Free Seascape Painting Lesson

No membership required!  An easy lesson that anyone can handle, it emphasizes basic watercolor painting techniques that are easy to learn with lessons like this.

watercolor seascape scene easy painting lesson

Paint An Easy Seascape

This easy seascape shows how basic watercolor techniques can be used for sophisticated effect. 

Learn how to create quiet reflections, rocks, trees and a sense of light in this easy lesson. 

How To Paint Seascapes In Watercolor

Follow-along Lessons and Tutorials

The seascape is a popular subject for many watercolor artists. It is endlessly changing, inspiring endless compositions and paintings.  One could spend a painting lifetime working only on seascapes.

It is also a tricky subject, with particular areas that must be ‘look right’.  The Premium lessons in this section focus on the techniques needed as well as the important areas of concern that will make or break the painting.

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stormy day over the ocean, white water, foam watercolor painting lesson

Paint A Stormy Seascape

Use Grays And Basic Techniques For A Rough Sea 

This one is a Challenge!

Soft texture is important for creating foam and whitewater. Wet-In-Wet and Dry-In-Wet techniques – worked quickly – are the key, but also the challenge.

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quiet seascape with rocks watercolor painting lesson

Paint A Calm Seascape With Rocks

This is a great lesson to get started painting seascapes with a calm ocean and the methods to paint it.  Learn simple methods for great looking rocks.

This lesson features methods and techniques that make it easy to represent a calm ocean quickly and simply.

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Foggy seascape with neutral color watercolor painting lesson

Paint a Seacape In Fog In This Watercolor Lesson

Lots of wet-into-wet and drybrush technique along with neutral grays gives up the look of a foggy morning at the shore. 

This watercolor painting really features grays and neutral colors. It’s a great color recipe when painting a foggy day, whether it is a seascape or a landscape.

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Paint A Quiet Seascape Scene With Rocks

This lesson shows how to paint a calm, quiet day on the coast.

It’s one of our easier seascape painting lessons and also features a rocky coastline for practice on the simplest way to create rocks.

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simple seascape with wave watercolor painting lesson

Paint A Seascape With Crashing Wave In Watercolor

Rocks and a crashing wave – very typical seascape subject matter.

It’s a complex scene made it easy with large simple shapes, a simplified value composition and simple watercolor painting techniques!

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beach scene with figures

Paint Beach Scene With Figures

We take on a couple of challenges in this lesson. One is working on rough paper with decisive, direct strokes.

Capture the look of standing water on the beach with texture and reflections.  Just to add to the challenge, we’ll add figures to the scene as well!

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An Easy, Simple Evening Seascape Scene

This lesson will have you painting an evening seascape scene based on a simple composition and a complementary color scheme with dramatic value contrasts.

It is an easy painting project made easier with the underlying value composition.

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rocky shoreline watercolor seascape painting

How To Paint A Rocky Seascape On A Rainy Day

This watercolor lesson is about painting a rocky shoreline seascape. It’s kind of a gloomy day at the coast in this painting. Neutrals and neutralized colors are used to catch the look of a gloomy, rainy day. And, get some good texture on our rocks and in the water by using Rough paper.

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quiet seascape scene in watercolor

Turn A Sketch Into A Quiet Seascape Painting

 In this lesson, we start with a simple, quick seascape sketch and develop it into a finished painting. 

Work through each step of developing an unfinished sketch, with explanations of why and how. 

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Other Lesson Subjects

FREE Lessons For Beginners!

A group of fourteen FREE watercolor painting lessons that will get you started. Learn the techniques and paint some simple scenes to put them into practice. 

Landscape Painting Lessons

watercolor painting of a sycamore tree and landscapeOur largest group of lessons – 24 in all – includes easy, intermediate and advanced lessons covering important techniques and composition ideas. Click To See All Landscape Painting Lessons

Flower and Still Life Painting Lessons

Lemons in a decorated bowl. Image from a watercolor painting lessonThis set of lessons include a range of subjects, techniques and methods as well as everything from quick sketches to longer, more finished floral and still life paintings. 

Quick Sketches and Unusual Subjects

metal and glass jar lids painted in watercolorIn this group of lessons you’ll find a lot of unusual subjects and quick sketching projects. Unusual subjects are those we don’t normally think of painting – often everyday objects that are ‘invisible’ most of the time. Quick sketching is a way to build many important watercolor painting skills. The sketches can also be developed into finished paintings. 

Skill Building Learning Tracks

Tips and Tricks For Watercolor Painting

Video tutorials with easy how to’s and other tips to make watercolor painting easier and more convenient. Most of these are FREE lessons  – watch without a Premium Membership

How To Paint Elements Of The Landscape

How to paint trees, skies, clouds, rocks, weeds and more. These lessons focus on individual objects that are common in landscape and seascapes. Every lesson covers ideas and techniques specific to each.

How To Paint Water

watercolor study of reflections and movement on waterWater shows up in landscapes and seascapes in many different ways. Adding water in any form – puddles to open ocean – requires some special considerations and techniques. These lessons show how. 

Value Basics

Value is arguably the most important characteristic of color to learn and use in painting.  It has two primary functions for the artist – as a fundamental component of Composition and as a way to create a sense of light and form. These lessons cover both functions. 

Color Basics

Color is an aspect of painting that can take a lifetime of study to really understand.  The 25 lessons in this group are is meant to introduce you to the various aspects of color and simple ways to explore color schemes, color choices and color combinations for your paintings.

Value To Color

Image of two color studies and the underlying value sketchesValue Composition Sketches are extremely valuable tools for creating solid and dynamic paintings.  It can be difficult to maintain the values as designed in the composition once you begin working in color. There are 20 lessons in this group that work through the process of creating a value sketches and then converting it to color while maintaining the values as designed. 

Light And Form

using color and value to show light and form on a simple cone shapeRecreating the effect of real world light on objects in a painting means creating the changes in color and value that simulate the real-world effect. Although the effect of light has many different visual impacts, there are certain, tried and true ways of creating patterns of light and shadow in our paintings. This group of 14 lessons will get you started. 

Basic Practical Linear Perspective

Simple scene in two-point perspective

All linear perspective systems are based on the simple idea that objects that are farther from you appear to be smaller.  Perspective, or linear perspective, is a system for representing the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface. There are 9 lessons in this section that will introduce basic linear perspective and show practical ways to use it in your paintings.