May 19, 2023
Today I worked on lightening the sky near the horizon. My friend, Bill Decker, reminded me of a technique found in Pelle Soeborg’s “Mountain to Desert” soft cover book for Kalmbach Publishing. It was decided to use 5 colors and not include pure white. 28 ounce containers were cheap at Dollar Tree. The 3″ rollers were cheapest at Ace Hardware. The rest of the items came from Amazon. 5 brushes were used, not the 4 in the photo.
Paint and extender was mixed with a drill powered stirrer in each container.
I’m very happy with the results for most of the backdrop. The last section I did needs some work. I believe that the blending brushes were getting too loaded with paint or I was just tired. 135′ were painted. Using the latex paint extender gave me plenty of time and I did 12′ sections at a time. This meant fewer transitions where each section met.
The 28 ounces of each color will be WAY MORE than the 550′ of backdrop I need to paint. Overall, this was a great way for a non-artist to paint the sky.