Landscape With Afternoon Light Watercolor Painting Lesson

Value Composition Is The Key To Showing Light

 If you only do one lesson – make it this one! This lesson will show you EXACTLY how to improve your paintings by starting with a simplified, abstract value pattern.  And then sticking to it! This is an in-depth watercolor lesson, with detailed step-by-step instructions.  


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The ONE thing!  That will dramatically improve your watercolor paintings!

There is one thing that will make more of a difference in your paintings than anything else – start with a simplified, abstract value composition that clearly defines large value shapes. It is an easy process but a difficult mental switch that requires you to think differently about what you are doing when you create a painting and to think differently about the subjects of your paintings.

In this lesson, we create a painting using a small value sketch that has been created from the photo of a really ordinary scene.  The process of creating a painting while following the value sketch requires mental discipline in starting with the large, simple value shapes.

We go step by step in a very detailed way in this lesson.

Take a deep breath, have courage, and jump in!


Drawing Layout For Any Painting

One note on the drawing layout. The downloadable layouts are done with heavy lines to make it easy to see and copy onto your watercolor paper. It is best not to draw the lines too heavy on your paper, especially in the sky, since there is a good chance the lines will show through the paint. It’s not a deal-breaker, but those heavy pencil lines are sometimes a distraction.

What you’ll need

Related Lessons


Value Sketching

Value Composition Basics