50 Beautiful Watercolor Paintings

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We have showcased different media of art and the different routes that you can take to express your creativity. We covered vexel artworks1, graffiti2, light paintings3, handcraft4, Moleskine art5 and many more. Now, to provide you with some fresh perspective, we decided to showcase a list of some inspiring watercolor artworks. We believe that watercolor art is a very powerful way to express your feelings — in particular, watercolor can be effectively used to represent the artistic vision on a piece of paper.

Watercolor paintings are considered a unique way to creatively represent dreams, illusions, emotions, and bright feelings using water-soluble pigments. This medium of art is still very popular nowadays, and therefore we have prepared a list of some really impressive watercolor artworks that will surely inspire you. So get ready to be fascinated by these brilliant and vibrant watercolor paintings and let us know what you think in the comments to this post!

Beautiful Watercolor Paintings

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BILBOV.(Lorus Maver)8

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alfred ng10

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twistedEXIT12

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artist10114

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Ricardo Pelaez16

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mathiole18

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AgniMax21

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“my_paintings”23

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piker7725

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mitsib27

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Clare29

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Ben Tour31

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Pose Radu34

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Lora (Bahanca)36

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mathiole38

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Geliografic studio40

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Lora844

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HollyLL47

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outbreak49

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Pixiv51

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Gator53

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Brownie McGhee55

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Fantasy57

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Salmon59

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1958 Corvette61

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Autumn Trees63

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Bay St. Girl65

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Abstract watercolor67

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Machine Mama69

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Marilyn Schutzky71

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neko-gato73

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Island Glow75

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Amstel Canal77

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Spring79

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California Girl81

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Abstract Watercolor83

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Bouquet in the Window85

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The Sea Witch87

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Zebra II watercolor89

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Playing for Keeps91

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Tom Herbert93

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Where Time Stands Still95

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Watercolor Portrait97

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Schliengen, Germany99

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The Gathering Basket101

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Teresa Lenar103

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Tigre Final105

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/03/50-beautiful-examples-of-vexel-artworks-and-tutorials/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/06/40-stunning-and-creative-graffiti-artworks/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/19/handcraft-strikes-back-buttons-badges-pins-and-clips/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/22/moleskine-art-beautiful-examples-and-talented-artists/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpb72/2810273749/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpb72/2810273749/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorus_maver/3191886687/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorus_maver/3191886687/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alfredng/3648861718/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alfredng/3648861718/
  12. 12 http://twistedexit.deviantart.com/art/gas-station-diner-120315069
  13. 13 http://twistedexit.deviantart.com/art/gas-station-diner-120315069
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pike77/3330070117/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pike77/3330070117/
  16. 16 http://ricardopelaez.deviantart.com/art/Hotel-Rubi-100817341
  17. 17 http://ricardopelaez.deviantart.com/art/Hotel-Rubi-100817341
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/3699947436/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/3699947436/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/3617534822/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pensive-reflections/3324917893/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pensive-reflections/3324917893/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliehs/231741312/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliehs/231741312/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pike77/3823538038/in/set-72157617005910601/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pike77/3823538038/in/set-72157617005910601/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mitsi/253968544/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mitsi/253968544/
  29. 29 http://www.keinyowhite.com/blog/?page_id=592
  30. 30 http://www.keinyowhite.com/blog/?page_id=592
  31. 31 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/01/05/ben-tour/
  32. 32 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/01/05/ben-tour/
  33. 33 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/01/05/ben-tour/
  34. 34 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/made-with-scissors/167567
  35. 35 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/made-with-scissors/167567
  36. 36 http://www.bananca.co.uk/vanya.html
  37. 37 http://www.bananca.co.uk/vanya.html
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/2506720275/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/2506720275/
  40. 40 http://designyoutrust.com/2009/04/29/geliografic-studio-book-illustrations/
  41. 41 http://www.beautifullife.info/art-works/inspiring-watercolor/
  42. 42 http://designyoutrust.com/2009/04/29/geliografic-studio-book-illustrations/
  43. 43 http://designyoutrust.com/2009/04/29/geliografic-studio-book-illustrations/
  44. 44 http://lora8.deviantart.com/art/TENDER-128712212
  45. 45 http://lora8.deviantart.com/art/TENDER-128712212
  46. 46 http://lora8.deviantart.com/art/escape-from-the-sky-127404146
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hollyll/2465463963/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hollyll/2465463963/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/outbreak/103220968/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/outbreak/103220968/
  51. 51 http://www.liveinternet.ru/community/1802014/post112574185/
  52. 52 http://www.liveinternet.ru/community/1802014/post112574185/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4149052007/in/pool-35471917@N00
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4149052007/in/pool-35471917@N00
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/garynem/4113343710/in/pool-35471917@N00
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/garynem/4113343710/in/pool-35471917@N00
  57. 57 http://htx.deviantart.com/art/Watercolor-18892357
  58. 58 http://htx.deviantart.com/art/Watercolor-18892357
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4156619143/in/pool-35471917@N00
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4156619143/in/pool-35471917@N00
  61. 61 http://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/2051758540026663360OQYQjC
  62. 62 http://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/2051758540026663360OQYQjC
  63. 63 http://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/2165989790026663360yuwmlZ
  64. 64 http://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/2165989790026663360yuwmlZ
  65. 65 http://www.nicholassimmons.com/paintings/recent-large/nassau4.html
  66. 66 http://www.nicholassimmons.com/paintings/recent-large/nassau4.html
  67. 67 http://skiface.deviantart.com/art/abstract-watercolor-24890514
  68. 68 http://skiface.deviantart.com/art/abstract-watercolor-24890514
  69. 69 http://sekiraku.deviantart.com/art/watercolor-1-machine-mama-90418965
  70. 70 http://sekiraku.deviantart.com/art/watercolor-1-machine-mama-90418965
  71. 71 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Fall09/MyDancingShoes_Schutzky_600.jpg
  72. 72 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Fall09/MyDancingShoes_Schutzky_600.jpg
  73. 73 http://neko-gato.deviantart.com/art/akwarelka88-140349009
  74. 74 http://neko-gato.deviantart.com/art/akwarelka88-140349009
  75. 75 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Fall08/IslandGlow.jpg
  76. 76 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Fall08/IslandGlow.jpg
  77. 77 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Fall05/JFarrah_Canal_600.jpg
  78. 78 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Fall05/JFarrah_Canal_600.jpg
  79. 79 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Ahnna-Lim-Illustration/242600
  80. 80 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Ahnna-Lim-Illustration/242600
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28104306@N07/4155548155/in/pool-37001951@N00
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28104306@N07/4155548155/in/pool-37001951@N00
  83. 83 http://chibianne.deviantart.com/art/Abstract-Watercolor-31668267
  84. 84 http://chibianne.deviantart.com/art/Abstract-Watercolor-31668267
  85. 85 http://www.dianemaxey.com/images/Paintings/Awards/Boquet-in-the-Window.jpg
  86. 86 http://www.dianemaxey.com/images/Paintings/Awards/Boquet-in-the-Window.jpgf
  87. 87 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Mixed-Media-Paintings/100104
  88. 88 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Mixed-Media-Paintings/100104
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paintedpath/3290177761/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paintedpath/3290177761/
  91. 91 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Mixed-Media-Paintings/100104
  92. 92 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Mixed-Media-Paintings/100104
  93. 93 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Spring09/SummerStorm_600.jpg
  94. 94 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Spring09/SummerStorm_600.jpg
  95. 95 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Spring06/DPhillips_Time_600.jpg
  96. 96 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Spring06/DPhillips_Time_600.jpg
  97. 97 http://meganbrianna.deviantart.com/art/watercolor-portrait-145643167
  98. 98 http://meganbrianna.deviantart.com/art/watercolor-portrait-145643167
  99. 99 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35683936@N07/4155634158/in/pool-37001951@N00/
  100. 100 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35683936@N07/4155634158/in/pool-37001951@N00/
  101. 101 http://www.dianemaxey.com/images/Paintings/Long/The-Gathering-Basket.jpg
  102. 102 http://www.dianemaxey.com/images/Paintings/Long/The-Gathering-Basket.jpg
  103. 103 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenarpoetry/1325458780/
  104. 104 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenarpoetry/1325458780/
  105. 105 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8470940@N05/4106113233/in/pool-35471917@N00
  106. 106 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8470940@N05/4106113233/in/pool-35471917@N00

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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

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  1. 1

    amazing

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    Simply wow

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    Sadly all those paintings are very cliche.
    Centuries of watercolor painting and the “50″ best ones you can come up with are the most tacky and cliche painting that come up after a brief research?
    But hey, Cezanne doesn’t have a site to link on the article!

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    • 4

      Agreed, I was always cringe at these articles. I’d say pick up a book and a scanner, and leave Deviant art out of it.

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    • 5

      What an infant you are. Some of these are absolutely beautiful. Everyone has their own work. You should be ashamed to be so judgmental.

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      The title never mentions that these are supposed to be the BEST 50 water color paintings ever created throughout time…it’s just 50 this individual wanted to showcase. Chillout people.

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      you. are a retard.

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      I like them. I paint watercolors and he chose well.

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    Oh, wow! Bruce Lee!

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    I wouldn’t say they’re all bad. Clare and Bay St. Girl are both rather nice. Maybe a bit too reliant on the reference photos.

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    Some of this work is *really* bad, reminds me of a school art project! Just pick up any illustrator’s contact annual to see work far superior to this.

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  7. 12

    Yeah, this list is crap. Did you just do a google search? It’s only half good. But the bad half makes the good half look like crap. This is a pretty transparent effort to get web traffic, and it’s insulting.

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    Agreed Joe! A lot of art school project rejects in this list. Watercolor is the most elusive medium I have ever had the oppotunity to try. You really have to think in negative space, not just paint the entire board. Claire is amazing. Several others are ok, but that’s it. Anime characters are not allowed in watercolor. Ever.

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    • 14

      What an idiotic comment, like most of the negative comments on this page. Why are so-called artists given to making such comments which are not merely negative but stupid? Obviously there is no rule in the universe saying you can’t paint anime with watercolor. Idiot!

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    Maybe three of these warrant being on a list titled “50 Beautiful Watercolors.” I agree that anime characters in watercolor are ridiculous! Very disappointed in this list…

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    Great selection of work — thank you!

    Anyone likes my SMOKER ? http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3348/3521905045_b3a2dff60f_o.png
    I know I should update my flickr;-)

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    Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

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    While some of these are indeed beautiful, a good amount of them are unimpressive. I was expecting much more with this being published on Smashing.

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    Oh wow, purely awful. Is this for real? Like seriously, seriously?

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  16. 23

    Smashing Editorial

    December 9, 2009 12:01 pm

    We are listening. The article is being updated. Please stay tuned.

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    Those look amazing!

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    I’m semi inspired…

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    Once again a very nice list!

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    I will always be an slave of smashingmagazine ,,,

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    hi, you really should see the watercolours from Carcamo: http://gcarcamo.blogspot.com/

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      thanks for that link. the work is beautiful and inspiring. I just browsed quickly but I will look more indepth later.

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  22. 30

    Great artworks, really watercolor is great medium to express emotions, my vote is for “clare” and “fantasy”.

    Faisal Ashfaq

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    These are nice. But I’m being left with a strong desire to see the original ones now lol.

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  24. 32

    Lovely list – love the butterfly one. Might make it my desktop! :)

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    LOL. Didn’t like our opinion? Here, we’ll change it to make you happy and get more gushing comments. Bold! Innovative! Successful! Please, you don’t need to edit your blog post because somebody on the Internet doesn’t share your opinion. Grow up, Smashing.

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    • 34

      I believe your the one that needs to grow up Chad and pull your head out of your ass. Its called “customer satisfaction”, ever heard of it? Smashing is simply trying to appease their audience and not seeking for gratification.

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      • 35

        Ah, Matt, you make my point for me. This isn’t “customer satisfaction” at all. The point is they essentially changed their post because people made “negative” comments.

        A) Bad reason to change your post — who cares what the droves of @smashing trolling drones think about what their list says about water color?

        B) Your comment is juvenile at best. “Pull your head out of your ass?!” Really? You just said that in a reply to someone who tried to post a meaningful opinion? Wow. Welcome to my “ignore” list. Thanks for playing. If you have something insightful to say, please do share it.

        C) The whole concept of list posts is getting really, REALLY tired. Smashing, if they want to continue to be considered a leader, needs to “mature” enough to be able to withstand criticism. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

        Surely you have something deeper/better to offer Matt. I completely agree with Luke.

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        How about smashmag produces good content to start with rather then regurgitating junk just to fill space then they wouldn’t have to recant it when everyone points out what they already knew. I’m still trying to figure out why there is a list of watercolor paintings in the 1st place.

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      • 37

        Exactly, they are definitely “appeasing.” This is the FUNDAMENTAL problem that I am trying to address. Maybe you could offer some comments on that idea. This completely takes away from their credibility.

        “We’re listening?!” Ha. Translation — a few people didn’t like what i wrote so i’m going to change it.

        It’s just one step above deleting the post b/c someone’s dissenting opinion was expressed. Please.

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    Very nice!!!

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    @Matt – “Customer Satisfaction” has NOTHING to do with changing one’s opinion on something, which is essentially the case here.

    It’s more related to “Is something broken/not working? Let us fix it for you!” It’s being nice to your customers and making them feel like human beings, rather than just statistics.

    Secondly – this blog post is NOT a “product”, it’s a person’s ( Or a few peoples ) opinion on what THEY find to be 50 beautiful watercolor paintings.

    So, because they like something that you don’t, they should change it to suit you? Why do you matter so much? Is it your opinion up there in the post?

    Unless you, yourself, wrote it and came up with the list, your opinion in it shouldn’t matter that much.

    Like it or don’t like it, that’s your choice, but to think someone should alter THEIR OWN opinion of something just to suit YOU, is complete and total BS.

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    this guy is the upcomming talent from belgium:
    http://users.skynet.be/brechtevens/

    this book: Ergens waar je niet wil zijn
    will be available in english from 2010

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    This is my first negative comment on Smashing … But if you’re going to write something that is of marginal relevance to your readers, it needs to be thoughtfully executed. This is not. Sorry.

    Let’s put this behind us. You guys just keep doing what you’re good at doing (design and the internet) and I’ll keep reading and being nice in the comments.

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  30. 42

    Wow…Thx for posting this guys…pretty inspirational.

    I always sucked at watercolor….

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    The second post by Aquil which is nothing more than a long-ass list with nothing in the way of original commentary or explanation.

    Stay tuned for his next post: “50 Things that Show Up in Google’s Autosuggest When I Type ‘What Is…’”

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    Nice glance over. Not sure why all the snobs are complaining. Most of the works robably wouldn’t make the MoMA, but definitely worthy of a blog post and some friendly exposure.

    Not sure why people continue to try to judge that which can’t be judged. Art is in the eye of the beholder.

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    Not impressed.Come on, you can do better.

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    Outch, that’s terrible ! The girls portraits, the cars…the Zebra ! So cheezy.

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    As a w/c artist myself, thanksfor putting this diverse &beautiful grp of paintings out there! And letting others who may not always have a chance to see how cool a medium it can be.

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  37. 49

    Nice compilation. Thanks for sharing :)

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  38. 50

    I bookmarked this post for future reference and sent the link to friends who I know would be interested. It’s absolutely beautiful.

    Please don’t let a few negative comments limit your creativity or your expression.

    This web site is inspirational for artists of all disciplines, from production artists and packaging designers to web designers, photographers and watercolorists. Even programmers! This post is an example of a beautiful art form that can inspire all of us and give our creative mind a workout that it might not otherwise get. Some of the art here shown above is absolutely brilliant.

    As always, thanks for sharing your inspirations!

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    Very nice collections, thanks.

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    Zebra, Girl with Thumb in her mouth takes the quality level of this list article down a couple notches. Yes, there were some very good ones that made me say “wow” but compared to the others, it boils down to another list of “ooh PRETTY” from someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

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    There is some really, really mediocre work here – student grade stuff. I spotted one immediately as a fake – a 100% digital watercolor. If you click through to flickr on the Greek Church / Mosque, it even says “digital watercolor”. 4-5 others are digital or digital in part. This should be thoroughly explained up top, that some are digital. Oops…watercolor is obviously not someone’s forte…

    As a watercolorist myself, only 10-12 pieces above are professional or close to it, and only 3-4 are gallery quality, mature work. Just sayin’…

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    @Douglas – actually a few of these could make it into a gallery: http://www.museumofbadart.org/

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    terracotta warriors

    December 9, 2009 10:14 pm

    so beautiful paintings.

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    Awesme!!!

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    بہت عمدہ
    awesome

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  46. 58

    Amazing post! thanks.

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    I can’t judge your selection, it may be a question of personnal preferences. I notice however that you often present very contemporary design, introduce the bahaus avant garde and its follower, whereas for watercolour, photography and illustration you focus on old-fashionned amateurs.
    Some have not mature technicall skills, but the problem is more their comprehension of contemporary art.
    I would so like to see Smashing Magazine covering surrising and innovative artists.

    -1
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    hhhmmmm. . . well below average for a post on smashing.

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    wow painting love titled my paintings

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    I love the work by Geliografic Studio!

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  52. 64

    Some artworks are there really amazing, my vote for Amstel Canal and The Sea Witch, they bot are beautiful…

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  53. 65

    These are absolutely lovely, though I would like to see a list of techniques used if that information is possible to get! It looks like some of these were at least digitally enhanced, if not digital to begin with, and I’d like to know what’s possible and what’s not if I’m to incorporate watercolors into my designs.
    I agree with Matt, and appreciate your work in striving to find better pieces for this post. I do NOT agree with Luke, who’s perhaps missing the point of posting inspirational work and showing different artistic techniques. If his design is purely based on the digital, I feel bad for his clients.

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  54. 66

    Quite interesting,but isn’t something missing … ?

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  55. 67

    Oh, Smashing. Why do you do this? I realise that you’re trying to provide a diverse selection of posts to inspire people, but it seems like more often than not, the posts like this that are outside of your typical design purview are poorly-researched and poorly-executed. Before I even got to the actual artwork, I knew this post was going to be a disappointment; the intro has no actual content and makes it clear that the writer knows very little about the subject matter and was just B.S.-ing to fill space. As for the art itself, even if you ignore the cliched and digital arguments, some of the pieces are god awful, further supporting the idea that the author has no idea what he’s talking about.

    That said, I also agree that this new trend of “correcting” posts that get negative feedback is both distasteful and disheartening. You should be crafting posts that are strong enough to stand on their own merit, without you having to make excuses or corrections.

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  56. 68

    So nice to see images that were made with human hands “unplugged” here on Smashing. Thanks for sharing, I am a huge fan of old school art. Lighten up Anita who commented above me.

    Take a little break once in awhile and enjoy something different. Opening up to other things always improves my own creativity.

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  57. 69

    Please, Smashing, have the courage of your convictions. You uploaded a post with paintings that some find cliche, others lovely, others interesting technically. (I saw examples of all of the above in the paintings shown.)

    Part of what makes blogs challenging and interesting is that the poster is “out there” in a sense, stating and dating some opinion on a given subject. They may be wrong, they may change their minds. Over time the blog can reflect an evolving maturity of thought.

    Changing posts in response to readers removes the virtue of having a time-stamped post (unless you’re dealing with a typo or some similar item). It is of course fine and even admirable to admit you changed your mind – but there are better ways to do this than direct blog edits. Suggestions:
    * Post a separate “update” section to the blog.
    * Use the strike tag through items you’re editing, and note the edit change in the text.
    * To indicate a sea change in your post’s direction, use a separate post to discuss and share the changes, linking to the original from the new post, and to the new post from the original.

    I love Smashing design, but love is diminished when it loses respect. Stand up for your opinions! And when they stir dissent and discussion, be glad you started an interesting conversation :-)

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  58. 70

    Nice Paintings

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  59. 71

    worst post ever! Where is creativity in those watercolor paintings? The style is stuck in the 19th century.

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  60. 72

    Really bad collection here…

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  61. 73

    “nice to see images that were made with human hands “unplugged””

    …but note that many of these are not really watercolors. they are simply photoshop…a watercolor means you use water and color on paper. otherwise it’s a digital painting done in a watercolor style.

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  62. 74

    the talent is fantastico! Thank You!

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  63. 75

    Really like the paint brush one, really taking this medium to a new level.

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  64. 76

    This is the worst collection of paintings I have ever seen. Most of them are actually ugly, and painful to look at.

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  65. 77

    I apologize for my earlier harsh comment. I am a student of watercolor painting and when I saw the title, “50 Beautiful Watercolor Paintings,” I looked forward to an enjoyable morning viewing some truly good works. However, the title of the article was misleading. I understand that art is subjective but there are certain criteria that must be met for a painting to be considered passable by most viewers. Composition, draftsmanship, color choice and technical ability to name just a few. Most of these pieces fail to meet those points and many truly are poorly done, as I see them. Watercolor is a tough medium to master and usually requires years of study and practice. Perhaps many of these paintings were done by amateurs or beginners and I would not want my opinion to discourage any of them. That’s just what it was, too; my opinion, and, to be fair, two or three of the paintings show promise.

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  66. 78

    Thank you for sharing these, I am currently painting my first watercolor and have been posting my progress on my blog. Mindezigns.blogspot.com. These are great inspiration pieces.

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  67. 79

    I think they are very good, i like them a lot. i like how they are opening up a new style of thinking, and there not the same old stuff like trees, water, people, animals, etc. there different, and they are beautiful i like every single one of them in a different way. they make me want to bring out my creative side and start painting again.. :D i truely think that they are the 50 best watercolor paintings that are different :D

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  68. 80

    Sile this Millennium

    January 4, 2010 12:27 pm

    I like to much give in mine e-mail for my friend in Romania ,thank you of lot !

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  69. 81

    this is really amazing!

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  70. 82

    I’ve seen much worse high school art than this! I thought the majority were beautiful. But the ones that worked best tended to push and pull me between the reality they’re meant to represent, and the reality of the medium itself. (ie. is that a girl or a drop of paint?).

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  71. 83

    i think it’s unfair that people are saying that some of this work stinks clearly all the work here has had an enormous amount of effort put into it….plus they never said that it had to be beautiful to the viewer the person who posted this just thought they were beautiful so stop being so critical….c=

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  72. 84

    Wow, fickle people. They are beautiful pieces and make me ache with the recognition I could never create such wonder myself. Thanks again Smashing.

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  73. 85

    some of them are a little cliche but i think gator and clare are really beautiful

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  74. 86

    Art really IS subjective. You say 50, I say 1.

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  75. 87

    whew!!!!…great art works…wish i can do that…ha ha ha would you like to give me one of your paintings??? please??? i like it
    thank you

    -1
  76. 88

    you put work of world famous watercolorist here without permissions?? bay st. girl painting famous for award, did you ask artist??

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  77. 89

    I think the work was beautiful, some cliche but well done, some creative, moody, that’s what art is. No one said it was the Louvre, its a collection of “50 beautiful Watercolors” not 50 of the best in the world ever or anything, so I think all the negative folks should calm their bit. People are just sharing their work, those “critics” should be constructive, what techniques could be worked on, what perspectives should be changed? Don’t just complain, show us your work, show us what your creativity can create. Also, if you don’t like it so much why do some keep coming back to the board? Go back to your art book and scanner. Great work folks regardless of your art training or lack thereof, regardless of your mediums.

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  78. 90

    I don’t think art has to be only about novelty (addressing the claims to cliche works found in this set).

    Neither does it have to be a demonstration of outstanding technical skill.

    Dare I say that art should be appreciated for its beauty?

    For a brief example: “neko-gato”. As cliche as an urban plaza painting can be, not to mention nothing spectacular in the paint application.

    However the BEAUTY and the aesthetic of it still drives my emotions crazy. A introspective downcast palette that invokes nostalgia and antiquity.

    What do you FEEL?

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  79. 91

    Includes some very nice work. I would guess that the very negative comments come from jealous artists or would-be artists who can’t do as well themselves. Luke’s critique that this is so 19th century just shows his ignorance. I suppose he would say the same about Norman Rockwell. Or how about the Beatles, using all those ancient chords? They aren’t creative at all, are they Luke? I suppose you think atonal music is better? Hey Brannan “dude”, are you “for real”? For sure? My dog could make a more intelligent comment than you have. Artbizman, don’t worry, no one cares about your critique so you won’t discourage anyone. Who cares what you say? Certainly not an artist. It would be interesting to see the work of some of the negative critics, such as artbizman, so we can all judge how their work compares to the work they so arrogantly criticize. Talk is cheap. Anyone can claim to be an expert or a critic. The proof is in the artwork. So let’s see some links to your artwork, artbizman, and be sure to provide some space for feedback so we can critique your stuff. Frankly, the only thing that matters in the real world is how the art sells. I always laugh at critics who sneer at work by successful artists like McNight or Kinkade. It’s probably just jealousy that people prefer their art over the poor critic’s art. Grow up.

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      youdontneedtoknowit

      March 15, 2010 8:56 pm

      I’m glad you have good sense. The other posts on this thing were getting under my skin. How can artists be so critical of each other? I thought the point of art was to do whatever you felt like doing, expressing what is inside of you? I guess some people just aren’t as open as they make themselves out to be?

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  80. 93

    very artistic…only a few “beautiful” if u take the word literally

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  81. 94

    thomas hippopotamus

    March 9, 2010 11:33 am

    ahhh good ole internet comments, the cesspool of the web…

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  82. 95

    youdontneedtoknowit

    March 15, 2010 8:53 pm

    I think that to be artists (aka “free thinking minds”) you sure do let your little textbooks and preconceived notions of what is “art” cause you some serious brain damage, and its leaking out onto the internet. Everyone has their own idea of beauty. DEAL WITH IT. It’s called an opinion, it canNOT be right or wrong. You may not like it, and that’s fine. If you don’t like it, go to another website and ogle at whatever it is your narcissistic minds think is beautiful and does “qualify” as “art” in your hugely egotistic, elitist heads. It’s called tolerance. I bet you guys are the ones that get really offended about how people aren’t tolerant of your “art”/clothes/piercings/lifestyles/ideas/whatever, but for the life of me I can’t seem to understand why you waste the breath to get upset if you are just as guilty. Get over yourselves, please. Your opinion is just that; YOUR opinion.

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  83. 96

    What a pleasure these were to see. Folks with True Talent

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  84. 97

    I totally agree with youdontneedtoknowit. There are alot of haters commenting. That being said, I think I enjoyed all of these in a different way. Yes all of them. In my opinion, art is something that makes you go, “hmm”, hence making you see the world a little differently. (I know that sounds corny but im a corny person). One in particular that I made an extra “hmm” for is Tom Herbert’s painting. As an abstract oil artist, I don’t see too many abstract works made in watercolor, so this made me happy to see. Plus I just like the aesthetics of the work. It seems as though it is two abstract paintings in one. The fact that you could almost divide the work into two different paintings lends itself to be strong conceptually, drawing the viewers attention to the constricting rectangle we all seem to paint on. Ok, enough blather. I love this list. Good work to all the artists and the maker of this list!

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  85. 98

    These are fantastic and I am happy to say that I am truly inspired!

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  86. 99

    Beautiful!

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  87. 100

    It truely sickens me that some people can’t appricate good art! These paintings are amazing! I would like to see you haters produce something as well as these artists!

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  88. 101

    Hey man.. these paintings r oosum ! some r innocent nd some r mysterius ,some r simply tooo simple but every painting can’t turn out a masterpiece ,its human nature guys!!!

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  89. 102

    whenever I fell the reasons to hold on and fight close when I was so cold

    those r lovly

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  90. 103

    i m an fine artist nice work add me on facebook and see my paintings thanks

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  91. 104

    Very nice collection of watercolour paintings!

    @iarttinanguyen

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  92. 105

    thanks for making such paintings visible for us

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  93. 106

    excellent ,upload more pictures

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  94. 107

    Wow Zebra!

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  95. 108

    waoooooooo…it was to nice………..we like it so much……….your doing nice job

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  96. 109

    wOOOOOOOOOOOOooooow ma sha2 allah..

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  97. 110

    i love it…………………

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  98. 111

    Your choices are great and varied. I enjoyed seeing them, and I do paint watercolors.

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  99. 112

    What are the elements that you have to consider in judging a water color painting? My brother did water color painting for his exhibits but I do not see his work as artistic as his previous works. I told him that it lacks zest, but he told me that when i criticize i should be constructive, and I should tell him what is wrong with it and how he can improve, but all i can tell him is his works now seems like a one by one pic, compared to an artistic photograph. I do not know how to explain it to him other than it lacks stirring emotions. Thank you in advance!

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  100. 113

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!! Its really very nice…….. Epdipa ipdillam mudiyadhu

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  101. 114

    what can i say! amazing

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  102. 116

    i like water color image

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  103. 117

    its wohhhhhhhhhh.

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  104. 118

    Superb water colour paintings

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  105. 119

    what a beautiful and fine water paintings

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  106. 120

    thats very good

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  107. 121

    interesting collection, but do you realize that the work shown by “piker77″ is a DIGITAL WATERCOLOR? That is to say, no paints or brushes were harmed in the creation of his piece. Only a mouse.
    While it is quite an artistic and attractive work, let’s just not be misled.

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  108. 123

    its beautiful…….

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  109. 124

    awesome

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  110. 125

    Nice yar………..

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  111. 126

    superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  112. 127

    very nice,,,gives pleasure to eyes……..meditated

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  113. 128

    HAHAHAHAHAA!! omg I love it when so many assholes all gather in one place to spread their asshole ways and feed off of each other’s assholeism. Good one, guys!

    THAT BEING SAID, I love the work here. I don’t need to go into the subjectivity of art or the cliches that some people are seeing… every piece here made me smile or think. If you think differently and have something mean to say about this work, go post it on the pretentious blogs I’m sure you have. This work was great.

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  114. 129

    Some nice modernist, academic-style watercolors. Would be nice to see some plien-air landscape compositions revealing space, values, and 3-dimensional forms, without photographic imitations.

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  115. 130

    i just loved the paintings

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  116. 131

    these all pictures are very nice and very natural…………………………………

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  117. 132

    Definitely imagine that which you said. Your favourite reason seemed to be at the internet the easiest thing to remember of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about issues that they plainly do not understand about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest as well as outlined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will likely be again to get more. Thanks

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  118. 133

    wooow i like your pantings veryyy mush

    good luk >>

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  119. 134

    Salute To U…..Superb….

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  120. 135

    wonderful paintings…..

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  121. 136

    some watercolour arts are really amazing

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  122. 137

    I would love to know the original size of the painting “Baby Wonderings”

    Regards
    Margo

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  123. 138

    artistiC :O

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  124. 139

    very nice and very good art work.

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  125. 140

    Gorgeous Collection.

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  126. 141

    Really nice and amazing.
    I start watercolore thease days and i would like progress to this way

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  127. 142

    Harshad Khandare

    March 27, 2012 4:58 pm

    Such a interesting paintings..
    Thanks Aquil Akhter for a wonderful post.
    I’d like to see more post about watercolor paintings specially landscapes by international artist.

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  128. 143

    beyond comparison ,,,,,,,very good work ,an artist gives more and more satisfaction to another artist …well

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  129. 144

    I think that the negative people should consider how the artists feel- they got to express themselves in a productive way. Also, watercolor paintings don’t purely rely on talent- I have seen gallery art that is just a bunch of easy brush strokes! And if you are going to say Smashing is dumb for updating their page after negative comments, think about it- if a bunch of people posted negative comments about some blog you made with pictures you thought were interesting and beautiful, wouldn’t you add some different types of pictures to try to satisfy them? I mean, nobody would just say “Suck it up, live with it” and leave it. You would update it so that future viewers might enjoy it more!!! So please- before you say that these are super crappy or say Smashing is stupid for trying to make viewers happy, just USE YOUR BRAIN a little bit more. I don’t mean to be rude, just helpful.

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  130. 145

    superb……

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  131. 146

    I really love these paintings.it’s amazing

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  132. 147

    These are beautiful, all of them, but they can’t match this one:

    http://i.imgur.com/Ca5ZL.jpg

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  133. 148

    loved all these painting…….:)

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  134. 149

    its amaaaaaazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  135. 150

    superb collection,class color combination and brush strokes

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  136. 151

    I am a newbie, but I thought this a brilliant and inspiring collection.

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  137. 152

    I just love painting!!

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  138. 153

    Way to go guys! What a COOooL collection! Other posts on the theme were no use. Thanks for this amazing work. All the paintings were so unique especially “Piker 77″. Pleeeease keep posting these amazing pics for art lovers, like me: )

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  139. 154

    very nice…….

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  140. 155

    its very nice!how did they come up with that such a portrait made up of water color?!

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  141. 156

    i love these paintings they are fantastic all are my favourate but mostly that lady painting andgebra and flowers they are awesome . By seeing this i feel the love of artist who make this painting by most of love See them they are art of beautiful colors the painters has god gift of this art.I think that the artist who made these paintings his heart is so swet na I want to meet wid this artist i love himmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm .

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  142. 157

    all these arts are amazing! i wish i could draw like this also.

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  143. 158

    fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!excellent work……………………………….

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  144. 159

    all are awesom………………. <3

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  145. 160

    I acpet only transperents realistic art

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  146. 161

    No other painting can beats with water colours….it’s mind blowing paintings.. :-)

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  147. 162

    I dont care what some people say.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!!If you dont like it keep it to yourself.My sister-in-law is a fabulous painter.She does wildlife,flowers and she does excellent nudes.Her eyesight has been failing this last 2 years but she is still going.She has never done an exibition and I would like to do something to get her art out there.Anyone that can help me?Thx for those wonderful paintings.

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  148. 163

    These all water color paintings are wonderful and amazing……….

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  149. 164

    Hey, I paint too!
    And have been looking for an outlet to showcase my work.
    Can I post some of my work through you column?
    Please let me know asap.
    I am really looking forward to it.

    PS: I had fine arts as my subject and have done a 4 year course, so my paintings are not too immature and childish, being modest.

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  150. 166

    its awesome

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  151. 167

    I like artits fresh approch in handling the colors &conceot in new approch. thanks

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  152. 168

    sooooooooooooooooooo beautiful

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  153. 169

    Awesome. So beautiful. I like water color image.

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  154. 170

    I don’t know how many time I spend in ftnt of this beautyful paintings..than..

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  155. 171

    AlI these paintings ‘re divine, am in love with all these paintings!

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  156. 172

    I am going to begin my journey in water colors. Not sure why it took so long, but
    it still has a sense of mystery to me. Its like colored smoke on paper.

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  157. 173

    Umm superb.really enjoyable paintings

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  158. 174

    I think first painting was best painting.
    Tnx a lot

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  159. 175

    Its extrodenary, love it all!!!!!!!!!!!!you people are amazing paintings, would love to see more, it really shows what a wonderfull world this is, and all of its tallents, love all you painters out there

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  160. 176

    dibin prasad n.s.

    October 2, 2013 7:03 am

    really superb.. i love paintings, and these paintings are amazing..

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  161. 177

    Love it ….. The way its painted and naturality of the paintings….I like the realistic of the paintings…Keep it up artists !!!!

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  162. 178

    no words to describe………. Just fantastics.

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  163. 179

    Good work, helping hand hand for art lovers.

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  164. 180

    There is one painting in the list- at number 13, I believe it is made by Keino White, the credits do not say so, I do follow his work closely, could you please check and give him his due credit , if you have lifted his art randomly from the net.

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  165. 181

    Wow its amazing! No one can beat this

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  166. 182

    realy very beautyful pantings.

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  167. 183

    best paintings I’ll seen ever

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  168. 184

    these are beautiful since iam seeing them from along time can change them show a new callection thanks

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  169. 185

    Superb paintings…..

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  170. 186

    amazing painting, realy superb…,

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  171. 187

    Out of world collection. Evey pic has some story to say ….really wonderfull!

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  172. 188

    Those paintings are really nice. Contrary to the oil paintings, the watercolors are thin and that property gives it a unique characteristic more usable for emotional expressions. I am lover of Water color paintings and have tried to paint some (mostly landscapes). I always seek such collections to get inspired and keep pushing my skills ahead. Here is where i found a big collection of Watercolor paintings, if you also want to see many more paintings like this:

    http://artpaintingartist.org/

    Awesome collection! It’s hard to choose a favorite, but i really liked the concept of mathiole’s second painting with piano and butterflies…

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    vikash kumar sharma

    February 9, 2014 2:16 pm

    Omggg…these paintings are fantabulos and i must some of them are so good at first i thought it might be photographed. Thank you for collecting such marvellous painting.

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  174. 190

    thanks for adding new paintings some of them are amazing can you email me your choosing craetaria of watercolour paintings thanks

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  175. 191

    amazing paintings!! i simply loved it….!!

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  176. 192

    never seen ever…..i wish i can do like that…

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    • 193

      Always try your best.I am one of the artists who made one of those!Never say you cant!

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