In the meantime, I'm back to one of my favorite obsessions: clouds! Being one of those "clouds only" images, it thereby obtains an abstracted quality, which I'm always drawn to. In this case, though, I went down the path of more realism, similar to the cloudscape "Serenity" I painted a couple of months ago.
Like Serenity, this is more detailed out than my recent paintings. I really spent time studying the photo and paying close attention to the subtle color and value nuances within the cloud, and my goal was to render them as accurately as possible.
Clouds are amazing things - seemingly solid, but yet they are not. Seemingly weightless, but yet a small cumulus cloud weighs more than an elephant with its combined water weight (thank you to my Cloudspotters's Guide for that piece of trivia). Light has interesting effects on clouds, lighting some areas deep within the cloud and yet other areas along the edges show the deepest shadows.
These features make them a challenge to paint convincingly, but a fun challenge for me nonetheless.
As usual, my MV Thunderstorm Gray set is what made this painting possible; for one painting clouds, it's a requisite part of a pastelist's palette. I have a few Unisons and open stock MV's that I used as well.
Dreamscape #1 - 11x15"
pastel on 140# cold press watercolor paper with Golden pumice ground