Nighttime Lighthouse

An fascinating foray into nighttime lighting results utilizing a nautical theme, the West Break Water Lighthouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Watch and see how issues unfold as Greg paints his approach by way of a dusky nautical theme.

Supplies used:


  • #Eight Kolonok Kolinsky Crimson Sable
  • #5 Kolonok Kolinsky Crimson Sable
  • #zero Winsor & Newton Sequence 7 Crimson Sable


  • Sap Inexperienced
  • Hooker’s Inexperienced Darkish
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Everlasting Rose
  • Indian Yellow
  • Ivory Black


  • Lower sheet (5.5″ x 7.5″) Whatman #200 chilly pressed, deteriorated.


  • #2 Pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Palettes – Robert E. Wooden & Eldajon.
  • Water container (2) and clear water
  • Hair dryer (non-compulsory)

Step 1: Why, it’s one other lighthouse


I had a number of digital reference pictures of the West Break Water Lighthouse in Cleveland, OH for reference. None have been fairly proper besides to indicate what the buildings seemed like.

I used to be desirous to strive portray the lighthouse at nightfall however I had no reference for the lighting or coloration. I resolve to wing it.

I positioned the lighthouse the place I wished it within the composition and evenly sketched the setting round it.

I apply liquid frisket to the lighthouse buildings and rocks and permit it to dry.

Step 2: Look! Up within the sky…


I envisioned a colourful final glow of sundown dramatic sky together with stars popping out. This was to backlight the lighthouse because the beams of sunshine grew to become seen within the darkening sky. Hokey, however I’ve by no means tried it.

I began by moistening some areas of the sky randomly with clear water and my #Eight spherical purple sable. Mixing a medium Cerulean Blue wash I painted the highest of the sky, steadily including water in the direction of the center.

A light-weight valued combination of Everlasting Rose was subsequent. I shortly laid this wash on the fringe of the blue and allowed them to stream collectively a bit as I formed some extra clouds. I added a lightweight Indian yellow wash to hold the sky to water and land degree.

Whereas the sky was nonetheless moist I combined some Ultramarine Blue with Cerulean and added darker bands and accents to the sky.

Step 3: Goin’ for the gold


I lastly completed noodling with the cloud shapes utilizing a #5 spherical sable and numerous violet shades from the blues and Everlasting Rose on my palette.

I moistened my paper on the backside and began including the mirrored sky coloring into the waves on the fore and center floor utilizing a number of the violets and blues left on my palette. I let it dry.

At this level I decide to an over-the-top method and paint the distant lake reflecting a vivid yellow glow from the sundown.

Step 4: Nicely grounded


Mixing a medium cool grey from Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber I paint within the silhouette of the boat. After a fast rinse I add some Sap Inexperienced to the grey and paint within the distant hills of the coast.

Utilizing a glaze of Cerulean Blue I painted the rocks and street to the lighthouse and pulled this immediately into the water catching reflections within the waves.

Whereas this was nonetheless moist I labored into the rocks and street with a darkish blue/umber grey, Burnt Sienna, and Sap Inexperienced.

I then combined an much more intense Ultramarine Blue for the sky and painted a darker layer, including extra depth. Earlier than I cleaned my brush and palette, I picked up extra sky colours and outlined extra areas of waves within the water.

Step 5: Getting darker


I resolve so as to add one other layer of brushwork on the rocky outcrop earlier than I dry the portray and take away the frisket.

Due to the unseen mildew on this paper, the sizing has been broken. After I eliminated the frisket from these softened areas, large chunks of paper wished to come back with it.

This can present up as unintended texture within the lighthouse and out constructing.

This was an government choice.

I redrew the drawing particulars that have been lifted with the frisket, picked up my #5 spherical purple sable brush, and regarded my subsequent transfer.

Step 6: Hidden surprises and willpower


I began by portray a glaze of Cerulean Blue over the shadow areas of the buildings. I discovered the broken areas of paper sucked up paint like a blotter and wouldn’t maintain a element with out diffusing.

Subsequent I glazed a neighborhood coloration onto the buildings utilizing a mix of Indian Yellow and Burnt Sienna.

I gallantly ignore the massive blobs of oddly coloured broken paper in the course of every constructing and proceed so as to add roofing particulars utilizing Alizarin Crimson.

Seeing the land was too darkish, I scrubbed the dry wash with the tip of my #5 spherical purple sable and clear water and blotted to lighten the realm.

I end by laying some heat and funky grays on the uncovered rocks and land mass.

Step 7: Bailing a sinking ship


I combined some thicker paint and utilizing a #zero spherical purple sable I dabbed some particulars onto the buildings utilizing Ivory black and Cerulean Blue.

I combined up a clear medium toned combination of Ultramarine Blue and glaze the entire sky besides the place the beams of sunshine are. The wash bleeds right into a smooth spot on the sting of the left beam.

Deciding that there ought to be a glow across the prime of the lighthouse, I take a #2 flat acrylic bristle brush and clear water and scrub the highest off the lighthouse in a round vogue. Between scrubs I blot with a tissue to test my progress. I then scrubbed the beams of sunshine to lighten them, too.

When that dried I added new particulars to the highest of the lighthouse and glazed the

Step 8: Completed


I glazed the sky with Ultramarine Blue two extra instances, drying the portray between glazes.

I then combine up some fascinating heat gray-greens utilizing Hooker’s Inexperienced, Burnt Sienna, and Cerulean Blue and use these mixtures and my #5 spherical purple sable so as to add a variety of darkish accents to the waves.

I cease myself earlier than I do any extra harm and permit the portray to dry.

To complete I eliminated the frisket after which erased the pencil traces with a kneaded eraser

I used the #zero spherical sable to signal my title within the decrease proper nook with a Burnt Sienna wash.

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