Sun Warmed Clouds

SL9714 Step 6

My paint is laid out and I’m ready to begin. The standard colors and brands I use are shown above. You can click on the picture to see it larger. If you would like to learn more about our Double Primary Palette CLICK HERE.

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I start with the blue of the sky. #1. Pthalo Blue + a tiny touch of Lemon Yellow + White. #2. Pthalo Blue + White. #3. Cobalt Blue + White. The area where each mixture meets is blended so the transition across the entire sky is smooth.

SL9714 Step 8

 Now for the sun warmed clouds. My color mixtures are as follows. #1. The highlights of the clouds are Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson + a touch of Ultramarine Blue + White. #2. The middle value is made of Alizarin Crimson + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. #3. The darkest clouds are MUD + White. Since the sun is coming from the left those wispy clouds on that side are made lighter and warmer. The clouds are painted wet-into-wet over the blue sky which allows me to keep the edges soft.

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The clouds provide a dark backdrop for the white crosses on top of the mission. “Painting Forward” from the sky the most distant mountain is made bluer so it will recede. This follows a simple rule that helps to give the impression of depth in a painting: Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward. Each mountain layer is made progressively warmer as it comes closer to the Mission.

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The lowering sun warms the trees on the closest mountain. They look a little bright right now but when the flowers in the foreground are added the color will calm down. Large pine trees surrounding the Mission are made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White mixed in various proportions.

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The cedar tree behind the statue of St. Francis will be painted later, after the Mission is complete. Thank you for following along today. Hope to see you again soon. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


One Response to “Sun Warmed Clouds”

  1. Lynne Wesolowski Says:

    Mikki, you are just amazing. I have never painted in oils, hardly even acrylics. However, I’m sure if I just try to follow along with your daily blogs I would be such a better painter in your technique! I should try to just get the colors and relationships you develop and it would improve my work to no end.

    Regards to Jack — you’re a real great pair!

    Lynne Wesolowski

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