6.18.2010

Storm Clouds


Last week in class Jerry's demonstration painting was of large clouds over water. I liked the subject matter and wanted to give it a try but decided to paint the clouds with a landscape backdrop. I am working on another watercolor with storm clouds over an estuary, and will post that next. I wanted to use neutral colors to create the storm clouds, which I find interesting. I used indigo and burnt sienna with a touch of raw sienna in places - so it was a very limited palette. Size is 12" X 8".

21 comments:

  1. I love those clouds...:)

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  2. Isn't it great when the whole skyfull of clouds turns out! Thrilling, rather than ominous, and beautifully done.

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  3. The bare tree compliments to the mood of the storming clouds and so I like it that way this time:-) I also loved your dawn, that is a wonderful moment to watch.

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  4. I love your clouds Jean! When I painted in watercolor skies were my favorite...You always do such wonderful ones!

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  5. Karen: Thank you.

    Charlene: I agree, I was really pleased when this sky turned out like this. It can so easily become a mess with the wet-in-wet technique.

    Padmaja: I agree about the tree adding to the mood. That was my intention.

    Saundra: Thanks so much. I do like painting skies. They can be so dramatic.

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  6. Wow this is certainly one of the most amazing pieces you've done Jean! Wonderful stormy clouds and that house in the distance gives the whole painting such a feeling of space.

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  7. I love the depth you have achieved in this painting. The house adds so much to it!

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  8. Liz: Thanks so much. I added the house and path last because I felt it needed something more.

    Eva: I agree that including the house added depth to the painting.

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  9. Excellent sky and clouds. Really well done. I also think your composition and its flow are quite strong too.

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  10. Jean, me again. Just had to come back and tell you that this painting has been so much on my mind. And this morning I realised it was so 'Wuthering Heights" in feel. Very haunting.

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  11. The limited palette makes for high drama in this piece. Congrats!

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  12. The light sky just above the house with the dark clouds high above really gets your attention. You got a lot of mileage out of just 3 colors!

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  13. Melinda: Thanks for your great feedback.

    Liz: I take it as a huge compliment that you think I've created such a mood in my painting.

    Teresa: Thanks so much for the feedback. I am very pleased with this piece.

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  14. Oh, I am even more happy that you have found me! I have "walked" through your blog, and I think that your paintings are faboulous! I love your color palette, and the atmosphere you are able to create in your landscapes. I'll come back often to see you! :)

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  15. This is very beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  16. Thank you Christina and Alice

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  17. This is quite something, painting a sky full of storm in watercolour is very tricky. Well done you have captured the atmosphere so well.

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  18. Fantastic! I can almost see the lightning crackling behind those luminous-edged clouds. And the landscape is lovely; I love everything you've done in it: the rocks, the road, the house at the end, the bare tree--it's very evocative.

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  19. Wow these are striking paintings! I've been thinking of doing some cloud paintings. I just got back from a trip to Asheville NC and there was a wonderful artist doing huge canvases of storm clouds with just a strip of land at the bottom. Gorgeous!

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  20. gorgeous, like traveling through your blog, and this is sweet. i like the landscape.

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