Tuesday, April 5, 2011

cloud study in value

9x9 pastel on somerset paper
Evening cloud study, this time I worked just with value. I played with wiping and erasing to make subtle marks.
Even though it is just a value study, I still needed to follow "the rules." Group the values into interesting shapes. Remember the land will always be darkest (exception- snow). And if you want skies to feel light you need to always keep in mind that skies are light built in a sphere. To show this the value and the strokes are very important.
This sketch was actually  a lot of fun to do. Clouds are simply fascinating!

Last night I was enjoying the beautiful photos on the website of the Cloud Appreciation Society. Check it out!  Here is the link.


Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Lovely value study, yet I look at it and see your colours.

Caroline said...

Wow, I thought it was a Constable study! lovely cloud study Loriann.

loriann said...

Thank you Lisa!

Caroline, Thank you! I am humbled to think you consider it even vaguely similar to a Constable study!

Anonymous said...

Hi Loriann
I can see the link back to Constable but the mysterious mood of this value study made think of Blakelock and Ryder. Your working approach has echos of John Carlson's advice which is evident in your paintings. He truly was a master landscape artist.


Catherine said...

I too love looking at the clouds at this time of year. (Any time of year, really!) Sometimes I get myself in trouble when I'm driving by doing this. Focus, I tell myself, FOCUS!

Beauu-ti-ful value study!