I’m often asked during my classes and workshops, to demonstrate how to paint skies and clouds. They seem to be some of the most difficult landscape elements for many folks.
The good news is that watercolor is tailor-made for this sort of subject. It’s fluidity makes it easy to create the soft textures found both in the sky and especially in clouds.
Before getting started, keep these things in mind:
– Clouds are mostly soft in texture; think cotton ball
– Although they can have very hard edges, in a painting, it is best to have a variety of edges – hard, soft and rough – with soft dominating and rough being more prominent than hard edges.
– Make the bottoms of most of your clouds FLAT and mostly parallel to the ground plane.
– Use very fluid washes both in the sky and on the interiors of the cloud shapes.