Today, my head was in the clouds! We'll sort of, I drew the cloud shapes onto the canvas with chalk and then painted in the blue sky with cerulean blue + white near the bottom then cobalt blue + white higher up. You'll notice that closer to the horizon the blue is warmer and lighter. For the clouds I used cobalt blue, cerulean blue, quinacridone red, white and transparent red iron oxide to grey it down. I painted clouds from several photo references taken this summer. I have to be careful while driving as the ditch has hit my car twice now while 'seeing' paintings out the window!
Painting clouds can be daunting with all the different values and tones not to mention endless edges. I find keeping it simple and a little more impressionistic easier on the brain. I felt this painting needed some drama in the skies to balance the bold palette I'm using for the landscape.
Here is a photo of the finished sky and a video for you to enjoy.
Debbie Milner Lively- AFCA
I've been a professional artist for the past 20 years. I can say the journey has been amazing!