I’m happy with the results of the sky above, which is ironic because I thought this painting was a lost cause. This is what it looked like:
In an effort to capture the saturated blue of the sky (with a hint of purple), I had previously used several colors (including cadmium red and ultramarine) and the above was the result. It was too purple, and too dark. It looked like a cloudy day.
I didn’t give up. I removed a lot of the paint by wetting it and soaking it up with the brush, and also blotting with a paper towel. Then I added cerulean blue on top. It was this layering of the colors that helped achieve the blue I was looking for. I don’t think the cerulean alone would have worked as well.
I also painted clouds and highlights with white gouache. I’ve been using white gouache for the foam of the ocean for a while but only recently have I been using it in my skies. I’m loving the results. Just shows that you gotta push through the ugly stage!
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2 thoughts on “Capturing the Bluest Blue Sky”
It’s cool that you managed to save the painting, and with such a lovely result! The difference between the original purple and the new blue-er sky made a great difference in the atmosphere of the picture. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! Yes it did change the weather of the day 🌞