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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Clouds on The Easel

  work in progress
20 x 20"
© Nicki Ault, 2012

For awhile now I have been wanting to paint clouds as a subject in their own right. I have loads of photo resources to use... I take a ton of cloud and sky pictures. Yesterday afternoon (before the Halloween bedlam) I finally had a chance to spend some time at the studio knowing I would be able to go back for two full days after that. I got started on these clouds and when I left I was pleased with the progress, but this morning when I went back the colour seemed a bit lack-luster. A "go bold or go home" attitude kicked in and after today's session there are oranges, reds, magentas, deep blues and purples, bright yellows and golds. Let's just say it isn't a meek colour palette. Once it dries I will put some finishing touches on and see if it works.


Monika Kinner-Whalen (MySweetPrairie) said...

Oooh AWESOME!! Love the whispies off that heavy cloud. And the YELLOW! I have a huge passion for yellow skies.


Nicki said...

Hi Monika,

Well, there is still yellow in the painting, but not so much in the sky anymore. It has changed a lot since this photo was taken- it is one dramatic cloud at this point. I'm glad you mentioned you like the whispies because I couldn't decide, so for now I have left them in. It may be done... I'll decide at the studio tomorrow. Stay tuned!