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DIY Sunset Painting

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 by in DIY Nautical Decor, Uncategorized | 1 comment

DIY painting

Sail into the Sunset

With our hectic schedules and Matt traveling a lot, we try to give each other time to ourselves every so often. Over the weekend, my mom and I went out to lunch at The Oyster House. We saw a sign for the Paint and Sip while waiting to be seated. The steward thought we were there for the class and ushered us up to the painting class. After, a quick phone call to Matt, we poured a glass of wine and got started! I never know what adventure my mom and I will go on when we get together.

I knew we would have a blast when the instructor explained she was late because she was fending off a Blue Heron that was trying to attack her beloved Coy fish. I burst out laughing when she explained how she strategically placed cross dressed mannequins around her pond and walkway. Her account of what happened reminded me of the scene from Home Alone when Macaulay Culkin sets up dancing mannequins, marbles, and an electrified doorknob. Hilarious!

Mom and I are pretty excited to be spending the day sipping wine and painting!

Mom and I are pretty excited to be spending the day sipping wine and painting!

Preparing to paint!

Preparing to paint!

SUPPLIES: Acrylic paint, a canvas, three paint brushes, water, and a rag. The paint brushes vary. Purchase a large flat brush, a medium round brush, and a small flat brush.

Our restaurant studio at the Oyster House.

Our blank canvas are set up in the restaurant studio at the Oyster House.

Start by turning your canvas sideways and painting lines.

Start by turning your canvas sideways and painting lines.

Take a large, flat paint brush. Start by painting a white strip down the middle of the canvas. Work your way out with the yellows, oranges, and reds. The paint dries quickly, so blend the lines quickly without washing your brush in between colors.

Sunset background

Sunset background

If your colors are too bright, dip your brush in white paint and make paint up and down across the canvas.

Where have you seen the most beautiful sunset?

Love my sunset! Make sure your colors reflect each other. They will create the sunset and it’s reflection over the water.

Use a rounded brush to paint your sun.

Use a rounded brush to paint your sun.

Depending on the size of your sun will determine the scale of the painting and where you place your shadows.

Depending on the size of your sun will determine the scale of the painting and where you place your shadows.

I placed my sun high in the sky.

I placed my sun high in the sky.

Fill in the sun with circular strokes.

Fill in the sun with circular strokes.

To make the sun look more realistic, paint in a circular motion. Once the original color dries, you can go back and add a different shade of yellow or orange.

Above the horizon, paint a straight black line about 2/3 of the way across the canvas.

Above the horizon, paint a straight black line about 2/3 of the way across the canvas.

The white stripe you painted at the beginning becomes your horizon. Create your land masses above and below the horizon.

Create a land form.

Create a land mass.

Fill in the land with black paint to create a silhouette.

Fill in the land with black paint to create a silhouette.

If you want to make the land mass have a bit of dimension, dip your thin, flat paint brush in yellow and run it over the top of the mass. It will create a light greenish color, making the land appear to have two peaks.

On the opposite side if the canvas, under the horizon, create a second land mass.

On the opposite side if the canvas, under the horizon, create a second land mass.

Create a second silhouette.

Create a second silhouette.

The beginning stages of a sailboat.

The beginning stages of a sailboat.

Using red paint, create a ‘T’. Then, paint an upside down ‘V’. You want to paint in red because it is easier to blend if you mess up.

To create the outline of the boat, draw a 'Curious George' hat.

To create the outline of the boat, draw a ‘Curious George’ hat.

The instructor pointed out that the early stages of the boat looks like Curious George’s paper hat. I can see it, can you?

Blacken the boat on one side and paint the other side gray. Once it dries, paint a mast.

Blacken the boat on one side and paint the other side gray. Once it dries, paint a mast.

Go over your boat in black paint once you are happy with its shape. Paint the far side of the boat black and the side closest to the sun gray. Create gray by mixing black and white.

Create a shadow on the side of the boat opposite of the sun.

Create a shadow on the side of the boat opposite of the sun.

Create a shadow by mixing up a dark brown. Create strokes going away from the boat, one after the other. Angle the shadow away from the boat. Add blue strokes over the brown. Stagger black strokes throughout your shadow. Add in yellow, orange, and red. Do NOT blend. You want to layer the paint to create a realistic shadow.

DIY Paint Shadow

Create a shadow depending on where you placed your sun.

To create wooden boards on the boat, dip the thin, flat paint brush in black and light paint curved lines, starting in the middle, going to the sides of the boat. On the gray side of the boat, add white to create gray boards. With the same paint brush, create the mast straight up the middle, stopping between the two land masses.

I decided to extend the mast upward. After the paint dries, paint a sliver of the sail in blackout white along the mast. While the paint dried, I added blackout white paint on the top of the boat as a highlight.

I decided to extend the mass upward. After the paint dries, paint a sliver of the sail in blackout white along the mast. While the paint dried, I added blackout white paint on the top of the boat as a highlight.

I had a great time laughing alongside my mom and creating beautiful art! Look for local sip and paints in your area and check out Groupon. Groupon has great deals on these type of activities.

1 Comment

  1. LOVE the painting! My favorite “chill time” is to paint on a canvas. Love this!

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