Teton Sky

VIDEO! The basic plan of my commission is sketched up on the canvas and I begin applying color in the sky. I “Paint Forward”, in other words I work from the background to the foreground. Sky first, then mountains, distant trees, barn and so on until I get to the foreground.


The awesome line of the Tetons is now painted over the wet sky. Painting wet-into-wet enables me to make the edges soft so the mountains will recede.


Sunlight streams over the jagged mountain tops.


Our colors are mixed for the trees all decked out in their fall foliage. The color recipes are: #1. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. #2. White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. #3. Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #4. Three shades of MUD + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a little Cadmium Orange + White. #5. Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #6. Two mixes of White + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange. If you’d like to know more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System that Jack developed CLICK HERE.


The most distant trees are painted with mixes #2 and #3. The field is made with #6. You may click on the image to see it larger.


The warmer mixtures #4 and #5 are reserved for the trees that are closer to the barn and foreground. Juxtaposed against the cooler trees in the background makes them come forward.


The Tetons are complete. We’ll be working on the barn in our next session. Hope you come back for the barn raising! HUGS,

2 Responses to “Teton Sky”

  1. Mary Duncan Says:

    Love this!!!

  2. Richard MacDowell Says:

    Simply beautiful !!

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