As an artist I have a secret. It haunts me with every landscape painting I do. I don’t know how to paint clouds. I mean, yeah, I try… but they never come out realistic enough for me. I do acceptably with small wispy white clouds in a blue sky, but big puffy clouds, or storm clouds I’m just never happy with. I’ve gotten lucky on a few paintings and had reasonably satisfying results, but usually its a wrestling match to get there.
For example, my recent work in progress. I first painted the whole canvas blue, because it is going to have water and sky. I wasn’t really concerned with coating the entire canvas evenly, because I had in my minds eye some spectacular clouds that would cover most of the sky portion.So here is what it looked like after that first coat of paint:
Well, I proceeded to try to produce my vision of these clouds, and I came very close.
This was almost exactly what I wanted, I was thoroughly pleased with the lower left section of sky, but moving away from that area, I felt it looked worse and worse, until finally up in the right hand corner I felt I was looking at blue camo rather than clouds. I posted it to my facebook page, and to several art groups asking for advice, and was assured by everyone the clouds looked fine, but I couldn’t shake the impression of looking at blue camo.
Maybe I should have listened to everyone, but NO, not Mrs. Perfectionist Vicki!
I tried to fix it, but only made it worse, and finally, in frustration, I did this:
So, I spent most yesterday evening painting, and the net result so far is a blue canvas. NICE!
Some day, I’m going to figure this cloud thing out. I think I should start practicing on paper for a bit, until I get it, so I don’t have to paint over a canvas.
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