Blue Sky Forever

SI4315 Step 5

I begin painting with the sky. My paint is all mixed and we’re ready to begin. #1. Cobalt Blue + White. #2. Pthalo Blue + White. #3. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Ultramarine Blue + White. #4. MUD + White. #5. Mix # 4 + Alizarin Crimson + White. If you’d like to learn more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System CLICK HERE.

VIDEO! I begin with the blue, using the darker #1 mix toward the top of the canvas. Mix #2 is reserved for the lower part of the sky. The clouds are painted over the blue. Working wet-into-wet keeps the edges of the clouds soft.

VIDEO! Highlights are added to the clouds with mixture #5. Then the horizon line of the ocean is dragged over the wet sky. Since the moisture in the atmosphere makes the horizon line fade, I show a simple method how to make it softer. This follows a basic rule to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Soft Edges Recede, Hard Edges Come Forward.

SI4315 Step 6

In painting the water my mixtures toward the horizon are made of Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White. The middle, transitional area is Ultramarine Blue + White. Moving closer to the foreground I use combinations of Pthalo Blue + a touch of Cadmium Orange + White.

SI4315 Step 7

The sky and water are complete. The ocean is a good example of another simple rule that gives depth to a painting: Dull Colors Go Back, Intense Brighter Colors Come Forward. Thank you for following along today, hope you’ll come back and visit our studio soon! Hugs,

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