How to Paint Sunsets in Watercolor: Painting Techniques

Learn how to Paint Sunsets

One of the first rules my photography 101 instructor taught was that it’s very difficult to take a bad photograph at sunset. He was right, and for good reason: with warm natural light, great depth to your shadows, and beautiful colors, the effect is generally breathtaking, especially when the sky has enough clouds to add depth.

The same principle applies to painting sunsets, and for the same reasons. Clouds capture the light and shadows, and certainly aren’t white. The sun reflects in water, from the ocean to the smallest puddle, and the warmth of the light leaves everything and everyone in warm, pleasant color.

Learn how to paint sunsets in watercolor: painting techniques

The best thing is that, for as easy as it is to take a good photograph of a sunset, it’s just as easy to learn how to paint sunsets, adding your own artistic flair to the mix. With the watercolor painting techniques in Patrick Howe’s Improve Your Sunsets in Watercolor, you’ll get three art lessons in one, covering a range of colors and landscape scenes. You’ll learn painting tips on reflecting the sun in water, creating cloud formations, developing atmosphere, working wet-into-wet, using a Chinese brush, and more.

At the end of this video, you will have the skills and confidence to create your own light-filled skies and landscape paintings.


  • Three watercolor art lessons that demonstrate how to paint sunsets
  • Painting techniques such as lifting, working wet-into-wet, using a Chinese brush, and more
  • Great painting tips for clouds, silhouetted landscapes, the sun in water, and other types of sunset landscape art

Preview Improve Your Sunsets in Watercolor with Patrick Howe to learn how to lift a bit of color to reveal your sun sinking into the water, and painting tips for adding clouds. Then, head over to for the full-length video, materials, and more.

Learn more about watercolor landscape painting today.

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