Paint your own dramatic sky


Paint your own dramatic sky - Stage 5...last stage!!

September 15, 2014 Julie Dumbarton

When dry, start with magenta - still using the smaller brush.  With a tiny bit of paint on the end of your brush, start to break up the middle of the orange cloud, so it's purple at the top, orange and then your newly applied magenta.  Go back to your orange paint and paint over the orange again to bring together the magenta and the purple.  As you are applying the paint use a crossing motion with your brush that blends the colours, creating a good cloud effect.  Keep adding little bits of orange into the magenta.  As you approach...


Paint your own dramatic sky - Stage 4

September 15, 2014 Julie Dumbarton

Once dry, again using the small, stiff brush, start with the dark purple/  Add a little bit of varnish to it and add purple to the top of the canvas, starting to break up the orange cloud.  On your palette mix a little white in with your purple and add the lighter purple along the bottom edge of the dark purple and then leave to dry. See the video -   


Paint your own dramatic sky - Stage 3 (be brave!)

September 15, 2014 Julie Dumbarton

Once dry, this is the good but - but you have to be brave, we'll start to add some strong colours!  Starting with cadmium orange, working in the opposite direction to the sweep, we are going to create some clouds.  Using the little brush and small brush strokes, work downwards filling the middle of the canvas with the orange.  Along the top of the orange, toward the top of the canvas, follow the edge of the orange with magenta.  It will look basic at this stage.  Wipe your brush to remove all paint, try not to clean it as a brush...


Paint your own dramatic sky - Stage 2

September 15, 2014 Julie Dumbarton

Once dry use a stiff, smaller brush and start with magenta.  Add straight to the canvas, cover the top of the canvas and then follow the sweep down toward the horizon line.  Add a light, flesh colour or pink around the edge of the sweep, adding just a tiny bit of paint and then merge in with the magenta whilst still following the sweep.  Add more of the flesh colour in the middle to the sweep to create light, and then directly underneath that add more flesh to look like a reflection.  Watch video number 2  (apologies for the bad...


Paint your own dramatic sky - Stage 1

September 15, 2014 Julie Dumbarton

Start with your prussion blue, if working in oils use a tiny bit of varnish or turps to loosen the paint.  Using a large brush cover the canvas with the blue - it should have a good, dark covering - try to use brush strokes in different directions.  While wet, apply the light blue along the horizon line and then create a sweeping motion up into the top, left hand corner.  A tiny bit of light blue should be able to do all this.  Try not to mix it in too much (so brush strokes are still visible). Video demo...