Sunrise, Bribie Island


Full Video

Key Takeaways: 

  • I drew inspiration from John Singer Sargent’s Seascape, shown below. He was a master of simplifying all the “noise” into something so elegant and clear.
John Singer Sargent, Seascape, 1875
John Singer Sargent, Seascape, 1875
  • I painted this over two sessions and the paint dried slightly during the break. This meant I had to “fake” the wet-on-wet look for the end of the painting. I should have kept it to one session and painted it all wet-on-wet.
  • I improvised with a new technique to capture the subtle rays of light bearing down on the sea. I took a large, dry brush and gently dragged the colors down.
  • I stopped at a good time, whilst the painting still appears fresh and spontaneous.
  • The painting is a play between light and shadow. The grayscale below shows the play more clearly.
greyscaled_Dan Scott, Sunrise, Bribie Island, 2021, Reference Photo 700Web
  • There’s a subtle ship in the distance, just on the horizon line. (Did you miss it?) This was a challenge to paint. I needed to make it both distinct, yet hidden to wandering eyes. A gray color just a touch darker than the surroundings did the trick.
  • I was constantly thinking about the ebbs and flow of the water. I let my brush follow this movement. Left, right, back, forth, over, under, around. Observation only takes you so far when painting water. You need to try and feel it.


Finished Painting

Dan Scott, Sunrise, Bribie Island, 2021
Dan Scott, Sunrise, Bribie Island, 2021

Reference Photo

Reference Photo - Bribie Island, Sunrise

Want to Learn More?

You might be interested in my Painting Academy course. I’ll walk you through the time-tested fundamentals of painting. It’s perfect for absolute beginner to intermediate painters.

Thanks for Reading!

I appreciate you taking the time to read this post and I hope you found it helpful. Feel free to share it with friends.

Happy painting!

Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy

About | Supply List | Featured Posts | Products

Enjoyed this post? Join over 123,000 artists who subscribe to the Draw Paint Academy newsletter.