Saturday, November 9, 2013

Glory in the Sky

Glory in the Sky
Oil on panel, 6x6
sold
I spent the entire day working in the yard, getting the many flower beds ready for winter, and even transplanting a couple of plum trees to the orchard.  After so much hard manual labor, I was left at a bit of a loss when it came to selecting subject matter for tonight's painting.  I had planned to paint our windmill, with the yellow fall foliage of the maples which are crowding it, but it just didn't appeal to me.  As I looked through my many reference photos, it occurred to me that in the last 306 paintings I have painted, not one has been a cloudscape.  In fact, I think cloud painting is very difficult with all the subtle color changes within the clouds.  But tonight, I thought, why not try it?  What do I have to lose?  So, here I have painted a glorious sky using a couple of my recent additions to my palette - manganese and prussian blues, along with my old favorite - ultramarine.  It was fun using them all to create depth in the sky - and challenging!  I was able to finish this small one in an hour, and have another 6x6 to choose from for the Randy Higbee Show coming up soon.  Painting number 307 in as many days.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, Tammie! BEAUUUUUTIFUL! The reflection on the clouds on the water is just marvelous! Composition fantastic. Can you tell I like it:-)?

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    1. Thank you so much! I had fun on this one :)

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  2. Absolutely wonderful cloud painting and lovely reflections of the clouds in the water. Your use of colour in the clouds is so well observed - I always look at clouds trying to identify all the colours, and you have achieved this so well.

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    1. Thank you, Jez! It has been so fun to try seeing all of the colors! I don't know why I was scared to try them!

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  3. Think you should do more this is beautiful

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