Blue Sky, Distant Trees


OK, Let’s get to painting! My sky mixes are: #1. White + Pthalo Blue + a touch of Lemon Yellow. #2. White + Pthalo Blue. #3. White + Pthalo Blue + Cobalt Blue. #4. White + Cobalt Blue. #5. Two shades of White + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). #6. Mix #5 + more White.


The darkest blue mix, #4, is used at the top of the sky. The blues are made increasing lighter as I move down toward the horizon, close to the trees and barn. That portion of the sky around the top of the barn is made with mixture #1. The soft green will make the red of the barn appear brighter. White spots are left in the field of blue so I can determine the pattern of the clouds.


The shadows of the soft clouds are blocked in first. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.


Sun pours into the painting from the upper right. Highlights on the clouds are painted wet-into-wet with mix #6.


The trees behind the barn are painted with cool greens mixed from various proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD + White. A few brush strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made here and there for additional coolness.


A row of Crepe Myrtles bring a surprise of soft color by the barn. Mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White and Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White are used for these beautiful summer bloomers.


Tall trees in the pasture to the left of the barn are made with warmer greens so they jump in front of the cooler ones behind the barn. Mixes of Pthalo Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD + White are used. This follows a simple rule that helps to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward.


The tall trunks are highlighted and that’s it for today. The barn will be painted next, hope you’ll come back to watch! HUGS,

3 Responses to “Blue Sky, Distant Trees”

  1. Jeana Says:

    Fabulous. Love the barn and the purple trees 👍

  2. Janet Zeh Says:

    Just beautiful. I love this one!

  3. jason savas Says:


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