In this article, learn to create a gorgeous winter night landscape painting, with step by step photos and instruction. Winter is my most favorite season and so no wonder I feel attracted towards painting many winter-scapes. You can see my entire collection of winter paintings here.
Ok so let’s get started with today’s painting. This is a very easy winter night landscape painting that can be tried by any beginner who is just starting to dabble with acrylics.
I’d suggest try this painting first in a sketchbook. I think sketchbook painting is a good practice to enhance the skills you are learning and get better in your artistic abilities.
So you can create this as a practice piece in your art sketchbook or do it on a big canvas and add to your home decor – the choice is yours.
Now before jumping into this painting, learn how to paint perfect snowy pine tree with acrylics. That will just enhance your skills to paint any snowy pine tree confidently in any winter landscape.
* If you need to watch the process of creating this painting, I’ve a time-lapse video at the end of this blog post.
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MATERIALS YOU NEED
- I painted on a 8×8 inches Canson acrylic paper.
- I used a size 4 filbert brush from this filbert 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 0 & 4 liner brush from my favorite miniature brush set
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1. Paint The Sky
For painting winter nights or evenings, I like to use a touch of green or viridian hue to bring in the darkness effect. So for day paintings, just pure blue. And for night paintings, blue+green. That’s my secret formula!
For painting the sky, I used a mix of prussian blue and viridian hue with my flat brush and did a circular acrylic blend, moving from dark to light in the centre. In the centre, I created the moon by placing the tip of my forefinger to create a dot. That way I can ensure to have a perfect circle 😉
2. The Snow Land
Now add white from the right and cover the lower area of the sky to create the first half of the snow land. Start with white on the top and blend it in with the leftover paint from the sky, to create a light bluish effect in the bottom.
Now repeat the same step from the left, and bring the brushstrokes on top of the right half of the snow land.
3. The Road
For the road, I used the green a bit more than blue because I love the effect of that color. And instead of going the direction of the road, move your flat brush in horizontal direction while paving the entire road.
Until now I haven’t washed my flat brush from the beginning of the painting.
After painting the road, add some more of white on the sides to blend it in with the road smoothly.
4. Distant Pine Trees on the right
Paint the distant pine trees using a round brush and mixing blue and black. I used technique 2 from the round brush techniques.
5. Add Highlights & Shadows to Distant Pine Trees
Add a highlights layers on the distant pine tree by mixing blue and white. I’ve show the exact step by step method in this article Snowy Pine Tree Painting – 6 Easy Steps.
Also add some shadow using blue towards the right, considering the light source from the moon.
6. Distant Pine Trees on the left
Now repeat the previous step on the left land. First add the distant pine trees, then add atleast 2 layers of highlights and then add the shadows falling on the snow land.
7. The Big Pine Tree
Now time to create the hero of the painting – a big snowy pine tree using the flat brush. Learn step by step on how to paint this tree in this article – How To Paint Christmas Tree With Acrylics? This is the tree 2 with foliages down. You can also paint the first tree that I taught in this article – whichever you prefer.
In this step, I did the step 1, 2 and 3 our of the 6 steps of painting a perfect Christmas tree.
8. Highlights of the Big Pine Tree
Next I added atleast 3 layers of highlights, which are steps 4, 5 & 6 of How To Paint Christmas Tree With Acrylics?
9. Tree Trunks in the Front
Next add the 2 tree trunks in the front left. I used pure black for this with a round brush.
10. Snow Fall in the Tree Branches
The last step is the most fun step and just by adding this little touch, the paint get elevated to a whole new level. Simply add some white snow on the tree branches.
And that’s it… just by following these 10 steps, you can now create your very own winter night landscape painting with snowy pine trees.
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!
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