Sunday, March 18, 2012

More Big Sky Paintings...

More sky-centered paintings on the go... I've become braver and switched to quarter-sheet paper now, and using my 2" and 1" flats for the majority of this stage. What I found out is that sable flats have so much more characteristics while doing the initial wet-in-wet washes -- they release water with a more even rate, and deposit pigments slowly, giving the painter more control when the paper is soaking wet. However, the synthetic flats tend to leave interesting color "streaks" when carrying a denser mixture of pigments, which can create some nice effects when painting water or texturize foreground areas. 

South Wind, Watercolor on Arches #140 Cold Press Paper , 11"h x 15"w, WIP 1

I used mostly sable flats for the rainy clouds in the sky, but switched to synthetic flats and rounds for the foreground areas. I also tilted the paper to make color run down in diagonal directions to hint storm coming...

Stormy Weather, Watercolor on Arches #140 Cold Press Paper , 11"h x 15"w, WIP 1


  1. Really beautiful . . . you're inspiring me. :)

  2. I have been wanting to paint skies too! I love these Arena. :) So wet and wonderfully watercolor.

  3. Arena, these are wonderful, broody and stormy cloudscapes.

  4. This outstanding! Thanks for joining my blog, I will be checking on here frequently for news on your blog. So far, so GREAT!

  5. These are really nice! I'm wanting to see some things on the horizon.


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