5 simple tips for painting beautiful skies

Oil painting of a sky

Skies are one of the most beautiful things you can witness in nature, and are often a great source of inspiration for artists – but how do you paint them with oils?

Oil painting materials

The brushes used here combine the silkiness of traditional synthetic brushes with the firmer feel of hog bristles. The rounded edges offer a softer application. The primed boards have a good absorbency.

Paints: Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable oil colours
Rosemary & Co Ivory Filberts (0,1,2,3,4,7) and Ivory Riggers (0,2)
MDF board primed with three coats of Winsor & Newton acrylic gesso

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Originally from Belgium, Valérie has lived in the UK for the past 11 years. She works mainly in oils and enjoys working plein air.