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 over 40 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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1. Watercolor Tree Bookmarks
These paintings would actually make great bookmarks if you or someone you know enjoys reading. Gift these to your friends who enjoy reading books.
2. Lighthouse Landscape
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.
3. Purple Mountains
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.
4. Orange and Yellow Sky
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.
5. Orange and Yellow Woods
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.
6. Hot Air Balloon
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?
7. Watercolor Night Sky
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.
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.
9. Wilderness and Purple Sky
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.
10. Beach Sunset
Sunrise and sunset paintings always look amazing. There’s something about the colors and the glow of the sun that are so beautiful.
11. Purple Sky with Birds
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.
12. Lighthouse on Cliff
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.
13. Green Mountain and Blue Sky
Drawing landscapes doesn’t have to be complicated. This drawing is simple but still a beautiful art piece. Beginners will enjoy this watercolor painting.
14. Beautiful Waterfall Landscape
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.
15. Realistic Mountains
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?
16. Watercolor Camper
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.
17. Pink and Purple Mountains
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.
18. Blue Night Sky
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.
19. Five Watercolor Paintings
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.
20. Lighthouse with Sunset
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.
21. Beach Painting
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.
22. Muted Colors
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.
23. Mountains and Lake
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.
24. Field of Flowers
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.
25. Colorful Landscapes
These easy landscape drawings are wonderful. The purple and orange color gradients go so well together and help the paintings stand out.
26. Dark and Light Sky
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.
27. Poppy Field
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.
28. Northern Lights
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.
29. Blue Sky with Moon
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.
30. Gradient Sky
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.
31. Flowers and Mountains
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.
32. Beach Scene Painting
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.
33. Blue Sky and Flowers
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.
34. Clouds and Sunset Sky
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.
35. Watercolor Landscape
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.
36. Campfire at Night
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).”
37. Flower Meadow
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.
38. Bridge Over Cold Water Creek
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.
39. Boat On Lake
If you’re looking for a painting prompt, why don’t you paint a boat on a lake? Check out @carosworks to see 10 paintings that use this theme.
40. To The Moon and Back
Here’s another awesome gouache painting from @infinetties. The color palette is amazing as always and I love the addition of the full moon.
41. Cherry Blossoms
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.
42. Summer Getaway Landscape
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.
43. California Landscape
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.
44. Spirit Island
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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