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Q: Can you tell us the blue you used at the start of ‘Sledding Hill’? It looks very transparent, and seems a little green.

Sledding Hill by Bill Inman

A: I started the painting by liberally brushing on Manganese Blue.

Sledding Hill Brushwork

Then I used a paper towel to wipe away paint until I had the base I wanted to start the painting with.

Sledding Hill Brushwork

Cerulean blue was on my palette for many years, but Manganese is slightly warmer and richer. It works beautifully for sunny skies.

Adding a bit of Ultramarine to the top portion of the sky can increase both the color temperature range and value contrasts which creates a fantastic darker lead-in to guide the viewer down to the center of interest.

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