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Watercolor Painting : Guide to whimsical Watercolor Sunset Landscape

teacher avatar George-Daniel Tudorache, Together we will create amazing things.

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Sunset drawing

    • 3. Sunset first wash sky

    • 4. Sunset second wash sky

    • 5. Sunset river

    • 6. Sunset clouds

    • 7. Sunset mountains

    • 8. Sunset background trees

    • 9. Sunset trees

    • 10. Sunset branches. Thank you!

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About This Class

Do you love nature and would you like to learn how to paint watercolor landscape illustrations or greeting cards?

You don't need to have any prior experience with watercolors. This class will help you to create your own watercolor sunset landscapes from scratch. 

You will have so much fun creating these beautiful illustration. Exploring and playing with colors will feel very effortless.

Explore your creativity and expand your painting techniques with these step-by-step watercolor paintings!

Watercolor is a loose and unpredictable medium, and this can make you feel like you don't want  to pick up a brush and try.

Watercolor painting should be fun, you get excited while also finding inspiration

All you need is a piece of watercolor paper, a pencil, 3 watercolors, blue, yellow and magenta(or red).


You will get started on this beautiful journey of creation by:


  • Learning how to make many different marks with only one brush
  • How to draw loosely 
  • A set of exercises to build muscle memory
  • Build layers of paint to create depth in your illustrations 
  • Outline with confidence 
  • Working Light to Dark
  • A set of exercises to build muscle memory
  • Other Tips and Tricks

Here is another course on how to paint some beautiful watercolor bunnies 

Watercolors Whimsical Easter Bunny Painting: Fun and Cute Illustration

If you want to learn to make acrylic paintings you can learn here how to:

Abstract painting have fun creating modern GOLD leaf Acrylic Painting

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George-Daniel Tudorache

Together we will create amazing things.


Hello, I'm George 

Together we will create amazing things.

Would you like to paint with more freedom or feeling?

You will be finding ways to develop your own way of applying paint and to compose the visual space.

You'll learn painting techniques used by professional artist to create elaborate works of art.

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1. Welcome: Hi, my name is George, and in today's course you are going to learn how to paint this beautiful sunset. You are going to use watercolor paints and you're going to use magenta, blue, and yellow. If you have never painted before, then this is a very good course for you. You will learn all you need to know about watercolor, how to mix colors, how to use brushes, how to apply the paint on the paper, and of course, how to create this beautiful sunset painting. All along the way, you will be encouraged step-by-step on how to do everything from the sketch to the last leaf of the painting. By the end of the course, you will learn exactly how to keep colors very clean, separated, and very vibrant. As you can see, the colors in this painting are very, very hots and beautiful. Also, you will see how to make an effective composition, as well as how to play with different brushes in order to create a detailed look to the painting. Even though it's not that complicated to make. This is a very good course for beginners, as well as for people who have painted before who want to create something new. With all of that being said, let's begin the course. Thank you so much for taking this course and see you in the first lesson. 2. Sunset drawing : Okay, with the pencil, you should start to indicate a horizon line just about there. A fourth level weighed down. And just like that, indicating some mountains as well. Very nice AND wavy and going lower on the middle part as well as as they go outside, fanning out and becoming bigger mountains. Okay. Indicating with some wavy zigzag lines, just a small beautiful lake. Well, a river just over there. As you can see, the river is almost finished. Perfect. Now, let's make it a little bit more flat on this part. Just about right. And for the ball of fire in the sky, the sun? Yes, the small circle. Don't worry if you can't make it a perfect circle, you can always just edit that shape until it's circular. And on the banks of the river, onto the right and left side, they just go up a little bit just like that. Wonderful. Now, you should indicate some small little trees in the distance. What wavy lines just making them just like that. Small wavy lines you're drawing shouldn't be this visible. This is just for demonstration purposes. You'll see in the next step that the drawing is a little bit faded. Okay, and as we did on the right side, small, little wavy lines to make beautiful three or even more trees. These are just indications. And as you can see, the composition is almost done like that, trying to see if the Sun is big or small enough. Perfect. Let's go and do the next step. 3. Sunset first wash sky: Okay, now getting out the watercolors and the big flat brush, just taking some water, putting this some yellow onto the mixing plate and moving it closer so it doesn't drip on the paper. You can start by adding some water to this yellow. And when a light beautiful wash, you can start going over the bottom part of the sky. As you can see, this is a very, very light yellow. You can go over the sun as well. Perfect. Now, be careful of the mountains, tried to indicate their shape. And as you go up, it doesn't really matter. You can leave it as you may. Perfect. Now, just take a little bit of a paper towel and dab the sun a little bit just so it's a little bit less yellow. Taking a little bit of this magenta color and mixing it in with the beautiful yellow, you can start to make a very nice and intense orange. Just like that. Going from the bottom, just over the yellow. This will mix the getter and give us a beautiful interesting look. Just like that. Going over the yellow, keeping a little bit of the parts as a tiny bit. Okay. Getting a little bit more red with the magenta. And going at the top, you can see this beautiful Rosie. Pink has been created. Very nice and beautiful. Now getting even more magenta just over there. Perfect. Putting it at the top. You can go into the bottom part as well to mix them a little bit together. And going in with even more magenta and inching your way up. Just like that, spreading the paint around. Cleaning the brush very carefully with the paper towel. Nice and squeezy. Just about right. Let's take a little bit of blue. Just a little bit more. Beautiful. Blue. Blue is like this. Just put it straight on to the top side. If it's two blues. And for instance, if you use ultramarine blue, then you can add a little bit of yellow. It will turn just like this. So really in blue, yellow and water mixing in together with the beautiful pink. It can start to see how it blends. Don't worry if it gets a little bit muddy. Little bit. That's just fine. Okay. You can see the pink where it didn't mix with the water, so it's a little bit more intense. And there you go with the first wash of Bain. Let's go into the next step. 4. Sunset second wash sky: Wonderful. Now going into some more reds, taking some more magenta just over here and some water, of course, with some yellow, making this very fiery orange. Red. Good and gorgeous, very intense colour just over here. Adding a little bit more magenta can start to see in the fiery red just emerging. Taking some water to make it a little bit more slowly. You can start to add it to the bottom of the sky, just at the mountains. And start to make a more interesting look to the mountains are very intense difference. And then start your way around the Sun. At this point, it's enough color onto the brush for that side, n for the outer side on the left, just taking a little bit more color and sorting, doing the same thing. Just over there. You can start to put that orange. You can see how beautiful it looks. Just going around the sun, just slowly making that circle in the middle of the sky. Okay. Digging some water and some paint and putting it on top. Just making that sun a little bit more round. Just over there, digging a little bit more magenta and some water, making this color a little bit more towards the pink. Just going on top, adding just Rob's around, not everywhere, just in some parts. So it has some variety. Inching your way up on the watercolor painting. You can start to see. It gets very, very colorful. Now, taking a little bit of a paper towel and dabbing some beautiful clouds just the round. The sun can start to see it almost looks like a beautiful flower. Okay, taking some water in case the watercolor has dried. So you can add the beautiful clouds. Just wonderful. Perfects. Just over there. And a few dabs. Perfect. Let's go with the brush and edit the shape of the sun a little bit more, making it a little bit more round. Taking a little bit more color and putting it on where we have too many clouds going up and putting more color as a beautiful cloud to zigzagging, mirroring basically the river. A good symmetry. It actually goes the other way, but it looks quite wonderful. Making more clouds with the paper tell. Wonderful. And there you go with the second wash of the sky. 5. Sunset river : Okay. You can now start to paint the river using first some yellow. It's basically exactly the same as you did for the sky. This time. Having more yellow to indicate the sun rays just over there. Putting some yellow all over this river. Just like that. Start to see the river emerging out of the paper. And after that, you can take some paper towels and imagine a line just coming down from the sky. Just like that. You can start to see it reflect them into the river. Now with some regret, you can start to make some beautiful waves with a flat brush on its side, just indicating some small nice waves, taking more yellow to make it a little bit more orange. Nice. Now, what the paper towels. You can just dab a little bit, just one tiny bit around where the paint is, too much. Perfects. And there you go with this step. 6. Sunset clouds : Okay, in this step we are going to add more clouds, making this guy look even more like a sky. Taking some magenta with the big flat brush. So as putting it over there, taking some water AS well. At this point the sky is a 100% dry. Taking some blue to make that magenta, there have been more dark. And you can start in the middle two-page. What a beautiful cloud formation using the tip of the brush, making the color a little bit more blue. Using the tip to brush, you can create these shapes. Think of them as small, little clouds bunched together. Just think of them as cotton balls. Very nice. Putting a little bit more magenta just over there. You start to see this cloud forming quite nicely. Let's go up into a zigzag and tried to think of the edge of the cloud. And that is exactly what makes this clouds. These clouds very, very cloud-like. Adding a little bit more blue to make it even darker. Going in on the top of the cloud and the middle with this blue, purple. And going down and auto cloud can start to see they seen much more dark and cloudy, very nice AND MOD, perfect Making a very intense red to continue our weight down, getting a little bit more magenta into death. So that's not such a big difference. Continuing from the middle of the cloud down. And this time the clouds start to become a little bit more transparent as well as a little bit more straight. They don't go in zig-zags and they start becoming almost like lines in the sky. Just like that, you can start to see just next to the Sun how beautiful they look. That's why the first washes were very light. So that we can put right now some beautiful glands. Putting the brush on its side to make some lines going a little bit over the sun. Very, very nice effect. Basically making it look like the clouds are in front of the sun. And then you can start to add even more towards the right and the left. And just like that, taking a little bit more yellow to add a little bit more variety around and break that line of the top clouds just a little bit more. Blending them a little bit at the modem. And then even at the top, taking a little bit more magenta and water and lending a little bit more with some blue to, so it seems a little bit more dark. Nice. And now just a few more dots here and they're making some gloves at the bottom. There had been more dark, many others. So nice and relaxing, adding even more with some orange. Just about perfect. Taking some water on the sun. So you can take a paper towel and dab it and take a little bit of that intense color out. So it seemed like they glow that the clouds start to glow. Doing get again with some water and some paper towels. He can start to see they become much more transparent. A little bit more water on the left and the right to make the clouds and love and more transparent. Yes, the little bit. So it seems like the light is just shining through. Just about right. Let's see what we can do with a little bit more yellow. And you get on the top. So it seems like it goes from orange, yellow, two reds. And there you go with this step as well. Let's go into the next one. 7. Sunset mountains: Okay, for this that you're going to need to make a beautiful dark blue using blue and magenta. And put it on to the nice mountains just over here. Start to touch the red, not going over it so you don't darken it. Thinking a little bit more blue. Just going over them carefully, making the edges just nicely. Taking a little bit of magenta and, and over the top will darken the color and make it seem like it's part of the painting. And on the right side and on the left side doing the same, taking a little bit more color. That looks just about right. Cleaning up the brush just a little bit, taking a little bit of magenta, cleaning up the brush once again so we can take a little bit of yellow and mixing it with the magenta on the plate. We can just make some more lines. This time is the paper is dry so you can make some beautiful marks that seem like waves. Don't worry if it's too intense. The paper towel helps with that. Or you can just about see that if you go around, you can make them seem less intense. And of course, you can just take some yellow and increase the yellow parts just the little bit at the edges. Nice. Just take that paper towel and make use of it by dabbing little bit. Just about right. This one tiny bit of yellow over the sun. And then taking the paper towel and dabbing it will increase its beautiful power of rays, of sun rays. And there you go with this step as well. 8. Sunset background trees: Okay, let's take a little bit of magenta. Just like that. Put it onto the plate. And just over here, thinking a little bit of blue to make beautiful purple and little bit of yellow. Test a little bit more magenta and yellow mixing this beautiful red, brown and, and get over the banks of the river. Just going down and up and over the mountains a little bit. As the drawing suggests. Making the edges of the river just a tiny bit more interesting. Thinking a little bit more yellow to make it a bit more brown. Just like that. A light wash. And then going over the left side and doing this same test, right? And connecting it with the river same way. And going a little bit into the mountains. Just so it seems like these banks go a little bit up, taking a little bit more magenta, blue and putting it over. Just like that, keep your colors very clean. If it's not the right color, don't put it on paper. Okay. Thinking a little bit more yellow. Putting it a little bit more magenta onto the plate. And of course, putting it back, so it looks good. It can start to put a little bit of magenta, some blue, this time going even darker. And what's in the yellow. Making this brown color just nice, but a little bit more blue to make it more dark. Perfect. Now let's just create some beautiful trees with the corner of the brush. In case you want to, you can always use the fan brush, which we are going to do. And a few moments. As you can see, the trees are very, very dark, at least for now. And then you can go and make what the corner of the brush with the fan brush as well used the corner to bab finer leaves. Finer threes. Make the color once again with some magenta, some yellow, just like that, and some blue. Absolutely perfect. And let's do some more. It goes much, much faster with the fan brush. As you can see, the color of the 3s has changed a little bit. It's a little bit more orange as we go towards the top and towards the sun. And some small ones in that distance. Just over here, right next to the Sun, making it much darker color. To put another big three in the distance just over here, keep it very separate. The marks you are making, make them small and make them slow if you can. So it has some light going through the three. So basically you can have some, they call them holes for the birds. And of course, putting some yellow towards the Sun, on the side of the tree that's towards the Sun. So it's, if it's on the left, it's going to be the yellow part is going to be on the right. So if the tree is on the right than the yellow part is on the left side. And making a darker brown to us like that, taking some yellow and some magenta, mixing it together, adding little bit of blue and making this dark brown. So you can start to work on the banks, putting some foliage on them as well. Going very dark for this. And with the corner of the brush, just dabbing this. As you can see, it starts, once you put the dark parts in. It starts to look much, much more like a sunset. It's called contrast, and it gives life to paintings. As you go towards the horizon line, you can also drag the brush in a horizontal way so it creates more linear fixtures rather than just dabs of paint. Taking a little bit more blue to make the color darker and little bit of water just to add it onto the banks, don't worry, we are going to make this a little bit darker just about now. And just like that, you can start to see making some foliage just going up from the left side and adding a little bit more color on the right side. And there you go. This step is done as well. 9. Sunset trees : Okay, now let's create some more dark and beautiful color. Some yellow, some magenta, and a little bit of blue. Just over there, taking a little bit more water and blue. A little bit more magenta, very, very dark. Let's take a little bit more magenta and a little bit more yellow. Just about right, mixing them together and making this very nice brown. Then starting to add this beautiful brown onto the right side of the painting, indicating the trees. Now, these trees are going to have much more of the holes for the birds that you've seen in the small trees. And the contrast is going to be bigger. So try to make them very, very separate. Don't making make three just a lump of leaves. Just make them very, very separate. Tried to go a little bit outside, try to go a little bit inside, just changed the edges a little bit to make them organic. For instance, the one on the right side should be a little bit less like a pillar. It will be quite soon. And seeing that I'm trying to rotate the brush, you can do the same, rotate the brush, the corner of the brush so you can start to create different kinds of shapes, as well as leaving a little bit of the sky showing through even in the middle of the tree. That's a little bit of an issue on the right side, but on the left side you can see it looks much, much, much more realistic. Now going and creating a beautiful orange, yellow and adding it to this side of the tree and fixing that pillar, look. Taking a little bit more of the red and doing the same on the left part just over here. So basically, as the sun hits it, it gets more orange, more, read, more beautiful. And putting a little bit of magenta on the plate, just so we can add a little bit more to the yellow. And just like that, adding it back again onto the beautiful tree. Now what a little bit more magenta, you can start to see how fiery this three can look. Taking a little bit more yellow to make it a little bit less fiery. And making this beautiful. Three on the right as well. Just adding that little bit of orange to it. We'll make it seem like the sun hits it. Just right. Perfect. Now, making a very dark color, very dark blue, lets in magenta. This is a very, very dark purple. And now with the yellow, that's gonna become very dark brown. A little bit more blue, and a little bit more magenta. To make it even darker. You can start to put back in a little bit of the shadow of the three is over here. And of course, on the banks, this will make, then look so much better. And of course, onto the tree just over there, being careful not to go over all the sky in the mental onto three. Now going and adding even more water to make the banks darker. With the same color. Test about bright. Very nice. You can see how translucent the trees in the background start to look just now. And there you go. 10. Sunset branches. Thank you!: Now with the small flat brush, this is quite a watercolor trick, but some paper towel, and of course, the water, the water is very important here. Let's start drawing with just water over the dark parts of the big trees to make some branches. Just like that. Now cleaning all the water from the brush, you can start to see it slowly adding little bit more water. And it just starts to become like an eraser. Slowly adding water, they can get away. It will take the beautiful color out and leave us with some branches, as you can see, just over there. And this will make it look quite wonderful. Landscape, this sunset landscape. This was chief fun and easy way to draw a beautiful and clean landscape. I'm glad he took the course. And continuing with the branches. As you can see, making them a little bit thinner. Don't worry. If you don't have a lot of control over this. You can always go back and add color. Okay? They look quite nice. Let's see. If we can add a little bit more. Towards the top is cleaning up the brush, the water takes its effect and now the dry brush makes a beautiful white light branch just over there, making a none or one. Can see how beautiful and relaxing water color can be. Specially with this technique. Just taking away paint from the darker parts. I'm amazed this time there is no ambulance. Usually in all the recordings. There is always an ambulance. And this time there was none. Very nice. And going to the top, it can start to see how beautiful they look. Going towards the outside. You can make a nun or branch list over there. Start to clean off. More on the left side as well. Let's move the mixing play. What a beautiful mixing plate. The blues, the greens, the purples, the orange, such an abstract beautiful plate. Now going on to the branch and going straight, a little bit wavy maybe. And then going for a branch going outside and up. But just water and then cleaning off the brush. And you can see it starts to be revealed. Just about right. Making a branch to go towards the right. Just over there. Nice. Now making another one just going up and putting a little bit more water onto the middle just to make it more visible. Extract more of the paint from the paper. That's just nice. And relaxing going into the foliage just gives it this detailed look. But it's so easy to make. Fiery sunset landscape. Quite wonderful. And once you remove the tape, the painting will look ten times better. Because it will have very interesting border. Is the straight border making it like window into another world. And they're just making another one another. Bark. Number three, just about right. Perfects. You can see how easy it is with the small flat brush just going on its sign. The flat brush is perfect and because it has a lot more hair on its side. So around brush one work that well because it couldn't absorb as much pain from the canvas, from the paper. Thinking of acrylic paints. Okay. Going in a little bit taller than making a small, that'll branch. Maybe it's too big and let's see. So if it's too big of a branch, you can always just take a little bit more pink and add it to the painting, to the paper. As it can see, that branch stands out quite a bit. So let's see if we can fix it in a few moments. Going further up, making smaller, thinner lines like that. And now going in to the middle part of the trees and making them a little bit more white list over there. Okay. Baking the bottom of the trees a little bit more faded. Just about right. Let's take a little bit of the dark color and make some beautiful shadow parts just over there. See, we fixed that quite a bit. And we can also fix it a little bit more if you want. Okay. Thank you for being part of this community. And if you are gracious enough, you'll post overview and a picture of your sunset landscape. Thank you once again and see you in the next one.