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Deborah Secor
03-24-2008, 02:08 PM
I'm really curious to find some good examples of sky painters, mostly in pastel if possible, of course, but I'm open to other media too... I just want to see the various creative ways people paint skies for my upcoming two classes on how to paint skies and clouds.


Here's a couple I like from Brad Faegre:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2008/23609-Faegre_Sunset-Showers-in-Chalfan.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2008/23609-Faegre_Pacific-Winds.jpg
I think the one above is acrylic.

And Liz Haywood-Sullivan:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2008/23609-haywood-sullivan_this_way_to_taos.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2008/23609-haywood-sullivan_orange_glow.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2008/23609-Haywood-Sullivan_road_trip.jpg


So if you have any examples or links, I'd appreciate them!

Deborah

Donna T
03-24-2008, 03:42 PM
Deborah, I've had Scotty Mitchell in my Favorites file for a long time. I love her bold, expressive skies.

http://www.scottymitchell.com/index.html

Donna

MarieMeyer
03-24-2008, 03:52 PM
Not pastel, of course, but this Van Gogh is my favorite sky ever:
http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/cgi-bin/WebObjects.dll/CollectionPublisher.woa/wa/work?workNumber=ng3861

I couldn't beleive the first time I saw it in person how much green there was it - but, then again, green was what the composition needed, and so he used green, even though we "know" that skies are blue, not green.

I really like that 2nd Faegre that you posted, so perhaps green skies are just my thing.

I also like pointillism, esp. Signac, here is his most famous sky: http://www.abcgallery.com/S/signac/signac13.html

But this is a better one:
http://artchive.com/artchive/S/signac/signac_venice.jpg.html

As for pastels, have you got the William Merritt Chase pastels book? If so, plate 89 is a great example of low cloud.

DAK723
03-24-2008, 03:56 PM
Ovanes Berberain is an oil painter and (I think) one of the best in contemporary art. Here is a link to a gallery that represents him. I love his skies.

Don

http://www.newmastersgallery.com/ArtistsB/berberian.htm

Colorix
03-24-2008, 04:27 PM
I think Turner is hard to beat:

http://www.j-m-w-turner.co.uk/Turner_Paintings/Turner_Gallery.htm

I couldn't find the one of Hannibal crosses the Alps or some such title, it has a gorgeous dark cloud rearing like a cobra!

Bringer
03-24-2008, 06:19 PM
I double dare you with just the first link :-)

http://www.johncogan.com/pages/catalog-02.html
http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/a/altdorfe/1/5battle.html
http://www.abcgallery.com/B/bellotto/bellotto.html

And some of my own :-)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=362588&d=1181331217

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=354449&d=1174254840

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=335510&d=1159119572

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=321149&d=1147629848

Kind regards,

Josť

Terry Wynn
03-24-2008, 06:25 PM
Deborah, you might check out Bill Cone's blogspot. Lovely skies, plein air in pastel.

http://billcone.blogspot.com/


Terry

Deborah Secor
03-24-2008, 07:06 PM
Donna, I LOVE Scotty Mitchell's paintings!!!

Favorite:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2008/23609-Mitchell_LateAugustStorm_lg.jpg

Marie, I agree, Van Gogh's skies! And Signac--I'd forgotten about him.

Don, you're right--Berberian is the master of the moody sunset sky!

And I have a Turner tucked away in my sky favorites, too, Charlie. I'll have to search for the sky you mention, however.

Jose', the Cogan paintings are extremely realistic, that's for sure! I like your stuff, too. :D

Thanks to all of you for your input. :thumbsup:

Any more contemporary pastelists who do great skies that anyone can send me to? I'd appreciate it!

Deborah

Deborah Secor
03-24-2008, 07:11 PM
Oops, Terry, I almost missed your post. Wow! I LOVE Cone's work, too.

Favorite:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2008/23609-cone_winterdrizzle_sm.jpg

YUM!

:D
Deborah

Terry Wynn
03-24-2008, 08:30 PM
I'm so glad you found it, Deborah. I love Brad Faegre's work but think Bill Cone's stunningly simple landscapes are breathtaking.

Good luck in your quest. To harken back a week or so, thanks so much for your water demonstration. I often find undercolor in water and you showed that head on. Really appreciate it.

Terry

Scottyarthur
03-24-2008, 09:06 PM
Oh man the best I'm not sure as there are so many, but I will say some one no has heard of yet or aleast not much. Ken Elliott. http://kenelliott.com/ he does not do them offten but if you look at his pastels they are there.

johndill01
03-24-2008, 09:12 PM
Deborah: I have to throw in one of my favorites, Albert Bierstadt's "Among the Sierra Nevada's". Although this is in oil, the sky translates well to pastel.

http://www.artchive.com/artchive/B/bierstadt/bierstadt_among.jpg.html


John

chewie
03-24-2008, 09:29 PM
http://www.americanlegacyfinearts.com/peter/gallery/petergal.html

https://www.timcox.com:4443/gallery1.html

here's a couple that i just adore--first one has pastels as well as oils, and the second is one of my utmost fav. western artist--not all his work is skies, but when he does one, holy smoke!

dvantuyl
03-24-2008, 10:54 PM
Deborah, in my area Judith Cunningham is noted for her skies here are two examples of her work:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2008/120719-JCbb.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2008/120719-JCuc.jpg

artist_pw
03-25-2008, 12:38 AM
Hi:

I always liked the skies in Maxfield Parrish's images. Even though they're not pastel, they are quite wonderful. Also, Duane Wakeham does a superb job on them, too.

alaskan rose
03-25-2008, 12:57 AM
Here are a couple of my favorite sky painters:

The first is Sidney Laurence. These images don't really do justice to his work. I have had the privelage to see it IRL and his skies and light are stunning!

http://www.sydneylaurence.com/artwork.htm

www.clydeaspevig.com/previous.html (http://www.clydeaspevig.com/previous.html)

and our own WC Marc Hanson:

http://marchanson.blogspot.com/

dfi
03-25-2008, 06:42 AM
North Carolina artist Diana Coidan has a great collection of sky and cloud formations - all in pastel.

http://data.fineartstudioonline.com/dataviewer.asp?keyvalue=4659&subkeyvalue=5890&page=ViewCollection

Good luck with your upcoming classes.
Denise

Colorix
03-25-2008, 07:33 AM
Deborah, found it, it is in the Tate.

http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2007/turner/turnerinfo_fs.shtm

He got the cloud from a rainstorm over an English heath. :-) Sketched it plein air, standing on a hill with his nephew, and then put it into the studio work of Hannibal. Nephew told the story.

Deborah Secor
03-25-2008, 10:19 AM
I'm blown away! Whoa--I love the variety and beauty and creativity I see in all these. Amazing. The sky is one of my favorite things to paint and I just wrote an article interviewing Marc Hanson about his sky paintings, so I've spent a lot of time looking and thinking about them lately.

I can't help but think of Psalm 19:1, since I study the Bible all the time, too:

"The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork."

Thanks so much for everyone sharing these gorgeous examples! I wish I had time to remark on each one, but trust me, I'm looking into them all and really enjoying what you've shared here.

I think this thread would be valuable to a lot of people looking at painting the sky, so I'm rating it, too. THANK YOU ALL!!

Anyone else?? Still open to seeing the best sky painters around!

Deborah

fiatlux
03-25-2008, 11:02 AM
Doug West has made a career out of skies over western mountains. He does serigraphs but the skies are interesting because there are many layers of closely allied colors: http://www.dougwestart.com/index.html

Richard

Terry Wynn
03-25-2008, 07:53 PM
Thanks for asking the question, Deborah. I wanted to respond to rate this thread as there is much to look at.

Terry

Bringer
03-25-2008, 09:38 PM
Deborah, in my area Judith Cunningham is noted for her skies here are two examples of her work:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2008/120719-JCbb.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2008/120719-JCuc.jpg


I've seen her work before.
Quite impressive.

Josť