Thursday, July 13, 2006
oil on canvas
Clouds are effected by light and perspective just as land objects would be. They will be illuminated on surfaces facing the sun and in variable degrees of shadow elsewhere. The underside often has the darkest value but not always. Clouds will cast shadow on the ground too, especially if the sun is directly overhead.
Exaggerating the contrast between light and shadow will add drama to your painting. I always try to add some land color into the clouds and some sky color into the land so that they are not completely separated.