I started this painting a few years ago and decided to re-work some of the sky. I was inspired by William Turner’s dramatic skies. I wanted to apply the same concept with wetlands. I love the idea of creating something new and from the imagination.
I wanted to bring out the light coming from behind the distant cloud. I’ve been painting clouds, skies, and water for a while now, and I feel like I’m still learning. There is so much to explore when it comes to color.
This painting is a part of the new series I am starting dedicated to skies, particularly clouds. I wanted an looser expressionistic feel to this paintings.
Since I was a child, I was always fascinated by the shapes and colors in clouds. I tend to view each cloud as I do a still life, each with its own features and characteristics. I started this one by painting the background colors, transitioning from dark to light. I then blocked in the clouds with a darker mix of alizarin crimson, ultra marine blue, and titanium white. I then proceeded to add the brighter and warmer colors slowly.
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I am starting to enjoy the use of acrylic paint for the under-painting. It allows me to work farther into a painting in one session and allows the painting to maintain a certain vibrancy that is hard to achieve with oil paints alone. I make go back on the left side to add more detail. I have learned that there are infinite ways to paint clouds and water. The key is to add many colors and work them towards one another.