|'The View from the Marsh' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I will open the discussion with my new favorite sky quote from our friend Bob Ross.
"Clouds are very very free"
A simple statement but one that is so important to painting beautiful clouds. It is a statement that gives us freedom. It gives us permission to paint beautiful expressive clouds. It reminds us that we don't have to copy the clouds exactly as we see them. Clouds are free and so are we!
|a dry wash underpainting on Canson Mi-Teintes|
Sometimes we are guilty of being caught up in getting things 'right'. We are afraid to move away from our references. It can get us into trouble especially with things such as clouds. Clouds move and change constantly. A photo is just a moment in time and the clouds are frozen in a photo. It isn't natural. They may not be arranged in a interesting way. They may even form odd shapes. When we copy these things we copy these problems. Our clouds may look stiff and heavy. We might have to explain "Well that's how they were in the photo." So what should we do instead?
|The initial layers|
For more cloud and sky tips check out my cloud demo on Etsy
Painting information: reference photo not available (lost in a huge pile) Canson Mi-Tientes gray with Terry Ludwig pastels.