Free Landscape Painting Lesson

No membership required!  An easy lesson that anyone can handle, it emphasizes basic watercolor painting techniques that are easy to learn with lessons like this.

Paint A Watercolor Summer Sky and Landscape

Learn how to paint a summer sky and simple landscape in watercolor.

The lesson uses Basic Watercolor Painting Techniques to capture the soft, subtle color transistions in the sky and soft texture in the landscape.

It’s a great lesson to start with and to repeat as you build your skill

Landscape Painting Lessons

Follow-along Lessons and Tutorials

Landscape scenes are among the most popular subjects for watercolor painters. It is a subject of endless variety and a great ‘palette’ for exploring light and light effects. The subject is forgiving in that errors in scale, proportion and perspective are often imperceptible.

There are ways to help make your watercolor landscape paintings seem more ‘real’ and at the same time, more expressive. The lessons below cover many techniques, ideas and methods. Together, they will give you a library of knowledge and skills to create virtually any landscape painting you can conceive.


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painting winter trees in a winter landscape in watercolor

Winter Trees In A Winter Landscape

This online lesson shows how to paint a group of winter trees in a winter landscape with mixed gray and brown color.

Use a simple value composition sketch to organize and strengthen the finished painting.

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Watercolor landscape painting with puddle by Tony Conner

Rainy Day Summer Scene With Puddle

Learn to add good looking puddles to your paintings and practice important basic techniques: wet-in-wet, dry-in-wet, and drybrush.

This is and small, simple and easy exercise that will add to your skills and show you how to add this common sight to your landscapes.

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Paint A Quiet Winter Scene On Rough Paper

The key to this painting is a strong composition with good value contrasts at the focal point. 

This painting relies heavily on two basic watercolor painting techniques combined rough paper for a complex, professional looking result.

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Misty Morning Landscape

In this lesson you’ll learn how to use easy, basic watercolor painting techniques to create morning mist.  It’s possible to see morning mist anytime of the year, but it’s very common on cool autum mornings. 

Work with basic techniques, with a twist, to capture this interesting landscape effect.

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Forsythia and Spring Light

This lessons shows how to capture the bright blooms of Forsythia in early spring light.

The painting in this lesson uses a deliberately chosen color scheme that works with the value composition to bring visual emphasis to the main subject and to create the sense of warm spring light.  

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Painting A Night Scene

This lesson shows how to paint a night time scene.

Night scenes don’t have to be daunting or difficult. 

Like any other painting, it pays to simplify by organizing large shapes and to dis-regard most details.   We’ll learn how in this lesson.

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Aerial Perspective In A Rural Scene

In this lesson we’ll paint a rainy day scene.  But,  we are really trying to capture the look of aerial perspective which is exaggerated on rainy, hazy and misty kinds of days.

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watercolor painting of a spring landscape with willow trees

Early Spring Landscape With Willow Trees

One sure sign of Spring is the change in the branches of the weeping willow trees.

 In this lesson we learn to paint those early spring willows with emphasis on drybrush technique.

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Landscape With Dark Puddles

Dark puddles add drama to your landscapes and are easy to do if you follow a couple basic rules.

This lesson will show you how and give you practice with important basic techniques: wet-in-wet, dry-in-wet, and drybrush.

The painting is small but has a nice dramatic effect

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Winter Landscape Stream Watercolor Lesson

Winter Stream In Morning Light

This lesson shows how to paint a frozen winter stream landscape scene.

There is emphasis on creating an eye-catching, interlocked composition with a warm glowing light.

It’s a little more advanced less that uses a basic, limited color set that works well for any winter scene.

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Farm Scene In Morning Light

Paintings are made easier by exploring composition, value and color before beginning the final painting.

This composition is explored in four previous lessons each is part of a painting process that will improve the finished painting.

This lesson has links to the four foundational lessons.

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Painting A Garden Path In Watercolor

In this lesson you’ll take those basic watercolor painting skills to a new level.

This painting has everything and getting there will be a challenge.

We show you how to get the most out of your skills in creating this beautiful garden scene. We also cover how to get a great sense of light and how to create an illusion of detail with texture.

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Rural Scene In Evening Light

This lesson takes you through the process to paint a simple country scene with barns and other things common to rural scenes. 

It’s an easy lesson and is made easier because we build directly on work from several previous lessons.

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Quiet Drama In A Winter Landscape

In this easy watercolor painting lesson we paint a quiet winter scene with trees, woods, some snow cover and a slow-running winter stream.

It’s an easy lesson with a simple color scheme and a simple value composition. 

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Paint The Early Spring Landscape

The early spring landscape is not a popular subject for painting.  It usually features a rough, ragged landscape in grays and browns.

Capture the first beautiful rays of warm sunlight falling on the landscape in this lesson. 

Get some additional practice on Rough paper as well.

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Full Moon Light On Snow

This watercolor lesson shows you how to paint a dramatic moonlit winter landscape scene.

The most difficult thing about painting a winter night scene is balancing the bright light values of the snow, with the deep darks in the surrounding landscape.

Learn how in this lesson.

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Old Mill In Evening Light

This watercolor painting lesson shows how to paint an abandonded mill building in evening light.

For this painting we’ll use a limited “primary” palette that we’ll use to mix all the color we need.

Limiting your color palette does also enhances the unity of the painting.

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covered bridge in morning light watercolor painting lesson finished work

Covered Bridge In Morning Light

In this lesson we’ll paint a covered bridge in morning light.

A simple value composition sketch and color study will guide the painting.

It will also allow freedom and confidence in approaching the painting.

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Farm Scene In Early Morning Light

In this lesson we’ll paint a rural scene in the light of pre-dawn.

We use easy techniques and a methodical layered approach along with muted, neutralized color for low-light effect.

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swamp scene on a misty summer day in watercolor painting lesson

Summer Swamp On A Misty Day

A lesson in painting a landscape scene with aerial perspective.

It’s surprisingly easy with the right methods and techniques.

The lesson works with a limited palette of only Four colors!

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Afternoon Light On A Neighborhood Scene

Value contrast is the KEY to showing light!

This lesson will show you how to improve your paintings by starting and working with an abstract value composition.

This one is easy and also valuable for improving your paintings. 

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Early Spring Landscape With Emerging Color

The landscape in early spring shows the leftovers of winter and the signs of life and change that will become summer.

Learn to capture the look of early spring in this lesson – budding and flowering trees and the sparkling look of muddy, wet roads after a spring rain.

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Fresh Winter Snow Scene

This is a fast working lesson that makes short work of a winter scene.

Wet-in-wet will give us the freshness and help manage the difficult color of Cerulan Blue.

This painting uses a very limited palette of four colors that are very effective for winter scenes.

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Winter Snow On The Landscape

This lesson combines several techniques including the dry-in-wet technique which usually requires some fast working and fast thinking.

A value composition sketch will guide placement of light, dark and middle values.

Painting projects like this one will help you develop the ability to manage more complex work.

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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.

Flower and Still Life Painting Lessons

Lemons in a decorated bowl. Image from a watercolor painting lessonThis set of lessons include a range of subjects, techniques and methods as well as everything from quick sketches to longer, more finished floral and still life paintings. 

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.