pick a 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.

I am here to help you build your confidence and knowledge so you can get as much as you can from this rewarding pass time.

Enjoy your painting, Nicola

If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.

Who is the target audience?
  • A great project to help anyone understand how to plan a painting
  • This is ideal for those who like to control the paints.
  • This is an excellent painting for stilling the mind.
  • This is ideal for those wishing to improve their painting skills
  • You will work in sections, making the process simpler
Compare to Other Watercolor Painting Courses
Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
How to Navigate your way through the Course
1 Lecture 00:00
Where to find your downloads, ask questions etc
3 pages
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 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 50:20

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. Yipee !

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 i 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 00:54

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
A few of Nicola's TOP TIPS
5 Lectures 11:01

The following tips may sound simple, but then again, I don't know what you know, do I ?

Happy Painting, Nicola

Common sense really....but just in case....

If you have a mount or matt beyond salvation, cut it in two and use it to look at you work in progress. It helps you take a more objective view.

It will help you not only decide how you might want to frame it, but also to check for any changes you might want to make to the composition or colour values.

Using an adjustable mount to study your painting

Apart from cutting such a mount in two to use as an adjustable mount to look at your paintings, if it's slightly marked or has more serious are a few ideas to help revive it rather than discard it

Embellishing or disguising a damaged or marked mount

How to get the paint back in the tube, honestly !

Creating convincing shadows can really make a difference to your paintings. This video will help you make all he difference.

Creating convincing shadows.
About the Instructor
Nicola A Blakemore
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9,152 Students
18 Courses
Professional Artist, Teacher and Creative Entrepreneur

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'.

Well I will hold your hand as you overcome these fears as I offer a friendly, relaxed and sensitive teaching style.

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

Here's a bit about me.

I originally trained as a graphic artist, and then followed a different career path working in the national media, travel and public relations in both London and Paris.

After sometime I returned to my creative roots full time, so to speak, and became a full time artist, teacher and creative entrepreneur.

The artist bit means I have worked in a variety of media, but am currently splashing about with watercolours. I love the magic they make when the pigments play with the water. And if you let them do their own thing, it's even better.

I have also painted murals in a child's bedroom or around a swimming pool, covering everything from fairies to Tuscan views. Painted furniture with decorative effects and designs and given walls specialist paint effects and stencils. All fun stuff for the discerning home owner

The teaching bit involved me teaching a 'Decorative Paint Effects' section of an interior design certificate course at Kidderminster College, Worcestershire, UK. Here they studied paint effects for walls and furniture, designing and cutting stencils, Period design elements and produced sample boards.

Then continuing the theme of teaching I have also tutored on many private workshops in the above subjects plus decoupage, gilding and trompe l'oeil (trick the eye painting).

Now, installed in the south of France I continue with all of the above but adding on-line courses to my creative portfolio. Flexibility is the name of the game in today's world

I have exhibited widely in the area.

Recently I was invited to plan and teach a creative summer school, offering a variety of artistic subjects, at one of the leading camping venues in the area. So, you never know some of these subjects might pop up as one of my courses on Udemy

I have had work featured in a national 'lifestyle' magazine and on BBC Radio 4 and Central TV in the UK