Painting Challenge: Cherry Blossoms

The cherry blossom (Sakura) is the national flower of Japan and represents a time of renewal and optimism.

Paint cherry blossoms! 

Include the topic hashtag in your Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond Facebook group post: #cherryblossoms

Deadline March 24, 2023, 11:59 pm ET

Here are the details:

  • Share a painting of cherry blossoms
  • Entries must be posted in the Facebook group: Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond
  • Include topic hashtag in your Facebook post:  #cherryblossoms
  • You may enter as often as you want
  • Open to all countries
  • Winner is chosen randomly
  • Deadline March 24, 2023, 11:59 pm ET (New York time)
  • Winner announced March 26, 2023
  • If you also post your painting on Instagram, tag @watercolorbeginnersandbeyond.   You could be randomly chosen for a QoR watercolor sample dot card.

What is the prize?   

This week’s challenge is sponsored by Yong Chen, Enjoying Art Watercolor for Relaxation.

One random winner will receive a one-year subscription to the Learning Center, over 1000 full learning videos with references.  The Learning Center include these libraries:

  • Drawing Basics
  • Drawing Landscapes
  • Watercolor Basics
  • Watercolor Objects
  • Watercolor Flowers
  • Watercolor Animals
  • Watercolor Landscape
  • Portrait Drawing
  • Watercolor People
  • Ink and Wash
  • Perspective
  • Digital Art
  • Opaque painting (5 libraries)
  • And more

There are monthly learning challenges and live lessons for members through the month, to answer your questions, and give feedback.

If you want to join Enjoying Art, click here to learn more.

About Yong Chen:

Yong Chen is a painting professor from Boston, Massachusetts. He is an accomplished painter, author, and illustrator, as well as a signature member of National Watercolor Society (NWS). His paintings have been exhibited in art galleries and museums in both China and in the United States.

Yong has been passionate about art and teaching since his childhood. He graduated from the University of Hartford in the US with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Illustration and has 40 years of watercolor teaching experience. In addition to using a limited color palette in his classes, Yong teaches his students a step-by-step and systematic approach to art while also bringing out creativity and making the process more simple and relaxing. Yong strongly believes that everyone can become an excellent artist if one has the interest to learn the process of thinking and art-making.

Yong is also an accomplished illustrator and author, as his watercolor paintings are used in many picture books and stories. Those book publishers include Little, Brown and Company, Boyds Mills Press, and HarperCollins. Yong is not only an expert with watercolor painting, but also excels in Chinese traditional painting, acrylic, gouache, oil, and digital art covering all subject matters.

Yong is the founder of EnjoyingArt, an artist community, where he is teaching, coaching, and supporting members from across the US and more than 21 other countries. He encourages his students in their pursuit of artistic expression through the use of live lessons, instructional learning videos, painting events, and partnerships with other art communities.

You can learn more about Yong and his work at

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