109 – Watercolor Sketching Lesson – Elk Rock Garden

Watercolor and gardens just seem to naturally go together! Sitting in the middle of a garden with a sketchbook and some watercolors is my idea of heaven! Although I painted this lesson in my studio so it could be filmed, I was transported to this beautiful spot while I was working as I hope you are. I used watercolor and pen to capture this tranquil scene and included quite a bit of detail. Getting the values correct so the foreground reads in shadow and not getting too heavy with the watercolor is definitely the most challenging aspect of this lesson. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed painting it!

Happy Painting, 


Painting Minilessons
with Marla Baggetta

These “mini-lessons” grew out of my blog. I love sharing my experience behind the easel, so these are free. I write a new one every two or three weeks, so please feel free to share with artist friends.

​These lessons are mostly written text with graphics…short but useful tidbits from the foundations of painting that touch on subjects such as aerial perspective, simultaneous contrast or using negative spaces. I guide you through different aspects of painting and art that will get you comfortable with using pastels. You’ll gain confidence to attempt work that you might have otherwise been timid about.

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