Easy Sunset Seascape acrylic painting

In this blog, let us learn to paint an easy sunset seascape acrylic painting step by step.

Witnessing a gorgeous sunset sky always touches the deeper part of us, and painting it fills us with bliss. So in this tutorial, we will learn some easy techniques of blending the colors and paint a gorgeous orange sky along with the sea waves and birds flying.

So let’s get straight into the art supplies.

There is a process video at the end of this blog for you to follow along!

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Acrylic Colors:  

  1. Cadmium Yellow
  2. Yellow Ochre
  3. Burnt Sienna
  4. Cadmium Orange
  5. White
  6. Black


  • I painted on a 4×5 inches acrylic paper.
  • Cut this Canson acrylic paper into 6 equal pieces and you’ll get the size I used.

Acrylic Brushes:

  • I used a size 4 flat brush from this flat brush set which is perfect for this canvas size. If you are painting bigger, then switch to a size that is proportionate with your painting surface.
  • Size 4 liner brush from my favorite miniature brush set
PS. If you need some advice on acrylic painting supplies, check out this article – 3 Basic Acrylic Painting Supplies – The Minimalist List.

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painting steps:

1. The sky

Start by blending the colors cadmium yellow, white and yellow ochre in the sky. Keep blending the colors into each other keeping lighter on top and darker towards the horizon. I added some burnt sienna to create the darkness towards the horizon.

2. Sky 2nd layer + Ocean background

Add another layer of same colors on top of the first layer of the sky. Then add the ocean background with a lighter tint of yellow.

3. Clouds + Sun

I added some clouds using burnt sienna and cadmium orange with small brush strokes. Once the background dries, add at the sun with white.

4. Sun reflection in ocean - layer 1

Now starting acrylic blending in horizontal direction in the ocean, keeping it lighter in the centre and darker on the sides.

5. Horizon line

Add a distant line in the horizon with black and burnt sienna.

6. Sun reflection in Ocean - layer 2

On top of the first layer, add another layer of reflection using white and creating small horizontal strokes.

7. Bamboo sticks

Start adding the first bamboo stick. Add a vertical line and add a zigzag line to create its reflection.

8. More sticks

Using the same process add more sticks. The distant ones are shorter keeping the perspective in mind.

9. birds + boat

We finish the painting by adding some more elements in the painting – some birds flying and a boat rowing.

And that’s it… just by following these 9 steps, you can now create your very own sunset seascape painting. 

Did you enjoy following this tutorial? What is the next painting you want me to teach? Let me know how it turned out for you by commenting below!

Happy Painting!

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