How to Paint a Sunset With Acrylic Paint

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Painting a sunset with acrylic paint begins by painting blue hues at the top of the painting, adding in oranges and reds nearer to the bottom of the painting and painting in details of the sun close to the horizon. Use a variety of rich colors to paint the sunset with help from an award-winning artist in this free video on acrylic painting techniques.

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Hello I'm Jacklyn Laflamme from JacklynLaflamme.com. I'm here on behalf of the Broward Art Guild. In this clip I'm going to show you how to paint a sunset. I had the idea to paint a beach scene but first we're going to start out painting the sunset. So I've got my oranges and yellows ready to go and I'm just going to start moving my brush across the canvas, nice big, long strokes. My brush is about an inch and a half so that I can work the colors quickly across the canvas. Again I'm dipping into the yellow and just working the colors in all across the canvas. Now I'm going to take a little bit more orange and go into like a little bit of a darker orange and just pull that color right through. And try to think about where you'd like to stop your sunset and where your horizon's going to end and paint that line right across the page. You don't want to put it halfway through the page, a little bit keeping the sunset a little bit higher up on the page thinking about where your water is going to go. So again I'm going back to the yellow and just painting some yellow. If you want to paint blue and add some blue sky into the top of the sunset, you might to let your orange and yellow dry first but I'm just going to put a little bit right now just to show you the idea and the effect. So I have a little bit of blue just going on top. Now you don't want these two colors to touch when they're wet because you'll get a nice, muddy greenish color if you do. So you want to wait to blend these colors until one of them is completely dry. And we'll go back and we're just going to take a little bit more yellow and just try to pull it through some of the orange here to get that effect of the sun. You can see the sun starting to form there as if it's going down into the water. A little bit more yellow and you just play with the yellow and I've added just a touch of green as well to the tips of my brush and I'm just pulling that sunset in little strokes through just like that. And then I can go back to my orange and start filling in the edges. And it's OK, it's good to have if you want to put a darker orange and a lighter orange, both sides of the brush and just pull that color through just like that to the ends and you can see how the different oranges, the dark, the light and the yellow blend together to give you that really sunset sky. And you just keep pulling the paint, pulling the paint and again, when this orange dries you can go back and add the blue and then a few little clouds in darker shades. So we're just going to put the finishing touches here on the sunset, a few little more strokes of yellow to get that sun going down into the water. And now our canvas is ready to add in our beach scene and our water scene. This is Jacklyn Laflamme, thank you for watching.

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