|8x10 pastel and watercolor on Uart|
As the weather gets fine and attracts more plein air painters outside I offer a few tips:
*clouds are about warm and cool transitions, often within the same value
*clouds have mostly soft edges, remember they are simply moisture
*you have to know your light source and not get confused
*clouds that are closer to you are larger and have sharper edges
Studying clouds in value (gradations of black and white) will help you become a better painter of clouds (in color.) As we all know, "value does the work and color gets the glory" (quote from Richard McKinley.) I find that simply knowing the color design of a basic sky will help you understand so much so that when you next paint clouds it will all make sense. Most important just watch skies, you don't always have to paint.
Memorize. It will stick.