Let’s Paint a Serene Landscape in Watercolors!

Hi friends! Today I have a rather lengthy watercolor lesson for you. Feel free to break it up into a couple of parts (it will be a nice and relaxing weekend project!)


When I saw this reference photo I thought it would be fun to showcase a few landscape techniques that anyone can learn. I had a few people on YouTube and Instagram doubt that they could paint this but I know you can. This video goes at a relaxed pace but if that’s too slow for you you can click on the gear on the YouTube player and speed me up (I don’t mind) or even slow me down or pause me if you want more time to practice a technique. If you like this painting please give it a try. You can do it! A viewer asked me “What is the difference between a beginner and advanced tutorial?” and for me it is about how it’s broken down and explained. If I did an advanced tutorial for this the pace would be quicker and probably involve more detail at the end.  It reminds me of the question I get a lot “What subject is the easiest to paint?” I think the subject you are interested in is the best one to start with. If figures interest you paint people if flowers interest you paint poises!  You will learn quicker if the subject of your painting interests you. Nothing is harder than anything else subject wise and you can see all subjects painted effectively by artists of all levels so grab your paint and get started!


  • Watercolor paper: Hahnemühle Cezanne 140# CP paper *Also available at Cheap Joes, Hyatts and other art retailers. You can use whatever paper you like but a 100% cotton watercolor paper will be easier to manage. Bee Watercolor Paper is a budget friendly option and I use it a lot for studies and sketches.
  • Watercolor paint: Prussian blue, Ultramarine, Sap green, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Lemon yellow, Cadmium Red. The majority or my paints in this painting are Winsor & Newton. Again, use what you like any decent paint will work fine:)
  • The is the large palette I have is a PIKE palette.
  • Brushes (Royal Majestic) 1″ flat, 1/2″ angle, #5 round and liner
  • Stiff fan brush
  • Other: towel, 2 water buckets, pencil, cut up credit card scraper, salt
  • Reference photo

If you would like to lean more about watercolor consider enrolling in one of my online classes.  *Use coupon code TRYME for 20% off. I will soon be starting on my next course and I am trying to decide between landscapes or animals so if you have a preference let me know in the comments below. Thank for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


9 Responses

  1. I totally agree, Lindsay to paint what you enjoy. As a former biology teacher I love everything botanical, nature, insects, environmental, birds, landscapes. It’s just what my heart is drawn to and I think that helps me translate my mind, passion, and art into one. Portraits I wouldn’t even think to attempt but it really is all about ones passion.


    • I really think animals are fascinating art subjects. How about sea turtles
      or jelly fish. loved the giraffe you did. It would be a challenge for me
      I have done some landscapes of yours in the past..


  2. Would love a landscape class!


  3. I vote for landscapes!


  4. I’d love to see a class on animals!


  5. Hello Lindsay, thank you very much. I enjoy all your watercolor classes. You are a wonderful teacher. I vote for a landscape class.


  6. I am very new to watercolor, your landscape videos inspired me to try. Please do the landscape class!


  7. Love this can’t wait ti try it.You are so amazing how you teach and what we are able to do by your direction. I vote for all your classes!! Love all of them! I Just wish time stopped going by so fast I never seem to have enough time to paint!


  8. Lindsay, can’t wait to try this watercolor landscape. Also, now that I’m finished with my Sketchbook Project, I’m eager to get going on your pastels class that I purchased. All of your classes are wonderful and your teaching method is perfect for beginners.

    Lindsay, I vote for ANIMALS for your next online art class. And I’ll love it whether it’s drawing animals or doing watercolor animals. I took your drawing class and loved every minute of it so another drawing class would be awesome too.

    Any chance you might sometime do a class in using Caran D’Ache? My daughter-in-law gifted some to me and I haven’t the faintest idea how to use them. (and I’m not very brave with new things.)

    Thanks, Lindsay, for your terrific tutorials and online art classes! Now, think animals! : )

    Sent from my iPad



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