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Easy Sunset Painting in Gouache

teacher avatar Madonna Guinn, Artist and Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Tools and Materials

    • 4. Preparing your palette

    • 5. Painting the sky

    • 6. Painting the beach

    • 7. Painting the sun

    • 8. Adding Final Details

    • 9. Sunset with trees silhoutte

    • 10. Sunset with colorful sky

    • 11. Last thoughts

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About This Class

Welcome to the class of Easy Sunset Painting in Gouache. In this 29-minute class, you will learn how to paint different kinds of sunsets. You don't need fancy art materials to start with. This class is for beginners and anyone who loves to paint and explore the beauty of gouache and nightfall. You will learn to paint a sunset from painting the sky, the ocean, and the sun. I will give you a set of examples like painting with a silhouette of trees, to blending and layering your colors together. By the end of this class, we will make a project like a sunset painting, that you can hang to your wall or add to your portfolio. So grab your gouache, and let's begin. 

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Carefree Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Madonna Guinn

Artist and Illustrator


Hello, I'm Madonna! I am a Filipina Artist and Illustrator, a happy full-time Mom of one, and a walking wanderer based in Florida.  My big love for nature helps me to be creative in every way. I love to try to explore different kinds of media like watercolor, gouache, and pen. Most of my work is traditional so don't underestimate the power of your hands.

When I do not paint, you can find me in my garden digging sweet potatoes, or filming for my Youtube drawing channel. I really do believe that being passionate about art takes a lot of patience, effort, time, and allowing yourself to grow in your craft. If you are looking for support and a community that will help you inspired and bring the positive joy of learning, you are in the right place... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi, everyone. Madonna. A minority is Elice rare. Welcome to the class sub easy sunset baiting in Guaje This class, you will learn how to play different guys of sunsets. You don't need to find C tools and materials. Start with this causes for beginners and anyone who loves the pain and explored the beauty of gosh and nightfall. You will learn to pain sunset from Beijing sky, the ocean and the sun. I will also give you several examples, like painting with silhouette of trees to blending Ilario your colors together by the end of this class, who will make a project like the sons of baiting that you can hang to your wall or make more collections for your portfolio. So grab your gosh and let's begin. 2. Class Project : for the glass. Brodrick, we're going to pay, the son said, like the small sense of painting. 3. Tools and Materials: here the tools materials that I will be using for the class for the 1st 1 I'm going to use a copy or buying papering to paint with. But this a catch. The message pains later on when we present to painting. This is not necessary, but it's good to have, and you can use the where color paper and Melancon double bed, and then I'm going to use also around shape, paper. You can use wood if you like, but this glass I'm going to use a watercolor paper he called breast and hot pressed paper called Brass Paper are a rougher surface. Well, the head breast. They have smaller surface. Make sure it's wondered for a pound. Any marooned will do this are like grappling. Three. Interest in sizes for the brushes May. Favorite ones are europhile trouble position. Brush. This are really cute brushes, and it's great for being a small surface or small paper. They comes with different sizes, too. It's great for many paintings. If you have a small watercolor brushes you can use it to, you can use whatever that's available to you there and small Russia's air a grade for details, too. Next cloth for drying. The brush is you can use drug, and if you have a favorite towels, that's great. Also, water container for raising your brushes for pellet and going to use to Suraj Killer watercolor paper and artists Tape plus Tonio to quash pains. I will be using him me or me ago. Wash. This consists of 18 colors already in great for big ears. If you wouldn't try out, quash or will be your first time to pay Big Wash this callers are great for beginners to try, since it's already makes up and you're free, simply don't have enough time to make sure own colors. This is great colors to start with to I got this box of gosh for less than $19 that comes with really many pains already for containers and this all for the tools in the drills. I'll see you in the next video, and we're going to prepare the palate 4. Preparing your palette : small paintings can be fun, but also it can be messy, and I'm going to show you how to avoid that and simple way. So before you start paining, let's tape a paper in your table or any surface using artist tape to catch all the excess. Painful later. No, I'm going to put some artist tape to lay pellet as well. US May watercolor paper, and I'm going to pace it their end up copy or brain paper and that sent Come top. This is not mandatory. You can skip this stab if you don't like. But if, for example, you want to save some time and this focus and painting later, you can do this also, and they'll let's proceed to preparing the palate So I will use some yellow yellow our age ultra marine or into go yellow ocher read orrange white and black. That's all the colors that I'm going to use for the first painting off sunset, and I'll see you in the next video, and I'm excited to start baiting sunset 5. Painting the sky: for this last a little bit. Painting it, sense it in the bitch, and I'm going to draw a line. Or this a boundary between the sky, the beach and the shore and going to use to first base color, which assail orange colors and goal on this guy as to have a darker bottle and lighter on top. You can either use water or mix it the way the wide to lighting up your sky, and I want to have just a flat wash. But I'm want to have some blending also to the sky. Even know it's doesn't have so much color in it. It's only like mostly shades, often yellow. I'm going to layer more colors to make the background even, and I'm going toe. Make some red, arranged a little bit and yellow to make the sky darker, are the bottom and just tip for doing the flat wash. And make sure that you gently used the barrage because sometimes when we're achieving flat wash, even though wash can be layered many times or you can use many colors the same times, the paper can be rubbed off from too much friction between the barrage in the paper. They said for the sky And for the next video I'm going to show you how to paint the water part are the beach. 6. Painting the beach: I will. Ago, we painted a sky. No, it's time to paint the beach for the water part when it's sunset. I really don't want to use pure black for the beach instead at us. Had to make a Payne's gray color by mixing ah, little bit off black and ultramarine color. And if you watch y know my school shirt glasses, bitch painting and quash, I showed her how to paint a beach a step itself from ocean to sand disengaged. You want to learn how to paint beach, So let's go back now. To me, the sunset and part of the beach is very different when it's since a time or what is getting dark. So I made my waves for order by painting the darker collar. More Ennis gets near, the waves are more whiter, so it's more lighter and instead off, using white paint for your lights or the highlights off the ways I reserved a wide up to paper. That's one in the beauty of a glass. It's really reminds me over where Calder also you can do the same thing with wash. You can leave this what I did to sleep. The white area instead of they it would white. But for example, you wouldn't use the wide color that's so nullifying, too. Now I'm going to paint the front ways. You may ask, Why is that to call her is very dark colors. Very good, because it's games delight. So it's the background iss, um, lighter. And also when it's night time, the color, of course, of the war there against darker, too. And because it differed, waves are taller. It has more shadows and the color IHS or really, really dark. Don't worry about that. Tina was right. No so much Just paint, uh, main parts off the beach like the waves. And hello, I'm going to mix some hookers and green use to put ashore. If you have an angle brush, you can use jungle brush, too. But I know and using a Flood Marshall Fund versus really a all around brush to that you can use. I feel free to use one brush that's gonna be into you in painting beat. Sure, Water part. Now I'm going to add more or Gary out to the ways before I bought highlight later. So right now I'm just really darkening out water part to make sure that it appears dark at the back, and I'm going to add a little more dark colors on the shore for a send. Make sure is connected to the waves, too, so I but to some a little bit war off the brownish color to the water. Since the color off the ways are darker, I'm going. I decided to make the send darker, too. I said, Get it ashore to callers are more lighter but less blur because I don't want no make it this thing out. So no one try to add more details to depart that you don't want to focus. I'll see you the next video and I'll see you in the next video, and we're going to pain the sun. 7. Painting the sun: Let's paint. No the sun. So when painting son instead of painting yellow directly to the sky less, use a white pain first. This will help. The color stand out from the backroom does make a little circle. It doesn't have to be perfect. And while we wait for the sun to get, try less pain to reflection on the sand to the water. So there are a fraction of the sun isn oh, really white and some colors off the sky to toe with kind of color striking to the waves, using a small flood brush and going to pay, the smalls recalled. For the sun, Try toe. Let it dry first before you add more details will prevent from getting muddy or sledging. And all right, we're going with painting the first base of the sun on. I'll see you in the next video, and we're going to finish painting by adding more final details to the painting 8. Adding Final Details: No, I'm going to being some more details the shadows and highlights for the sunset, and I'm going to add more reflections. Double light from the background, coming from the sun to dio front waves, too. On. Don't be afraid to make a mistake along the way, you can always Kovar or layered with quashes. Make sure it's really try because I always do it there. I become impatient by adding already layer to detained and very soul. It can be that's a really good because I was the one already to car and I want or write it to get it done so and it's normal. It's, I think it happens. So it this piece of the device just to let it dry first before you put it colors and I'm going to I'm more details. Lives is also darker. Flags on the sand, not only to the waves called the oceans so delighted kind of strike to the shore to, so there's many colors going on in the reflections. There are some yellow yellow range and why and yellow car around. And also I'm going to meet the the sun more rounder and look more sign. I'm going to add more color around the sun so it would look like it's really training. It's not really displaying White like it's gonna glow to it, and I'm going to finish up more the reflections and make it more darker there at the bottom son, as well as their reflections to he will notice that our of the reflections from the sun, the one that's killer for the collar. That's their Ondo, this guy. So I lied. More colors to the Kocian. I think it needs more highlights. I'm going to add more highlights to do ways. Layering Teach issue to be patient since quash dry ice quicker than water collar, you're waiting. Time is short. And of course, if you're working on a small canvas or a small paper, it does try quickly. Don't worry about what kind of watch pains you've got. Dis practice layering the colors and adding value to your painting. The more details you add to your paintings to more will look realistic. He can also use the same reference photo that a US 40 glass You can download it from the Project top, and if you want to paint different kinds of sunset in your own style conveys it once plush while aside for beautiful for you sense that photos there and there's a lot to choose from , and we're done with her first beach sense it painting English. 9. Sunset with trees silhoutte: for this video. I'm going to paint another example off sunset, but this time I will paint with silhouette off trees. So all this use pallets similar to the ones I use a while ago with beach sunset, and I'll makes colors of yellow and yellow, orange and ultra marine on the top. So when blending colors together sometimes can be tricky. Who can make scholars into your palate or mix it right from the surface that you're painting on? But blending colors can be fine because you can great more colors and amazing result. In this painting. The sun has already said it about, um, so I'm going to darken up one thing that I like about the called breast watercolor paper ISS that he gives him extra to your painting, too. Because of the rougher surface and sunset doesn't have always a flat Washington flood colors. You can add some dry brush to it, toe more texture, he using orange and yellow color to brighten up the bottom. That's gonna be that back early for the trees. No, it's time to paint the mountains, and the first mounted I'm going to paint this no really black color. It's a little bit off Baines Gray means it is more at the back part or farther, and for the second Montana Snus, the one they used pure black and using the flood brush in the tip of it, I'm going to hold it an angle degrees angle to make marks off trees or bushes in different directions. And the more pressure you put into your bra show while you're making works that the curry will give you results. No, it's being the trees or anybody on trees you know, have to Bandra illustrate. You can makes him Dressel curry. They gave some natural shape to it. So for the salute here, I use pure black. No worry about the chase off the trees. This millions like a coconut, are pumped cheese, but you can always change the shades of the trees in every way you want. After I'm done away with the silhouette of trees, I'm going to add more dry brush who had some a little bit all the yellow Okkert, and that's that way down, whether second sense it with silhouette ob trees 10. Sunset with colorful sky: for the last example and going to paint another sunset. But this time I'll make some more colors to the sky. I'm going to start 0/2 the boundary between the sky and the land first, and then I'm going to paint this guy a combination of the colors proposed and corange to it . It will be like more warm colors on the top and the bottom. It will be cool colors, so I add more a little red orange so it toe make a top darker. I'm going to blend more colors as I go, and while we wait for the collars off the sky to get, try less. Proceed now to the bottom part off the painting and instead of black, I'm going to use a little Marie in color, and then I'll add a little bit of purple to with or violet color as it gets to the boundary off the sky. Who, when the sky is already dry, you can touch it with your finger before adding the same. And when it's already dry, he can paying a son in the middle. So I just like what we did a while ago with the first sun said in the beach, the pain first the sun and wide color, and then you let it try for a while. And while we're waiting for a son to get try, I'm going to add more silhouette in the middle This or like silhouetted trees to add more stories to the painting. It doesn't have to be perfect. It's just like shapes. How trees and I'm using here, a black color and a little bit off purple, mixed together. And then when he already been with a silhouette he can perceive now in painting the sun. So waas the sun is try. We can add more yellow colors. All right, the top, then there, outside, at the ones the yellow color is already drive. You can add a little bit of orange at the bottom and there you go. You're bang with the third sunset 11. Last thoughts: thank you for a raw human class in easy sunset fading in. Gosh, I hope I help you in Beijing Sunset today and bliss over Get upload your project Kanda Gallery And it can't wait. What kind of the sun says you paint? If you will pose your project on Instagram bliss, let me know and tug me so I can check it out and hold to see you in my future classes Just make sure to spend and make time for your art Have a great day and happy painting