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Watercolor Skies


Blue Wave #11 by Eileen McKenna

Blue Wave #11

Prints available at

When I first started painting my seascapes, the skies were simple blue gradations, with the lightest blue closest to the horizon. With each seascape painting I started playing a bit more with the sky – trying to achieve the perfect sky blue, adding other colors as a glow on the horizon, adding a bit of texture for clouds.

Then I did two painting with gray cloudy skies, which were a lot of fun.

Surf Camp 1 by Eileen McKenna

Surf Camp 1

Surf Camp 2 by Eileen McKenna

Surf Camp 2

Now more often than not, I’m adding colors and texture to my skies, like in these recent paintings.

Watercolor Seascape "November 1" by Eileen McKenna

November 1 by Eileen McKenna

Watercolor Seascape "November 2" by Eileen McKenna

November 2 by Eileen McKenna

I’m still striving to find the perfect mix of blue for “sky blue,” especially to capture those bright blue sky, summer days.

I even searched online for “best watercolor blue for the sky” and found a great post on Scratchmade Journal by Tonya, who experimented and discovered,
“almost any combination of blues can be used to create a realistic sky in watercolor, but no single blue worked well alone.”

See all my seascape paintings and compare the skies at Prints of my seascapes are available on watercolor paper or canvas, in many sizes including the new “mini” canvas 11″ x 14.”


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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Watercolor Artist, seascape painter, collector of creative inspiration. Sign up for my newsletter! Want to learn watercolor? Visit:

11 thoughts on “Watercolor Skies

  1. The water and sky look so real! Love the top one!

  2. Love these! The simple blue sky in the first is gentle and serene, but as you add detail & try different color combos, the skies come alive. And the gray stormy skies have a lot of personality.

  3. WOW! amazingly beautiful paintings! ~amy @

  4. You’re so talented. Beautiful.😀

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