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How To Watercolor Paint A Sunset Sky Without Reference Images

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Step 10: Painting Palm Tree Silhouettes

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With the back of your hand, check that your painting is completely dry. When it is, sketch in any lost pencil lines for the palm trees, then mix the color needed for them. Because of the particular lighting created by any sunset, you will notice that objects in the foreground will appear quite dark, thus creating silhouettes of said objects. To reproduce this effect, mix Ultramarine Deep, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep, some Payne’s Gray, and Neutral Tint to create a very saturated and dark purple color. Then, use this color to paint the palm trees, using your reference picture to help you get an idea of how palm trees grow. Remember to leave gaps in between the palm fronds, bunching them up in some areas while leaving some areas quite sparse to create a more natural feel to your painting. You can even add a few coconuts to the silhouette, although make sure that they look like they’re growing from the trees. Again, try not to make the trees too symmetrical or regular.