Lighthouse paint by numbers: the last bastion against the ocean
“Lighthouses, as the last bastion of land before the sea, are a part of that magic and are still intriguing to us today as they have been through history.” - JW Purple
For long, lighthouses have become a subject of fascination for people of the old and the new. The first-ever authenticated lighthouse, The Lighthouse of Alexandria, was built in completion in about 280 BCE. It was considered to be a major technological triumph at that time. It stood on the island of Pharos, in the harbor area of Alexandria, to help in the navigation of Nile River ships.
Lighthouses are a thing of antiquity yet up to date, they are still admired. They remind us of the tales of weary sailors trying to navigate through the stormy and foggy seas at night with the light ray from the lighthouses shining as their beacon of hope and guide. The modern world has advanced far behind star charts and wood fire lighthouses. GPS navigation systems are what marine vessels use now.
But lighthouses are not entirely a bygone era. Lighthouses remain an important symbol of the glorious days of the maritime community. To date, lighthouses are a tourist attraction. Standing tall and proud on along a perilous, rocky coastline or on top of a cliff area, tourists often climb them to admire the view from the top.
Lighthouses, an inspiration for painters
Lighthouse has been a source of inspiration for painters since the 15th century when landscape paintings finally emerged as a genre of its own. But it’s not just the stunning view that always comes from it that draws artists towards it, it’s what it represents and its versatility as a painting per se.
Lighthouses are a symbol of hope and tenacity. It’s the beam of light that cuts through the fog that gave hope to lonely sailors who long to dock in the harbor and be with their loved one after a long journey across the ocean and back. It’s how they stand tall and unfazed as the huge and powerful waves of ocean water crash against the boulder of rocks and reef.
It’s also the romantic stories of the beautiful damsel lighting the lamp as she awaits the return of her lover from a journey abroad. Lighthouses are grand and beautiful. And the story behind them captures the hearts of those who see them.
Which technique should I use to paint a lighthouse?
There are plenty of techniques that you can use when painting a lighthouse especially when you’re using acrylic. But techniques can vary depending on the kind of lighthouse painting that you want to achieve.
Do you want a painting of a lighthouse in the middle of a thunderstorm with huge waves crashing against it? Or a bright summer day with the lighthouse standing proud and tall against the big blue sky?
Either way, detailing is an important technique you’ll need to paint the lighthouse. All the other elements of a lighthouse painting are the same as an ocean or beach painting. If you’ve already mastered those, painting a lighthouse is essentially just another painting element that you need to add to the artwork.
Detailing is when you use a small pointed brush to add lines and details to your painting. It requires the steady hand of an artist. Precision is a must when adding these tiny details that finish the overall look of your painting.
More landscapes painting by numbers kits?
If you’re looking for more painting by number templates, there are a variety of collections to choose from. Landscapes canvas art kits are timeless pieces of romantic art.
Ocean painting kit are part of the best-sellers of painting by numbers. The relaxing blue gradient and wave patterns of ocean paintings are simply irresistible. Mountains painting art kits are also a huge hit, especially for advanced artists.
Did not find your perfect lighthouse DIY painting?
Got your own lighthouse image that you’d like to recreate into a DIY painting? We can create a custom paint by numbers kit using your picture just for you! Our art kit has all the materials you need to create your masterpiece.
Each kit includes a rolled canvas of your template of choice, a 24/36-pigment acrylic paint set in numbered paint pots, a set of four brushed made for each type of number area you need to paint on, and a guide so you know what to do.
Our acrylic paint set has all the exact pigment and tone you need to complete your painting. There’s no mixing needed. You just have to paint them at the right numbered area and voila you got yourself your own DIY piece of artwork! If you want, you can frame the finished painting and gift it to a loved one or yourself!