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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

I'm a self taught artist and I love teaching!

My story is simple.

I showed a lot of interest and talent as a child, but my parents discouraged art as a waste of time. I spent my adult life as a nurse and raised a family - pretty busy. While I was home with the birth of my daughter, I bought a cheap set of watercolors and fell in love with the bloom of color. I told my husband, 'I'm going to keep painting with these until I get really good.'


Back then, not many painted realistic watercolors, so I practiced and tried things until I worked out my own style. It took a lot of trial and error,

. When I entered my first art show, I won two awards and was told I'd have to enter the professional category and not beginner. That frightened me soo much, I didn't enter again for years.


When my work began selling, I entered more shows with more great success. I worked very hard and became a full time professional artist and teacher.

Although my work has been recognized and featured in major exhibitions, books and magazines, I'm very down to earth, and just love painting.

No one has 'all the time in the world'. Paint now. You're never too old, it's never too late. Any bit of time you can practice will improve your skills.

And yes, this cowboy is a watercolor painting. (Reference photo used with permission by Diana Robinson)

Have fun and learn from a master - sign up today!


Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Video Demonstration
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  Downloads for Barn Lesson
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  Student Barn Paintings
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