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DVD Worksheet 

Paint - Foreground
Phthalo Blue
Alizarin Crimson (perm)
Quinacridone Gold

Paint - Sky
Permanent Rose
Cobalt Blue

1Ē Flat Brush
#2 Rigger Brush

1/4 sheet
Cold Pressed
Old Towel to wipe
your brushes on
Paper towel

© john lovett MMVIII

Simple Skies 1 - Transparent Graded wash

This demonstration shows a really simple way to paint an effective, atmospheric sky. Permanent Rose and Cobalt Blue are both transparent non staining colors. Glazed over one another they produce beautiful luminous washes


  • Intensity
    Transparent non staining colors can be built up wash over wash over wash, so err on the side of weakness, you can always go back and build up the intensity

  • Edges
    Don't forget to vary the edges against the sky when you put your foreground in.

  • Slope
    Tilting your work surface slightly will help you make nice even gradations. Around 1:6 is steep enough.

  • Substitute Colors
    Prussian or Windsor blue can be used if you donít have Phthalo Blue. Indian Yellow can be used in place of Quinacridone Gold. Rose Madder can replace Permanent Rose