|'Autumn Reverie' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Painting the autumn sky is fun but can be a bit tricky. The bright warm colors of fall foliage make such a statement. All of those brilliant reds, oranges and yellows can easily overpower a landscape painting. The sky shouldn't compete with the autumn show! Here are some ideas for effective autumn sky color:
- I love a quiet moody sky for an autumn landscape. Think about using dull neutral colors in lighter values. A pale gray violet sky or gray blue sky works well with the intense foliage colors.(see painting above)
- Try using complements for the sky color. A brilliant blue sky with orange trees is spectacular and really creates a sunny mood. Try a lavender sky for a soft moody contest with yellow trees.
- Avoid colors that might clash with the foliage color. For example it is tricky to use pink in the sky with fall foliage. I have always avoided it but I recently saw a sky in New Mexico with cotton candy pink clouds and orange/ yellow trees. I plan to paint them and try to make it work. (stay tuned)
- I usually like colors in the sky to be echoed somewhere in the landscape. Keep this idea in mind as you choose colors.
- Busy fall foliage works well with a quiet and simple sky. Remember that the viewer's eye needs somewhere to rest.