"I knew then that we were like the clouds that fills the sky so that you can no longer tell where one ends and where one begins" Paulo Coelho
Clouds captivate me. No formation will ever be repeated. Each formation is completely unique. Yet they are forever changing, moving, forming then fading away. One harmless looking cloud can turn into a monstrous storm few hours later. One can never predict their coming and going exactly. We have absolutely no control over them, they float effortlessly day in and day out more free than any bird. They are just as alive as any living being but exist by there own rules of survival. Their whimsical attributes lure me in, but don’t be fooled by their gentle ways in the blue skies, for they are powerful, silently evolving into whatever shape they so desire.
This painting I did was inspired by my love for clouds, and their effortless beauty and power. The painting is portrays clouds in a heavenly perspective. I want to send out the message in this artwork that there is more beauty around us that we miss in our daily lives. Take a moment to look at the clouds this week and be reminded by their beauty and power.
The clouds may seem grey at times, but there is always a sun that shines down, a constant reminder against the ever changing clouds. Sometimes the dark clouds can actually become something beautiful and captivating in your life, you just have to give them a chance and be patient.
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds
A few process pics to give you an idea of how the painting evolved from a blank canvas to a gigantic cloud
The sky was done first and I brought the blue all the way down to add the main base color, then I began by blocking in the base colors, to give a general idea of light and dark areas. Then the real work started by shading and adding depth. I mainly used color to add depth and not tone work. In other words my main emphasis was on seeing the colors in the painting and not the tones of light to dark. True to the impressionistic style I pursue, I never used any pure black but rather a dark purple and dark blue-grey tone in the dark areas. I used oil paint and so it made layering a pleasure, and I was able to do a lot of color mixing on the actual painting.