17 Paint a Sunset.
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Paint a Sunset - with Len Hend - in oil or acrylic.
Preview this tutorial video – How to Paint a Sunset.
How to Paint a Sunset in Acrylic or Oils, an easy to follow short tutorial video with down to earth instructions.
When learning how to paint a sunset it is important to keep cleaning your brush, this also helps to stop your work becoming muddy.
Do not clean your brush in fluid unless you really need to but pull the brush through a rag while squeezing the rag onto the bristles. Get into the habit of cleaning your brush with a rag every time before you pick up paint.
When painting the sky there are a few things to remember and because this is a loosening up exercise, we are making it up as we go therefore we do not have preconceived ideas about exactly how the sunset will look, just put the paint on and let the sunset evolve. The important thing is to have a brilliant area in the lower middle of the sky and very dark corners. (you will not get dark corners with a dirty brush)
1 – Start at the bottom of the sky and keep it low on your canvas. (you can always paint the horizon over the bottom of the sky if it is too low)
2 – Keep your brush strokes in the same direction (across and up at a few degrees is good)
3 – Do not go back over your brilliant white with a dirty brush.
4 – Clean your brush every time before picking up paint.
5 – Make your corners of the painting very dark.
6 – Block your foreground objects in with fresh dark paint on a clean brush.
7 – Spend a little time thinking where to put your foreground objects.
8 – Relax and do not worry about bad bits of the sky as we will place the foreground objects over the bad bits.
You may wish to paint many little sunsets to get your hand free and the paint flowing without worrying about making mistakes