Weekly Painting Week 49- What color is the sky in your world? African Sunrise Painting

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Why is the sky blue? I had that question as a kid and only my Mom could give me an intelligent answer, something like this:

The blue color of the sky is due to Rayleigh scattering. As light moves through the atmosphere, most of the longer wavelengths pass straight through. Little of the red, orange and yellow light is affected by the air.

However, much of the shorter wavelength light is absorbed by the gas molecules. The absorbed blue light is then radiated in different directions. It gets scattered all around the sky. Whichever direction you look, some of this scattered blue light reaches you. Since you see the blue light from everywhere overhead, the sky looks blue.

As an artist, you must know that as you look closer to the horizon, the sky appears much paler in color. To reach you, the scattered blue light must pass through more air. Some of it gets scattered away again in other directions. Less blue light reaches your eyes. The color of the sky near the horizon appears paler or white.

Got it? Now when the next kid asks, you are ready!

I have painted the sky about every color there is, here is a sky with no blue at all. I used Azo red, Vermilion, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Red Light ( a very different color than cad red) and cadmium yellow. Then, thin streaks of white and various colors blended in for some variance. Use water or glazing medium to do this. Acrylic dries in the time it takes to run and get a drink, so the silhouetted figures can be painted on quickly. Painted for a good friend of ours, part two of this diptych next week.

Paints this week were from Lukas, who sells the paint in a squeeze bottle– excellent pigment and so inexpensive!! Also used Liquitex, great pigments as well.

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Weekly Painting Week 48 Silver Surfer in Monochrome Oil Painting

This monochrome painting came out a little too “mono”. The pthalo blue and white worked for about everything, but a little more contrast did the trick- pthalo turquoise behind the figure made it stand out. Other than that, blue is a great color for a monochromatic work. You can tint (add white) or tone (add black) to make several values of color. Good idea to start with a value scale, mix the colors and go from there. Silver Surfer, 11 x 14″ oil on canvas. silversurferfinal

 

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Weekly painting week 47: Skully Skully Night Apocolypse and Mystique Dyptich

Painting two or more paintings together? Just line them up and sketch/paint together to make sure the backgrounds match. Even if they are not displayed together this will visually connect the works. Two more comic works in oil, these are smaller, 11 x 14 each. My version of Mystique and Apocalypse from two different covers. Yellow ochre in the background sets off the Pthalo blue on Mystique and the Manganese blue on Apocalypse. Love the Gamblin Fastmatte paint!!Dries in about a day and you can mix with regular oils. 11 x 14″ each, oil on canvas.

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