Sunrise Painting Step-By-Step, with Video

I’m really excited to finally have a new, professional camera setup.  I’ve been filming painting videos for a while, but they were shot with our old point-and-shoot camera from, um, 2003.  Check out how much better the detail is with a new digital SLR and fixed aperture:

(Painting is Glory, 24″ x 30″ by Kathryn Beals, Music is I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons)

If you can’t watch the video, here are a few stills:

I started with my favorite sunrise colors, a mix of Smalt hue, Titanium white and Titan buff.

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From there, I built in some Quinacridone magenta,  Primary yellow and Anthriquinone blue to add intensity. I always paint skies quickly, with a big brush, to get the colors blended well before they dry.


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With the sky colors in place, I started to add the foreground colors.  This is a mix of Green gold, Payne’s grey and Ultramarine blue.

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I only used two brushes for this painting.  Up to this point, I’ve still been using my largest brush, the filbert.  Now I switch to the medium angular bright, my most versatile brush, to do the detail.


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I used the angular bright to paint in the sky detail.  I also turned it sideways to make the flowers in the field.  I think these are lupines:Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 9.52.50 AM

My three year old son was watching this video last night, and he said “But where is our tent?”  Exactly:Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 9.57.19 AM



Glory, 24″ x 30″, acrylic on canvas, copyright © 2014 Kathryn Beals

You can find this painting in my Etsy shop as a digital print or canvas print.  The original painting is for sale through my website, and is on display at Red Rock in Mountain View, California.

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