Paint - Foreground
Phthalo Blue
Alizarin Crimson (perm)
Quinacridone GoldPaint - Sky
Permanent Rose
Cobalt BlueBrushes
1” Flat Brush
#2 Rigger Brush

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

© john lovett MMVIII

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 don’t have Phthalo Blue. Indian Yellow can be used in place of Quinacridone Gold. Rose Madder can replace Permanent Rose