I love skies and I have dozens of photos from many trips over the years. I have painted from these a few times in the past but I wanted to scale down to be able to experiment with the oil paints a bit and try and complete a piece in one sitting, or if not, only have to return to the work for a shorter time to tidy things up and perhaps apply a glaze. So for the ‘Sky Blue’ project, I kept the size to 6-8 inches in any direction (most were rectangular but there are a couple of square ones) – this also kept my reaction fresh each time.
All of the images are from my own photos. I did try doing one from a book but it didn’t work out, which led me to believe that the key to these is to keep them my own response; right from the point of producing and selecting source material.
Look out for more Sky Blues in 2012!
Sky Blue #1 : Newborough, Scotland – February 2009
Sky Blue #2 : Castleton, The Peak District, England – July 2009
Sky Blue #3 : Loch Sunart, Scotland – August 2011
Sky Blue #4 : Tasman Sea, from Bruce Bay, New Zealand – April 2004
Sky Blue #5 : Loch Fyne, Inverary, Scotland – November 2010
Sky Blue #6 : Wellington, New Zealnd – June 2005
Sky Blues #1-6