Learn to Paint with Mary

Course Description

This course contains lessons for three different landscapes. You'll learn to paint the ground and sky and also the mood and tone. We'll use a limited palette of acrylic paints and work in layers. This technique is fun and worry-free since it dries quickly and each layer builds upon the last. The lessons are suitable for beginners and experienced painters alike.

In working on this course, my thoughts, as always, turned to the spiritual. In studying and contemplating the landscape surrounding me, the one I see with my eyes, I looked inward as well. Jesus promises us the possibility of an inner landscape of peace regardless of the tumultuous nature of our outer circumstances. So, while this course is first and foremost geared toward painting the landscape, my hope is that, as you gain skill and confidence in your work, you'll find joy and peace in your inner landscape.


  • Canvases: 8x10” or 9x12" (the value packs from Michaels are good)


  • Brushes: 1” and ½” flats (I’m using The Fine Touch assorted pack from Hobby Lobby (an old, soft-ish, frizzled brush is helpful for clouds)
  •  1" old, scruffy brush (this is useful for clouds but not absolutely necessary)
  • Retarder: (optional -- I only list it here because I mention it in the video, but I don’t use it)
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Water container
  • Palette: Butcher paper, paper palette tablet, pie pan (whatever you like to mix paint on)
  • Hair Dryer (optional)
  • Acrylic paints: Golden and Liquitex are best but Liquitex Basics are fine.
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep, Yellow Orange Azo or Diarylide Yellow (it doesn’t really matter, just a warm orange-y yellow
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Titanium White

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This course is perfect for beginners as well as experienced painters and will equip you with the skill and confidence you need to explore your inner landscape.

Meet the Artist

Like most artists, I have felt drawn to create art all of my life. After my two daughters were grown, the time was right to seriously pursue my artistic dreams. Painting is my favorite way to capture elements of nature and scenes from my country home. I take great delight in the natural world – from a butterfly wing to a vast landscape and everything in between – and painting is a way of interacting with these things and their Creator. We live in a beautiful world and much of it, especially the small things, goes unnoticed. It is my joy to point them out.