- Soak up the colour
Cloudy skies change quickly so, the trick is soaking up the atmosphere first. “Landscape painting is about trying to capture the moment rather than creating an illustrative picture.” Some artist go walking in parks or on the beach or in nature for inspiration, then return home or to the studio to paint from memory. “sometimes taking a photo to refer to is a good idea
- Prime for depth
To add warmth to a landscape, prime your boards first so that you aren’t working on a cold, white backdrop. When the background shows through parts of one’s painting it creates a kind of a glow. An option is to choose a warm yellow backdrop for your paintings of buildings or urban district landscapes and, rather unusually, an inky red for the seascapes or portraits This tends to be good for early morning or evening light.
- Keep colour simple yet effective
It is recommended to stick to a limited palette. Don’t buy hundreds of shades of the same colour. You can create many of your own shades and colours with just a few different shades of the primary and secondary colours. Focus your time on mixing colours and establishing pleasing combinations before applying the oil to board: some artists sometimes spend one or two hours preparing their palette.
- Experiment with brushes
Varying the way in which you apply the paint is key when it comes to adding drama and movement to the cloudy skies. You will probably use everything from top-quality brushes to cheaper ones bought in bulk. It’s great to experiment with different brushes, even the cheap and nasty ones can have their uses. It’s really about learning what a brush can do for you and what you can achieve with it
- Push the paint around
Its great to put the paint down [on the board] and push it about and change the colours. This process of experimentation is important for all artists as it helps you learn how your pre-mixed colours behave alongside one another.
You can put down what you might think was a neutral grey next to a blue and that grey would just appear to warm up. But if you put that same neutral grey down next to a warm colour it might appear to go blue instead. This effect is just incredibly interesting to watch