Afternoon Sky

We’ll begin by painting the sky, it is the source of light and therefore influences the rest of the piece. Let’s make it about 6 PM on a summer afternoon. Two shades of blue are mixed, Ultramarine Blue + White and Pthalo Blue + White. The lower two mixtures are for the clouds, MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White and MUD + Cadmium Red Light + White. To learn more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System CLICK HERE.

The blue part of the sky is painted first. The areas directly under the arches where the bulk of the Bougainvillea will be are left uncovered. The lighter mixture of Pthalo Blue + White is used closer to the horizon line. The darker Ultramarine Blue is used toward the top of the arches where the dome of the sky extends overhead. Then the darker cloud color is painted over the blue. Painting wet-into-wet softens the edges of the clouds, making them fall into the distance.

The warm highlights are now lightly dragged over the dark part of the clouds giving them a fluffy appearance.

I use a couple of special colors for the Bougainvillea draped over the arches. Magenta and Permanent Rose are two colors we just can’t mix with our Double Primary Palette. The flower colors Magenta + White and Magenta + Permanent Rose + White are painted first (#1). Then I work the leaves around the Bougainvillea blossoms (#2). Painting in this sequence keeps the flower color crisp and clean. If the leaves were done to begin with, my brush would pick up some of the green as I paint the flowers. This would muddy the Magenta and Permanent Rose. Have a wonderful evening and hope to see you tomorrow. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


2 Responses to “Afternoon Sky”

  1. mjspringett Says:

    Lovely work, thanks MJ

  2. Kathy Leigh Berkowitz Says:

    Beautiful 🙂

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