Layers of Clouds (Underpainting)

I used lamp black and charcoal gray for the dark undersides of the clouds in this sketch. To soften the edges of the dark brush strokes (applied to dry paper), I diluted the pigment on the brush and drew it parallel to the initial stroke, as one would execute a graded wash.  Toward the bottom […]

Cloud Practice 3: With Blue Skies

In these practice sketches, I tried several different techniques. First, I only partially removed the liquid mask. This resulted in a stippling effect in some of the clouds.  I also laid down a second blue wash on the sky. I tried different ways of sculpting the clouds with gray and black pigments. In the second […]

Practice: Clouds at Different Heights with Blue Sky

This was an attempt to combine clouds with blue skies.  First, I used liquid latex to mask areas for the clouds, then I painted the blue sky. I knew that the sharp edges around the mask would need to be soften, as clouds are soft.  On some of the edges, I added water, before the […]

Cloud Practice Times Four

I divided my 12×9 watercolor block into four sections. I need a lot of practice representing clouds in watercolor.  Instead of painting a generic cloud, I used one of my photographs (previous practice sessions are here:  Gray Clouds in Front of Cloud Line…; and here: Watercolor Cloud Studies – First Trial.) Future practice sessions will […]

Watercolor Sketches: Gray Clouds in Front of Cloud Line, with Evergreens

Here are a couple of more preliminary watercolor sketches of cloud formations. I photographed this cloud bank late last month. I was struck by the smattering of blue sky between the solid mass of white-edged clouds in the background, and smaller steel gray clouds hovering in the foreground. In the first sketch, I laid down […]

Watercolor Cloud Studies – First Trial

I’m dipping my toe back into the watercolor pond with these two sketches. I am trying to reproduce the cloud patterns from an early photo (see reference photo below). In the second sketch, I tried to give up some control back to the water. Reference photo:

Three People In Line from Sketchbook

I’m getting a slow start this year in making progress with my art. I switched from watercolor painting to drawing and sketching more than a year ago. One of the ideas was to create a bank of images that I could elaborate upon in other artwork. Isn’t this the purpose of a sketch book: a […]