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How To Watercolor Paint A Sunset Sky Without Reference Images

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Step 8: How To Paint Reflections On The Water

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With the size 8 brush, soften the edges where paint meets the white area for the sun’s reflection. You can add a few lines of paint into this area to suggest ripples, using more watered-down paint as you move towards the horizon line to create a sense of depth. This is because objects in the distance will appear more faded than objects in the foreground, so as you paint towards the foreground, you can also add more details and more saturated lines to increase the contrast and add a greater sense of perspective to your painting.