|Sky Wash 6|
(The Mill on Kneeton Road)
Watercolour on Paper
28cm x 19cm (11" x 7.5")
This sky is based on a Terry Harrison sky from his Improve Your Trees in Watercolour programme on the Painting and Drawing Channel.
Terry wet the paper, loaded the brush with French Ultramarine Blue and then created a graded wash by painting horizontal stripes from the top without adding any more pigment. The intensity of the wash faded as his brush ran out of paint.
When the sky was still wet, he added a grey mixture to suggest the shadows at the bottom of the clouds and then created the cloud shapes by blotting them with a paper towel.
The graded wash technique that Terry used is different to the technique I used in Wash Swatches. I think the method from the swatches provides a better approach to get a smooth colour transition, but Terry's technique gives more time to work on the clouds before the sky dries.
The foreground is the mill on Kneeton Road seen from across the fields.