Simple Barn in Watercolor

Basic Landscape Composition

Landscape Basics Demonstrated For Beginners

Student Barn

Ease into landscapes with this red country barn for beginners. You'll start with sky and work back to front, for the easiest painting. See clear demonstrations in the video and follow along for step by step painting.

(Painting on left was done by a student!)

Start with basic colors, and use the list of suggested mixes so your painting has a professional blend of colors from a limited palette.

Student Painting

Each painting turns out unique, which is the fun of watercolor lessons. Students finished this barn landscape, start to finish in a little over two hours.

Student Painting

Use the outline page to trace the outline onto your watercolor paper and join the fun. No drawing necessary.

You'll also see how to use masking tape to save the crisp lines of your barn in minutes by holding a safety razor to the barn lines and simply tearing off the tape.

See the difference a little sponging makes (compare the paintings below), or paint yours entirely by brush. Whether you follow along or switch things up, either way, your painting will be fun and unique.

Bonus - In the downloads you'll find two pages brimming with tips for landscape composition and you'll hear how those tips were used to create this composition. And extra reference photo is included, in case you'd like to try some of those tips out.

This is the painting done in the demo (with a little sponging.)

And the one below (also done by the teacher) without sponging.

Your Instructor

Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher

My story is simple.

I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.

Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).

My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.

Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!

Happy Painting.

Course Curriculum

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