Some Famous Places Around The World That Would Make A Great Sunset Painting

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Texas sunset

Sunsets are beautiful and some places in the world are well-known for their specular evening skies. One reason sunsets are so popular is because the warmth and charm of all those brilliant rays of sunlight which capture people’s attention in a magic way. In the hands of a skilled artist, the setting sun in any one of these locations would make great sunset oil paintings. Places with wide open skies over the ocean or desert offers uninterrupted viewing of the setting sun. Still other landscapes offer contrast of dramatic peaks, landforms, and architecture to offset the evening’s brilliant colors.

From this list it’s easy to see why these particular places have become popular when you take an already picturesque setting and then flood it with the intense reds, yellows, purples, and blues cast by a sinking sun. If you are serious about wanting to capture the beauty of sunsets on canvas, here are some well-known places to check out that are famous for their sunsets. Painting on location or using a reference photo of these locations will assist you in creating spectacular sunsets on canvas.


lunar landscape painting on canvas“Moonset”
Space Art by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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Did your state, country, or location make the list? If not, and you feel it would make a lovely sunset painting, add it below in comments.

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    Acapulco, Mexico

    Acapulco, Mexico

  • Addick’s Reservoir, Houston, TX
  • Algarve, Portugal
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Atacama Desert, Chile
  • Austin, TX
  • Auvers, France
  • Ayers Rock, Australian Outback
  • Big Ben State Park, TX
  • Big Sur, CA
  • Broome, Western Australia
  • Bora-Bora, Tahiti
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Canals of Amsterdam
  • Cantabria, Spain
  • Capernaum, Israel
  • Copano Bay, Rockport, TX
  • Dolomites, Veneto, Italy
  • Dornbirn, Austria
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Ensign Peak, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Florence, Italy
  • Franklin Mountains, El Paso, TX
  • Grand Canyon, AZ
  • Great Pyramids, Egypt
  • Grundarfjordur, Iceland
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Hartford, WI
  • Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Isle of Skye, Scotland
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Key West, FL
  • Laguna Beach, CA
  • Lake Annecy, French Alps
  • Lake Phelps, NC
  • Lofoten, Norway
  • Lonsdale, Australia
  • Lubbock, TX
  • Martha’s Vineyard, MA
  • Maasai Mara, Kenya
  • Masai Mara, Kenya
  • Matterhorn, Switzerland
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Miami Beach, FL
  • Mount Bromo, Indonesia
  • Mount Haleakala, Hawaii
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa
  • Namib-Naukluft Park, Africa
  • Old Fort Marcy Park, Santa Fe, NM
  • Paris, France
  • Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Pfeiffer Beach, CA
  • Port Waikato, New Zealand
  • Puerto Galera, Philippines
  • Puglia, Italy
  • Queens Sound, Chicoteague, VA
  • Queensland, Australia
  • San Diego, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Santorini, Greece
  • State of Alaska
  • State of Texas
  • Stonehenge, England
  • Sussex, UK
  • Tanah Lot Temple, Bali
  • The Florida Keys, USA
  • The Rocky Mountains, USA
  • The Serengeti, Tanzania
  • Uithuizermeeden, The Netherlands
  • Uluru, Australia
  • Vancouver Island, Canada
  • Venice, Italy
  • Wategos, Australia
  • West Devon, England
  • Wichita Falls, TX
  • Zermatt, Switzerland

Anyone who has ever visited one these places and witnessed the sun going down at the end of the day would love having a sunset painting as a reminder of good times spent there.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it in any particular order. When you visit these places be sure to take your camera along to take lots of reference photos for your paintings. Once you get back to your studio you will have lots of fun as you immortalize your memories of these places on canvas wall art.

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If you know of place not on this list that would make a gorgeous sunset, please fill free to share it below.

Additional Reading

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