Learn To Paint Dramatic Skies
Basic skills and techniques for painting five different dramatic skies
In this course, you’ll learn easy steps to creating impressive skies in watercolor.
Skies and watercolor make a perfect partnership. Wetting the paper and dropping in bold, expressive blues, grays, and purples, then letting the paint run and flow, results in the most amazing atmospheric skies.
Watch a step-by-step demonstration that will teach you how to paint five different types of skies — from a warm sunset to a stormy dramatic sky. Among other things, you’ll discover how to tilt the paper and let the painting paint itself.
The techniques you’ll learn in this course are:
- Basic wash skies
- Variegated wash
- Using the spray bottle
- Lifting clouds with a paper towel
- Mixing gray clouds
- Negative painting around clouds
By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and basic knowledge to paint five different types of skies. This will give you confidence to paint any of them when you start creating landscapes.
This course is for beginners or anyone who wants a refresher on techniques used to paint skies.
Let's go paint some skies!
As a native of San Diego and graduate of San Diego State University, I have been painting and exhibiting my work for more than 30 years throughout Southern California. The bold lines, fluid shapes, and my color palette are influenced by my father’s paintings and my degree in graphic design.
My work is inspired by the idea of capturing that emotional and visceral response we feel when we see a beautiful but fleeting image—a moment of color, intensity, movement, and expression that stays with us long after.
While known for my representational and abstract work, my love is for portraits, and I have been honored with awards that include Best in Show for Cowboy at the San Dieguito Off Track Gallery and the Logan Award and Golden Award for Maasai Boy at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s 34th International Show.
For over a decade, I have been running workshops and juried watercolor shows in the San Diego area while teaching all levels of watercolor painting at a local community college and in my studio in Encinitas, CA. I find tremendous satisfaction in teaching and love seeing my students, improve, gain confidence, and express themselves through watercolor.