Painting the Sky, Barn and John Deere

We begin painting with the sky. There are two reasons for this….One, it’s the main source of light. Two, the sky is in back of everything else. Makes sense to do it first, then “Paint Forward” from there. Mountains, then trees, etc. My color is mixed and we’re ready to start. #1. White + a touch of Mix #2 + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange. #2. White + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). #3. White + Pthalo Blue + a smidge of Lemon Yellow. #4. White + Pthalo Blue. #5. White + Cobalt Blue. Just so you’ll know: Touch, Tiny Bit and Smidge are Jack White technical art terms!

The blue portion of the sky is done in three zones. The lightest mix (#3) is used nearest the horizon, #4 for the middle part and #5 for the darkest area at the top of the painting.

The shadows on the clouds are Mix #2 while the highlights are Mixture #1.

The most distant cloud is completed first, then I “Paint Forward” to finish the rest.

The hills in the background continue on to this painting from the companion piece. They are made with White + Ultramarine Blue. The coolness of this mixture makes them recede. Next the oak trees behind the barn are painted. Part of the cornfield extends behind the barn. My left hand is braced on the unpainted area of the canvas, providing a steady support for my right as I delineate the sunlit tassels on top of the cornstalks.


Another VIDEO DEMONSTRATION! Amanda’s Grandfather’s favorite John Deere Tractor.

Back to Adobe Photoshop……Looks like everything is lining up the way it’s supposed to. Please remember, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger. Thanks for visiting my online studio today! HUGS,

One Response to “Painting the Sky, Barn and John Deere”

  1. LouAnn Lubben Says:

    I love your color mixes, excellent advise, Mikki, thank you!

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