It was another lovely day. On the ride home there were these huge fluffy clouds (alto cumulus?) that looked like cotton candy. I decided I’d try and paint them.
These are the type of clouds you watched build all day in New Mexico during the summer. The kind of clouds that serve as oracles and reveal fantastical shapes and stories.
I love these kind of clouds (in spite of Joni Mitchell!).
So when I arrived at home I decided to paint them. Funny thing was they’ all drifted off and morphed into these slightly fluffy loose clouds. So I decided to paint them anyway.
I painted this on a 4×4″ toned gesso board. For some reason the cannon won’t take a good picture of this so I apologize in advance.
Although I was close to home it’s a totally valid plein aire since the mosquitos chewed on me nonstop.
The clouds rolled past and I did the best I could. There are magnolia trees to the right and I did what I could with them. I think it’s an improvement on the first plein aire and I think I nailed the roofline and the dormer. I wanted to paint a gorgeous loose cloud and I think I did ok.
Here is a close up of the clouds. I really liked how they turned out, but the colors kept changing.
I will try to retake these pictures under natural light once the paint dries a bit.
I also learned why some folks love and some hate winsor newton’s cremmitz
Totally off topic
Linked below is a youtube of Pavarotti and Bono singing Ave Maria (live) it’s actually wonderful.
While you’re at it check these next two out, talk about a great juxtaposition!
And finally, one of my favorite opera songs, (after Sull’Aria)