Tuesday, April 23, 2013

tips on painting sunset clouds


6x6 pastel
There is a good reason painters are fascinated with the wonderful clouds of sunset and sunrise. The color becomes amplified and the personality of the clouds is very easy to see. When working to record this you need to first look for the movement lines. Mark them immediately. It's a moving target so getting the important diagonals is key. After the lines are there enjoy making it alive. As long as you remember that the sky is a dome and respond to that concept the sky becomes a little easier to paint. Value matters as always. Have fun and relish the fact that with a handful of pastels or a few tubes of paint you can make magic.

8 comments:

Sarah S said...

I'm in love with your skyscapes lately! You capture that symphony of color so well.

loriann signori said...

Thanks Sarah! I appreciate your comment as I too admire your skyscapes.

Celeste Bergin said...

excellent tips...! I am thinking a series would indeed be rewarding. Thanks for the inspiration. LOVE this painting!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Wow! It's hard to believe that this piece is so small considering the impact it has with both value and saturation. It feels like the clouds are a wonderful abstraction with only the hints of sun and landforms at the bottom to ground it. Lovely!

Double "D" said...

Hi B,
I attended a workshop where the instructor
said that painting skies at sunrise and sunset was
trite and a waste of time. What a fool he was!

I really love this sky series, so simple yet so intricate.
Keep it up it's fun to watch.
pb

eM said...

Magnificent work! Thanks for sharing tips on paiting clouds, I am always impressed with the colors of sunset and sunrise.

loriann signori said...

Hi Celeste! i am having fun with a series of these small skyscapes/with or without roads. Glad you like the little tips.Thanks about the paintings!

Thanks Kvan! I am delighted to hear it feels big.... maybe it will be one day!

Hey PB! Good to hear from you! Waste of time...oh pooo! Then I am always wasting my time. ;-)

Hi eM, Thank you!

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