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How To Watercolor Paint A Sunset Sky Without Reference Images

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Step 1: Lightly Sketch Before Watercolor Painting

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Before you get started, it’s easier to have either a live view of a tropical sunset, or at least have a good quality reference picture to study and paint from. But you can always let your imagination go wild and paint whatever you’d like!

Begin by lightly drawing a frame around the area you’ll be painting in, then pencil in the outline of some palm trees, the horizon line, and the sun. The landscape will help define the sky, while the sun determines the “hot spot” (i.e. the light source) of your painting.