How to Paint a Beach Scene



Hello, friends…I hope your week is off to a great start.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen sneak peeks of these paintings. I have been having a lot of fun playing with the new Americana Premium acrylics from DecoArt of late as I love their amazing coverage from its light-fast, heavily-pigmented formula.



They were created to work well on canvas as well as other artistic surfaces and today I wanted to share a fun tutorial on how to paint your own beach scene. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, the beauty of this abstract is that it doesn’t have to be perfect.

You will need the following colors:
Carbon Black
Prussian Blue Hue
Titan Buff
Titanium White
Cobalt Teal Hue
Cobalt Turquoise Hue
Pyrrole Red
Raw Sienna
And materials:
Canvas (I used a 16 x20)
Palette knife
Large flat brush
Small round brush

Step 1.
Mix white and teal paint together at an approximate 2:1 ratio. Take your palette knife and dip it in the white and teal mixture, turquoise, blue and teal paints. Spread onto canvas horizontally on the top half of the canvas.

Step 2.
Clean your palette knife and dip it in the Titan Buff and spread the paint on the bottom half of the canvas.

Step 3. 
Using your large flat brush, dip it in water, remove some of the moisture and brush paint horizontally.

Step 4. 
Dip your brush in the white paint and dab along between the blue and the Titan Buff.

Step 5.
Take your flat brush and repeat step 3, this time over the entire canvas.

Step 6. 
Dip your palette knife in the white paint and dab the edge along the blue as shown.

Step 7.
Dip your palette knife in the turquoise and dab under the white.

Step 7. 
Dip your palette in the white and place the knife flat along the canvas, dabbing the white paint between the blue and the Titan Buff.

Step 8. 
Painting the details. 
Follow the collage below to paint the little umbrellas.


Step 9.
To paint “people”, simply use your small round and make little dots and strokes that resemble people. Remember…it doesn’t have to be perfect :)

Step 10.
Dip your brush in the white and dab to give texture or make it look like foam.

Repeat the previous step on the waves…

Add little details, such as shadows and little towels etc…



And there you go…a fun little afternoon painting project.

What I love about art is that each time you paint,  each piece is one of a kind.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and would encourage you to leave any questions you may have below and I’ll make sure to get back to you.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

much love,



  1. michelle donnelly says

    Gorgeous! I would love it if you would do a video tutorial of this as I think it would be a little easier to understand, especially the final steps!

  2. Anna says

    What a great tutorial! I just want to go home and start painting. And I have never even tried painting before :)

  3. says

    I’ve always loved beach scene paintings from an aerial view. Your DIY makes it look so easy to create. I wonder if mine would turn out as nice? With zero painting experience, I doubt it. But, I plan to give it a try. Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Gail Plaskiewicz says

    You never cease to amaze me! Beautiful painting and I probably learned to do something like this in my art class in high school. Great tutorial!

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  7. says

    Hey, there!
    Very nice brushes at an incredible price. Got here fast. Took me a while to get brave enough to try my hand at watercoloring, but with the right paper and brushes (and paints!) I could produce a real fun couple of beginning paintings. The brushes seem sturdy enough and the tips stay right without shedding or fluffing up. They came in fast and like I said a terrific price.
    Just thought I’d share.

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