In this course, you will learn how to mix color accurately for value, temperature and chroma, how to incorporate color contrasts of value, temperature, proportion, and simultaneous contrast and how to create color harmony in your landscape paintings.

Are you...?

  • Confused by color theory?

  • Unsure about what colors are warm and what colors are cool and how to use them?

  • Unsure how to modify colors to get the right value?

  • Colors coming out chalky? Muddy?

  • Unsure how to choose colors for your palette?

  • Unable to see the correct value of a color? Or to mix it?

  • Unable to mix a variety of naturalistic greens?

  • Colors always too dull? Too saturated?

What you'll learn in this course

  • Mixing Colors

    You'll learn how to mix accurately for value, temperature, and chroma.

  • Color Contrast

    You'll learn how to use color contrasts to give your landscape paintings rich color.

  • Color Harmony

    You'll learn specific techniques for creating color harmony within your paintings.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome and Introduction

    2. Materials and Reading List

    3. Using Your Value Scale

    4. Converting Images to Greyscale

    5. Color Glossary

    6. Values in the Landscape - A Review

    7. Practical Tips for Organizing Your Palette

    8. Practical Tips for Keeping Clean Color and Applying Paint

    9. Premix!

    10. Color Basics

    11. How to BUG

    1. The Three Attributes of Color

    2. Modifiers

    3. Choose the Right Modifier

    4. Week 1 Zoom Class Recording

    1. Assignment #1 - Part 1

    2. Assignment #1 – Part 2

    3. Assignment #1 – Part 3

    4. Alternative Images for Part 3

    5. PDF of Images for Assignment 1

    1. Warm and Cool Colors

    2. Color Temperatures in Light and Shadow

    3. Useful Articles on the Gamblin Website

    4. Color Mixing - Greens

    1. Assignment #2 – Part 1

    2. Assignment #2 – Part 2

    3. Assignment #2 – Part 3

    1. Chroma/Saturation

    2. Color Mixing Demo - Chroma/Saturation

    3. Mixing Colorful Greys

    4. Chroma - Mineral Paints Compared to Modern Paints

About this course

  • $425.00
  • 44 lessons
  • 13 videos
  • 3 live Zoom sessions (also recorded).
  • Course community with instructor feedback


Deborah Paris

Deborah Paris is an American landscape painter, author, and teacher. She is the founder of The Landscape Atelier, her teaching studio, and the author of Painting the Woods: Nature, Memory and Metaphor (Texas A&M University Press 2020). Based on a foundation of intense and close observation, drawing, memory, and imagination, her work explores an intuitive connection to and her experience of nature.

Deborah’s work is represented by galleries throughout the US. She has been featured in Art of the West, American Painting Video Magazine, American Artist, Southwest Art, The Pastel Journal and Professional Artist Magazine. Her work has been shown at the Laguna Art Museum, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, the Panhandle-Plains Museum, the Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, The National Wildlife Museum, and the Gilcrease Museum.

When she isn’t painting or teaching, Deborah is an avid walker, birder, naturalist, reader, and writer. She lives and works in northeast Texas.

Visit Deborah at her website –

For more about Deborah’s teaching philosophy and online learning, you can listen to this podcast.

What Students Are Saying

“When covid hit, I decided to take on-line classes and workshops to elevate my painting skills. I wanted to take a deep dive to fill in the skills I was missing. I have signed up for every class Deborah offers. I am thrilled with what I am learning and how it is advancing my painting skills.”

Susan Powers

“My landscape art has improved so much because of the Landscape Atelier with Deborah Paris. Her classes simplify the complex nature of landscape art. Deborah’s classes helped me breakdown the landscape so I could focus and improve on one part at a time. Deborah’s classes will help you find your visual voice in landscape art.”

Kathy Wood

“After finishing a year of classes at the Landscape Atelier, I can honestly say that Deborah is not only a top-notch artist but also a gifted teacher. She brings her experience as an artist to teaching with a generosity of spirit that make her classes both instructive and fun. The interactive online setting with not just Deborah but also the fellow artists who participate in her classes adds to the overall experience.”

Susanne Jantsch

“Deborah is a world-class teacher. She is thorough, thoughtful, kind, and very skilled. This atelier is the place where week by week you build on your skills and understanding with lesson plans, exercises, video demonstrations and zoom meetings. You have a sense of community with the other students and her platform allows you to see other people’s work for her appraisal and for yours. She replies quickly, kindly, thoroughly.”

Maggie Parkinson

“The Landscape Atelier offers a comprehensive set of courses for developing skills as a landscape artist. Deborah Paris is an excellent instructor who has put together a package of course materials that provides guidance and inspiration. I am on my seventh course, and the way the lessons from each course connect and build on each other has been very powerful in underscoring key concepts.”

Susan J.

“Deborah Paris’ deep appreciation for the fundamentals of her craft, her intimate approach to the natural world, and her enthusiasm for teaching the traditions of landscape painting is what makes the Landscape Atelier such a special place. It is a profound place for artistic development.”

Rob Wellings


  • When can I enroll?

    Full Access courses open for enrollment several months before the scheduled start of the course.

  • Do I retain access to my course?

    Yes, you will retain access to the course materials and videos after the course ends for as long as the site is up.

  • Will I get instructor feedback on my work?

    Yes. For Full Access courses, there is instructor feedback. You will post your work in the course community for feedback from the instructor.

  • Are the live Zoom sessions recorded?

    Yes. The Zoom recordings are made available in the course community - usually within 24 hours of the live class.

  • Can I cancel a course registration?

    Please see our cancellation policy on the “About Our Courses” page.

  • Are the courses just for oil painters?

    The courses on drawing, values, and composition would be appropriate for an artist working in any medium. Other classes involve techniques in oil painting, and all demonstrations are in oil.

  • Are the courses appropriate for beginners?

    The courses in drawing, color mixing, composition, and values would be appropriate for beginners. The other courses require some basic understanding of oil paint and how to apply it. They would be best for those with at least a year or two of experience working in oil. Our Creative Development courses are best for artists with at least two years of experience working in oil.

  • What materials will I need?

    The materials list for each class is available as a free lesson. Click on “Free Preview” above to access that lesson.

  • Can I retake this full access course at a discount?

    Absolutely! You can retake this course for just $130. Contact us at [email protected] for a one-time discount coupon which you can apply to the purchase of the Full Access course. Let us know which course you want to retake in your email, please!

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