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25 Step-By-Step Watercolor Painting Ideas You Must See

Painting ideas surround us. Look closely and you can find watercolor ideas wherever there’s beauty. But sometimes we all can use some inspiration, so this section is filled with all sorts of watercolor painting ideas. You’ll find easy watercolor painting ideas for beginners and harder ideas for experts. Try applying the watercolor techniques you’ve learned and don’t forget to have fun!


Painting a portrait can be overwhelming, so why not start small? In this tutorial, you’ll be focusing on what it takes to create a realistic watercolor eye.

If you’re just starting to learn watercolor painting, here’s a simple landscape painting you can try. It features a beautiful blend of surreal skies. This will certainly jumpstart your love for watercolor painting!

Are you eager to practice your watercolor washes? Then this tutorial is the exercise for you! Join artist William “Bill” Dunn as he uses this staple watercolor technique to bring to life a thought-provoking surrealist painting!

Want to learn how to use color and value to add drama to a painting? Look no further – in this tutorial, we’ll be learning from John Singer Sargent and doing a watercolor bridge study based on the famous “Under the Railto Bridge” painting.

Pick up some tips and tricks on how to tackle a busy scene with artist William “Bill” Dunn as he takes on the many elements of an urban wharf.

It’s time for famous painting no. 5, where we’ll be studying a painting from Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” series. In recreating this masterpiece, artist William “Bill” Dunn plays with color temperature to infuse the painting with an illusion of depth.

Welcome to famous painting no. 4, where we’ll be studying Edgar Degas’ “L’Absinthe”. Artist William “Bill” Dunn focuses on capturing this Degas painting with a cool-warm color palette.

Get ready for famous painting number 3, as we’re studying the nuances of an abstract cityscape! Artist William “Bill” Dunn shows how to paint Richard Diebenkorn’s “Cityscape I”, a painting that focuses on shape and color.

Learn how to reinterpret this quaint European scene of some watercolor flowers and a window, and tell a much more colorful and creative version of this painted story.

Join us in this smooth sailing watercolor sailboat tutorial! Artist William “Bill” Dunn demonstrates how to use different techniques to paint this scene of a harbor in Fort Bragg, California.

If you’re stuck on what to paint, why not try painting this watercolor wharf tutorial featuring a boatyard in Marshall, CA? Learn the secret to getting a good composition, and how to balance warm and cool colors to make a painting work!

Taste a bit of the summer fun in this watercolor beach scene of Del Mar, California! Follow along in this colorful step-by-step tutorial by instructor William “Bill” Dunn.

Raise some colorful flags in this watercolor building tutorial of the Fairmont Hotel! Artist William “Bill” Dunn shows how to use color to direct a person’s focus, and how to simplify a building in a way that still makes it look complex.

In this tutorial, you’ll be studying Wayne Thiebaud’s mouth-watering “Meringues” oil painting in watercolor. William “Bill” Dunn shows how to layer colors and create good value contrasts for these colorful pies.

Learn how to paint a bald eagle portrait in this feathery watercolor tutorial! Award-winning watercolorist William “Bill” Dunn shows a quick and easy way to paint this majestic bird (and any bird-like portraits).