Free Flower Painting Lesson

No membership required!  An easy lesson that anyone can handle, it emphasizes basic watercolor painting techniques.  Basic Watercolor Painting Techniques are essential skills for the watercolor artist. They are easy to learn with lessons like this.

holiday poinsettia flower watercolor painting lesson

Paint A Holiday Poinsettia With Complementary Colors

These cheery plants are seen everywhere during the Christmas holiday season.  

In this lesson, we’ll use a complementary color scheme and bring attention to the interesting shapes of the flowers and the foliage. 

It’s an easy lesson that anyone can do. 

How To Paint Flower and Still Life Subjects In Watercolor

Follow-along Lessons and Tutorials

Flower and still life subjects are popular subjects for watercolor painters.  They are similar in that they are often collections or groups of different subjects brought together as the basis of a painting composition.  

These subjects have some advantages for painters in that they can be set up and left to study for extended periods. When set up indoors, the light changes minimally if at all, making it easier to study and capture light effects. 

The video lessons below include a range of subjects, techniques and methods as well as everything from quick sketches to longer, more finished paintings. 

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yellow irises watercolor painting

Paint Yellow Irises In Watercolor

Use A Controlled, Layered Approach For Realism and Detail.

This lesson is done ‘tight’. It may seem to mean taking control from the medium. But, really, it means using precise outside edges and free-flowing washes within the shape.

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watercolor painting of a pink peony

Paint A Pink Peony On Hot-Press Watercolor Paper

This lesson is about creating an impressionistic floral painting on hot-pressed watercolor paper. Peonies are beautiful and fragrant.

We can’t re-create the fragrance, but we can capture the beauty without fussing over details.

This lesson uses Hot-Press paper  for more “glow and flow” from the medium.

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bouquet of summer flowers in a vase painted in watercolor

Paint A Summer Bouquet in Watercolor

This lesson shows how to create an impressionistic painting of flowers in a glass jar.  For a loose, flowing watercolor look, we’ll paint on hot press paper – a tricky but expressive surface.

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black eyed susans in a blue vase watercolor painting lesson

Sketch of Flowers In A Vase

This is a quick and easy sketch of some Black-eyed Susans in a ceramic vase using a couple basic techniques and loose handling.

Sketching is a great way to improve your painting. It is practice with focus, that allows you to develop skill and technique without worrying about too many things at once.

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day lilies in a white vase watercolor painting lesson

Paint Day Lilies On Hot Press Paper

We’ll try to capture the look of day lilies with only their silhouette and some color information.

The characteristics of hot press paper will help us get subtle blends of color and allow us time to work on some of the intricate parts of the  unique contours.

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black eyed susans painted in a watercolor vignette

Paint Black Eyed Susans In Vignette Format

Summer flowers are always fun to paint. Black Eyed Susans are particularly fun – and challenging.

In this lesson, we’ll paint a group of flowers all together as one big shape and in vignette format. There’s a good bit of negative painting needed to bring out the separate flowers. We’ll keep it all loose, exploring a vignette format.

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yellow irises painted loose in watercolor

Yellow Irises – Loose and Free

There is nothing looser that watercolor paint flowing free on wet paper.

This lesson uses only two basic watercolor painting techniques.

Combined with freedom and handled with skill, these two techniques can produce powerful, expressive paintings.

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how to paint a peony flower bud in watercolor

Paint A Peony Bud

We’ll simplify a complex subject using easy techniques and an easy method. This lesson features the wet-into-wet and dry-in-wet techniques and we’ll do a lot of negative painting. 

The key to managing any complex scene is to simplify and focus. This lesson will help you learn to do both.

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Painting Still Life Subjects In Watercolor

Lemons in a decorated bowl. Image from a watercolor painting lesson

Still Life With Lemons – Capturing The Essence Of A Subject

In this lesson, we’re painting a very simple subject of three lemons in a white bowl.

Although the scene lends itself to lots of detail, we’ll focus on structure and composition, working from observation and including only the details needed to reveal the essence of the subject.

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still life watercolor painting on hot press paper

Painting A Simple Still Life On Hot Press Paper

The subject is a simple still life sitting on a table, catching light from a nearby window. It uses a low intensity color palette and simple techniques.

It also explores the qualities of hot-press paper which is very smooth and almost completely non-absorbent. The surface makes it a unique adventure every time!

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lemons and plums in a watercolor still life painting

Lemons and Plums Still Life Watercolor Painting

Learn a few important watercolor painting skills in this lesson including, how to paint folds in cloth, how to darken light colors, how to stick to a value sketch when painting in color.

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Still Life Watercolor Painting Lesson

A collection of snack leftovers – plate, napkin, knife, empty tea mug and remains of an orange peel – was a simple scene that just had to be painted.

To make it interesting, we’ll use a warm analogous with complements color scheme.

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Other Lesson Subjects

FREE Lessons For Beginners!

A group of fourteen FREE watercolor painting lessons that will get you started. Learn the techniques and paint some simple scenes to put them into practice. 

Landscape Painting Lessons

watercolor painting of a sycamore tree and landscapeOur largest group of lessons – 24 in all – includes easy, intermediate and advanced lessons covering important techniques and composition ideas. Click To See All Landscape Painting Lessons

Seascape Painting Lessons

The ocean is a continual source of inspiration for artists. It’s constant movement and change is compelling and intimidating. This series of lessons will teach you to handle seascapes with confidence and ease.

Quick Sketches and Unusual Subjects

metal and glass jar lids painted in watercolorIn this group of lessons you’ll find a lot of unusual subjects and quick sketching projects. Unusual subjects are those we don’t normally think of painting – often everyday objects that are ‘invisible’ most of the time. Quick sketching is a way to build many important watercolor painting skills. The sketches can also be developed into finished paintings. 

Skill Building Learning Tracks

Tips and Tricks For Watercolor Painting

Video tutorials with easy how to’s and other tips to make watercolor painting easier and more convenient. Most of these are FREE lessons  – watch without a Premium Membership

How To Paint Elements Of The Landscape

How to paint trees, skies, clouds, rocks, weeds and more. These lessons focus on individual objects that are common in landscape and seascapes. Every lesson covers ideas and techniques specific to each.

How To Paint Water

watercolor study of reflections and movement on waterWater shows up in landscapes and seascapes in many different ways. Adding water in any form – puddles to open ocean – requires some special considerations and techniques. These lessons show how. 

Value Basics

Value is arguably the most important characteristic of color to learn and use in painting.  It has two primary functions for the artist – as a fundamental component of Composition and as a way to create a sense of light and form. These lessons cover both functions. 

Color Basics

Color is an aspect of painting that can take a lifetime of study to really understand.  The 25 lessons in this group are is meant to introduce you to the various aspects of color and simple ways to explore color schemes, color choices and color combinations for your paintings.

Value To Color

Image of two color studies and the underlying value sketchesValue Composition Sketches are extremely valuable tools for creating solid and dynamic paintings.  It can be difficult to maintain the values as designed in the composition once you begin working in color. There are 20 lessons in this group that work through the process of creating a value sketches and then converting it to color while maintaining the values as designed. 

Light And Form

using color and value to show light and form on a simple cone shapeRecreating the effect of real world light on objects in a painting means creating the changes in color and value that simulate the real-world effect. Although the effect of light has many different visual impacts, there are certain, tried and true ways of creating patterns of light and shadow in our paintings. This group of 14 lessons will get you started. 

Basic Practical Linear Perspective

Simple scene in two-point perspective

All linear perspective systems are based on the simple idea that objects that are farther from you appear to be smaller.  Perspective, or linear perspective, is a system for representing the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface. There are 9 lessons in this section that will introduce basic linear perspective and show practical ways to use it in your paintings.