Sunset Seascape Beach Painting with Cliffs

I wanted to try the complementary color scheme and create this bright and colorful sunset seascape beach painting with cliffs. So I used the pair of prism violet and its complementary cadmium yellow, and crimson red and its complementary light olive green – that’s right, there is green in this painting, which we can’t even see now.

There is a lot of color theory knowledge applied in this painting, and if you wana learn more about color theory, check out this class.

The complete process video is at the end of this blog, if you want to watch it and paint.


Acrylic Colors:  

  1. Prism violet
  2. Cadmium yellow
  3. Crimson Red
  4. light olive green
  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. Sky layer with violet & red

2. Sky layer with red & yellow mix

3. more strokes and blending for the clouds

4. the beach with violet & green


6. The sea

7. cliffs with desaturated violet

8. waves

9. shadows to the waves

10. cliff textures

11. more cliff textures

12. shadows to the beach to create dimension

And that’s it… just by following these 12 steps, you can now created your very own sunser 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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If you need more guidance, watch my process here:

Thank you!

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