Hi charlotte i would paint skies with whatever medium you are starting with oil based watermedia or dry medium all can be used to paint any subject i started with acrylics and evolved into oils later both are great. Learn how to paint the sky and clouds using acrylic paints in this free video art lesson expert sandra scheetz wise contact wwwsandrascheetzwisecom bio sandra scheetz wise is an acrylic . The best way to learn how to paint skies and clouds is to look up before beginning spend as much time as you can observing the sky take reference photos make notes and sketch cloud formations. How to paint skies with watercolor i w atercolor is a fast and effective medium for rendering skies it allows the artist to play with gradients of color and value and hard and soft edges. Painting skies is also the best way to learn how watercolour behaves and there is a large section at the start of the book that explains the techniques you need to produce a broad range of effects including a stormy sky a summer sky an evening glow a sunset and low cloud
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