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How To Watercolor Paint A Sunset Sky Without Reference Images

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Step 7: How To Paint Water

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To paint the water, use the same colors as the sunset but in reverse, since the water acts as a mirror image of the sky. Again, start at the horizon line with the yellows and orange first, avoiding the area directly underneath the sun. Zigzag the paint in to create the rippling effect of a watery surface, and when the yellow and orange areas are done, add in the Cadmium Red Deep, then the Alizarin Crimson like before. As the water area is smaller than the sky, each color section will be smaller than it is for the sky.