Colorful Sky

Here are my mixes for the colorful sky: #1. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. #2. MUD + a touch of Ultramarine Blue + White. #3. Three shades of Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD + White. #4. A couple of mixes of Alizarin Crimson + MUD + a bit of Cadmium Red Light + White. #5. Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange + a tiny amount of Alizarin Crimson + White. #6. Mix #5 + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

The darkest clouds are blocked in first with Mixes #1 and #2. Then I begin adding the brighter color with the two shades of #4.

Blues are added into the clouds in the upper part of the sky. Even though it’s setting behind the tower on the left, mixes #5 and #6 are used to indicate the glow in the sky from the sun.

The shadow of Venice in the distance is painted with mixes of Pthalo Blue + MUD + Cadmium Orange + White. Some of that color is extended down into the water that we then begin painting with the darker shades remaining from the sky.

The Basilica and the buildings around it are made with mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute was built as a thanks or offering to the Virgin Mary against the plague which had taken almost a third of the Venice’s population in 1630.

It’s fun adding the lights lining the canal along the distant shore and the base of the Basilica. The ones in the background are made cooler with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue. Those closer are White + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Reflections from the lights are pulled straight down into the wet paint of the water below. That finishes us up for today. I appreciate you reading my blog, please feel free to ask questions! With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs,

4 Responses to “Colorful Sky”

  1. Bonnie Austin Says:

    This is going to be beautiful!

  2. uraniaperez Says:

    Mikki, Thanks so much for sharing the mixes you use for the incredibly colorful skies!! I would keep this info for my next colorful sky painting.

    I enjoy a lot reading all your post. Do you have a page in Facebook? I do have a page in FB with my paintings. My name is Urania Perez1 in FB.

    Thanks or gracias!

    Urania Pérez, Spanish In Seattle, Educator and Spanish Instructor 206-484-4282

  3. Lorraine Coetzee Says:

    Wow you are so so talented! Thanks for sharing your talent.

  4. Carolina Murphy Says:

    Beautiful! I cannot wait to learn how to paint water with you.

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