Colorful Sunset Sky

We’ll begin with the sky. Since it provides the light for the entire painting it will influence the color in the rest of the piece, so we start there. My mixtures are as follows: #1 – MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White. #2 – MUD + more Alizarin Crimson + White. #3 – Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange + a touch of MUD + White. #4 – Cadmium Orange + a bit of MUD + White. #5. Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. #6 – Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. To learn more about the Double Primary Color Mixing System I use that Jack developed CLICK HERE!

The darkest clouds are painted first with Mixes #1 and #2. You may click on this, or any of the other images, to see enlargements.

Mixtures #3 and #4 are used for the Orange parts of the sky. Then some of #5 brightens the area around the setting sun.

The orb of the glowing sun is painted with the lightest mix, #6.

The most distant hills are combinations of MUD + Ultramarine Blue + White. Painting forward the closer ridge is covered with several mixes in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Some of the #4 mix is used to illuminate those trees highlighted by the setting sun.

The lower part of the mountain is painted with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue. This gives the impression of mist settling in behind the row of trees along the back edge of the meadow. The trees are made of mixes in a variety of combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White and Pthalo Blue + White.

An old fence hugs the base of the trees. A bit of mix #4 is used to indicate sunlight glimmering along the top rail.

We’ve got a good start! Hope you’ll come back and visit my studio to keep following the progress of Jeana’s Dream Cottage! With CyberSAFE Hugs,


2 Responses to “Colorful Sunset Sky”

  1. Lee Says:

    Love the landscapes! Very good approach.

  2. debbieflorez Says:

    So beautiful and as always thank you so much for sharing! I am learning so much from you!

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