The other day, I went to Powell's Books to look at some art books showing how to paint clouds.
Surprisingly, when I arrived on the art floor, I was floored to see a wall of cloud paintings by
Heidi Keith. She painted 182 sky paintings, one each morning at 7 a.m.in Portland, every day from the winter to the summer solstice. It's a wonderful show and if you're in town, you should go see it before more of the paintings disappear.
I've been practicing painting watercolor clouds today, and I've found them very tricky, but fascinating. I really enjoyed looking out the window and trying to record what I saw. I made all of these using combinations of Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine, Raw Sienna, and Alizarin Red. I tried different sketchbooks and different brushes and different techniques.
I've got a long way to go.
This is what the Portland sky looked like through my camera.
I can see why Heidi Keith would want to paint the sky each morning.
I also took time to paint a vase of camellias while waiting for paint to dry.