Thursday, October 27, 2016

Sunrise River Acrylic Painting Video!

Today, I wanted to share a basic painting video from the Impulsive Artistry YouTube Channel that will show you how to block-in an acrylic landscape painting of a sunrise over a river. 

When using acrylic paints, it is important to work in layers, not that you have much of choice, due to the very fast drying time. First you put down a base layer (also called an under-painting) without much detail, focusing on color, composition, and establishing the general qualities of the artwork. Later, you can go back and put in all of the details that you want, but it is important to get your basic idea down in front of you on the canvas (usually I can fill a canvas in 20 minutes or less) and from there you can make it perfect. 

Why is this important? It is easy to loose sight of the big picture when you start to work on the details. To get a more unified look: paint the basic colors first, then add highlights and shadows. 

This is a fun-little sunrise painting that I created from my own imagination, and from my memories of sunrises over lakes and rivers when I went fishing with my father when I was a small boy.

The Painting Video:

"River Sunrise." Acrylic on Canvas, 16x20in. Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 
Impulsive Artistry Blog Productions. 

This video contains audio and text instructions on how to paint this work, and is intended to be used for educational purposes only. Copying this work and reselling your copy is strictly prohibited under copyright law. 

Materials to Paint this Work: 

2 Inch Brush
1 Inch Brush
Water Cup
Easel or Flat Surface
16x20 Inch Canvas

Acrylic Paint: 
Mars Black
Titanium White
Phthalo Green
Cobalt Blue
Cadmium Yellow Medium

Etsy Shop:

You can buy all of my original acrylic and oil paintings at my Etsy Shop! Save 20% with the Shop Coupon Code at checkout: SUNRISE20 

Take a look at what I have – nothing that matches your home decor? No problem! I take commissions, so send me a message at the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page if you are interested in me painting a work just for you!

Final Thoughts:

Thank you for reading this short article and watching me paint today. If you decide to paint your own piece using a blocking-in approach like this, then share a link to it on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page – I would love to see what you create!

Have a fantastic creative weekend,


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