STEP 7 Painting the Sky

Just a quick lesson before I actually start painting. Jack and I use a palette he developed called a Double Primary Palette. In the photo above the colors are laid out. From left to right they are as follows.

  1. Liquin ( an alkyd base product that makes the oil paints dry faster)
  2. MUD = Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson ( a deep purple)
  3. Ultramarine Blue (warm blue)
  4. Pthalo Blue (cool blue)
  5. Alizarin Crimson (cool red)
  6. Cadmium Red Light (warm red)
  7. Cadmium Yellow Medium (warm yellow)
  8. Hansa Lemon Yellow (cool yellow)
  9. White

These are the base colors I use in all of my paintings and always put them on my palette in the same order. Just as in typing where the keys are always in the same place. I mix all the colors in my paintings from these basic three primaries, a warm and cool blue, a warm and cool red, a warm and cool yellow. By using only pure primary colors for my mixtures the paintings have a vibrancy not found when using premixed paints which have fillers and binders.

My paintings begin with the sky. Light comes from the sky in nature, it will influence the rest of the painting.  A morning sky is cool, while a sunset warms the landscape. I chose to make this a bright, sunny day because I want the azure water of the Portofino Harbor to sparkle. When up on the ladder I use an arm palette (in my left hand) to put my sky mixtures on. This definitely saves climbing up and down to get the paint from my regular palette.

For more information on my paintings please visit . Have a great evening and hope to see you tomorrow.

One Response to “STEP 7 Painting the Sky”

  1. Nadejda Says:

    Mikki,Thank You very much for share a very worth information for artists!

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