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Craig Houghton
09-01-2003, 09:35 AM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: Painting Clouds in Pastel
Project Leader: Craig Houghton
Relative Difficulty: Irrelevant
Type Restrictions: Painting
Medium: Pastels
Subject: Landscape
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited

Description:

The goal of this project is to learn a bit (more) about clouds while sharing tips on how to paint them in pastel.

Im inviting (challenging) everyone who works in pastels (soft, oil, hard, water soluble, whatever) to learn the basic cloud types (theres really only three) and how to paint them in pastel. Here are the guidelines:

1. Take a look at the info below and the links. Learn the basic types. One can certainly just paint them as they are seen, but since most of us have often used, and will continue to include, clouds in our works, a few moments time spent learning a bit about them will be well spent it helps to understand the types from memory since skies shift so rapidly when painting from life, theres specific tricks and approaches for certain cloud families, to know a variety of clouds really helps you select the perfect clouds for your piece, and in general, accurate portrayal of the cloud types lends believability to a work.

2. In the description of your gallery post, along with the usual title/medium/support info, tell us what basic (or more specific) types of clouds are present in the work. This can be tough, but the challenge here is to learn something new and help others pick it up as well.

2. The links and reference images are there if you need them, but youre not limited to them in any way. Feel free to use existing works or (much better) go out, paint the sky, and identify what you saw for the rest of us.

3. As you post your gallery images, visit the project thread and consider posting WIP-style images or close-ups to help show everyone how you managed to capture those clouds. The focus should be not only on a better understanding of what goes on overhead, but how exactly to capture that in pastel.

4. Have fun, take risks, and tell everyone what you are doing and how youre managing it. Enjoy everyone!

And, whats the best way to translate that stunning (admission free) three dimensional drama that plays out in the skyscape above onto pastel paper? It depends on the clouds.

There are three basic cloud types: cumulus, stratus, and cirrus. Prefixes like cirro (way up) and alto (mid to high) help us place the clouds in the sky. There appears to be no special term for low clouds. The prefix or suffix nimbo is used to indicate that precipitation is falling from the clouds. When you look at listings of various cloud-types in the links, it seems like there's an endless supply of types, but that's only because you can mix cloud types and add prefixes and otherwise end up with things that sound like altocumulus and cirrostratus (those are examples of clouds with two shapes together, and so the names are conjoined). However, if you know the three basic types and understand the alto/cirro/nimbo stuff, you'll be fine.

When looking at the links, here's a good way to conceptualize the families:

Cumulus: puffy clouds (like pillows)

Stratus: layered clouds (like sheets and blankets)

Cirrus: wispy clouds (like feathery sweeps of cloud painted upon the ceiling.)

So, stratus sheets, cumulus pillows, and cirrus ceiling patterns (sounds like nap time really.)

You can mix puffy bits with a blanket and end up with something like stratocumulus. Cumulonimbus means rainy puffy clouds (*cough* thunderhead). Cirrostratus, indicates a high-altitude blanket (btw, remember that cirro and cirrus are different terms even though they look similar). You can mix and match types and differentia to end up with a whole glossary of terms.

This link provides some really meaty cloud info: http://vortex.plymouth.edu/clouds.html

This site has incredible cloud pics and lots of weighty background if you look around: http://www.cloudman.com/gallery1/gallery1_1.html

Have fun, learn a bit, and check out the project discussion.


Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here! (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/browse_details.php?proj_id=513)

Remember, in order to help keep the discussions on projects organized, you should post your questions, suggestions, and comments on submitted work here in this thread. By doing this, we allow other non-project efforts to not get "pushed down" by a swarm of project-related threads.

Mo.
09-01-2003, 09:41 AM
Well done Craig, this project looks very interesting and educational too, will get it turned into a sticky ASAP...Clouds are fascinating to paint and most of us struggle with them.... so come on folks sign up for Craig's project and have fun whilst learning.

Craig count me in on this one.

Mo.:)

Kathryn Wilson
09-01-2003, 10:26 AM
Hi Craig: I am in on this one too, although will probably be joining in later on after vacation. I hope lots of people join in on this one - it should be a good one!!

Mikki Petersen
09-01-2003, 06:17 PM
Kewl! as my grandkids say! I'm in on this one too. We have been having some awesome skies lately. Down in the Sacramento Valley the temps are hitting triple digits which causes thunder boomers in the mountains. Really awesome sky effects!

Craig Houghton
09-02-2003, 06:57 AM
Welcome everyone!

I can't wait to see what comes of this. It's very exciting. I'm glad to see everyone signing up -- looking forward to your entries Mikki, Kat, Mo, and everyone else.

Mo, thank you for making this a sticky!

To start things off, I posted some past works. You'll notice that I've identified the cloud types in the description fields. Feel free to be more specific with the types, or to simply identify the family, but I wanted to post these as examples of identification. I'll follow with some new cloud studies specifically made for this project.

Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26080

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_distractedlarge2.JPG

Since this is my largest cloud piece and since there's a very simple cloud structure, here's a closer look. I hope everyone has a chance to show some detail pics of their clouds as well.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Sep-2003/21273-distractedlargedetail1.JPG

Here, I used a photo-editing tool to increase the contrast to make the blockiness more visible. They're just like dark-bottomed boxes.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Sep-2003/21273-distractedlargedetail2.JPG

And, here in this WIP photo, you can see how I first established the cumulus forms by putting in the dark bottoms. I attempted to pay attention to how the undersides of these forms stretches off away from the viewer toward the horizon. I later just stacked the puffy parts on (nothing like schmincke lights for buttery fluff), placed some darker spots here and there where the light would be obscured, and worked some sky colors on top in order to add some complexity and open the masses up a bit where the wind blew about the cumulus stacks.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Sep-2003/21273-distractedwip1.JPG

Also, I suppose I should mention that I went with some less than photo-realistic color choices in the cloud-darks -- it seems to me that clouds 'read' quite easily and there's extra opportunity to increase drama without losing sight of the recognizeable subject -- if the shapes are there and things are consistent they still look like clouds :)

I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's entries, and I hope some of you have a chance to post details (although that's very optional! :) )

-Craig

here's one more

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Sep-2003/21273-distracteddetail.JPG

also, here's some more cloud links to try (although I find the two posted in the project details to be best)

http://www.joannegoodwin.com/technology/1st/cloud_types.html

http://asd-www.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/cldchart.html

and, in case anyone has missed this WC article on clouds, it can be of great help, especially with cumulus stacks.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Hagan/arialpersp4.htm

Have fun everyone!

meowmeow
09-02-2003, 08:02 AM
This looks like a very neat, worthwhile project! Thanks for setting it up, Craig.
I hope I will have time to do this. In fact when we were out on the water yesterday I was taking some photos of mostly clouds. Propitious!
Not oging to sign up yet but I am going to try to do this one. I look forward to seeing the entries!

Sandy

Mo.
09-02-2003, 06:50 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26074

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_summerclouds.JPG

Gosh Craig.... you have been busy... those paintings are awesome... this particular one is absolutely stunning.... off to check the others now.

Mo.:)

Mo.
09-02-2003, 07:14 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26076

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_Cirrus_and_cirrostratus.jpg

Craig all your paintings are so wonderful, I've commented on this one and the one above as I haven't seen either of them before, both are awesome... This particular one is very atmsopheric, I love it.!! :clap:

It's a treat to see clouds painted as clouds should be..... and I admire how you have studied your subject.. skies and clouds are forever changing in atmsophere , so many people seem to overlook the importance of painting them right, can make or break a good landscape/seascape painting... thankyou Craig for this thoroughly imformative project, I can see I'm going to learn a lot..... btw...one of your pics is showing as a red x, you may wish to check this out... it's titled 'cloud no.1'...I think.

Mo.:)

ctmobitz
09-02-2003, 07:16 PM
Craig.....
New here and very amateurish.............count me in.
Hope I can figure on how to send in my pics in progress?

Thanks again

Claude
Brookfield, CT
USA

Mo.
09-02-2003, 07:33 PM
Hi Claude... welcome to you and good for you joining in this project, most newbies lurk for a few months... jump right in my friend that's the best way... I've just sent you a Pm to explain how to go about things, hope it helps, pm me back if you need more help okay?

Cheers,
Mo.:)

flower
09-02-2003, 07:44 PM
Hey Craig,

What a super idea, clouds, they come in all sorts of shapes and colours, i like what i have seen in the thread and i think its such a good idea to work on this subject, it makes or breaks a landscape and i think its a good way to get back into the swing of things................im looking forward to taking part, and using my memory from the past few months spending so much time outside and seeing the various and most beautiful skies daily.....................well done for a really good project

vrashton
09-02-2003, 08:34 PM
I really like clouds so this project sounds like one I will enjoy. I'm just a little confused about "signing up" how and why are we signing up? I've never participated in a project before.
Val

Craig Houghton
09-03-2003, 10:56 AM
Originally posted by vrashton
I really like clouds so this project sounds like one I will enjoy. I'm just a little confused about "signing up" how and why are we signing up? I've never participated in a project before.
Val

Welcome aboard! To sign up first go to the project detail page. You can use the link at the beginning of this thread, or click here: Project Details (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/browse_details.php?proj_id=513) Once there, click the "Sign up for this project!" link towards the bottom. This means that you are added to the list of project participants. Then you'll notice that you can upload images and such to the project. You can also read more about the project there, see reference images which you can use if you like (or not), and take a look at the submissions made by the other participants. There's no limitations or drawbacks to signing up, and I'd love for you to participate.

ctmobitz - I'm sure Mo's pm will take care of everything, but if you need anything else just ask away. Glad to have you.

And, everyone else, many thanks for the praise! Also, I'll check on that red x. I'm thrilled to see so everyone I know, and excited about all the new faces.

-Craig

Geoff
09-04-2003, 11:32 AM
Great project Craig.
I'll sign up and try to get out of this non-doing frame of mind I've been in for some months.
Clouds eh - make a change for me to paint them, rather than forecast the damn things. LOL.

ctmobitz
09-04-2003, 10:06 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26278

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/7997/tn_Cloude_Project_1.jpg

"Cotton Cloud"
Soft pastels on Canson Mi-Teintes, 12 x 16, grey tinted paper, smooth side. In this initial sketch I started with charcoal thin stick drawing. Trying to include Cumulus, Stratus and Cirrus clouds from my reference photo. After charcoal sketch I switched over to my Nupastels to lay down local color and leaving some grey tint from the paper showing. Did find that it had a nice effect to the colors. To my advantage......"pleasant happenings"!
All C & C would be very much appreciated on this initial sketch.

Had to post this message this way as I had problems when I tried downloading pic and writing message at same time......still working on the finer details of the computer world... LOL

Thanks
Happy pasteling
Claude

ctmobitz
09-04-2003, 10:23 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26281

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/7997/tn_Cloud_Project_2.jpg

Having worked more on this "Cotton Cloud" painting and enjoying the great colors mixing my soft pastels. Liking the effect of sun shining through as well.

Now what? Where do I go with this painting?
HELP!

Happy pasteling
Claude

ctmobitz
09-04-2003, 11:00 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26283

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/7997/tn_Narraganset_RI_Coast.jpg

Pastel painting I did last month after returning from 2 weeks on the Narragansett, RI Seashore. There was some cloud action that day!

C & C......would be appreciated.....

Thanks
Happy pasteling
Claude

Craig Houghton
09-05-2003, 12:41 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26281

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/7997/tn_Cloud_Project_2.jpg

This is really coming along well!. The use of color really translates and although this is a progress and you'll probably be filling the surface, the blotches of dark area where the support shows through remind me of the dark patches on Vermeer's View of Delft (http://www.mystudios.com/art/bar/vermeer/vermeer-view-of-delft.jpg) -- just a bit, but it's come to mind each time I looked at it.

As far as direction goes (as requested), since there's no land in sight here, and the world is all cloud, I'd love to see more form and definition in the cloud shapes. I'd give the clouds themselves the full range of value you might otherwise find in a landlocked landscape. Either way, it looks really great and I'd love to see more.

-Craig

Craig Houghton
09-05-2003, 12:48 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26283

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/7997/tn_Narraganset_RI_Coast.jpg

I love the way the clouds show up in the form and chaos of the waters -- they're alike enough that either one reminds of the other.

Those cumulus look great and the well defined bottoms really help give them form, depth, and drama. Well done.

As far as the second half of C&C goes, you might want to lighten the intensity of the upper portions of the water so that the water recedes away from the viewer with the land. You need the same sort of aerial perspective on the water that you used on the land. You've already done this a bit by making the wave chops smaller on the further portions, but it either needs more or doesn't recede at the same rate of the land -- to my eye at least.

Looks great!

-Craig

Laura Shelley
09-05-2003, 01:09 PM
May I point cloud painters to some sites of interest?

http://www.artchive.com/artchive/C/constable.html

This article has some beautiful large images of Constable's landscapes and of his famous cloud studies.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/paintingtheweather/about/

Many paintings of all aspects of weather.

MM

Greeble
09-05-2003, 06:53 PM
I found this site, I haven't explored it all that much but it looks interesting

http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/


Jen

Anodyne
09-05-2003, 08:05 PM
Beautiful cloud work so far.

Now you have me love, i have finished my "Artemis" painting project and now i will work on some clouds....even if its not my "thing" you inspire me greatly.

-Sonia (Paprika)

Deborah Secor
09-06-2003, 01:23 PM
Okay, this one is right up my alley! Thanks for the ideas and challenges, Craig. I'll try to work on something tomorrow...

TeAnne
09-07-2003, 03:54 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26071

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_velour_sunset.JPG

This is stunning Craig :clap: :clap:

ctmobitz
09-07-2003, 07:19 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26071

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_velour_sunset.JPG

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Fantastic .........love the colors and the depth as well.

Craig Houghton
09-07-2003, 06:37 PM
Thank you madame and greeble for the links! Their's lots of great stuff there and will look around more when I have the chance.

dee_artist, welcome to the project! I was hoping you would join :)

Anodyne -- thank you love. you're if I inspire you it's only your own second-hand inspiration reflecting off me -- yer inspiring. I can't wait to see what you make.

TeAnne and ctmobitz -- many many thanks. I'm appreciate it!

-Craig

E-J
09-08-2003, 01:15 PM
Craig ... love the idea for this project ... sounds like hard work but worth it to really learn something ...

I tried to save a couple of the reference photos to my hard drive but for some reason can't view them in my image editor :confused: I've been having a distinctly technophobic few days ... think I left my brain back in August somewhere ... when I get this figured out, I'll definitely be participating :)

E-J
09-08-2003, 05:46 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26639

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13865/tn_clouds_finished.jpg

Well, here's my first attempt. If nothing else, at least I've learnt something about the techniques I might use NEXT time :)

Craig Houghton
09-08-2003, 09:16 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26639

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13865/tn_clouds_finished.jpg

You're far too modest. This fantastic. The painting itself is rivaled only by the helpful tips you've provided along with it. If I may, here's a recap for those who might not notice the descrip:

--------EJ's observations/tips------------
"It occurs to me after this experiment that when painting clouds in pastel it could be effective to:"

- use unblended soft pastel to give the the clouds a fluffy look, and blend the sky colour to contrast with their texture

- where sky meets cloud outlines, make some edges stand out by restating them with sharper pastel lines while blurring others with fingers

- underpaint the dark shadow areas (eg. undersides) with purples and blues, and put light cream and lilac colours into the 'white' areas

(note: i use this myself and am always pleased with the result -- lots of drama too)

- lightly brush a harder pastel over this surface to portray wispy cirrus clouds

- build up the colours with a very very light touch to avoid oversaturating the surface with pastel at an early stage.

------------------------------

Those are great!

Many many thanks for sharing the tips, and thanks for the great work :clap:

-Craig

E-J
09-09-2003, 06:46 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26281

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/7997/tn_Cloud_Project_2.jpg

Claude, this is such a dreamy cloud ... has a lovely fluffy, feathery look ... and nice colour choices. I'm afraid I can't give you C&C as I've already painted fewer clouds than you ... to me this looks finished :)

ctmobitz
09-09-2003, 08:46 AM
Originally posted by E-J
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26281

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/7997/tn_Cloud_Project_2.jpg

Claude, this is such a dreamy cloud ... has a lovely fluffy, feathery look ... and nice colour choices. I'm afraid I can't give you C&C as I've already painted fewer clouds than you ... to me this looks finished :)

E-J.......Thanks so much for your kind words on my cloud pastel
painting.

I also think that you are coming along real well. Your cloud painting has alot of merit. Nicely done and keep up the good work.

Claude

Deborah Secor
09-09-2003, 10:41 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26281

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/7997/tn_Cloud_Project_2.jpg

Claude, I think this is lovely. You really know how to get the ephemeral shapes of clouds, capturing the 3-D of them while allowing the softness to remain.

One question I have, though, is whether this was done as a painting of a sunset or not. If a sunset, then it's looking good, although sometimes sunset casts stronger lights and darks in places, with the light coming from a lower angle.

If not, then the pinks might be grayed with some very light applications of complements in the same values. Whatever you do, don't lose the lovely touches of whispy cloud along the edges--very nice!


I have a piece in process but have been gone so much I haven't found time to shoot pix. Class today, obligations tomorrow, class Thursday... maybe Friday you'll see my entry! Hope I can scare up some time sooner. This sky I'm doing needs some help...

nougat
09-09-2003, 03:03 PM
Well done all!!

these are really beautiful clouds!!!

nadine

Craig Houghton
09-10-2003, 12:10 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26461

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/12116/tn_IceSeaShore.jpg

This looks more like a finished piece than a progress pic to me :) I love it. You've done such a great job of integrating the clouds here with the rest of the composition. They're dramatic enough on their own, but the way you've established the parallel with the ocean is just fantastic.

It's a good example of why it's useful to know ones clouds -- this is an example of selecting just the right cloud/portrayal for the job.

Many thanks for posting this.

-Craig

Craig Houghton
09-10-2003, 12:11 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26715

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/15364/tn_clouds.jpg

"I don't like these at all. Oh well." So long as it's cumulus stacks you wanted to portray I'd have to disagree with you. This looks great and you've really captured the way the light comes in around the edges of the forms. Very good.

-Craig

Craig Houghton
09-10-2003, 12:15 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26460

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/12116/tn_DriftAway.jpg

"This was adapted from a photo in the ref library, and posted into the Weekly Thread, Craig asked me to post it in here...... this was only done quickly, but enjoyed it very much"

I'm very glad you posted this! Your use of color is really fantastic, and the forms are very expressive. You also have some fantastic wisps up on high that (although I'm just a beginner at identification) look like superb broken sheets of cirrostratus. This is really terrific!

-Craig

Craig Houghton
09-10-2003, 12:30 AM
By the way, this site has some really good verbal descriptions. Sometimes a verbal descriptions beats an image when it comes to choosing how to represent a subject. The definitions on this site really seem to have pinned down the visual aspects of the clouds. Here's an exerpt:

"Cirrostratus (Cs) A principal high-level cloud type (cloud genus), appearing as a transparent, whitish cloud veil of fibrous (hair-like) or smooth appearance, totally or partially covering the sky, and often producing halo phenomena, either partial or complete. "

"whitish cloud veil of fibrous (hair-like)" practically paints itself :P

http://nsidc.org/arcticmet/glossary/

Also, I took some new cloud pics. I think Connecticut has the best cumulus around :P

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2003/21273-cloudpostagain1.JPG

Here's some high-up altocumulus puffs with a lower elevation up-close cumulus stack by the tree line (it's kinda fun to throw these words around :P)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2003/21273-cloudpostagain2.JPG

And finally, check out these designs I found while hiking. They looked even more incredible in person.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2003/21273-cloudpostagain3.JPG

Keep up the great work everyone, and send ppl with cloud posts this way :)

-Craig

nougat
09-10-2003, 02:37 AM
Hi Craig

thanks for the kind encouraging remarks. I don't know what the clouds are but I'll post the foto as soon as I can. You have posted lots of lovely cloud fotos but I wanted to attempt a 'home grown' one!! We also have lots of lovely clouds here but they always appear when I don't have the time to paint!! or when I have a headache and can't possible look UP!!!

:D

nadine

E-J
09-10-2003, 02:52 AM
Craig, what a difference between your skies and ours ... we were lucky enough to see a crisp blue autumnal sky yesterday, but today it's just a greyish white all over ... most uninspiring to paint :mad:

Dark_Shades
09-10-2003, 03:09 AM
Thanks Craig for you comments and encouragement..... for some reason I hadnt got any alerts for the is thread :p
..... I was thinking the exact same thing as EJ, as I saw your plein air thread....... We dont get cloud forms like you guys do, suppose its down to the land mass :( ....... and we especially wont now as autumn/winter is here...... overcast/grey/rain today :p :p

E-J
09-10-2003, 03:19 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26074

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_summerclouds.JPG

Craig, how did you give that feathery lightness to the tops of these clouds? My cloud edges either look too solid or too blurry. Is it down to ultra-soft pastels?

Craig Houghton
09-10-2003, 07:05 AM
Originally posted by E-J
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26074

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_summerclouds.JPG

Craig, how did you give that feathery lightness to the tops of these clouds? My cloud edges either look too solid or too blurry. Is it down to ultra-soft pastels?

That was the paper really. I was using velour paper, and if you make even a slight whoosh motion on the paper you end up with a feathery stroke. Most seem to say it's great for fur (and from what I've seen it is), but it's perfect for clouds I think.

Btw, regarding the english skies -- well, we'll see who has the best ref pics when there's another Rainy Day project ;) j/k Well, at least those stratus sheets over albion with their complete coverage are easy to paint!

-Craig :)

E-J
09-10-2003, 04:39 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26756

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13865/tn_cloud_study1.JPG

I've marked off a large sheet of Ingres into quarters and plan to fill it with four cloud studies. This is the first: a 45-min sketch, about 7"x5" from my own reference photo. For some reason I'm finding it hard to get a decent digital pic today.

I have absolutely no idea what sort of clouds these are!

E-J
09-11-2003, 03:04 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/15364/tn_clouds.jpg

Nadine, your clouds really do have a silver lining :) Terrific light effect you've got here.

Craig Houghton
09-11-2003, 06:45 AM
Originally posted by E-J
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I've marked off a large sheet of Ingres into quarters and plan to fill it with four cloud studies. This is the first: a 45-min sketch, about 7"x5" from my own reference photo. For some reason I'm finding it hard to get a decent digital pic today.

I have absolutely no idea what sort of clouds these are!

This is terrific. I'm thrilled to hear that you've sectioned off the paper like that -- it's real devotion to the subject, and something for everyone in this project to look forward to seeing.

I'd agree and say these look like decaying cumulus clouds. Towards the bottom it looks a bit like a layer of stratocumulus, but suffice it to say it's something in the cumulus family. I'm particuarly smitten by the colorful effects going on towards the center -- I'm really drawn there.

Great work!
Craig

flower
09-12-2003, 06:26 PM
Hi there,

Here is my humble attempt at clouds and landscape in oil pastels, it is a lot dfifferent than pastels but i wanted to try and decided to post, please all comments welcome, especially how i can better this pic and new ones, thanks in advance

nougat
09-13-2003, 03:38 AM
Thank you E-J for taking the time to look and comment.
Flower I think you've done great in OP!! mine is oil pastel too.....
I don't think I'm good enough to offer good advice tho. I'm sure all the other talented artists will just as soon as they get a look!!

nadine

MarciaJane
09-13-2003, 11:40 AM
A really lovely painting Flower.... you have got a beautiful sky in this one.. well done !! :) Keep up the good work !!! Look forward to seeing more !




:clap: :clap: :clap:

Deborah Secor
09-13-2003, 04:14 PM
I'm so impressed with the quality of work I see in the finished works! This is a wonderful idea. As I've looked at everyone's work I realize that I'm always taken by the sky.

Craig, your paintings are excellent studies of different clouds. That bright sunset is smashing! I particularly like cloud study 4 for it's subtelty. What a range you have...

DS, your painting is so soft and moody. The colors are so soothing. Makes me feel like praying, which I often do when I see a gorgeous sky.

E-J, both of yours are terrific. I'm always reluctant to paint with no ground plane but you made it work in your study. I guess it's because of the careful composition and that the clouds go off at the bottom.

nougat, the light in yours is wonderful. These clouds just glow!

I'm going to browse the discussion thread, which I haven't had a chance to do yet.

I posted a few in the progress and one in finished pictures. Let me know what you think...

Deborah

meowmeow
09-13-2003, 04:42 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_velour_sunset.JPG

ALl your clouds are wonderful Craig, but I especially love this one. I can really appreciate it now since I am working on my own sunset clouds...yours are some to strive for!

Sandy

meowmeow
09-13-2003, 04:43 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13865/tn_cloud_study1.JPG

Wonderful clouds! I like both of your cloud studies but especially this one! Great colors and depth. Very nice job!

Sandy

meowmeow
09-13-2003, 04:44 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/12116/tn_DriftAway.jpg

Wow! This is gorgeous Dawn! Absolutely beautiful colors and such a wonderful feeling to it!

Sandy

meowmeow
09-13-2003, 04:45 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_DeepEveningSECOR.jpg

Fabulous painting! THis is why I am happy to take your advice for my lowly sunset clouds! I love this!

Sandy

meowmeow
09-13-2003, 04:46 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/15364/tn_clouds.jpg

These are nice....I know hard difficult clouds are! YOu've done a good job!

Sandy

Kathryn Wilson
09-14-2003, 03:31 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/23609/tn_underhotnightSECOR.jpg

Hi Dee: I love what you are doing with this painting! The sunset colors really sing.

flower
09-14-2003, 04:34 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/23609/tn_underhotnightSECOR.jpg

This is a beautiful sky, it looks really vibrant, i love the colours you have used and the effect you have achieved

flower
09-14-2003, 04:37 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_DeepEveningSECOR.jpg

I`m afraid i can only say 3 words to these clouds WOW, WOW, WOW,
If i could do clapping hands id have done a row

flower
09-14-2003, 04:39 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/12116/tn_DriftAway.jpg

Hey Dawn, this is gorgeous, love the feflection in the water :)

flower
09-14-2003, 04:41 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_velour_sunset.JPG

Craig, love all your entries, what a wonderful idea, wish id had my camera with me tonight, im beginning to notcice the beautiful skies again, thankyou

flower
09-14-2003, 04:44 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/15364/tn_clouds.jpg

Hi Nougat, I agree with E-J your clouds certainly look silvery, and really nice, a beautiful contrast.........

pawlee
09-14-2003, 05:09 PM
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very nice Deborah! if i ever aspire to become better in this medium, i hope my work looks like yours! very soft realistic appearance; i love it! p

pawlee
09-14-2003, 05:14 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/15364/tn_clouds.jpg

hey! don't sweat it! this stuff isn't easy as i am learning too! tell you what, i'll try another if you will too! p

pawlee
09-14-2003, 05:17 PM
btw Craig, just want to say "thank you" for creating such a wonderful lesson as i've needed a reason to give these old pastels a shot. i've enjoyed browsing your work... p

Kathryn Wilson
09-14-2003, 06:22 PM
Hi all: Getting myself prepared to do some cloud paintings and discovered this demo on the internet. Thought I would share it with you, and for those who are hestitant to try, this might help get you started!

http://www.capecodpastelsociety.com/asdemo1.1.html


Enjoy!

Deborah Secor
09-14-2003, 11:05 PM
Interesting article--her painting looked almost exactly like the photo! Amazing...

E-J
09-15-2003, 08:06 AM
I'm having computer probs and can't post final images to the project ... but can use Uploader, so here's the second of my four 7x5" studies. It's another cumulus because despite my efforts to learn the various cloud types, it's still the only one I can readily identify! :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Sep-2003/13865-cloud_project3.jpg

E-J
09-15-2003, 08:10 AM
After last week's dull grey skies, we had spectacular sunshine this weekend and since I'm inseparable from my digital camera these days I was able to capture this cloud formation as I walked near my house:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Sep-2003/13865-cloud.jpg

Craig, any idea what cloud type(s) this is? It might just have to become my next study :)

E-J
09-15-2003, 08:11 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_DeepEveningSECOR.jpg

GORGEOUS!!

Craig Houghton
09-15-2003, 09:16 AM
Amazing work everyone! I've been away for the weekend, so please pardon the multi-post. Everyone's entries are wonderful, and I'm learning quite a bit about the techniques which can be employed in cloud-work, and especially the range of character! :clap: :clap:

pawlee - many thanks, and another thank you in return for participating -- glad to have you.

Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=27015

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/15069/tn_oilpastel1big.jpg

This is very beautiful. I notice the colored pencil experience coming through in what looks like thin strokes here. They work wonderfully to capture the soft density shifts in the clouds. Your colors are terrific.

Kat - that demo is incredible. i love the perspective! that's a really inspiring demo. many thanks for the link!

flower - thank you for the compliments -- I'm thrilled to hear that you're looking upwards again and if you do

start clicking away at the clouds, post the pics! :) ALso, in the painting you uploaded to the thread (not the

gallery), you really captured the meandering perspective of those clouds -- very nice.

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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/17461/tn_clouds1.jpg

Your use of a well-prepared ground really seems to integrate well into the work. This is a great work and you

really exploit the value differences as you pointed out in the painting's comments. Well done!

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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/17461/tn_skyline.jpg

This has a great composition, and I enjoy the contrast between the sharp and man-made in a painting that

showcases the billowy delicacy of natural forms. The light lights on your clouds really shine through -- great

stuff. :)

Sandy - many thanks!

dee - thank you for the comments, especially about range.

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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/23609/tn_DeepEveunderSECOR.jpg

Thank you for the chance to see the first steps of what became a really stunning piece. That orange is unconquerably bright!

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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/23609/tn_underhotnightSECOR.jpg

Comparing this progress pic to the final really helped me to see how you vary blending and broken techniques. It's also beautiful as is!

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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/23609/tn_FloatingOver1SECOR.jpg

You really have a great style. It's in these quicker works that I get more of a glimpse into how it's done. I do hope you return to these cumulus clouds -- they look great.

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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_HotNightSECOR.jpg

You really captured the essence of the project here. You've used the clouds and the sliver of land to create a composition where the clouds themselves account for all the color, value, and drama. This is absolutely incredible. It also should be used by tourism boards to lure people to the southwest :) Well done!

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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_DeepEveningSECOR.jpg

This cumulus stack really gives me a new appreciation for the way directional lighting effects clouds. It's a brilliant piece. THe silver linings really engage me here. With the darker arm craning overhead there's some real personification here as well. I love it. Many thanks!

I hope I didn't miss anyone. Keep up the great work!

-Craig

Craig Houghton
09-15-2003, 09:19 AM
Originally posted by E-J
I'm having computer probs and can't post final images to the project ... but can use Uploader, so here's the second of my four 7x5" studies. It's another cumulus because despite my efforts to learn the various cloud types, it's still the only one I can readily identify! :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Sep-2003/13865-cloud_project3.jpg

There's nothing wrong with sticking with cumulus for a great long while :) I think they're worth the attention. By breaking up the forms here you've conveyed a great sense of movement. I can feel a breeze pushing those cumulus around a bit. :clap: Well done!

-Craig

Craig Houghton
09-15-2003, 09:28 AM
Originally posted by E-J
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Sep-2003/13865-cloud.jpg

Craig, any idea what cloud type(s) this is? It might just have to become my next study :)

First off, great pic. I think those are altocumulus ribbons.

A term glossary here (http://nsidc.org/arcticmet/glossary/), defines altocumulus (middle cumulus) as

"A principal middle level cloud type (cloud genus), white or gray, or both white and gray, which occurs as a layer or patch with a wave aspect, the elements of which appear as laminae, rounded masses, rolls, etc. These elements usually are sharply outlined, but they may become partly fibrous or diffuse; they may or may not be merged..."

THere's some examples here (http://www.cloudman.com/gallery1/gallery1_8.html) which, although more dense, really show the range for altocumulus. They can be a sea of puffs or rolls of pillow.

Great pic. I hope you decide to use it. THere's nothing like working with ones own cloud refs.

-Craig

nougat
09-15-2003, 09:37 AM
Thank you all for your kind kind comments. I have been feeling a bit down recently and haven't painted anything for a while....:(
But all your beautiful paintings are making me want to have another go.... we'll see....

nadine

ctmobitz
09-15-2003, 11:28 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_DeepEveningSECOR.jpg

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: You did a fantastic job........your work looks so close to the real thing!!!

Claude

E-J
09-15-2003, 05:13 PM
Suddenly I'm seeing beautiful cloud formations everywhere ... just want to share them.

Grabbed my digital camera and snapped this as I left the office today:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Sep-2003/13865-firework_clouds.jpg

Deborah Secor
09-15-2003, 05:26 PM
Those are so lacy E-J. Here's one I saw recently--not as intimate as yours but I bet Craig can tell us all about the different kinds here! Feel free to paint from it if any of you want to...it's not a terrific photo but may bring back memories for some!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Sep-2003/23609-Sky_14_dsk.jpg

E-J
09-15-2003, 05:42 PM
That goes ditto for my photos ... if anyone in the clouds project finds them useful, please do paint from them.

flower
09-16-2003, 03:37 PM
Id like to thank everyone for their comments, its certainly motivating working with you all, theres so much beautiful work done here, it inspires me very much

ginatec
09-17-2003, 05:41 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/12116/tn_DriftAway.jpg

Hi Dawn
This is terrific. I adore the colours that you have used.

Gina

ginatec
09-17-2003, 05:44 PM
The final entries that I have just been browsing through are fantastic.
They are so good it has inspired me to join up and have a go myself:o

Gina

Kathryn Wilson
09-17-2003, 08:33 PM
Just uploaded this WIP to the project - wanted to share this before Hurricane Isabel hits -

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2003/14941-storm-clouds1.JPG

E-J
09-18-2003, 08:57 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/15069/tn_oilpastel1big.jpg

This is an excellent first oil pastel, Paul. I particularly like the way you've suggested the effect of looking straight into the light by rendering the sun as an indistinct shape, not a perfect circle ~ it works well.

Craig Houghton
09-19-2003, 01:51 PM
Originally posted by E-J
That goes ditto for my photos ... if anyone in the clouds project finds them useful, please do paint from them.

And you dee have posted some really fantastic shots -- well done! Also, regarding usage, the same applies here of course.

It is amazing how often you start finding something once you know to look for it, like clouds.

flower - I'm glad you decided to join. I agree. It really is inspiring.

ginatec - welcome to the project! I should try and Zorn cloud pic in pastel :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=27193

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/14941/tn_storm-clouds1.JPG

Kyle - that's really timely and looks extremelly promising. that looks like one heck of a thunderhead though :)

k, off to check the gallery for new stuff. i love this part :)

-Craig

Craig Houghton
09-19-2003, 02:10 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/26069/tn_Lightning_bolt_LPO.jpg

I'm glad you posted this. I loved it in the original thread, but it's all the better now :) I'm assuming the stacks against the back would be part of a great mass of cumulonimbus, which are thunderheads (from what I understand). The great white streak gives us the opportunity to recall that there's a ton of different ways to use clouds, and one of them is an agent in action. This is a wonderful painting.

Manga - thank you so much for posting the WIPs like that. It's a really great walk-through, and for those who may have missed it, look here (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/browse_progress2.php?userid=21887&proj_id=513).

and, regarding the finished entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=27238

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21887/tn_clouds03.jpg

the broken color really works here to capture the movement as well as the form of the clouds. I noticed you also instilled a lot of life into the sky itself. On top of all the other high-points of this, I think it's also a great example of how to keep the clouds from popping off the sky where they belong -- they're so much going on in the sky, that the cloud doesn't appear to be sitting upon a flat screen. Well done!

At one point E-J had remarked that it was difficult to make the clouds look real. I believe the comment referred to how even an accurately rendered cloud can tend to look too good to be true. If one looks up in the real world at a sky full of puffy white cumulus, it's hard to believe they are really there -- they look like cartoon clouds. In a painting, when flawlessly translated they can look out of place or cartoony (as they can in real life). I'm not sure what the solution is, besides taking into account atmospheric perspective, but one way to do it is to ensure that one doesn't neglect the subtleties of the sky itself. It's something I want to try out myself.

I'm amazed and humbled by all the entries. Amazing work and participation everyone!

-Craig

Kathryn Wilson
09-19-2003, 05:54 PM
Help! I need some comments on this one - not done, but is there anything glaring?? Not happy with the trees on the mesa, but that's an easy fix.

This looks more purple than it really is - do I need to go with more contrast?? more detail??

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2003/14941-thunderhead1.JPG


:rolleyes:

Craig Houghton
09-19-2003, 06:17 PM
Originally posted by kyle
Help! I need some comments on this one - not done, but is there anything glaring?? Not happy with the trees on the mesa, but that's an easy fix.

This looks more purple than it really is - do I need to go with more contrast?? more detail??

:rolleyes:

This looks fantastic. I don't see anything glaring, but I bring out the brights to define the forms a bit more, and I'd sharpen the darks only a hair. I'd say more contrast. What are your plans for the sky color?

It's the brights that I'm really curious about. I'm not sure where exactly the light is hitting the clouds from yet.

Looks wonderful!
Craig

Kathryn Wilson
09-19-2003, 06:30 PM
Hi Craig: It is a puzzle about the cloud brights - I'm going to post the photo I am working from. I can't go any brighter on the lights - it's as white as I can get it, but as I have said before, everything posted on WC looks dark to me.

:)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2003/14941-cloud6.JPG

Craig Houghton
09-19-2003, 07:12 PM
On second thought, darken the darks. The brights in the pic look that way in contrast to the sharp darker areas through the cloud-shape. It's amazing how much lighter something looks when it's next to a dark.

Neat pic btw

-Craig

Kathryn Wilson
09-19-2003, 07:25 PM
This is from a reference photo in the Image Library - taken by Caran. It was terribly dark, but lightened it in Photoshop. It has alot of yellow and ochre's, but was unsure I would like the painting with that color palette. I have used some ochre in the bottom portion of the thunderhead.

I am sitting here with a thousand pastels and I can't come up with exactly the colors I want - whaaaa. Rose gray and three tonal values. I have one, but not the other two. Any suggestions?

I am loosing the tooth on this paper trying to get the right colors - grrrrr. :mad:

Debra Wilson
09-22-2003, 02:31 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_DeepEveningSECOR.jpg

Dee, This is just beautiful. I am in awe (and inspired). Deb

Laura Shelley
09-22-2003, 01:21 PM
Originally posted by Craig Houghton
Manga - thank you so much for posting the WIPs like that. It's a really great walk-through, and for those who may have missed it, look here (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/browse_progress2.php?userid=21887&proj_id=513).

-Craig

I hope the WIP shots may be of use to another artist. I love to see other people's working sequences, and so I set out to document mine as clearly as I could. Though my digital camera and my scanner obviously disagree strongly on color temperatures. :)

Thank you for your kind comments--I'm happy you saw some successes in my submission!

MM

Laura Shelley
09-22-2003, 01:28 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_sleeping_giant.JPG

I like this one very much! The creamy texture of the clouds and the quality of the light feel airy and fresh--the space seems deep.

MM

Laura Shelley
09-22-2003, 01:33 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_DeepEveningSECOR.jpg

This is beautiful. The blue-to-violet play in the sky is luscious, and the orange-to-rose clouds make a vibrant color harmony--and yet it is not garish in the least. A sense of majesty and simplicity rather than the superficial prettiness of color that sunsets can lapse into.

MM

Laura Shelley
09-22-2003, 01:40 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/14941/tn_thunderhead2a.JPG

I like the hugeness of this amazing heap of cumulus--it's like a living being emerging over the horizon. The way you've articulated the forms gives it both solidity and motion. You know that it's only vapor and it's going to change with every passing moment, but it has tremendous presence--the black sky makes it stand out. The yellow/violet complement works well, IMO.

MM

Striver
09-22-2003, 09:43 PM
Hello Craig & all

Have taken the plunge and signed on, Just popped outside to have a go but the high winds are scudding the clouds fast. My first attempt is like an unmade bed, in the moonlight. So guess it may be a while before I post. Perhaps I should just copy a piccy, would like to just Plein Air it tho.
Meanwhile I will enjoy all of yours.
Peekabo from
Les

JL Whit
09-23-2003, 07:40 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/17461/tn_clouds1.jpg

Flower; wonderful rendering. I would like to see more...and more landscapes with them.

flower
09-23-2003, 08:02 PM
Hi Jeff,

Thankyou for your comments :)

ctmobitz
09-23-2003, 10:28 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/17461/tn_clouds1.jpg


:clap: :clap: :clap: Wonderful job..........keep up the good work....!!

Claude

Deborah Secor
09-23-2003, 10:40 PM
I meant to get in here before this to say thanks to you all for your encouragement. Debra and MM, you both make me feel good. I'm so glad you like the painting. My son takes a lot of pictures of the sunsets around here and I love to paint from them.

I think the thing that's impressed me most about this project is the immense variety of clouds, techniques, colors and styles. I want to try so many things now. I'll have to go back into the projects and comment soon, since there's so much new work there.

All I can say is, keep it up! This is such a great thread. (Thanks, Craig...)

:D
Deborah

Deborah Secor
09-23-2003, 10:49 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/21887/tn_clouds02.jpg

MM, this is quite beautiful--and I particularly enjoyed the progress images. I cannot believe you could achieve this on Canson. (I've tried that paper and it has defeated me every time. I fill up the tooth and have nowhere else to go...) I admire the looseness of this and the painterly quality you've achieved.

Deborah Secor
09-23-2003, 10:54 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_sleeping_giant.JPG

Craig, the delicacy of these clouds is amazing. You've caught the aerial perspective so beautifully. 5x7"??? Wow! Amazing to achieve this kind of simultaneous intimacy and depth on such a small scale. Bravo! I've seen some smashing work from you but this is your best yet... IMO!

Craig Houghton
09-24-2003, 12:25 PM
Originally posted by dee_artist

Craig, the delicacy of these clouds is amazing. You've caught the aerial perspective so beautifully. 5x7"??? Wow! Amazing to achieve this kind of simultaneous intimacy and depth on such a small scale. Bravo! I've seen some smashing work from you but this is your best yet... IMO!

Deborah - Thank you! This really means a lot, and as it was a plein aire finished on location, that's incredibly encouraging! Thank you. Also, I agree with your other post - this _is_ such a great thread. I'm constantly amazed at the work going on here. I love it.

Also, welcome about Les :) Glad to have you.

-Craig

Kathryn Wilson
09-24-2003, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by Madame Manga
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/14941/tn_thunderhead2a.JPG

I like the hugeness of this amazing heap of cumulus--it's like a living being emerging over the horizon. The way you've articulated the forms gives it both solidity and motion. You know that it's only vapor and it's going to change with every passing moment, but it has tremendous presence--the black sky makes it stand out. The yellow/violet complement works well, IMO.

MM

Thanks! I really appreciate your encouraging words. You've seen exactly what I wanted to portray - the huge, building clouds of a thunderstorm - almost a living being. They are facsinating to watch as they change every moment, going higher and higher. :D

Laura Shelley
09-24-2003, 09:09 PM
Originally posted by dee_artist

MM, this is quite beautiful--and I particularly enjoyed the progress images. I cannot believe you could achieve this on Canson. (I've tried that paper and it has defeated me every time. I fill up the tooth and have nowhere else to go...) I admire the looseness of this and the painterly quality you've achieved.

Excuse me while I go float off on a cloud... Thank you! That's very kind. You certainly made my day. :)

I think I pushed the Canson about as far as it would go--there are one or two spots that began to get overloaded, so I quit while I was ahead. That's one advantage pastel on paper has over oil, IMO--it can be harder to overwork, because it just won't let you put on any more pigment!

MM

cjkelly
09-25-2003, 01:57 AM
Well, I have signed up for this (as my very first project!) and posted a pic I managed to do this afternoon.
I've tossed up about entering as I am not a landscaper (landscapist?), and the quality of the entries has been so high that I felt a little 'under-developed' :(
Nevermind, I have bitten the proverbial bullet, and considering the drought here, have had no clouds to reference in real life, so dragged out a photo I took a few years ago. I'm not terribly happy with the results, and am still not convinced I will ever make a landscape interpretter....:)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Sep-2003/26542-Clouds_Darwin.jpg

Striver
09-25-2003, 05:25 AM
Well done, better than my first go, keep it up. No doubt youwill have some favourable comments and hints on improvement.
Regards
Les

Craig Houghton
09-25-2003, 07:31 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/26542/tn_Clouds_Darwin.jpg

This is wonderful. YOu've really captured a mood here. You mentioned 'grey and threatening,' and it is! I notice there's a good deal of movement in those clouds, but I think you partly achieved that by making the trees below look wind-tossed. That's a great device. I agree that they look like cumulus, and you've done a great job of keeping the forms well-defined. It's such an interesting process when one starts thinking of a cloud as a form to be defined instead of flatline scenery.

Thank you for submitting this -- you've really captured the mood, depth, and movement. I love it.

-Craig

blissfullyunaware
09-25-2003, 03:11 PM
TA DA... I also posted this in the weekly thread too, since it's been the only thing I've done this week :o. This is one of the reference pic's, (guess you recognize it Craig :D) I'd love to just guess at the type of clouds.. nimbus??? Really should look it up just so that I will know the next time. Studied clouds when I was in High School, but I'm not going to tell you how long ago that was.... yikes :D! Okay Craig... fire away... 8 1/2 x 11 Canson Mis Tentes, Soft pastels combo of Schmincke and Rembrandt (and yes I did schmeer the clouds... the paper wasn't accepting any add'l pastel and I wasn't done!... bad kid). LOL
Sharon

E-J
09-25-2003, 04:36 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/26542/tn_Clouds_Darwin.jpg

cj, you can consider this a success! You've got a very delicate touch.

cjkelly
09-25-2003, 06:24 PM
Les, Craig and E-J: Thanks for your kind comments. I feel encouraged enough to have another go! :)
I must say though, that I feel the clouds could have looked 'puffier', they seem (to me anyway) to not have enough volume. I will have another go on Colourfix which is much more forgiving.
Having seen the other entries (and am pretty blown away by them :eek: ) I'm keen now to try more colours in the clouds - a girl just wants to have fun....:D

Laura Shelley
09-25-2003, 07:14 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/21887/tn_spaceshuttle03.jpg

I've added in some progress shots of the one I'm now working on, which shows storm clouds from a slightly different perspective. :) All comments are welcome!

MM

JanetteBC
09-25-2003, 07:44 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/17461/tn_skyline.jpg

If only I could grow wings and fly through these clouds could they be any better :D

E-J
09-26-2003, 02:37 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/21887/tn_spaceshuttle03.jpg

Holy hell MM (or should that be heaven!) ... this is ambitious! Looks like you must have spent hours on it. I'm out of my depth to be able to advise you ... will just say that I can't wait to see how you complete it :)

blissfullyunaware
09-26-2003, 03:47 PM
... hmmm.... did I post this correctly... was I suppose to go to the project page to post this? ... have a feeling I didn't do this correctly....:confused: Let me know?

Also, I just wanted to say that everyone has done such beautiful work here on this project, I should've started dropping in earlier to give feedback on the pieces that were being posted. Oh well, this is my first project and hopefully everyone will forgive me for not behaving properly! ( dumb newbie... will figure it out eventually :D ).... LOL

Sharon

E-J
09-26-2003, 05:58 PM
hey Sharon :)

Go to Craig's first post in this thread and click on the 'Click here' bit, which will take you to the project's main page. There you need to click on 'Upload your final images' (or 'Upload your progress images' if you're planning to work on your painting some more) and follow the instructions.

Hope that helps!

Craig Houghton
09-28-2003, 10:12 AM
Originally posted by blissfullyunaware
TA DA... I also posted this in the weekly thread too, since it's been the only thing I've done this week :o. This is one of the reference pic's, (guess you recognize it Craig :D) I'd love to just guess at the type of clouds.. nimbus??? Really should look it up just so that I will know the next time. Studied clouds when I was in High School, but I'm not going to tell you how long ago that was.... yikes :D! Okay Craig... fire away... 8 1/2 x 11 Canson Mis Tentes, Soft pastels combo of Schmincke and Rembrandt (and yes I did schmeer the clouds... the paper wasn't accepting any add'l pastel and I wasn't done!... bad kid). LOL
Sharon

I definitely do recognize that field! Well done. Those clouds are creamy and well-defined. They're perfect. I think you've really done wonders with those purples too. Great work! I would say that they are cumulus as the nimbus is only attached (to the best of my knowledge) when precipitation is falling. Well done!

-Craig

Craig Houghton
09-28-2003, 10:15 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21887/tn_spaceshuttle04.jpg

This is stunning. It's a real eye catcher -- it's also definitely a view of the clouds I wasn't expecting to see depicted. So, double well-done for that :) How did you like the artagain paper? The result seems great.

-Craig

Craig Houghton
09-28-2003, 10:21 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/6393/tn_cloudscape.jpg

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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/6393/tn_mavica_cloudscapeversion.jpg

It's amazing what lighting and angle affects when photographing one's work -- it's hard to believe at first that these are of the same work.

Either way, this is wonderful. You captured the failing light and early rosy glow perfectly. The light values and the cirrus-like wisps in the upper central portion really gives the predominant cloud masses more prominence. This is a really fantastic piece with a unified feel to it. Well done!

-Craig

blissfullyunaware
09-28-2003, 01:29 PM
E-J Thanks for the tip.... one day I will learn to read before doing... lolol

Craig, Thanks for the kind words, I loved painting the clouds but they did not love me (or should I say the paper didn't want anything to do with it... lol :D) Also thanks for starting this project, it has inspired me to push a little more and do things I really haven't thought about! Thanks!!!

Sharon

Adrienne
09-29-2003, 09:48 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_DeepEveningSECOR.jpg

Wow -- this is just gorgeous. Really beautiful work.

Deborah Secor
09-29-2003, 10:12 AM
Thank you, Adrienne. I enjoyed painting it but the enjoyment of others is even better...
:)

Deborah

Laura Shelley
09-29-2003, 12:21 PM
Originally posted by Craig Houghton
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21887/tn_spaceshuttle04.jpg

This is stunning. It's a real eye catcher -- it's also definitely a view of the clouds I wasn't expecting to see depicted. So, double well-done for that :) How did you like the artagain paper? The result seems great.

-Craig

Thank you! I went out on a limb with this one--or up in the air, more like. :) All that color layering was fun, anyway!

The Artagain is a little too smooth for my personal taste unless I'm stumping, which for some reason I usually do only in monochrome media. I've used it with success for fine detail in white Conte. Here I indulged in fixative to a great extent--I sprayed heavily three separate times because things would start to muddle after a couple of layers.

If I were to do this again, I might try a much rougher paper, such as cold-press watercolor, and lay in a blue-black wash for my background tint.

MM

Laura Shelley
09-29-2003, 12:26 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/6393/tn_mavica_cloudscapeversion.jpg

I commented on this on the main pastel board, but it's still lovely! :) Your touch is very light. The echoing shapes of the trees make the clouds look like an ethereal forest in the sky.

MM

SweetBabyJ
09-29-2003, 06:38 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/9169/tn_loblollypines.jpg

ah-ha! I figured it out- you hafta comment on your own entry. I shall attempt to do so sotto voce....

I think it came out well. It'll be double-matted in a dark dusky marine blue and an equally dusky mauve- hubby will probably get fancy with the mats- he's that kind. I think the frame, though, will be quite plain- perhaps a polished pewter look with no adornment.

There's some magnificant cloudscapes here- I am *so* impressed.

Mo.
09-30-2003, 07:10 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/5154/tn_Cloud_Project..jpg

Craig... so sorry for being so late with my piece for this project, been so busy, hope to come in tomorrow and view all the work here and comment... hey and please note the water:D:D

Thanks for this project Craig, it's so popular, I can see it running for a long time to come.

Mo.:)

SweetBabyJ
09-30-2003, 07:41 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/5154/tn_Cloud_Project..jpg

NICE light!!

Plus you managed to get water in there, too- one stone, so to speak. I am so jealous!

ctmobitz
09-30-2003, 11:18 PM
MO....:clap: :clap: :clap:

Wonderful clouds........nice job and such a great composition with the water also.

Keep up the great work.........

Claude

Craig Houghton
10-01-2003, 03:25 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/9169/tn_loblollypines.jpg

transparent vellum - wow!

If that support has anything to do with the luminous quality in the skies, then I definitely want to give it a go :) Well done. This is a beautiful piece. I love the dramatic lighting!

Feel free to submit more :D

-Craig

Craig Houghton
10-01-2003, 03:28 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/5154/tn_Cloud_Project..jpg

I'd say they're cumulus, but more specifically, they are perfectly moody cumulus presented in a piece featuring fantastic tonal contrast and tremendous color unity. Well done!

This was worth waiting for :)

Great work!

Craig

p.s. I have no idea how you managed that with oil pastels, but I can't even manage an apple in ops :)

Mikki Petersen
10-01-2003, 03:29 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/5154/tn_Cloud_Project..jpg

Mo, this is a lovely piece. You really captured the brooding quality of those clouds.

Mikki Petersen
10-01-2003, 03:34 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/26069/tn_Lightning_bolt_LPO.jpg

Wow! Very dramatic painting! You did a great job making it look real.

Mikki Petersen
10-01-2003, 03:38 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_summerclouds.JPG

Craig, all your cloud paintings merit comment but I'm just too far behind. This one is really a terrific painting. I could just fall into it.

By the way, are you a meteorologist?

Mikki Petersen
10-01-2003, 03:41 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/12116/tn_DriftAway.jpg

Dawn, I swear you could make any subject romantic and dreamy! This is beautiful. Leave it to you to find a way to do a landscape without greens!:D

Mikki Petersen
10-01-2003, 03:43 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_DeepEveningSECOR.jpg

Well my eyes just keep running round and round this painting drinking in the fabulous colors! You should be pleased with this painting...it is very skillfully done.

Craig Houghton
10-01-2003, 03:43 AM
Originally posted by 1mpete
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_summerclouds.JPG

Craig, all your cloud paintings merit comment but I'm just too far behind. This one is really a terrific painting. I could just fall into it.

By the way, are you a meteorologist?

Lol. Many thanks. No, I'm far from a meteorologist. I just decided that if I'm going to keep painting landscapes, I'd better start understanding what I'm trying to depict. Just a few months back I could tell a cirrus from a dodge stratus. :)

And, thank you for the wonderful comment btw. :)

-Craig

Mikki Petersen
10-01-2003, 03:47 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13865/tn_cloud_study1.JPG

You did a great job catching that magical moment when just the edges of the clouds begin to catch the color. All of your entries are quite nice, but I love this time of day, so this is my favorite.

Mikki Petersen
10-01-2003, 03:49 AM
Originally posted by Craig Houghton


Lol. Many thanks. No, I'm far from a meteorologist. I just decided that if I'm going to keep painting landscapes, I'd better start understanding what I'm trying to depict. Just a few months back I could tell a cirrus from a dodge stratus. :)

And, thank you for the wonderful comment btw. :)

-Craig

Oh, no! Now I have to be knowledgeable about my subjects, too? I don't wanna:crying: ! I just go oohhh! Isn't that pretty...think I'll paint it, whatever it is...LOL!

Mikki Petersen
10-01-2003, 03:52 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/17461/tn_clouds1.jpg

Gee Flower, this is really an interesting painting. You did a great job composing it. It almost makes me dizzy because it seems I should be looking up! Good job!

Mikki Petersen
10-01-2003, 03:55 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/14534/tn_sky1.JPG

I like this a lot! Very pastoral and peaceful. You need no apologies for your greens, IMHO. You captured great depth with the palette you had.

Mikki Petersen
10-01-2003, 04:00 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/14941/tn_thunderhead2a.JPG

Yes, these storms are imressive and so is this painting. You really gave your viewer a feel for the immense power of these beauties! Very nice work.

Dark_Shades
10-01-2003, 06:01 PM
Originally posted by 1mpete
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/12116/tn_DriftAway.jpg

Dawn, I swear you could make any subject romantic and dreamy! This is beautiful. Leave it to you to find a way to do a landscape without greens!:D

ha ha ha Mikki..... you know me..... where theres a will there's a way..... and Im still moaning about those greens... grrrrr :D
Funnily enough was talking about you in the threads the other day..... someone came across the 'GREEN' challenge lol
(check out Mo's water challenge..... lol and see how much IM STILL moaning :) )

... thank you for the kind words Mikki :)

Dark_Shades
10-01-2003, 06:07 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/5154/tn_Cloud_Project..jpg

I like this Mo..... very atmospheric..... reminds me of St. Michaels Mount..... that glint, just sets it off just right against the darks on the beach

Dark_Shades
10-01-2003, 06:09 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/17461/tn_skyline.jpg

I really do like the colours you are using lately ...... very appealing and pleasing......I like how the buildings are soft and the clouds too......... nice work flower.... well done

Dark_Shades
10-01-2003, 06:17 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13865/tn_clouds_finished.jpg

lol, I couldnt make up my mind which one to comment on...... looks like you were really enjoying this project ....... I need to do some more too........ nobody has mentioned.... does anyone else make pictures or objects out of cloud shapes :D .... so far I have seen a rabbit..... seagull.... a horse.....

..... nice work EJ

Dark_Shades
10-01-2003, 06:20 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_HotNightSECOR.jpg

Wow that does look hot!!!..... wonderful colours dee

Dark_Shades
10-01-2003, 06:24 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_stratocumulus.jpg

I like the movement in this.... you have brought back a memory Craig.... you should talk to my dad lol..... he used to be in the RAF, and had to study cloud formation and weather..... and kept a diary of it..... until I got my hands on it as a small child, and on the blank pages took to drawing on them :eek:

leojacko
10-09-2003, 12:59 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/27068/tn_clouds1wip1.jpg

I've been putting this off ages. Wish I hadn't now because I have just had a lot of fun playing with wonderful colours in this sunset.

My painting is 10" x 5" on Fabriano buff textured paper, Unfortunately, when the sun came up this morning I saw that there were a lot of crease marks showing with side light.

Oh well, shall have to just regard it as a practice for a larger version !! :D

Leo
:cat:

Dark_Shades
10-09-2003, 01:04 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/27068/tn_clouds1wip1.jpg

I BET you had fun doing this one....... its Gorgeous :clap: ..... love, love the colours.... well done :clap: :clap: ( and I dont give out my clappies too often :) )

E-J
10-09-2003, 01:21 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/27068/tn_clouds1wip1.jpg

Great texture and unexpected colours ... like it very much!

leojacko
10-09-2003, 01:31 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/27068/tn_clouds1wip1.jpg

Thank you DarkSahdes & E-J for your kind comments.

I'm on a bit of a roll now, with these clouds, have been out taking more photos tonight - hope they turn out.

Cheers
Leo
:cat:

Kathryn Wilson
10-09-2003, 01:32 PM
Thanks for commenting Mikki! I really had fun doing this cloud formation - unfortunately, the photo does not show all the colors I had in this painting. :D

ctmobitz
10-09-2003, 02:10 PM
Leo....
Must say I too love the colors.........makes your painting so life like...........nice job
:clap: :clap: :clap:
Claude

leojacko
10-10-2003, 12:38 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/27068/tn_clouds1fin.jpg

Really enjoyed this exercise.

I was absolutley amazed by the pastel colours my scanner picked up - has anyone else experienced this. It was like 10 times my efforts in brilliance !

Leo
:cat:

flower
10-10-2003, 05:21 PM
Hi,

I would like to thank jalang, impete and dawn for their very upbuilding comments, thanks for looking, i think the pictures in this thread are all very awe inspiring isnt it wonderful how much we can enjoy the beauty of the sky

leojacko
10-11-2003, 01:37 AM
Thank you, Claude

Leo
:cat:

gmc
10-12-2003, 07:18 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13186/tn_Pastel_clouds.jpg

Alan, Very Lovely!!!! Multi-media talent!!! Thanks for sharing.

geri

Kathryn Wilson
10-12-2003, 09:43 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13186/tn_Pastel_clouds.jpg


Have we a lurking pastelist, Alan?? Very, very nice for a quick sketch. Tell us what paper, what size and what pastels you are using.

Craig Houghton
10-12-2003, 09:46 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/27068/tn_clouds1fin.jpg

"Craig - I don;t know what sort of clouds they are - cirrus maybe?"

I'll tell you what kind they are: fantastic! The color choices are really stunning -- you've managed to present the scene in all its furgent glory (furgent was the word of the day yesterday on www.m-w.com and I've been dying to use it). Great job!!

However, since a bunch of you have spent time working with the clouds, can anyone identify the type or sub-type here? If not I'll give it a go, but I'd like to see if someone else can.

Great work!

-Craig

Craig Houghton
10-12-2003, 09:48 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13186/tn_Pastel_clouds.jpg

You make it look so easy! Whatever medium you are using you really have a way of reducing the scene to its essential brilliance. Well done! The uplift on the cirrus tops really stands out for me, but the entire landscape is wonderful.

Glad to see you post this 'bold and loose' cloudscape :)

-Craig

E-J
10-12-2003, 12:44 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13186/tn_Pastel_clouds.jpg

Ooooh Alan, when did you do this? Very nice sketch. And is it quick enough perhaps to be posted to the weekly sketch thread? :)

leojacko
10-12-2003, 02:52 PM
Hey Craig,

Thanks for your comments :o

I'm not too good on words, but I can now add that one to my vocab ! :D

Checked out that website - maybe I'll find a quote there for my signature.

Leo
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Deborah Secor
10-12-2003, 03:26 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13186/tn_Pastel_clouds.jpg

Love the looseness of this one! Very painterly.

Alan Cross
10-12-2003, 03:49 PM
Originally posted by gmc
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13186/tn_Pastel_clouds.jpg

Alan, Very Lovely!!!! Multi-media talent!!! Thanks for sharing.

geri

Geri thanks glad you liked it...
Alan :)

Alan Cross
10-12-2003, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by kyle
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13186/tn_Pastel_clouds.jpg


Have we a lurking pastelist, Alan?? Very, very nice for a quick sketch. Tell us what paper, what size and what pastels you are using.

Thanks Kyle its watercolor paper ....I know not the best but its all I have...and op's size is 11X15 inches...thanks for looking in and commenting...
Alan :)

Alan Cross
10-12-2003, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by Craig Houghton
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13186/tn_Pastel_clouds.jpg

You make it look so easy! Whatever medium you are using you really have a way of reducing the scene to its essential brilliance. Well done! The uplift on the cirrus tops really stands out for me, but the entire landscape is wonderful.

Glad to see you post this 'bold and loose' cloudscape :)

-Craig

LOL Craig thanks yes thats me bold and loose....
Alan :)

Alan Cross
10-12-2003, 03:52 PM
Originally posted by E-J
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13186/tn_Pastel_clouds.jpg

Ooooh Alan, when did you do this? Very nice sketch. And is it quick enough perhaps to be posted to the weekly sketch thread? :)

Thanks a bunch E-J is 25 minutes fast enough?? Opps forgot to say I just did this one....
Alan :)

Alan Cross
10-12-2003, 03:54 PM
Originally posted by dee_artist
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/13186/tn_Pastel_clouds.jpg

Love the looseness of this one! Very painterly.

Deborah thanks and that is one of the nicest things you could say to me about my work!
Alan :)

Dark_Shades
10-12-2003, 04:38 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/12116/tn_sunset.jpg

Lol, wasn't quite sure where to post this.... Clouds or Water Project :) ...... still WIP, not happy with the colours of the water yet..... need to wash off all this dust

Alan Cross
10-12-2003, 04:45 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/12116/tn_sunset.jpg

LOL take your pick it would work for both! I like the sky....
Alan :)

E-J
10-12-2003, 06:35 PM
Originally posted by Alan Cross
Thanks a bunch E-J is 25 minutes fast enough??

Yes! ... and it will probably be the last sketch of the week. Which reminds me ... it's time for me to open a new one :)

ceEllicott
10-13-2003, 12:40 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/23609/tn_DeepEveningSECOR.jpg

OH WOW! I'm in love!
I want this painted on my walls and ceiling!

Dee - - did you post a work in progress anywhere, and a list of your palette colors?




cheryl

leojacko
10-13-2003, 01:36 AM
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It's looking good !

The colours are wonderful, I especially like the darker reflections in the water.

Leo

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leojacko
10-13-2003, 07:21 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/27068/tn_glencoesm.jpg

Just uploaded this little sketch. It is on W & N Lana pastel paper, which I find hard to work on, especially at this small size.

The subject is taken from a photo I took some years ago in GlenCoe, Scotland. Looks like it will pour down any minute!

Leo

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leojacko
10-13-2003, 03:16 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/27068/tn_clouds2wip.jpg

WIP - still a bit smudgy in places!

Been doing my homework on clouds ...

Fair weather cumulus - not quite alto cumulus.
:evil: :D

Leo
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Alan Cross
10-13-2003, 03:19 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/27068/tn_glencoesm.jpg

I like the mood here....very nice..
Alan :)

Dark_Shades
10-13-2003, 05:20 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/12116/tn_SunsetFire.jpg

God!! this is awful lolol.. YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! ..... what appealed to me in the photo was all the colours in the water.... it looked like it was on fire, but no so the painting.... is ewwwww!!! . thought Id share with you my trials and tribulations lol.... and to top it all.... Charlie knicked me title.... Sunset Fire lolol wahhhhhh what a bad day :) ........ should stick to landscapes I guess lolol :evil:

Dark_Shades
10-13-2003, 05:24 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/27068/tn_glencoesm.jpg

I think you have achieved everything you set out to do in this one Leo...... really nice piece...... like the effect and how you have the large mountains either side.....and the light shining through..... can just imagine William Wallace (Mel Gibson) come running along :)

like it alot...... well done

leojacko
10-14-2003, 01:40 PM
Thank you Alan & D-S for your comments on my mountain scene.

Mel Gibson eh? ;)

Oh - a question on subject matter now - what about Aurora Borealis ? would that count as clouds? I've a thought that it would make a great pastel panting. :D

Leo
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flower
10-14-2003, 04:32 PM
Hi Leo,

love your cloud scene think the colours are really beautiful, you have the white in between the mountains or the glow really super.

Dawn i love your glow from the sky into the sea, really super, the colours are top, my new painting teacher sAId that photos are very difficult to paint, he is a top world known artist and he has problems with photos cos the colours arent real, or so i think thats how he explained it, but the important thing is to paint from reaL life, you have a lovely pic here dawn

Dark_Shades
10-14-2003, 05:52 PM
Originally posted by flower

Dawn i love your glow from the sky into the sea, really super, the colours are top, my new painting teacher sAId that photos are very difficult to paint, he is a top world known artist and he has problems with photos cos the colours arent real, or so i think thats how he explained it, but the important thing is to paint from reaL life, you have a lovely pic here dawn

Thanks flower..... lol, you are forgetting where I live...... I could wait for years for sunsets/scenes etc like this.... I will just have to improve my painting from photos


*thinks ...... Sunsets over Coronation St. ...... nah, dont have the same appeal lol :D

.... winter now....... sun sets before I get home from work....... very rare here to have sunset colours anywhere near this

E-J
10-15-2003, 02:58 AM
Great clouds, everyone ... I've still got 2 more 7x5 spaces on my sheet of Ingres to fill up with more cloud studies ... haven't forgotten, Craig, honest!

Dawn, your sunset's not awful! Really like those vibrant streaks of colour. I would just watch what's happening where the sky meets the trees as the very lightest bit is clinging to the top of them almost like an outline ... just a thought :)

Leo, that 'Lana' stuff was the first pastel paper I tried and I HATED the texture. Ditch it and get some W&N 'Tints' instead: a bit like Canson Mi-Teintes and the reverse side is pleasant to use.

leojacko
10-15-2003, 02:00 PM
Thank you flower & E-J,

I'll look out for some other pastel papers.

I have also tried Art Spectrum paper - it's great, but you can see the 's disappearing before your eyes as it eats up the pastels !!!

Leo
:cat:

Craig Houghton
10-17-2003, 01:43 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/12116/tn_SunsetFire.jpg

You're far too hard on yourself. There is definite depth and the brilliant colors make this really appealing. The sense of movement really grab me. The clouds look like they're moving across the sky unevenly and that mimics the way the wind pushes them around quite well. Great work!

-Craig

Craig Houghton
10-17-2003, 01:47 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/27068/tn_glencoesm.jpg

I really love this. Yes, you managed to capture the bleakness, but more pronounced is the depth, the wonderfully simple complexity in those greens, and that lighter yellow patch in the clouds which reminds me that there's a perfectly bright sun behind those clouds waiting to shine on the valley. This is a great piece.

:clap:

-Craig

Craig Houghton
10-17-2003, 01:51 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/progress/27068/tn_clouds2wip.jpg

Fair weather cumulus - not quite alto cumulus.

Way to go!! This is looks great, and you really have a feel for the cumulus form. I think the homework paid off! Those clouds are practically falling off the paper -- I'm impressed, and glad to hear about the homework btw ;)

:clap: :clap:

-Craig

leojacko
10-17-2003, 12:50 PM
Thank you Craig for your comments

Also thanks for the project - I'm really into this one now, having lots of fun with my pastels & photos.

Leo
:cat:

Mary Robinson
10-19-2003, 01:55 AM
Here is my contribution to the cloud project, it's not finished yet, a WIP I'm doing in this forum. However I did complete the sky so here goes :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Oct-2003/29489-wipseascape4.jpg


Comments and critiques more than welcome


thanks

Alan Cross
10-19-2003, 01:57 AM
Originally posted by AkaMorgie
Here is my contribution to the cloud project, it's not finished yet, a WIP I'm doing in this forum. However I did complete the sky so here goes :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Oct-2003/29489-wipseascape4.jpg


Comments and critiques more than welcome


thanks

Great clouds...

Alan :)

ctmobitz
10-19-2003, 08:53 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by AkaMorgie
[B]Here is my contribution to the cloud project, it's not finished yet, a WIP I'm doing in this forum. However I did complete the sky so here goes :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Oct-2003/29489-wipseascape4.jpg


It sure looks great........can't wait to see the finished painting!

Claude

Mary Robinson
10-30-2003, 03:42 PM
Here is my contribution to Clouds...which most of you are probably sick of by now, having been posted in so many places....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/29489/tn_wipseascape16.jpg


Thanks,


Mary

Mary Robinson
10-30-2003, 03:42 PM
Here is my contribution to Clouds...final image....which most of you are probably sick of by now, having been posted in so many places....

This is done on Vellum, final image measures 22 x 16, I've used soft pastels and then layered most of the color with pastel pencils.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/29489/tn_wipseascape16.jpg


Thanks,


Mary

jocelynsart
11-06-2003, 03:49 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_Cirrus_and_cirrostratus.jpg

Hi: I was on WC main page and saw this project highlight. Had to stop in and say how much I liked this and the others you did! I love clouds and am constantly wishing I had my camera on me every time I see unique and interesting variations. Very nice piece!
Joss

jocelynsart
11-06-2003, 03:54 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/21273/tn_sleeping_giant.JPG
Wow, another great one!
Have been wantign to do a large paitnign just of clouds and these now have really inspired me to definately do one. We get some amazing formations around here lately.
Alot of the entries are just amazing. Going back to peek.
Joss

StringTheory
12-07-2003, 07:26 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/17461/tn_skyline.jpg

Your textured layout and blended forground are condusive to depth and movement of the eye from fore to back ground. I love 'true green' as well. Good job flower.:clap:

pastelist
01-18-2004, 10:28 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/513/completed/16787/tn_Painting_Clouds.jpg

Here is my entry. Sorry for my delay. I really enjoyed this project. Thanks for allowing me to participate. My painting was completed in soft pastel on ersta sanded paper. The size is 9 x 12.
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