Custom Order / Living Room Painting Art Paintings Acrylic Paintings XL / Extra LARGE Wall Art Canvas Home Decor by LDawningScott 36 x 36″

Custom Order / Living Room Painting Art Paintings Acrylic Paintings XL / Extra LARGE Wall Art Canvas Home Decor by LDawningScott 36 x 36″


Sonderanfertigung / Wohnzimmer Malerei Gemälde Acryl-Gemälde

Learning to paint daytime skies is a must for landscape artists. Skies is almost always the first step in a landscape, cityscape or any painting, except of course your scene will not have a sky. Skies puts the overall mood in a painting and should be carefully thought out.

Spend time thinking about what you want your painting to express. Often, the sky in my paintings takes more time than anything else. One of the things I've learned is that my least favorite color to use in a daytime sky is pure blue! If you are thinking about it, how exciting, mysterious or active is a light blue sky? Spend time looking at photos or other paintings - look behind the clouds and try to understand what the artist wanted you to feel like the goal of the painting.

You probably ask, "What color should I use for a daytime sky if it's not blue?" The answer is to use a small amount of blue, but add other colors to it. Mix it with purple, burnt saws, yellow ocher, yellow, white, orange or red. Be careful when mixing yellow in a blue sky, because if you are not careful you will end up with a green sky and will probably not be very happy.

When you have decided what you want your daytime sky to look like, think about where your horizon line will be and lightly sketch it with soft charcoal. A painting is usually more interesting if your horizon is not the center of death for the painting.

There are several techniques for painting skis, but if you are just running - let's keep what I think is the easiest. Wet the sky in canvas with liquid gesso. Gesso is just liquid white color. Although this is still wet and starts at the top, add the color (s) you use to the brush. Use cross-sections and work your way down to the horizon. Skies are usually easier near the horizon. Be careful not to start too dark or in the daytime, the scene may become an evening scene. I like the criss cross stroke method because you mix the colors directly on the canvas. It creates variation in the colors. You can always cross the area with a clean brush with horizontal strokes to blend if a milder sky is what you prefer. Another tip I like is to keep the outer edges of the sky darker than the center. This technique draws the viewer's eye in the middle of the painting.