How to Paint A Blue Sky With Watercolors

Thanks to Jerry’s Artarama and Wilson Bickford for this great lesson on how to paint a blue sky with watercolors.

Here are the tools Wilson Bickford is using for this painting:

Brush: 2″ Hake (goat hair)

Paint colors: Ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, cadmium red deep (raw sienna makes an appearance at the end when Wilson shows you what the sky looks like with trees in front of it)

Paper: 140-lb Arches (which is sold in blocks. The paper Wilson is using is still on the block. Don’t remove it before you start painting–it will buckle!)

Pencil (he doesn’t say, but probably 2H or HB. Nothing too dark–I’d stay away from anything softer than 2B)


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