Watercolor painting of a bridge
“Bridge at Villas Lagoons” James Faecke 2020, watercolor, 14 x 10 in. Private collection Plein air

Paintings of Water > There’s something about water in motion that draws us in and and fires our imaginations. It’s no wonder then that generations of artists have been inspired to set up their easels and document the the peaceful, meandering flow of lazy rivers and bubbling brooks, or the drama and power of waterfalls. In these paintings, contemporary artists take us to the water’s edge to showcase these jewels of the landscape in all their glory.

Plein air oil landscape painting - Paintings of water
“Uncompahgre River”
Marc Anderson
2020, oil, 11 x 14 in.
Available from artist
Plein air
Oil paintings of water
“The Silent Song of Winter”
Cynthia Rosen
2020, oil, 24 x 36 in.
Available from Gallery 46, Lake Placid, NY
Plein air
Paintings of water - pastel
“The Forest Primeval”
Marti Walker
2019, pastel, 12 x 9 in.
Private collection
Plein air
Painting of a bridge
“Runs Muddy”
Krystal W Brown
2020, oil, 10 x 20 in.
Available from Third Coast Gallery, Galveston, TX
Plein air
Painting of a forest with water
“Forest Overture”
Cecy Turner
2021, watercolor, 15 x 22 in.
Available from artist
Studio from plein air study
Paintings of water
“Day Hike”
Lori Putnam
2015, oil, 24 x 18 in.
Private collection

Related > Actually, Do Go Chasing Waterfalls

As artists, our goal is to capture the essence, the glistening light and animated nature of falling water. [read more about how to paint waterfalls in this article by Howard Friedland]

Related > PleinAir Podcast 140: Ken Salaz on Painting Waterfalls, Scumbling, and More

In this PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads, featuring artist Ken Salaz, you’ll learn the anatomy of painting a waterfall, the tradition of seekers of beauty, how Salaz became a non-criminal pick-pocket, and much more.

Listen as Ken Salaz shares the following:
• How he quit his good-paying full-time job in construction to study with Jacob Collins (“It paid off, big time.”)
• Why he transitioned from painting the figure to focusing on landscapes, becoming one of the top landscape painters in America, if not the world
• Painting techniques such as scumbling (in detail!)
• How to make your next sunset painting glow


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– Online art conferences such as Plein Air Live
– New video workshops for artists
– Incredible art retreats
– Educational and fun art conventions, and much more.

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  1. Beautiful paintings. I don’t know if this would be the location, but I have a suggestion for an Artist that your magazine might be interested in reviewing. He is basically a plein air painter however he does have studio classes that he has on YouTube and UScreen. His name is George Coll. I have been watching his videos for several months now and he is impressive in his quick paintings, which average about a 1hour 30 minutes.

  2. One of the amazing sources for creativity and joy! The portrayed arts are highly impressive and inspiring! thanks..

  3. I’m really happy that you are showing a variety of mediums, this is one of my favorite themes, and this is a lovely selection. I hope I will someday join this impressive group of artists with my own work in acrylic and pastel.


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