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How To Watercolor Paint A Sunset Sky Without Reference Images

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Step 3: Choosing Starting Colors For Your Sunset

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As you paint upwards, you will be painting the color spectrum from yellow to blue. In order to get a smooth color transition while maintaining the vibrancy of a sunset, make sure never to mix complementary colors (such as blue and orange) while using the wet-in-wet technique, as this will cause the paint to turn into a muddy gray.

After painting about 2 inches’ worth of yellow, mix in some Cadmium Yellow Orange. Next, blend in some Cadmium Red Deep as you paint upwards. You can break up any too-regular horizontal brushstrokes by adding some red strokes into the yellow area.