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50 Beautiful Watercolor Paintings

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 Link

artist1016

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BILBOV.(Lorus Maver)8

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alfred ng10

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twistedEXIT12

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artist101

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Ricardo Pelaez14

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mathiole16

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AgniMax19

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“my_paintings”21

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piker7723

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mitsib25

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Clare

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Ben Tour27

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Lora (Bahanca)

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mathiole30

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Geliografic studio32

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Lora836

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HollyLL39

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outbreak41

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Pixiv43

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Gator45

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Brownie McGhee47

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Fantasy49

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Salmon51

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1958 Corvette

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Autumn Trees

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Abstract watercolor53

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Machine Mama55

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Marilyn Schutzky

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neko-gato57

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Island Glow

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Amstel Canal

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Abstract Watercolor59

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Bouquet in the Window

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Zebra II watercolor61

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Tom Herbert

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Where Time Stands Still

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Schliengen, Germany63

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The Gathering Basket

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Teresa Lenar65

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 /2009/07/03/50-beautiful-examples-of-vexel-artworks-and-tutorials/
  2. 2 /2009/05/06/40-stunning-and-creative-graffiti-artworks/
  3. 3 /2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/
  4. 4 /2008/05/19/handcraft-strikes-back-buttons-badges-pins-and-clips/
  5. 5 /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://ricardopelaez.deviantart.com/art/Hotel-Rubi-100817341
  15. 15 http://ricardopelaez.deviantart.com/art/Hotel-Rubi-100817341
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/3699947436/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/3699947436/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/3617534822/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pensive-reflections/3324917893/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pensive-reflections/3324917893/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliehs/231741312/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliehs/231741312/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pike77/3823538038/in/set-72157617005910601/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pike77/3823538038/in/set-72157617005910601/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mitsi/253968544/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mitsi/253968544/
  27. 27 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/01/05/ben-tour/
  28. 28 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/01/05/ben-tour/
  29. 29 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/01/05/ben-tour/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/2506720275/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiole/2506720275/
  32. 32 http://designyoutrust.com/2009/04/29/geliografic-studio-book-illustrations/
  33. 33 http://www.beautifullife.info/art-works/inspiring-watercolor/
  34. 34 http://designyoutrust.com/2009/04/29/geliografic-studio-book-illustrations/
  35. 35 http://designyoutrust.com/2009/04/29/geliografic-studio-book-illustrations/
  36. 36 http://lora8.deviantart.com/art/TENDER-128712212
  37. 37 http://lora8.deviantart.com/art/TENDER-128712212
  38. 38 http://lora8.deviantart.com/art/escape-from-the-sky-127404146
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hollyll/2465463963/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hollyll/2465463963/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/outbreak/103220968/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/outbreak/103220968/
  43. 43 http://www.liveinternet.ru/community/1802014/post112574185/
  44. 44 http://www.liveinternet.ru/community/1802014/post112574185/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4149052007/in/pool-35471917@N00
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4149052007/in/pool-35471917@N00
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/garynem/4113343710/in/pool-35471917@N00
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/garynem/4113343710/in/pool-35471917@N00
  49. 49 http://htx.deviantart.com/art/Watercolor-18892357
  50. 50 http://htx.deviantart.com/art/Watercolor-18892357
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4156619143/in/pool-35471917@N00
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/celticsong22/4156619143/in/pool-35471917@N00
  53. 53 http://skiface.deviantart.com/art/abstract-watercolor-24890514
  54. 54 http://skiface.deviantart.com/art/abstract-watercolor-24890514
  55. 55 http://sekiraku.deviantart.com/art/watercolor-1-machine-mama-90418965
  56. 56 http://sekiraku.deviantart.com/art/watercolor-1-machine-mama-90418965
  57. 57 http://neko-gato.deviantart.com/art/akwarelka88-140349009
  58. 58 http://neko-gato.deviantart.com/art/akwarelka88-140349009
  59. 59 http://chibianne.deviantart.com/art/Abstract-Watercolor-31668267
  60. 60 http://chibianne.deviantart.com/art/Abstract-Watercolor-31668267
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paintedpath/3290177761/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paintedpath/3290177761/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35683936@N07/4155634158/in/pool-37001951@N00/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35683936@N07/4155634158/in/pool-37001951@N00/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenarpoetry/1325458780/
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenarpoetry/1325458780/
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    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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      pablojackson

      March 15, 2010 5:10 am

      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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    Christopher Jack

    December 9, 2009 8:52 am

    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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    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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  8. 13

    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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    sigh.

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  12. 18

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

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  13. 20

    Smashing Editorial

    December 9, 2009 12:01 pm

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

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  14. 21

    Those look amazing!

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    I’m semi inspired…

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  16. 23

    Once again a very nice list!

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    Marta Spendowska

    December 9, 2009 1:13 pm

    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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    Frederick Luna

    December 9, 2009 1:17 pm

    I will always be an slave of smashingmagazine ,,,

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  19. 26

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

    Faisal Ashfaq

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  20. 27

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

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