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

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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


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John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      



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