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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 Link

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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 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://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/
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  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
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  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/
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  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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  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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    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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  10. 16

    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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    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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    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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  16. 22

    I will always be an slave of smashingmagazine ,,,

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  17. 23

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

    Faisal Ashfaq

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  18. 24

    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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    Very nice collections, thanks.

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

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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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