How to paint a Dramatic Sunset Sky in Watercolor. Just 3 colors. Peter Sheeler

How to paint a Dramatic Sunset Sky in Watercolor. Just 3 colors. Peter Sheeler
A Dramatic Sunset watercolour demonstration based on a impressive, swirling sky I had watched the night before.

PAPER: Size- 5″x7″
Arches 1401b HOT PRESS Paper for this Video.
My papers of choice include Arches 140lb Hot press and Cold press paper and Strathmore 500 series Sketchbooks. All are 100% cotton rag.

For beginners, I recommend starting with a high quality paper and experimenting with different types. As your style develops, you’ll get a feel for which type is best. Waiting to switch to a better quality paper later will be much like learning to paint all over again.

MY PALETTE: All tube paints!

Winsor Newton- Yellow Ochre, Sepia, Burnt Sienna, Winsor Red, Davy’s Gray, Ultramarine, Sap Green.
DaVinci – Phthalo Blue, Quinachridone Fuchsia, Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Deep.
A note on Davy’s Gray: I rarely use this pigment straight and when using it I usually mix it with each colour used.

PAINT PALETTE::
The palette is the mixing tray from a “Koi” Watercolour travel set. The colours are set up so the ones I mix together most often are close together.
The paints are squeezed onto slips of paper and then stuck to the palette. This makes replacing or changing colours quick and easy.

BRUSH:

A Curry’s Brand 3/8 inch flat brush
I often use inexpensive brushes because several of my techniques are quite abusive.
Whenever the brush disappears from the screen it is either being wiped off or rinsed.

REFERENCE IDEAS: come from my imagination/memory, my own photos or by painting on location.
I rarely draw what I see. I tend to draw what I wanted to see. If I use a reference photo, I prefer to look at it on my phone screen, nothing bigger. I’m not looking for a scene to paint, I’m looking for an idea to paint. Once I begin drawing I’ll go for several minutes before I check the reference. Sometimes, once I’ve stared, I never refer to the reference again.

I am currently unable to overlay an image of the reference photo as I don’t have the proper software. As well, I haven’t room on my current set up to simply display a photo on the work surface.

Music by Jason Shaw, http://ift.tt/zeXWBp
via YouTube http://youtu.be/SMUF-u45lWs

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