Simple Watercolor Paintings for Beginners

This is a collection of simple watercolor paintings which help teach a beginner basic watercolor painting techniques. Often the difference between complex or difficult watercolor paintings is just the size of the artwork. The smaller you paint the easier you will find it when you are new to painting with watercolors.

Here are some other points which make a watercolor painting easier to do. Limit the number of watercolor paints used. This means you can concentrate on tones and shapes rather than colors. Also reduce the variety of shapes in your watercolor painting. This makes it easier for you as you don’t have to concentrate so mach on your drawing skills. Nor will you have to try to quickly paint around complex shapes.

All of the above points make a watercolor painting easier to do. Each point allows you to paint quicker. This reduces the chance of your paper drying too fast which is what usually causes beginner watercolor artists the most trouble. Often they are not even aware that this is the root cause of their problems.

I hope you find these simple watercolor paintings useful. They are part of my beginners watercolor guide series.


Simple beach scene

Finished watercolor painting of simple beach scene
Simple watercolor painting of a beach scene

Painting the sea, clouds, skies, people, birds and sand. Uses wet on wet, wet on dry and dry brush watercolor techniques. This simple watercolor painting uses limited pigments and is quite small. The shapes are kept quite simple as well.

Simple watercolor painting of boats and water

Simple watercolor paintings - boats and water
Simple watercolor painting of boats and water

Small watercolor painting of row boats and simple sail boats. Brush techniques covered are wet on wet, wet on dry, and dry brush. Dry brush is used to paint the sparkle on water.




Easy watercolor painting using salt

Finished easy watercolour painting with salt demonstration
Finished simple watercolor painting with salt demonstration.

How to paint an easy watercolor painting using salt to create interesting textures. This is basically an exercise in using salt that was turned into a frame-able painting.

I will be creating more simple watercolor paintings for the beginner. I hope you find the above watercolor demonstrations of use with your own work.



Simple watercolor painting using candle wax

Image of completed simple watercolor painting using candle wax
Finished simple watercolor painting using candle wax

Using candle wax and broad watercolor washes to produce this simple but effect painting.






11 thoughts on “Simple Watercolor Paintings for Beginners”

  1. I’m a rank beginner, but I really enjoyed doing the 2-color beach scene. I’m a bit apprehensive about tackling the boat scene just yet. Looking forward to more “easy” beginner scenes from you.


  2. What a great site! Just beginning and excited to try to the beach scene…love the simplicity!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to develop these easy watercolor lessons! I will try one this afternoon!

  4. I am 91 years old and have done water colors when I was younger. I live in an assisted living residency. I am trying to teach a water class to the other residents and the ideas have to be very easy. Thank you

  5. I have learned to simplify my water colour paintings by going back to basics with your demonstrations. Merci

  6. I have been struggling with watercolor for quite some time. I think this is what I need. Back to basics. Thanks. Can’t wait to try beach scene this afternoon.

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