22 stunning watercolor masterpieces that you have to see

Watercolor is often called the most rebellious, most capricious paint. It is difficult to work with, it’s even harder to store, it is unpredictable and requires maximum concentration from the artist. However, those who can conquer and tame it know the secret of creating truly awesome masterpieces. Looking at these paintings raises the question: ’Who is the one they sold their souls to, to paint like that?’

LikeAble team invites you to follow us to the gallery of truly atmospheric, bright, and talented works. This is the modern art that no-one will be ashamed of.

Emotional realism of Steve Hanks’ paintings

There is one common thing in most of Hanks’ paintings — he always leaves the faces turned away or obscured. This is done for the sake of expressing emotions and making the body ’speak.’ ’I have always tried to show the world only positive moments of life. I believe that my works bring joy, peace, and comfort in the lives of the viewers,’ Hanks says.

Rainy watercolor paintings by Lin Ching-Che

The talented artist Lin Ching-Che is only 27 years old. Autumn rain inspires him. Overcast city streets don’t cause depression and sadness, but the desire to paint. Lin Ching-Che works with watercolors, praising the beauty of cities on rainy days with multi-colored water.

Boiling Fantasy by Arush Votsmush

Arush Votsmush is a pseudonym of talented Russian artist Alexander Shumtsov. The artist says the following about his paintings: ’Creating my works, I don’t try to prove anything. I love what I’m doing. This is like a pure drug of creativity or pure life without doping. It’s a miracle.’

The charm of Paris in the works of Thierry Duval

Born in Paris, the artist Thierry Duval has travelled a lot. This is why he owns the genre of paintings based on geography. But nevertheless, Paris was and is the artist’s favourite place. Most paintings are devoted to the ’City of Love.’ He has developed his own watercolor technique of multilayer coating that allows him to create very detailed, hyper-realistic paintings.

Evening calmness by Joseph Zbukvic

Today, the Australian of Croatian origin Joseph Zbukvic is considered to be one of the world’s most highly respected watercolour artists. The artist fell in love with watercolors from the very first stroke; the unruliness and individuality of this technique amazed him.

Secrets of the East as Myo Win Ong sees them

Artist Myo Aung Win devoted his works to his native country Burma. He depicts its weekdays and holidays, laymen and monks, and towns and cities. This world is calm, all dressed in a gentle tone, mysterious and slightly pensive like the smiling Buddha.

Incredible watercolors of Joe Francis Dowden


English artist Joe Francis Dowden creates hyper-realistic watercolors. He believes that everyone can paint like this, one just needs to know the secrets of the technique. Where does he get his inspiration from? The secret is simple: throw watercolor textbooks away and get lost in the forest.

Magic ballet by Liu Yi

Watercolors by this Chinese artist can be easily be called art about art. Liu Yi’s favourite subjects are the images of people having direct relation to ballet, e.g. dancers or classical musicians. The artist chooses a very peculiar way of portraying his models: people seem to be shown through a thin mist, which provides a deeper level of emotion. To some extent, they overlap with images of ballerinas by French artist Edgar Degas.

Sunny paintings by Abe Toshiyuki

Abe Toshiyuki received a degree in art and devoted 20 years of his life to teaching, but always wished to reach his dream of becoming an artist. In 2008, he finally left teaching and devoted himself entirely to painting.

Rustic morning by Christian Graniou


Most paintings by Frenchman Christian Graniou portray beautiful country landscapes. Despite the fact that he is not a fan of detailed drawings and the light is distributed over the entire space of the paintings, the artist’s work creates a feeling of a free space filled with air.

Watercolor cities by Maja Wronska

Traveller’s souvenirs can be different: photos, notes, postcards. But the young Polish artist Maja Wronska brings us amazing watercolor sketches from her travels. Each city she visited has its own watercolor ’portrait.’ Maja depicts not only what can be seen with the eyes, but also the feelings, emotions, and impressions of what she saw and experienced.