Fundamentals of Painting Dynamic Skies in Oil with Michael King

February 28, 2021


Join painter and art instructor Michael King for an overview of the fundamental aspects of painting dynamic skies in oils! This demo shows how easy it is to paint interesting skies using two main principles – value and colour temperature. By painting a scene live, Michael will dive into how to simplify a scene, the importance of using variation in your values and colour temperature and why brushstrokes are so essential to establishing movement and feeling when depicting skies. Perfect for anyone looking to boost their knowledge of painting skies; beginners and experienced painters alike!


Michael’s Materials 

Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors 

Cerulean Blue Hue

Cobalt Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Hansa Yellow Medium


Titanium White

Low Odour Solvent such as Opus Essential Odourless Solvent, Winsor & Newton Sansodor, or Gamblin Gamsol (if you still have some!)

Long, Flat synthetic bristle brushes such as DaVinci Grigio (Flat) or Princeton Aspen (Flat) Brushes

Canvas or board as the painting surface




Michael is a contemporary Canadian painter and art instructor based in Port Coquitlam. He works primarily as an oil painter and is known for soft plein air landscapes, modern still lifes, and portraiture. With an eye for how light, shadow, and colour temperature form the fundamental elements of a scene, King’s practice blends representation with Impressionistic aesthetics.



February 28, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm