Not only should we keep our bodies sharp and fit, but we should also take the same approach with our brains. And it’s obvious how we can achieve that with our bodies—for example, eating clean and exercising. However, keeping your mind sharp is a matter of challenging yourself mentally every now and then.
And there are a few ways to do that. Although, some are arguably more fun than others. For instance, you can add puzzles and math problems to your weekly routine, which isn’t for everyone. Or you can go another route and find a fun and challenging hobby.
And a great example of such hobbies is painting. When you create something beautiful through painting, it stimulates your creative mind and relieves mental strain. So if you’re looking for painting ideas, here’s a list of sun and moon painting ideas that are guaranteed to grab your attention.
Astrological Sun and Moon
If you’re into astrology and zodiac signs, this idea will appeal to you as it’s always fun to paint something that coincides with your beliefs and interests.
However, if you’re not the biggest fan of astrology, it still offers beautiful aesthetic illustrations of the sun and moon to take inspiration from.
For more inspiration on an astrological sun moon painting, visit Pinterest.
Sun and Moon in an Hourglass
Before you start painting this idea, you should know there are a lot of variations of this to consider. For example, you have a lot of versatility in drawing the hourglass itself, like its shape and glass decorations.
You can also choose different things to put inside; For example, instead of drawing sand inside, you can draw little stars to fit the sun moon theme.
To learn more about sun and moon hourglass paintings, here’s an example by Red Bubble.
Sun and Moon Split Canvas
This is a painting that’s sure to get your creative juices flowing. For starters, the two canvases can either be symmetrical or asymmetrical. You can hang them parallel but off-center for a unique aesthetic or go wild and complete the painting on more than two canvases.
If you’ve decided on this painting idea, here’s an example of a split canvas sun and moon painting by Gallerist.
Classic Outer Space Painting
Instead of looking for different ideas for your painting, why not go with the classic outer space painting featuring both the sun and the moon?
You can also create a very interesting background by adding things like space dust, distant galaxies, stars, asteroids, or nebula.
For an example of an outer space painting, visit Fine Art America.
The Sun Hugging the Moon
This is one of the more wholesome paintings on our list. And there are two ways to go at this—the first one painting little arms for the sun and moon for hugging.
The second is painting the sun and moon close together and having the sun rays act as arms that bring the moon closer to itself. In our opinion, the second idea is more captivating.
For reference, here’s a sun hugging moon painting on Etsy.
Sun and Moon Quote Art
This works by painting a background that’s aesthetic yet simple. Since the main focus of the painting shouldn’t be the drawings but the quote itself, putting too many details into the painting will only take away from the quote.
Then, in a font you like, you can either write a quote you love or do a quick Google search for quotes.
If you’d like to try this out, here’s an example of a sun and moon quote art by QuotesGram.
Half Sun, Half Moon
This idea can be implemented in two ways. First, you can paint outer space as the background and paint a realistic half sun and half moon.
On the other hand, you can also go for a more cartoonish look and give the sun and moon faces, which allows you to play around more with the painting—for example, giving the sun a happy face and the moon a sad one.
For reference, check out a half sun, half moon video tutorial by Trippydraws.
Solar Eclipse Painting
Technically speaking, the solar eclipse features both the sun and the moon. And you can paint the solar eclipse in two ways according to your skills as a painter.
If you’re a more advanced painter, you can paint a realistic-looking solar eclipse featuring the sunset-like sky that comes with it. On the other hand, for beginner and younger painters, a cartoonish solar eclipse is a better idea for you to paint.
For inspiration, check out this example of a solar eclipse painting on Fine Art America.
The Moon Inside the Sun
The most popular way of making this is by painting the sun split into two halves. The 3D version of this should have the sun looking like two hollow semi-spheres.
Then you can draw the moon inside the sphere. And again, this idea can also work by adding faces to the sun and moon.
For more information, here’s a painting of the moon inside the sun on Pinterest.
Abstract Sun and Moon Painting
Abstract painting allows you to step outside the box and assign the painting and its subjects your own meaning to them. This is a relatively personal form of painting that not everyone understands.
If you’re not feeling like painting another default painting of the sun and moon, try exploring abstract painting.
For an example of an abstract sun and moon painting, visit Artmajeur.
Tree Silhouette With the Sun and Moon
This is one of the prettiest and most captivating paintings on our list. For starters, tree silhouettes are always a win. And you can make the branches and leaves as detailed as you want.
On one side of the tree, you can have a few birds, the shining sun, and a generally cheery vibe associated with the daytime. And on the other side, you can paint an owl, the moon, and a starry sky.
To learn more about this fun project, here’s an example of a tree silhouette with the sun and moon on Pinterest.
Sun and Moon and Sunflowers
This is another painting idea with more than one implementation. The first one is drawing the sun and moon themselves as the sunflower. It’s sort of like the solar eclipse in the sense that the moon is placed in front of the sun as the center of the flower, and the sun’s rays shine behind the moon as the flower’s petals.
On the other hand, you can paint a sunflower field facing the bright sun and away from the moon. However, painting a field of sunflowers is a more laborious painting compared to the first idea.
For inspiration, check out this implementation of the sun and moon as a sunflower on Etsy.
Sun and Moon as Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang is an ancient Chinese symbol that, in summary, means that the universe is governed by a cosmic duality. It’s a beautiful concept that can easily be implemented as a painting using the sun and moon.
You can either paint the sun and moon as the black and white half-circles of the yin and yang symbol or leave the black and white and replace the two dots with the sun and moon.
For more, view this video tutorial of the sun and moon as yin and Yang by Benmarx Art.
Sun and Moon as Eyes
This painting is one of the more difficult ones on our list. Mainly because painting a symmetrical and coherent face is a slightly advanced skill.
However, if you’re a beginner and still want to paint this idea, you can paint more cartoonish facial features that tend to be more forgiving than realistic features. And then replace the eyes with the sun and moon.
Here’s an example of the sun and moon as eyes on ArtStation.
Sun and Moon in Water Reflection
This is also a more advanced painting. The general gist is drawing a body of water, usually a lake, with the sunset over it. But instead of having it reflect the colorful sun rays, the lake reflects the moon and a starry night.
To further decorate your painting, you can draw a simple forest or mountains on the horizon behind the lake.
If you’re interested in painting the sun and moon in water reflection, check out this painting on Wattpad.
Our list featured ideas of different difficulty levels. So whether you’ve just started painting or you’re more advanced, you’ll find ideas that spike your interest and are appropriate to your skill level.
For instance, some examples of the more straightforward paintings on our list are the Yin and Yang, half moon, half sun, and the quote art. However, more advanced ideas were the sun and moon water reflection and the sun and moon as eyes.