Song Sparrow—Ink & Wash

Combine ink and watercolor for a beautiful, spontaneous creation.

This project is a fun combination of watercolor and ink. Loose washes combined with detailed lines to create contrast and spontaneity. Easy to follow video tutorials, and reference photos are included. 

Bonus videos include an introduction to watercolor painting and 3 watercolor painting projects.

All for only $25.00

Have fun while you paint and enjoy the process!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1 — Song Sparrow & Clematis – Ink & Wash with Melissa Gannon

    • Supply List for Song Sparrow & Clematis

    • Song Sparrow & Clematis 2023 Painting

    • Reference Photos for Song Sparrow & Clematis

    • Song Sparrow & Clematis—Drawing—with Melissa Gannon

    • Song Sparrow & Clematis—Ink & Wash—with Melissa Gannon-Part 1

    • Song Sparrow & Clematis—Ink & Wash—with Melissa Gannon-Part 2

  • 2

    Bonus Chapter 2

    • Watercolour Introduction

    • watercolorSupplyLIst

    • Colors and Color Mixing

    • Washes and Textures

  • 3

    Bonus Chapter 3

    • ValleyofFireReferencePhoto

    • SupplyList Valley of Fire

    • DesertBright&BrilliantEdgesPainting

    • Valley of Fire—Part 1

    • Valley of Fire—Part 2

  • 4

    Bonus Chapter 4

    • SupplyList

    • FlowerCelebrationGannon2021

    • Nasturtiums&ViolasReference

    • Flowers in Watercolour with Melissa Gannon—Part 1

    • Flowers in Watercolour with Melissa Gannon—Part 2

  • 5

    Bonus Chapter 5

    • SupplyListOceanPainting

    • OceanofWinter2021Painting

    • OceanReferencePhoto

    • Ocean in Watercolour with Melissa Gannon—Part 1

    • Ocean in Watercolor with Melissa Gannon—Part 2


Melissa Gannon

A love of color is a driving force behind Melissa Gannon’s art—first in watercolor then acrylic, pastel, mixed media, and oil. Melissa enjoys painting nature. Her inspiration comes from travel, hiking, and exploring her local area. Her home in the Pacific Northwest provides ready access to the coast, rivers, mountains and desert. She loves painting outdoors—portraying a perfect peaceful place in the woods, a bird surveying the world, or the vibrancy of a bunch of daisies. She finds that observations made in plein air painting enhance her studio work. Along with creating art, Melissa shares her skills and knowledge through classes and workshops. She began teaching in 2001 and finds that it enhances her work as she strives to find challenging material for the fast-growing skills of her students. Some of her students have attended her classes for over ten years, and she loves seeing their artistic expression grow. Galleries exhibiting Melissa’s work include Earthworks Gallery in Yachats, OR and Aurora Gallery in Vancouver, WA. She participates in local shows including the Gresham Art Walk and the Oregon City Festival of the Arts. Visit to see her work, shows, and class schedule.


Each painting is a journey of discovery. Influenced by the Impressionists, I love to explore layering and arranging colors into vibrant patterns of light and beauty that unfold onto the canvas and reflect the joy inherent in the world around us. Nature is the primary model I paint from. I’m attracted to the shapes formed by light and shadow, the mosaic of sun-dappled leaves, or the visual delight of a meadow of wildflowers seen from a mountainside trail. I seek to share the wonder of these experiences in my work and bring a piece of nature’s bounty indoors for all to enjoy.


  • I’m a beginner. Will these classes be suitable for me?

    Each chapter contains easy to follow tutorials.

  • What about supplies?

    There is a supply list included in Chapter 1 for the Song Sparrow and Clematis project. For the bonus watercolor chapters there is a generic supply list included in Bonus Chapter 2. Melissa uses mostly Daniel Smith paints but includes information about which paints would work as substitutes. The artist is always free to change the color scheme as well. If you already have supplies, just use those.

  • How long are the videos available to me?

    The videos are available to you for 180 days.

  • What if I have a question?

    Please send an email to Melissa Gannon. [email protected]

  • What options are available for me to share my work?

    Work can be shared in a private Facebook group.

  • Is it OK to create and sell a piece based on the supplied reference photo?

    Yes. Just realize that all of Melissa’s video content and demonstration paintings are subject to copyright. Any art created based on the reference photo is fine to use for your own work.


I like listening to your videos—your ideas about design come through very clearly plus your assurances to the audience that mistakes aren’t the end of the world. You have a wonderful presence that warms the process so much. —Susan

Begin Painting Now!

Create a beautiful ink & wash painting. Plus enjoy the bonus watercolor video tutorials!