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

artist1016

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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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Lora (Bahanca)34

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mathiole36

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Geliografic studio38

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Lora842

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HollyLL45

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outbreak47

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Pixiv49

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Gator51

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Brownie McGhee53

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Fantasy55

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Salmon57

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1958 Corvette59

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Autumn Trees61

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Abstract watercolor63

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Machine Mama65

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Marilyn Schutzky67

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neko-gato69

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Island Glow71

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Amstel Canal73

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Abstract Watercolor75

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Bouquet in the Window77

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Zebra II watercolor79

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Tom Herbert81

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Where Time Stands Still83

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Schliengen, Germany85

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The Gathering Basket87

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Teresa Lenar89

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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.bananca.co.uk/vanya.html
  35. 35 http://www.bananca.co.uk/vanya.html
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/2506720275/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/2506720275/
  38. 38 http://designyoutrust.com/2009/04/29/geliografic-studio-book-illustrations/
  39. 39 http://www.beautifullife.info/art-works/inspiring-watercolor/
  40. 40 http://designyoutrust.com/2009/04/29/geliografic-studio-book-illustrations/
  41. 41 http://designyoutrust.com/2009/04/29/geliografic-studio-book-illustrations/
  42. 42 http://lora8.deviantart.com/art/TENDER-128712212
  43. 43 http://lora8.deviantart.com/art/TENDER-128712212
  44. 44 http://lora8.deviantart.com/art/escape-from-the-sky-127404146
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hollyll/2465463963/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hollyll/2465463963/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/outbreak/103220968/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/outbreak/103220968/
  49. 49 http://www.liveinternet.ru/community/1802014/post112574185/
  50. 50 http://www.liveinternet.ru/community/1802014/post112574185/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4149052007/in/pool-35471917@N00
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4149052007/in/pool-35471917@N00
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/garynem/4113343710/in/pool-35471917@N00
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/garynem/4113343710/in/pool-35471917@N00
  55. 55 http://htx.deviantart.com/art/Watercolor-18892357
  56. 56 http://htx.deviantart.com/art/Watercolor-18892357
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4156619143/in/pool-35471917@N00
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4156619143/in/pool-35471917@N00
  59. 59 http://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/2051758540026663360OQYQjC
  60. 60 http://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/2051758540026663360OQYQjC
  61. 61 http://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/2165989790026663360yuwmlZ
  62. 62 http://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/2165989790026663360yuwmlZ
  63. 63 http://skiface.deviantart.com/art/abstract-watercolor-24890514
  64. 64 http://skiface.deviantart.com/art/abstract-watercolor-24890514
  65. 65 http://sekiraku.deviantart.com/art/watercolor-1-machine-mama-90418965
  66. 66 http://sekiraku.deviantart.com/art/watercolor-1-machine-mama-90418965
  67. 67 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Fall09/MyDancingShoes_Schutzky_600.jpg
  68. 68 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Fall09/MyDancingShoes_Schutzky_600.jpg
  69. 69 http://neko-gato.deviantart.com/art/akwarelka88-140349009
  70. 70 http://neko-gato.deviantart.com/art/akwarelka88-140349009
  71. 71 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Fall08/IslandGlow.jpg
  72. 72 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Fall08/IslandGlow.jpg
  73. 73 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Fall05/JFarrah_Canal_600.jpg
  74. 74 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Fall05/JFarrah_Canal_600.jpg
  75. 75 http://chibianne.deviantart.com/art/Abstract-Watercolor-31668267
  76. 76 http://chibianne.deviantart.com/art/Abstract-Watercolor-31668267
  77. 77 http://www.dianemaxey.com/images/Paintings/Awards/Boquet-in-the-Window.jpg
  78. 78 http://www.dianemaxey.com/images/Paintings/Awards/Boquet-in-the-Window.jpgf
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paintedpath/3290177761/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paintedpath/3290177761/
  81. 81 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Spring09/SummerStorm_600.jpg
  82. 82 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Spring09/SummerStorm_600.jpg
  83. 83 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Spring06/DPhillips_Time_600.jpg
  84. 84 http://www.watercolor.org/GalleryPages/Images/Spring06/DPhillips_Time_600.jpg
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35683936@N07/4155634158/in/pool-37001951@N00/
  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35683936@N07/4155634158/in/pool-37001951@N00/
  87. 87 http://www.dianemaxey.com/images/Paintings/Long/The-Gathering-Basket.jpg
  88. 88 http://www.dianemaxey.com/images/Paintings/Long/The-Gathering-Basket.jpg
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenarpoetry/1325458780/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenarpoetry/1325458780/

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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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    • 8

      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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  9. 15

    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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    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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    Those look amazing!

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  12. 18

    Once again a very nice 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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  14. 20

    I will always be an slave of smashingmagazine ,,,

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  15. 21

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

    Faisal Ashfaq

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  16. 22

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

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    Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

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    Wow…Thx for posting this guys…pretty inspirational.

    I always sucked at watercolor….

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

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  26. 33

    Smashing Editorial

    December 9, 2009 12:01 pm

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

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    I’m semi inspired…

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

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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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    • 39

      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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      • 40

        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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      • 41

        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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      • 42

        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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  34. 46

    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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  35. 47

    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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    Nice compilation. Thanks for sharing :)

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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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  42. 54

    Quite interesting,but isn’t something missing … ?

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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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    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.

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

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