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Majestic Sunset, A step-by-step acrylic exercise with William F, Powell
This acrylic painting exercise is one that I have presented in one-day, paint-along acrylic workshops with both beginning and advanced artists. All have completed the exercise with great success. It can , of course be accomplished in oils as well. I hope you enjoy it.
Size: 14"x18" but of course, you can paint this scene any size you wish.
Brushes: Two soft "Bright stuyled brushes about 1/2" and 5/8"-3/4"
at the metal ferrule. One soft round brush with a fine point.
Palette and Colors:
Step 1: Use the larger flat-styled "bright" brush and begin blocking in the sky using a mixture of white and ultramarine blue. gray the mixture slightly with a speck of cadmium red light. Mix your colors with a brush, as you go, to obtain a variation in the values and tints. Use loose non-directional strokes to create an atmospheric feeling to the color blends.
Step 2: Continue painting the sky using value and tint change. Add a speck of white plus a speck of yellow ochre to the middle light blue sky area for a light gray-green. then mix peach colors using white plus a speck of cadmium red light and a speck of yellow ochre. Add the peach colors more strongly on the lower left area using white, a speck of cad red light, and a speck of cadmium yellow light.