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30 Easy Things to Paint for Beginners

Unlock Your Creativity with Simple Painting Ideas

Are you ready to unleash your inner artist but not sure where to start? Painting is a fantastic way to express yourself creatively, and the best part is, you don’t need to be a professional to create something beautiful. Whether you’re picking up a paintbrush for the first time or looking for some inspiration to reignite your passion for painting, we’ve got you covered with these 30 easy things to paint for beginners.

1. Sunset or Sunrise

Sunsets and sunrises offer stunning color gradients and silhouettes, making them perfect subjects for beginners to practice blending and layering colors.

2. Flowers

From delicate roses to vibrant tulips, flowers provide endless inspiration for beginner painters. Experiment with different brushstrokes and color combinations as you bring these natural beauties to life on your canvas.

3. Fruit Bowl

Painting a fruit bowl allows beginners to practice depicting simple shapes and textures while experimenting with a variety of vibrant colors.

4. Beach Landscape

Capture the tranquility of a beach landscape by practicing painting water, sand, and sky using basic blending and stippling techniques.

5. Abstract Shapes

Let your imagination run wild with abstract shapes! These paintings offer creative freedom for beginners to experiment with color and composition without worrying about specific subject matter.

6. Cup of Coffee or Tea

Explore the play of light and reflections as you paint a cozy cup of coffee or tea. This subject is perfect for practicing capturing shiny surfaces and intricate details.

7. Butterflies

Butterflies are composed of simple shapes and patterns, making them ideal subjects for beginners to practice basic brush techniques and detailing.

8. Cute Animals

Channel your inner child by painting adorable, cartoon-like animals such as cats, dogs, or birds. These subjects are not only fun but also great for practicing character and expression.

9. Mountains

Practice painting different textures and atmospheric perspective with mountain landscapes. Experiment with shades of blue and gray to depict distant mountains fading into the background.

10. Cityscape

Cityscapes offer opportunities for beginners to practice painting architecture and perspective while experimenting with urban colors and lighting effects.

11. Cloudy Sky

Capture the beauty of a cloudy sky by practicing different brush techniques to depict fluffy clouds and atmospheric depth.

12. Abstract Color Blocks

Unleash your creativity with abstract color blocks! Experiment with different hues and shapes to create visually striking compositions.

13. Trees

Trees are great subjects for practicing different brush techniques and experimenting with shades of green and brown to depict foliage and bark textures.

14. Ocean Waves

Painting ocean waves allows beginners to practice capturing movement and texture using techniques like stippling and dry brushing.

15. Sailing Boat

Practice painting reflections on water surfaces and capturing the play of light and shadow on a sailing boat’s surface.

16. Rainbow

Explore the vibrant colors of a rainbow and practice blending techniques to create smooth transitions between different hues.

17. Abstract Patterns

Experiment with color, shape, and texture by painting abstract patterns. Let your imagination guide you as you create visually stimulating compositions.

18. Still Life with Household Objects

Painting still life compositions with household objects allows beginners to practice depicting everyday items while experimenting with composition and lighting.

19. Autumn Leaves

Capture the warmth and vibrancy of fall with paintings of autumn leaves. Practice painting intricate details and experimenting with warm, earthy colors.

20. Hot Air Balloon

Painting a hot air balloon allows beginners to practice creating volume and perspective while experimenting with bright, cheerful colors.

21. Fireworks

Capture the excitement of fireworks with vibrant colors and dynamic brushstrokes. Practice capturing movement and light effects as you paint the night sky ablaze.

22. Underwater Scene

Explore the depths of the ocean with underwater scenes. Practice painting different textures and marine life while experimenting with underwater lighting effects.

23. Abstract Landscape

Let your imagination wander with abstract landscapes. Experiment with brushstrokes and color palettes to create dreamy, atmospheric scenes.

24. Candles

Capture the warm glow of candlelight with paintings of candles. Practice depicting light and shadow to create a cozy, inviting atmosphere.

25. Sunflowers

Painting sunflowers allows beginners to practice painting large petals and experimenting with vibrant, cheerful colors.

26. Moonlit Night

Explore the mystery of a moonlit night with paintings of nighttime scenes. Practice capturing the contrast between light and shadow as the moon illuminates the landscape.

27. Palm Trees

Painting palm trees allows beginners to practice painting slender trunks and fronds while experimenting with tropical colors.

28. Abstract Nature Patterns

Capture the beauty of nature with abstract patterns inspired by the natural world. Experiment with organic shapes and textures to create visually captivating compositions.

29. Abstract Geometric Shapes

Experiment with symmetry and color contrast by painting abstract geometric shapes. Let your creativity soar as you create bold, eye-catching designs.

30. Rainy Day

Capture the mood and atmosphere of a rainy day with paintings of rainy scenes. Practice capturing the play of light and shadow as raindrops fall from the sky.


Embark on your painting journey with confidence and creativity! These 30 easy things to paint offer endless opportunities for beginners to explore different techniques, subjects, and styles. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process of creating art.

Painting Classes in West Vancouver

If you are looking for in-person painting classes in Vancouver, West Vancouver, or North Vancouver, try our painting lessons at Cool Art Studio. We are a painting studio in West Vancouver that has been offering in-person art classes for many years. Our experienced instructor provides tailored guidance to meet individual needs. Our art classes cater to all levels and ages, including beginners, adults, and kids.

We teach acrylic painting, watercolor painting, oil painting, sketching, drawing, and traditional Chinese painting. Additionally, we have art therapy for individuals seeking therapeutic expression.

We offer group lessons for those who prefer a collaborative learning environment. Additionally, we provide one-on-one private lessons for those seeking a more personalized experience. If you’d like to try out a lesson, consider joining us for a single drop-in session. Feel free to get in touch with us via the form here to explore and express your creativity.

Interested in Music Lessons?

If you’re interested in music lessons, consider trying a drop-in session at Music Academy. Located in West Vancouver, Music Academy offers lessons for a variety of instruments, including piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, violin, cello, flute, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, alto/tenor saxophone, and music theory.

Painting Classes in West Vancouver

Cool Art Studio offers in-person painting classes suitable for all ages and skill levels, from beginners to advanced, catering to both adults and children. If you're searching for art classes in Vancouver, West Vancouver, or North Vancouver, try our painting lessons. Private classes and group sessions are available. Our team of skilled and experienced painting teachers is here to guide you through the creative process.

Music Gallery & Academy / Cool Art Studio: 1468 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1B7


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