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Compose A Summer Sky For Atmosphere, Distance & Movement

Simple Techniques Used Well For A Sophisticated Effect


  • Compose rather than copy
  • Combining basic techniques for a sophisticated look
  • Learning to work quickly

About This Lesson

This lesson uses basic techniques combined together and worked quickly for a great summer skyscape.This one is a summer vista where we’ll paint lot’s of distance and try to capture the feel of warm bright sunlight.   At the same time, we’ll emphasize the sky and the arching clouds.

Often times, the sky is simply a backdrop for the rest of the landscape. In this scene, the sky takes more than an equal share of attention.

The strength of this painting is not in the techniques, but a composition that features the clouds in a way that creates the sense atmosphere and distance.

What you’ll need:

  • Brushes – 1 1/2″ Flat, Medium Round, Small Round, and Cotman #3 Rigger .
  • Colors – Perm. Alizarin Crimson, Raw Sienna, Ultramarine Blue , Cobalt Blue, Lemon Yellow
  • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press cut to about 8″ x 8″ or so


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