YELLOW SUNRISE IN THE HILLS

Working with clouds…

I have a fascination with the sky. I love how each day brings new colours, I love the clouds and the way the sun creates a contrast of shadows and brilliant light. My favourite type of cloud is the Cumulus Nimbus. Not only is it a fun word to say, but they are in my opinion the most boisterous and expressive clouds of all. That’s the type I tried to paint in this picture.

Theoretically clouds should be easy to make, just blobs of paint on the canvas really, but I still struggle with making them look like clouds and not blobs. Part of it is knowing how the light plays with shadows, along with where the sun is in the sky and if the clouds low or high. I imagine the wispy Cirrus clouds would be easier to paint, far less contrast to deal with.

I painted this picture from scratch, so no photo reference for the lighting. Overall, I am pleased with the results. I like the dimension and colour of the clouds, the whole image shows a good range of light and dark creating depth in the trees, valleys, and hills.

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