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A Sunset Mountain Landscape

Type: Airbrush
Difficulty: Medium
A Sunset Mountain Landscape

In Arizona, there's a place called Monument Valley that has very unique rock formations called "Buttes." These rocks are going to be the inspiration behind this painting. With a sunset in the background, this is going to be amazing. Let's get started!

What You'll Need

Oil Paint

  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Raw Sienna
  • White

Airbrush Paint

  • Bright Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • Deep Purple

Other Supplies

    • Gravity Airbrush and Compressor
    • Palette Knife
    • Bristle Brush

Step 1: Start with Yellow

Airbrush an even yellow strip where you envision your sunset.

Step 2: Add Orange Layer

Now add orange and blend it into the yellow. You may add little dagger strokes , indicating some distant wisps of clouds.

Step 3: Add Bright Red layer

Here you can add a bright red and blend this into the Orange. You can also add some of the dagger strokes to keep the cloud effect going.

Step 4: Pink and Purple Transitions

Next, add touches of pink above the red. This gives a great transition into the purple in the next step.

Step 5: Deep Purple

Now comes the deep purple. Notice that the whole feel of the painting already has movement to it because of directions of the airbrush strokes.

Step 6: Build Your Mountains

This is the fun part where you can really build your mountains however you'd like. Using a palette knife and Oil paints, apply some Raw Sienna, Pink, Orange, and Yellows for the mountains.

Step 7: Paint the Shadows

With a mix of Dark Grey and Burnt Umber, paint in the shadows of the mountains and also the reflections of the mountains. Whatever you do on the top, also do under them to give the effect of reflection on the water.

Step 8: Smooth Out Reflection

Now you can smooth out the water reflections a little with a paint brush. Also create a water line or where ever you see the water line.

Step 9: Create Snow and Shadow

Mix a little white with Ultramarine blue and add a little snow on the dark shadowy side of the mountain. This really makes the mountain pop out with beauty.

Step 10: Brush a Little Lake

Using a paint brush again, add little lake brush and bushes on the edge of the water. Don't forget to add them in the reflection as well.

Step 11: Water line

Then you can grab that palette knife and start to cut in a water line using white paint. This gives the effect of some water crashing against the shore. It doesn't have to be straight. It can be however you envision your beach. Thank you painting along with me.

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