Sunset, Fraser Island

Full Video

Painting a Moody Sunset (Long)

Key Takeaways: 

  • This was a speed painting challenge. It took around 35 minutes all up. This is a great test of your instinctive painting abilities.
  • Mood and ambience are the key features. I wasn’t too worried about the drawing.
  • There’s a powerful contrast between the shadows and the warm lights.
  • Notice the thick paint and multicolored strokes.
  • The boats are vague. This plays into the impressionist style and the overall lack of clarity in this low-light scene.

Time-Lapse

Painting a Moody Sunset (Time-Lapse)

Finished Painting

Dan Scott, Sunset Study, Fraser Island, 2021
Dan Scott, Sunset Study, Fraser Island, 2021

Reference Photo

Dan Scott, Reference Photo, Sunset Study, Fraser Island, 2021 1200

(Note: I cropped the reference photo to make it a more intimate composition.) 

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Dan Scott

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Dan Scott is the founder of Draw Paint Academy. He's a self-taught artist from Australia with a particular interest in landscape painting. Draw Paint Academy is run by Dan and his wife, Chontele, with the aim of helping you get the most out of the art life. You can read more on the About page.


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