Painting Expressive Skies

English landscape painter John Constable (1776-1837) called the sky the “principle instrument for expressing sentiment.” Lively and ever changing, the sky is ideally suited for the dynamic qualities of watercolor. With just a few simple techniques, you can find numerous ways to express yourself with a variety of skies.

See more of Willenbrink’s paintings of dramatic skies at right, below. Then check out these links to step-by-step demonstrations of his his process.

Watercolor Demonstration: Painting a Dramatic Sky
Watercolor Demonstration: Painting a Snowy Sky


Watercolor artist and instructor Mark Willenbrink  demonstrates his technique for painting dramatic clouds and skies in the October issue of Watercolor Artist.

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