Easy Watercolor Landscape Painting Ideas

These easy watercolor landscape paintings are some of my favorite paintings. These watercolor landscapes are great references for beginners.

If you’re into watercolor and are looking for inspiration, I’m sharing a collection of beautiful paintings.

If you’re looking for some real-life inspiration, try visiting a forest. lake or beach in your area. The next time you go on vacation, go outside in nature and become inspired by what’s around you.

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Watercolor Tree Bookmarks

WATERCOLOR TREES
Credit: tiawatercolor

These paintings would actually make great bookmarks if you or someone you know enjoys reading. Gift these to your friends who enjoy reading books.

Lighthouse Landscape

WATERCOLOR LIGHTHOUSE
Credit: _daisy_arts

I love this circle painting of a lighthouse. The drawing is great and I love the color combination. If you’re looking for circular painting ideas, this piece will inspire you.

Purple Mountains

PURPLE WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPE MOUNTAINS
Credit: aishaaaaah

This reference shows you how you can use just a few colors to create a beautiful work of art. As you can see, the artist choose different shades of purple with hints of yellow and orange.

Orange and Yellow Sky

ORANGE AND YELLOW SKY
Credit: annie_artproject

I love the different shades of orange and yellow used for the sky in this painting. You can use different shades of red, orange, or pink to create a different effect.

Orange and Yellow Woods

ORANGE AND YELLOW WOODS AT NIGHT
Credit: annie_artproject

If you’re new to watercolor, this painting would be a great reference to help you create a beautiful piece of art. Make sure you know when to paint on wet and when to paint on dry.

Hot Air Balloon

WATERCOLOR HOT AIR BALLOONS AND MOUNTAIN
Credit: weheartit

Circle-style paintings are so fun to create and the finished project looks so good. Did you know that the first hot air balloon was invented by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783?

Watercolor Night Sky

WATERCOLOR NIGHT SKY
Credit: weheartit

If you’ve never painted the night sky, now is the perfect time. I love the blue and purple color combination. I think a green and black color combo would look great too.

Simplicity

SIMPLE WATERCOLOR TREES
Credit: weheartit

Simple paintings like this are great if you’re looking for instant gratification with your work. You can sit down in the evening and relax with your painting tools and your favorite beverage.

Wilderness and Purple Sky

WATERCOLOR TREES WITH PURPLE SKY
Credit: artby_shiney

Paintings like this are great for pinning to your wall or putting in a frame to showcase in your home. Choose your favorite colors to complete your wilderness painting.

Beach Sunset

WATERCOLOR BEACH SUNSET
Credit: artfolio.by.devina

Sunrise and sunset paintings always look amazing. There’s something about the colors and the glow of the sun that are so beautiful.

Purple Sky with Birds

PURPLE SKY WITH BIRDS
Credit: artjauntwithsheetal

Here’s another painting that’s great for beginners. I love simple paintings like this for practice references. If you would like to work on your trees, this style makes it fun and easy to improve your work.

Lighthouse on Cliff

WATERCOLOR LIGHTHOUSE OF CLIFF
Credit: brushesandlens

I really love lighthouse paintings. This one has plenty of detail, and you can really see how skilled the artist is when it comes to watercolor painting.

Green Mountain and Blue Sky

WATERCOLOR GREEN MOUNTAIN WITH BLUE SKY
Credit: chotu.artist

Drawing landscapes doesn’t have to be complicated. This drawing is simple but still a beautiful art piece. Beginners will enjoy this watercolor painting.

Beautiful Waterfall Landscape

WATERCOLOR WATERFALL PAINTING
Credit: coloursoffay

If you like drawing water or waterfalls, this painting will make a great reference photo for you to use. Some of the most beautiful and popular waterfalls include Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls, and Iguazu Falls.

Realistic Mountains

REALISTIC WATERCOLOR MOUNTAINS PAINTING
Credit: dannydrwing

I love painting the mountains. They’re such relaxing landscape objects to draw. Did you know that Earth’s highest mountain is Mount Everest, which is 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) tall?

Watercolor Camper

WATERCOLOR CAMPER IN THE WILDERNESS
Credit: ellencrimitrent

Here’s a cute and creative watercolor painting featuring a camper, grill, and trees. If you love camping, this is a pretty cool painting to reference.

Pink and Purple Mountains

PINK MOUNTAINS AND SKY PAINTING
Credit: helinaik_art

Simple landscape paintings like this make great photo card gifts for friends and family members. The color palette is very soft and delicate, which I enjoy.

Blue Night Sky

BLUE NIGHT SKY WATERCOLOR
Credit: itsme_jms00

I love pinning paintings like this to my corkboard. They also look great framed and sitting on a table or desk. If you enjoy the beauty of the night sky, let this painting inspire you.

Five Watercolor Paintings

FIVE WATERCOLOR OUTSIDE PAINTINGS
Credit: jovymerryl

If you’re looking for watercolor photo card ideas, why not use these six cards for inspiration? You can use these as handmade postcards and send them to friends and family.

Lighthouse with Sunset

LIGHTHOUSE WITH SUNSET SKY
Credit: katie.yuzhanka.art

A lighthouse is a structure that helps to guide ships and boats in the dark or in bad weather. I’m loving these watercolor lighthouse paintings. I love the detail used for the sky and water in this picture.

Beach Painting

WATERCOLOR BEACH PAINTING WITH MUTED COLORS
Credit: lakrasnova

If you love the beach theme that uses more subdued colors, this is a great watercolor painting reference. It would be nice to sit on the beach and use your views as a reference.

Muted Colors

WATERCOLOR BEACH PAINTING WITH MUTED COLORS
Credit: lakrasnova

This painting style is similar to the picture shown above. I love the color combination that was chosen for this art piece. A beach scene painting makes a great gift too.

Mountains and Lake

REALISTIC WATER PAINTING OF MOUNTAIN WITH LAKE
Credit: lewisthedogstudio

As I mentioned earlier, I find painting mountains to be so fun and relaxing. The addition of the trees and lake is perfect. An experienced artist will be inspired by this piece.

Field of Flowers

WATERCOLOR TREES AND FIELD OF FLOWERS
Credit: jowishka.art

I think we can all admit that this painting is just stunning. There’s something about the landscape and colors that I love. This is the perfect piece to work on during the autumn season.

Colorful Landscapes

TWO WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS WITH MOUNTAINS
Credit: marta.paintings

These easy landscape drawings are wonderful. The purple and orange color gradients go so well together and help the paintings stand out.

Dark and Light Sky

TWO WATERCOLOR SKY PAINTINGS ONE WITH DARK SKY ONE WITH LIGHT SKY
Credit: mintline.art

To keep your painting within a border, you’ll simply use blue painter’s tape to create a border and keep your painting within the taped area.

Poppy Field

WATERCOLOR POPPY FIELD WITH HOUSE
Credit: mrshandpainted

I love this painting of a house surrounded by a beautiful landscape of trees, grass, and poppy flowers. The red poppy flower is a beautiful flower that is native to Europe and Asia.

Northern Lights

WATERCOLOR NORTHERN LIGHTS PAINTING WITH HOUSE
Credit: nayanartworkz

I love the vibe of this house during the winter. The sky is showcasing the beautiful northern lights. The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are a spectacular light show that is often seen in the night sky in the northern hemisphere.

Blue Sky with Moon

BLUE SKY WITH MOON AND TREES
Credit: nikz_art_journey

If you’re looking for something that can be painted in an evening, I think you’ll love this simple art piece. It features a beautiful blue sky and trees.

Gradient Sky

PURPLE AND ORANGE NIGHT SKY WITH MOON PAINTING
Credit: renatatotart

The painted sky in this watercolor painting is beautiful. I love how the moon looks here. The addition of the birds was a nice touch too.

Flowers and Mountains

flowers and mountains
Credit: paro.mita

Here’s a landscape painting that’s absolutely beautiful and super inspirational. This painting was done using watercolor paint. I highly recommend checking out the artist for more vibrant paintings.

Beach Scene Painting

beach scene painting
Credit: paulcumes

This beach scene painting was actually done with oil on canvas. If you’re new to painting, this works as a great reference to help improve your skills.

Blue Sky and Flowers

blue sky and flowers
Credit: rita.maristiani

If you’re interested in painting flowers, I love this piece that features beautiful pink flowers and a blue sky. This piece was done using gouache paint.

Clouds and Sunset Sky

clouds and sunset sky
Credit: infinetties

Here’s a pretty sky painting from the talented Mary Antonette. This painting is so aesthetic and really inspires me to take out my supplies and paint.

Watercolor Landscape

watercolor landscape
Credit: sazae1010

This watercolor landscape painting includes a beautiful field of grass and flowers, a simple house, and tall mountains. This is a more advanced painting to inspire seasoned artists.

Campfire at Night

campfire painting
Credit: watercolor.only

Campfire at Night is an original watercolor painting. The artist states that “All of my paintings are inspired by my travels (I’m traveling this beautiful country full time since 2017).”

Flower Meadow

flower meadow painting
Credit: angelikascheibler_art

Meadows are some of my favorite things to paint because I find them to be so relaxing to create. These types of paintings make great additions to your home decor.

Bridge Over Cold Water Creek

bridge of creek painting
Credit: artmanwilly

Bridge over cold water creek is such a beautiful and creative work of art. This painting can inspire you to create your own bridge-themed landscape painting.

Boat On Lake

boat on lake watercolor
Credit: carosworks

If you’re looking for a painting prompt, why don’t you paint a boat on a lake?

To The Moon and Back

To The Moon and Back
Credit: infinetties

Here’s another awesome gouache painting from @infinetties. The color palette is amazing as always and I love the addition of the full moon.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms Painting
Credit: jacometlauric

Springtime is nearing, and this is the perfect painting to inspire you during this time of year. The artist used watercolor paint to create this stunning painting.

Summer Getaway Landscape

Summer Getaway Landscape
Credit: lafemmerozier

This summer getaway landscape painting was actually done digitally using Procreate. However, as a painter, you can definitely find inspiration with this summer-themed reference.

California Landscape

California Landscape
Credit: kellyahine

Believe it or not, this is a small 9×12 painting. The artist used a reference photo to create this lovely painting. It would be great if you could recreate a landscape scene using your own photo.

Spirit Island

Maligne Lake Painting
Credit: lindawilderart

This painting is titled “Spirit Island.” It has been inspired by Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. Visit Linda Wilder Art to see more of her beautiful paintings.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to paint a watercolor landscape. Landscapes are some of my favorite paintings to create, and I think they make great references for beginner and experienced painters.

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