Paint A Late Winter Sky In Watercolor

Loose Handling Of Basic Techniques Creates A Sky With Light and Atmosphere

Watercolor is the PERFECT medium for creating great looking skies in your paintings.  The key is to handle it well – meaning handling it loosely and giving the water and the color their freedom.

The dominant texture in both sky and cloud is SOFT. It is easy to get soft texture with the two basic watercolor painting techniques. This lesson shows how to combine both for great skies and great clouds.

As a bonus, we’ll work on getting the warm glow of evening light in the clouds.

painting of trees with autumn leaves

What You’ll Learn

  • How to combine two basic techniques for soft-textured skies
  • Loosening up by letting the medium ‘speak’
  • Creating warm light on evening clouds

Paint It!

This lesson is about painting a sky, but it is also valueable practice with those two fundamental techniques which can and should be used for many subjects and scenes – Wet-In-Wet and Dry-In-Wet. 

Even though these are easy techniques, many folks have difficulty working with enough water to make the wet-in-wet and dry-in-wet work well.  Since the lesson and the result rely mostly a very loose and fluid wet-in-wet technique you’ll know immediately if you haven’t gotten it quite right.  You’ll know for sure if you have one or more of  these undesirable problems:  streaks, blooms, or mud. 

It takes practice to develop the willingness and confidence to give up some control of the medium. But the results are worth the risk.  Keep at it!

What You’ll Need

  • Brushes – Large, Medium and Small Round Brushes
  • Colors – Cadmium Red, Cobalt Blue, Raw Sienna
  • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press