Snowy Winter Sunset – Paint With Me!

Hi friends! I invite you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and paint with me. You don’t need many supplies and you can paint this in under an hour!


The colors you will need are:

  1. A cool red like Alizarin Crimson, Rose Madder or Permanent rose
  2. A warm Yellow such as Cadmium Yellow, Gamboge, Permanent Yellow, Hansa Yellow Deep or Indian Yellow.
  3. A warm blue like Ultramarine Blue or Cobalt blue.
  4. A cool soft blue like Cerulean (look past a pastel looking blue hopefully made with PB36) or sky blue. Avoid a cerulean that looks intense and vivid. Sometimes companies call Phthalo Blue (PB15) Cerulean but it is too intense for this. If you don’t have a good cerulean than you can leave it out

Keep in mind you only need one of each of the suggestions for a total of 4 colors in all. You will also need a 1″ flat brush, 9″x12″ watercolor paper, pencil, masking tape, a rag and 2 water buckets. Enjoy the video tutorial!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I hope this was a nice break in your day and let me know how you got along if you painted this! I love bringing these free watercolor tutorials to you and if you find value I them please share them with a friend using one of the handy sharing buttons below. Sharing is caring and I do appreciate it! If you enjoyed this tutorial but feel like you need more beginner instructions please check out my online course Essential Tools for Watercolor Painting here and save 20% with coupon code TRYME. I makes a great last-minute holiday gift too! thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

8 Responses

  1. Very pretty! Question about the yellow – since this is a winter scene, why did you choose a warm yellow and not a cool yellow? I don’t have an art background, so am curious about this. Thanks!


    • because I used it in the sky and a cool yellow would go green ifit touched the blue


      • Thanks! Makes sense. Again, this is very lovely!


      • wouldn’t a warm green make olive green when it touches that blue? Some people tell me to use yellow ochre instead but I use that to mix green too … I don’t get it.


        • a warm green and a warm yellow won’t make as vibrant of a green like a cool green and a cool yellow so it is easier to control. Of course if you were to mix those warm colors together directly you would get a muted grey green but you can avoid that in the sky if you are careful about placement:)


  2. Very nice. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  3. Having just visited Wisconsin, I am inspired to paint this. I have to chuckle of your trying to do it with one brush. While I do limit the # of colors I use, I manage to use just about every brush I own.


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