Drawing & Painting Nature

Learn to paint and draw nature step by step

Learning to paint trees, plants or landscapes doesn't have to be difficult. Grab some watercolor, brushes and paper and let's paint together step by step the different motifs of nature. All tutorials are provided with examples and explanations, so that both beginners and intermediates can confidently paint along.

Painting Nature

Drawing Nature

Tips and Tricks for Nature Drawings and Paintings

As with all art pieces, a good sketch will make it much easier to draw or paint our nature inspired art.

Painting Nature Scenes as a Beginner

Don’t be afraid, many nature motifs are wonderfully suitable for beginners. Apart from some complex paintings, there are numerous ideas for simple watercolor nature paintings.

For example, to practice, we can start with simple things like stones or grasses and slowly work our way up to trees, flowers, waterfalls, etc.

If you’ve never painted with watercolor before, it’s worth taking a look at the basics about watercolor painting supplies & techniques.


Whether you’re using stunning references to help you or creating your own worlds, it seems like there are no limits when it comes to landscapes.

The most important thing in any landscape painting is depth and spatiality. When painting and drawing, it is therefore especially helpful to think in layers. Things in the background, i.e. in the rearmost layer, should be proportionally smaller and paler than things in the foreground, i.e. in the foremost layer. Knowledge about different perspectives makes a lot of things easier for us.

In addition, we can do without many details in landscape art, unlike in portraits, for example. Just imagine having to draw every single leaf in a forest landscape! Much more important than details is the mood of the picture, which can be influenced by colors and contrasts.

Whether it is painting or drawing nature, these are probably the most popular scenes:

  • Forest
  • Mountains
  • Sunset
  • Sea
  • Beach
  • City

On site or rather from the comfort of your home?

Professional artists will always advise to draw from the living object. They are not so wrong, because in fact we learn best on the spot to see things correctly and accordingly we can transfer them better on paper.

Drawing the Spree Forest on Site

However, this can be easy or difficult, depending on the subject. While you can take the house plant from the window sill and put it on the table in front of you, in a canoe on a river there may be slight interruptions from bloodthirsty mosquitoes.

In principle, there is nothing wrong with drawing or painting onveniently at home, because first and foremost it should be fun, no matter where we are.