Hi Alison, Barb and Bob..so glad you came in for a peek. And thank you for your kind words.
Alison I hope you do give it a go and when ya do I'd love to see if my tips worked.
Barb, it's really funny because honestly it is painless, once you get into the feel of it you just kind of go with the flow..hahaha no pun intended.
- I've actually come up against that myself.
Hmm okay let's see, I wish I could see what you're seeing, size is important too, what area you have to recover, but, first off if your clouds are set, well defined, this makes it harder to repaint a background color, so if you can "mask" those clouds that would be 1 possibility, but if they're not well defined that might not work so well. Any masking fluid should work, not just for watercolors..lol
If you don't have a problem with covering them and redoing them then the next suggestion could be the quickest and easiest way to give the background some gradation.
From your horizon I'd use the Ce Blue with just a touch of white, better still if you have a mixing white, that doesn't change the color only lightens it. At this point I wouldn't try and go too light but be satisfied with even a subtle difference. Even just Ce Blue with Ultra.
Okay there is this "double loading" a brush that I use on occasion.
Basically you are laying two colors at once and they intermingle in the middle as you drag the brush across a surface. Depending on the size of your piece this could be an option.
1.with a flat head, fairly wet brush, not tooo wet tho, load one side with Ce blue, the other with Utra drag it just slightly on your palette to get the colors to mixing a bit.(but don't look to mix your colors, keep brush straight, equal pressure so bristles hit the surface the same way)
2. Ce Blue towards horizon, Utra towards zenith drag your brush as far as it will go. You can go back and forth but be steady not starting at another point eventually you're brush will dry so you'll be feathering the color but
don't use the brush if too dry.
3. Here you should have your dividing line of sorts but better then one stroke at a time, go in and blend, (at this point thin layers works best) where you might see that the bristles have skipped. Should say a soft brush does best with this. And size well that depends on the size of your work.
4 You should just be able to continue with a thin layer of Ultra and not have too many skip lines, but if you do just blend with water or with whatever else you work with. For me the water works best.
Okay here's what it looks like with a single stroke and a double loaded brush. My Ultra Marine all gone and arriving soon I hope but this is just to give you some idea. Used whatever colors I had up on palette.
Now that's two back and forth passes, but you can go back in like I said and blend it in better, light touch semi wet brush otherwise you'll lift the paint, but should give you less of a demarcation line. You actually only have to do this I'm thinking where you want your subtle shift in color. The problem really lies with how big your work is. I wish I could see it, can you post a photo. Anyway you can repeat this even on a big surface but you have to match up your stokes, starting from one end to the other the best but
maybe you can fudge the process so it'll work for you.
Wish I could offer you more but I hope maybe this might help some.
To be honest if all else fails I can't see any harm in leaving it all Ultramarine blue, that should look fantastic with Poppies.
Before you do anything tho play with it on a piece of paper takes just a little getting use to, if you decide to go this route. Let me know how you make out please and would really love to see the piece.