I haven’t left painting the sea, but for the moment I’ve been exploring several types of cloud structures and brush strokes to achieve some desired effects – all about learning.
Acrylic Cloud Study 1 (11×14): my goal was to achieve a very soft atmosphere of wispy clouds with some depth – this particular study (used my own reference) has at least 8 layers of paint. An underpainting of ochre was done first and then the background. The ochre was a bit much, but I do like how it kind of peeks through the sky-blue background. The cloud was done by dry-brush scumbling eliminating most hard edges and giving the piece a soft feel – click onto image for a larger view of the details.
Acrylic Cloud Study 2 (8×10): in Texas (used my own reference) we see some great cloud structures form just before a storm blows in. They sort of bubble up with bright white bubbles and floating gray clouds around the structure. These clouds are amazing to see. In this study I wanted more hard edges to distinguish both the white bubbles and gray structures – still learning how to use the brushes and I can tell you I’m destroying some in the process! Click onto the image for a larger view of details.
High Rising Sunset Clouds (14 x 7.5): in this scene (reference image a photograph by Steve Lyddon of pmp) it is all about the height of the clouds, hoping to create drama from the low value background to the light cloud structures (keeping the land mass minimal). My goal was to create height, depth and allow for some wispy aspects to the clouds. The background was done with blues and purples using a hake brush giving it a nice smooth appearance; the clouds have many layers (initial was put down with a palette knife for some textures) done mainly by scumbling – click onto the image for a larger view of the details.
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