How to Paint simple Mountain Meadows At Sunset
I absolutely love losing myself in an in-depth painting, but sometimes, I just don’t have time for that, yet I still want to take a break and relax with a little bit of creativity. Not every piece of art you make has to be a show stopper! The process is for your enjoyment, and a simple painting like the mountain meadows at sunset is just the kind of project I am talking about.
We have been talking a lot about where you can find inspiration for creating artwork inside of my Learn the Process of Creating Original Art course and in my Facebook Group. Someone mentioned wanting to do a sunset the other day, and I remembered this tutorial, and I thought it was a perfect example and wanted to share.
If you haven’t noticed, I like to keep things around for future inspiration. If you see something you love, keep it! Or snap a picture and start an inspiration folder on your phone. Then when you have the time for a quick project like this one, you have all those things handy.
For this lesson, I had an old calendar I stashed away. I have lots of those because the photography and artwork are always so beautiful.
I also had a bunch of colors in front of me when I sat down to paint the mountain meadows at sunset that I wanted to play with. Do some color mixing and have fun! You do not need as many colors and don’t have to stick to the color inside your bottles.
Blending A Sunset Sky
To begin, use a 1″ flat brush to blend a colorful backdrop for your sunset sky. My top tip for blending paint colors on the painting surface is to use enough paint on your brush so that they glide well together. This way, you aren’t overworking the paint.
Another trick to keeping the colors of your paints from turning muddy while blending them is to work with either warm or cool colors and then to take caution when mixing the two.
So I began with pink and purple. Mixing in some blues is fine because I will only get more purple tones. But if I started in with orange and added blue, I would get brown and green tones.
This is just the first layer of the sunset. Once this is dry, we will go in with orange and yellows.
Find everything you need to know about Blending Acrylic Paint for Sunsets here!
Create Distant Mountains
Before you can have a grand mountain, you need a little bit of background in place. Acrylic painting is all about the layers.
I applied a basic shape of hills with a dusty blue tone to act as distant mountains. Then, I dipped into some navy and added a few more hilly mountains over the top.
Turn a Blended Sky into a Sunset
Once the first layer of my sky was dry, I defined a few areas of color, darkening one side, so the sun really pops off the other.
And since the purple tones are either dry, or I plan not to go near them, I am safe to add in some orangey-pink colors and yellow- concentrating the yellow where the sun will be. Then with a little bit of white, I highlight the center where my yellow is for my sun.
You can see this layer isn’t super blended in. I like the thick, heavy texture. Plus, this technique is super easy for keeping painting sessions quick and still have a great impact.
Define the Mountains
With the sunset looking just how I want, it’s time to move on to add those defining layers in the mountains.
After touching up my first layer, I mix a little green into my navy paint to change its tone and darken it up. As the mountains get closer to you, the darker they get.
Paint in your closest mountains with just a few sharp peaks.
Begin the Foreground
In front of the mountain range is a simple meadow of flowers. With a medium green, I start with a distant rolling hill and pull the green all the way down the page. You can add in darker green and yellows to change the value of your color and highlight any area the sun might be touching.
Paint a Meadow of Wildflowers
To keep these wildflowers simple, grab your favorite colors and dab your brush into the painting, creating little blobs all over your meadow. If you want a more detailed flower, you could layer in variations of colors and even add a black center to some.
Remember – Make your flowers bigger in the front, and add them in smaller as you go back towards the mountains since those are further away.
Make sure to watch the video below. Though this tutorial is super fast and simple, there are a lot of good nuggets of information in there to help you get started with these beautiful mountain meadows at sunset.
Watch Christie’s Full Moiuntain Meadows at Sunset Video Tutorial!
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