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Most used art motives in summertime

Summertime is all about fun in the sun with friends and family. From lazy days spent lounging by the pool to adventures out on the open road, summertime is a time to relax and enjoy life. Take a look at what are the most used art motives of the summer season.

Why do artist enjoy painting summer scenes?

It’s no secret that many artists enjoy painting summer scenes. The warmer weather and longer days provide the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and capture the beauty of nature. For some, it’s the bright colours and warm temperatures that make summer such an appealing time to paint. Others enjoy the challenge of painting landscapes and other outdoor scenes in the heat.

Here are some of the most painted summertime art motives


The ocean has always been a source of inspiration for artists, and seascapes in particular have been a popular subject matter for centuries. Of course it is on top of the list of the most used summertime art motives.

Seascapes may be popular for reasons such as capturing the beauty of the ocean, the vastness of the sea, and the sense of peace and tranquility that can be found near the water.

Whether it’s a painting of a serene beach at sunset or a stormy sea scene, there is something about seascapes that just seems to captivate viewers. Perhaps it’s the way that they make us feel small in comparison to the vastness of the ocean, or maybe it’s the way they remind us of the peacefulness of nature.

Simona Jones - Warf Angels
Simona Jones – Warf Angels


Flowers have been popular in artwork for centuries, and there are many reasons why. For one, flowers are incredibly beautiful, and their bright colours can add a lot of visual interest to a piece of art. Additionally, flowers can symbolise a variety of things, such as love, hope, and new beginnings. This makes them perfect for use in artwork that is meant to convey positive messages.

Another reason why flowers are so popular in artwork is that they can be used to create a sense of tranquility or peace. This is often seen in pieces that feature a single flower or a small group of flowers. The soft colours and gentle petals of flowers can help to create an overall feeling of calmness. Their beauty, symbolism, and ability to create a sense of peace all make them perfect subjects for art.

Rita Knoetze - Landing Zone
Rita Knoetze – Landing Zone


Landscapes are a common theme in photography and painting. But why are landscapes so popular?

For one, they’re incredibly beautiful. A good landscape can take your breath away, and that’s something that some artists strive for.

Additionally, landscapes can tell a story. They can capture a moment in time or be indicative of a certain mood. They can be nostalgic or even foreboding. Whatever the story is, landscapes offer a unique way to tell it by presenting a scenario. And in summertime nature is at it’s finest allowing for the most amazing summertime art motives.

So next time you’re admiring a piece of artwork, take a closer look at the landscape and appreciate all that it has to offer.

Thomas Catlin - Electric Outcrop Cedarberg
Thomas Catlin – Electric Outcrop Cedarberg


In the mix of subject matter, one might paint, there are animals. Animals have been used throughout time as symbols of certain qualities or traits that we admire, such as strength, grace, or, courage, or despise.

It is for this association of meaning we give to animals that they lend themselves perfectly to telling stories or conveying messages. If language relies on using animals to describe (i.e cowardice with the phrase “Don’t be chicken”.) art may use images of animals in as exciting a way.

There is also the age old desire to observe and represent what we see. This is seen by the ancient cave paintings often depicted animals in order to communicate hunting techniques or tell stories about important events.

Clea Witte - Blueberry Bliss
Clea Witte – Blueberry Bliss

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