Big Cloud, Irvine Harbour

big cloud irvine harbour jan 2015

The skies over the harbour are always changing; by the day, the hour, the minute even. I am finding a way to paint them by trying to understand the interpretation of the original view/photograph. I take loads of pictures of the harbourside and have been for years. It’s only now I think I am finding some way to get the drama onto canvas. The hills on the horizon are quite distant and it wasn’t until I dropped the idea of the land forms as a focus and began looking at the sky that the solution appeared in the clouds!

This big cloud sat over the water for a while before sauntering off into town. It was quite a blowy day and pretty cold. I am using a lot of prussian blue these days and it is the dominant colour here. The painting was done in two sessions, mostly wet-in-wet with a few corrections over dry areas later.

Alla prima cloud study

landscape demo friday small

This time, a demo for friday’s team. No sunset, but a cool scottish summer’s day. I chose this one as it is a bit different from the other two and a slightly bigger challenge. The cloud formation had a real three dimensional quality. Also the “white” of a cloud makes for a valuable painting exercise. Some lovely greys in the beach with warm reds in the mix, particularly in the foreground.

These three demos are from images brought up by Google searches. A bit cheaty, yes, but I am learning loads myself, from this. I am about ready to go on some field trips to capture my own images now.