Watercolor Painting Sunrise / Sunset Skies. Part 2 The Water And Islands.

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This is a lesson on how to watercolor paint skies at dawn and dusk, sunrise and sunset.

Dawn is special. To begin with, the colors are warm and cool; reddish orange and blue, and little else. The shadows are luxuriously dark, yet the lights are full bright. In painters terms: the values are intense.


Seascapes, or any waterscapes, are usually serene. Later, the sun will warm the land faster than the water. Hot air will rise from the land, and onshore winds will rush in the replace it. These winds will whip up the surface of the water, and blow around beach grasses and plants. At dawn none of this differential heating has begun and the water is often like glass.


Dawn on the water is the epitome of peace. What's more, it's easy to paint.

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Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color
palette. See materials list below...

The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray.


...( sedimentary )

0 - Red

1 - Yellow

2 - Green

3 - Blue

...( non sed. )

4 - Cool Blue

5 - Warm Blue

6 - Warm Red

7 - Cool Red

8 - Warm Yellow

9 - Cool Yellow