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Old 09-30-2018, 09:04 PM
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The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Welcome artists!

Here is a quick recap of what The Spotlight is all about!

The Spotlight is an activity thread for pastel artists of all experience levels working from photos chosen by a monthly host. Most months, the host will choose photos from only one subject, putting that subject into “the spotlight,” so to speak! For example, one month the subject will be painting water, another month will spotlight flowers, etc.

Some months, rather than spotlight a subject, the focus will be on a challenge of some sort. In those cases, we might have a wider variety of photo references, but “the spotlight” will be on the challenge itself.

Since this is a group activity, we can pool our knowledge and resources, and grow as artists in a fun, “no-pressure” atmosphere.

And, remember, no critiques unless specifically asked for.

The intent is to have fun, try new things, experiment, and perhaps most of all, to see what our friends and colleagues are painting from the same reference material!

Please note: The photos this month were taken by me or are from the Reference Image Library. You have permission to use the photos as reference to create your artwork and to sell them and/or exhibit them. The actual photos still retain the copyright of the photographer. So you cannot copy the photo to your blog, for example, without the permission of the photographer, or digitally alter or reproduce the photo for any purpose other than for your personal use, with the exception of crops, digital alterations and posts of these photos within "The Spotlight" thread.

This month's Spotlight is on...Clouds!

Most landscape paintings contain skies and usually clouds, too, but the main subject is often something else. So skies often take up only a small upper part of the painting and may be somewhat subdued. But sometimes clouds - and skies - can be the main subject. So I thought that this month we would put the Spotlight on Clouds!

For the most part, clouds are soft - with soft edges. But the edges will still be varied - as some of the edges will harder (or softer) than others. So, that is one thing I like to watch for when painting clouds.

And often - especially when the clouds are fairly solid, they also have light and dark areas and a sense of volume. At other times they can be wispy and somewhat transparent. In other words, clouds come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and degree of solidness!

So let's take a look at the references and try our hand at putting Clouds in the Spotlight!

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As always, feel free to modify the refs.

And enjoy!

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Old 09-30-2018, 09:31 PM
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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Wow, Don! Great examples!
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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Lovely references. Thank Don. Great subject. I’m looking forward to starting.

Alice, I missed coming on your painting. I like it very much. The trees...very nice.
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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Clouds are my fav subject
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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Hello everyone!
Don, reference photos are really great! I will definitely try to paint using them!
Meanwhile one of my cloud experiments which I have done earlier


Jay, thanks for your comment on my prevoius drawing!
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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Quality of photo is not really good, but when I'm taking high quality photo, I can not post it here, it is said that the size of it is too big...
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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

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Quality of photo is not really good, but when I'm taking high quality photo, I can not post it here, it is said that the size of it is too big...

WetCanvas asks you to resample your photo using some sort of photo editing software to 800 pixels on the long side. If you don't have any photo editing software, there are some free ones on the internet. Search for "Free Photoshop alternatives" or something along those lines.

I think your cloud study looks quite good!


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If there was anything we could change about WetCanvas it would be the photo handling. Not that we have a say. Anyhow, here is my semi-satisfactory attempt at a warm mid-summer day in the high country:
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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Alice and Sarah Rose, you have done an outstanding job! Large or small, the clouds are looking good.
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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Sarah, Very nice painting! Definitely captures the feel of warm summer day! Sky and clouds are beautiful!

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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Alice and Sarah Rose. Very nice work. Interesting clouds well done.

Wish I could join in. I’ll get there.
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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Here is another one, 6X6 on UArt 400. I am happier with these clouds than the previous painting. I went back to 400 grit from 800 so I could layer more. Plus, I need (or want?) more cloud colors
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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Hello,
First post on wet canvas, but I having been lurking for a few months. I had to take the opportunity to try out the cloud study as I have been working on clouds (and trees) for the last couple of weeks anyways.
C&C welcome.

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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

First of all, welcome to the pastel forum. We have a lot of guests and it's always nice when they become members and join in the fun. This is wonderful!!!
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Re: The Spotlight - October 2018 - Clouds

Sarah, Another very nice painting! Clouds are lovely - and so is the atmospheric perspective on the hills - and that little group of trees is nice!

Soitainly, Welcome to WC and the Spotlight! Very nice job on your painting! You have created a real nice softness in those clouds!

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