Sunset at the Lake Step by Step Acrylic Painting on Canvas for Beginners

In this video, we’re gonna get together and paint a serene summer sunset on a placid lake. This is a good lesson for beginners and up.

I’m painting on a 16×20-inch stretched canvas, but you can paint on any type and size of canvas you like.

I used:
• Liquitex Gloss Gel (optional, but SO fun!)
• A palette knife (any size or shape)
• A 3/4-inch fibert brush
• A 1/2-inch angle brush
• A fan brush
• A small round brush, about 1/8-inch

I’m using Liquitex Basics acrylic paint in the following colors:
• Titanium White
• Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue (any yellow will work)
• Cadmium Red Light Hue (any orange will work)
• Alizarin Crimson (any red will work)
• Dioxazine Purple (any purple will work)
• Burnt Umber
• Mars Black
But you can use any colors you like.

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Notice: No part of this video may be reproduced or distributed without written permission from me. The painting demonstrated is owned by the artist and Pandemonium Art Gallery, and may not be reproduced except by individuals for the purpose of learning these techniques. This tutorial and painting presented are not available for commercial purposes and may not be duplicated to be used for classes or commercial sale without written permission from me.

The artwork contained in this video © 2017 by Jane Font All Rights Reserved

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23 thoughts on “Sunset at the Lake Step by Step Acrylic Painting on Canvas for Beginners”

  1. thankyouuu i watched it before i did my competition. it's really easy to following your steps 😻😻😻😻

  2. Hi. I made my first ever canvas painting and this was what I chose to do. I don't have a bright purple like yours so I only used blue and red. It didn't turn so purplish but I'm still happy with the result of my painting. Thank you for this tutorial! 🙂

  3. Ms. Jane.. i have a question.. this is a beautiful painting and i am going to try it.. i want to know… when u say Alizarin Crimson and then u put in brackets any red will do.. i dont understand … as Alizarin Crimson is more on the dark pink side.. so should i use Alizarin Crimson or wud using Napthol Red work better?..or i could be alizarin crimson hue is a bit dark pink & purplish mix.. so shud i use Napthol Red.. pls confirm ms.. jane.. thanku

  4. Hi Jane, thank you so much for your great inspiring teaching video's! They have helped me alot to be more free!!! Also I was wondering if you could tell me what music you have playing as I am in a profession I am always looking for very soothing relaxing music? Would be great to know … thanks again! And all the best!

  5. I am an almost new beginner a painter, and I love the painting you chose, however, you should find a way to clear-up the differences between dark and white or light colors.
    do not forget we are beginners,.

  6. Liked and subbed! This is by far my fave of your paintings! I am a partially colorblind amateur artist who has mostly worked with graphite and inks but am just starting with acrylics. Because of my colorblindness it is a bit daunting. I am trying to stick with abstracts for now and was wondering if you could maybe do more instructional abstract paintings? Love the look of this one and will have to try something similar. Have been enjoying your work. THANK YOU for posting such instructional videos! 🙂

  7. I know I’m two years late watching this but Wow! This is beautiful! I think it will be my next undertaking. I think I’ll do it on mdf panel like I did “lavender fields” for my father. Thanks again for the inspiration Jane and for the wonderful video content!

  8. Thank you! I love it & I had so much fun! It's amazing what you can do with a little instruction.
    I did this one for my Mom for Mother's Day. I think she'll be happy.
    Have a wonderful weekend my dear!

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