And the storm WAS approaching. While his demo was finishing, the thunderstorm came and the day was cloudy and drizzly all day. We’re hoping for better weather tomorrow when we go “plein air” with Michael Riordan.
We learned clouds today, starting again with an uinderpainting of cobalt and cad orange, leaving the focal point (white against darkest dark) covered with clear water. Once the underpainting dried, we turned the paper upside down because the lightest blue is along the horizon and we put in the clouds. We then turned it over and kept working on the middle ground and foreground.
I wish I had taken a picture of this when the clouds didn’t look quite as good…they were full of little bits here and there and just didn’t gel. Although, frankly, I am SURE I’ll have another cloud painting where I don’t like what happens!
A key to fixing that, which he suggested to many of us, is to brush water over all of it, perhaps with cobalt lightly in some of it just to get the particles all loose and perhaps encouraging it here and there to smooth out. I am much happier with them after doing that.
I brought it home, didn’t like it as much as the second one I did today, but then I put in the cloud shadows (in the middle ground) and the painting popped for me. I’m pleased with it.
So fingers crossed for good weather (rain is ok, we’re doing “wet in wet” after all — ha!) but we hope heavy winds and freezing weather will not be on the menu…