ACRYLIC ART - Intermediate lessons "Clouds"

  • By Brenda Smith
  • 26 Jun, 2016
Clouds

HOW TO PAINT CLOUDS 

YOU WILL NEED - Acrylic artists paints (White, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber and Black (optional), Filbert (round tipped) brushes, water and an extender medium. (blue, white and red for the sky.   You can buy these all at a good art supply store.
  • I chose to paint a mid day sky which is quite an intense blue, by mixing ultramarine blue, white and a very little touch of red.


Clouds
Clouds
  • The first step in for the shadows in the clouds, I mixed white with a bit of raw umber and a very small amount of Yellow Ochre.  White and just raw umber would also work.  I added a bit of extender in this color.  What extender does is extend the drying the time of the paint, so you have more time to work with it and blend it, before it dries.
  • By using a medium Filbert brush I brushed on the color mixture using the flat area of the brush, and very little product.  You can always add more if needed.
Clouds

  • gradually mix in white with the darker colors and add highlights mostly to the top and left side of the darker areas.  In this case the left side of the clouds is where the sun is highlighting the clouds.  Therefore all of my highlights will be top and left.  
  • Keep in mind....when adding lighter colors, BLEND them into the darker ones.  So your colors will go from light to dark while blending.  The only sharp edges are the white areas in some of the tops of the clouds.
Clouds
  • You may want to switch to a smaller Filbert brush for the highlights of the clouds.  You will now be adding more white to the tops and left areas, while still blending into the darker areas.
Clouds
  • If you want to add very light weight clouds anywhere in the painting, use any shade of what you have already mixed, add more of the extender.  When loading the whole side of your brush  ´╗┐with just a little paint, you may even need to off - load it onto a paper towel.  This technique requires very little paint, as you are going to want to press down hard on the brush and 'smear' light weight color in larger areas, keeping edges VERY soft and feathered out.
Clouds
TA DA!!!!

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