How To Paint A Cityscape with Fireworks
Learn how to paint fireworks above a city skyline next to reflecting water. This painting makes a both a great Fourth of July Painting and New Years Painting!
I don’t know about you but I have a certain fondness to cityscape art. The lights, the reflections and the glow in the night sky are just soooo pretty! Not to mention, the concept of painting this type of painting is very easy and has a 100% success rate even for the absolute beginner.
In this tutorial, you will be guided step by step with photos and a video. The city is generic but you can customize it with your favorite skyline. Just do a quick google search for different city silhouettes. A few of you have already sent me a picture of your city line with the Space Needle!
But beware, this painting is so much fun you might find yourself doing it more than once!
Enjoy, happy painting and don’t forget to share!
Tip For Doing this With Kids:
If you’re doing this as an Elementary lesson with students or at home with kids, you can simplify it!
I would do the sky in all magenta with a little black on the top and the water all blue.
Use a straight edge piece of paper or cardboard to help define the area/layer the child is painting on and then pull the piece down as the child paints towards the bottom! -Thanks to one of my users for that tip!
Also, you can try this design as a water color resist lesson. in other words, have the kids draw the fireworks with oil pastels first then go over the pastels with water colors.
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- 16″ x 20″ canvas (This design can work on any rectangular size, wood, rock, water color paper, etc.
- Acrylic Paint (I used Liquitex Basics & Artist’s Loft for this! If you’re using craft paint, this can work too. I’ll list colors in both terms below)
- Paint colors:
- Cadmium Red (Red)
- Cadmium Yellow (Bright Yellow)
- Primary Blue (Blue)
- Quinacridone Magenta (Magenta or Fuchsia)
- Violet (Deep Purple)
- Mars Black (Black)
- Titanium White (White
- Various Size Brushes:
- 1″ flat
- 1/4″ flat
- Tiny (#1 brush
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Directions At A Glance:
Step by step pictures:
Draw The Horizon Line
Draw the horizon line about 5.75″ from the bottom. Using a T-Square ruler is helpful to make sure your line is perpendicular! If you don’t have a ruler, any straight edge will work.
If your canvas is a different size, adjust the horizon line accordingly. Mine was approximately 1/3 of the way up from the bottom and not directly in the middle.
Paint The Sky
Do not rinse off brush. Paint about 3-4″ of violet next. Try to blend the violet with the black. Yes, I had issues mixing my black with the violet too! Just keep working the paint and getting that Violet to mesh well with the black. You can paint the violet over the black if you need to but try not to let that black “take over”.
Draw Your Skyline With Chalk
Paint Your Skyline Silhouette Black
Paint buildings in with mars black. I used a small flat brush and a tiny brush for small corners. You don’t have to “cut in” like I did. You can just paint each building one at a time.
Tip: water down the black a bit for it to flow easier!
Paint The Building Details
Paint The Water
Rinse brush. Next add primary blue. I did not realize the blue would take over that violet! If you want more violet with your water, try not to blend it so much. I went down almost all the way with the blue.
Paint The Windows
Splatter Paint Stars
Paint The Fireworks
Optional: I felt that some of the fireworks should have these tiny white dots. Use a tiny brush and pure white for this. Also, you’ll see in the video that I brightened the center of the fireworks by adding a bit more white.
Paint The Reflection
For the reflection of the buildings I used a 1/4″ flat brush and some watered down black. The strokes are just small condensed zig-zag lines forming a vertical shape. LIGHTLY hold that brush and move your hand fast to do this!
Optional: Paint The “2018”
Paint Some Firework Reflections
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