How To Paint a Moody Colorful Seascape

design team - vanessa painting Nov 08, 2021
Paint a colorful moody seascape

Painting a seascape can be a very relaxing process that leaves you feeling calm and with a beautiful art piece. What about a moonlit night with a chaos of color?  Yes, please!  This is exactly what we're going to dive into in today's tutorial.

Hi!  Vanessa Lesniak from @Vanessa_Paints_ here.  Today we will be painting a moody colorful seascape! But first, let's about your supplies.





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Step 1: Draw Your Horizon and Moon Outline

With a ruler, or straight object, draw a horizontal line a little above the middle of your paper.  With a circular object, draw a half circle directly above the horizon line. 




Step 2: Paint the Sky

With Bordeaux, pant a light wash above the horizon.  Avoid painting into the moon



Once your first layer is complete and while the paper is still wet, add a second layer using your purple (Bright Clear Violet), further away from the moon.  Allow the two colors to blend



While the paper is still wet, add more Bordeaux along the outer edges of the moon if necessary.  Begin to deepen the areas closer to the edge of paper by adding blue (Peacock Blue).



While the paper is still wet, deepen the colors by adding a final layer from the outer edge and working in towards the moon: blue, purple, Bordeaux.




Step 3: Add Glow

Using your white medium, add a line of white to the outer edge of the moon and blend it into the colors of the sky.




Step 4: Paint the Water 

Add water to the bottom half of the paper (you may do this while the top is still wet, bleed does not matter here since we are replication the sky colors in the water.  Using the same colors you used for your sky, alternate laying colors down on the bottom half of the paper.  Use back and forth strokes to simulate water movement.



Begin darkening the outer edges of the water, by painting in some strokes of Payne’s Grey and higher concentrations of the colors already used.  Try to leave some lighter spaces along the middle where the moon will be reflected in the water.




Step 5: Add Moon Reflection

 Using your white medium, add small thin strokes of white to the middle portions of your water.  Allow the strokes to taper in as you move further down the paper.




Step 6: Paint the Moon

Wet the inside of the moon.  Using your moon color (Moonglow), paint a thin line along the curve of your moo and lightly tap in some paint.  Allow the color to mix on its own with the water and leave some white spaces. 




Step 7: Add Inner Glow to the Moon

With your white medium, add a line of white along the inner curve of the moon and lightly blend it out




Step 8: Paint the Mountains

Using Payne’s Grey, add some small mountains along the horizon.  Add a few highlights to the ountains by using your white medium




Step 9: Add Stars

Load your brush with a ton of white and splatter it on the sky, add a small amount to the water.  



Voila!  Done!  I hope you enjoyed this one and I’ll see you with another tutorial soon!


Vanessa spent 16 years as a social worker and originally began experimenting with watercolor as a form of self care and it became a profound passion.  With the encouragement and support of her wife and 3 daughters, she became a full time artist and small business owner.  She now shares her passion through workshops and online tutorials. Check out more of Vanessa's tutorials here!


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