Ultramarine Blue
Alizarin Crimson (perm)
Quinacridone Gold
Cobalt Blue

1” Flat Brush
1/4” Flat Brush
1” Bristle Brush
3” Hake Brush
#2 Rigger Brush

1/4 sheet
Cold Pressed

Old Towel to wipe
your brushes on
Paper towel
Masking Tape

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Wash Feather and Blot

This is a slightly more complicated sky, but also more predictable and easier to control.


  • Lost edges
    Pay attention to the edges, some areas require hard, definite edges, while elsewhere, soft, lost edges are needed.

  • Ultramarine Blue
    Using Ultramarine Blue (a sedimentary non staining color) rather than Phthalo Blue (a strong transparent stain) means we can easily lift the dry pigment off for the light areas on the foreground buildings.

  • Hake Brush
    Have an old towel handy to keep your hake brush as dry as possible when you feather out the sky.

  • Cobalt Blue 
    WashThe Cobalt Blue wash placed over the lower area of the sky is a great way of pushing the sky back into the distance.A Permanent Rose wash can be used in a similar manner to pull foregrounds forward. The transparency of Cobalt Blue and Permanent Rose mean all the underlying detail and subtlety will not be lost. Let these washes dry thoroughly before working over them.

  • Substitute Colors
    Indian Yellow can be used in place of Quinacridone Gold.


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