Different Clouds & Sky Paintings

Different Clouds & Sky Paintings - student project

For my project, I've demonstrated several ways to paint different cloud types in watercolor. You can see that each of these is rather small, so I won't spend too much time on each watercolor sketch .I prefer to make these small paintings ("weather thumbnails") and make several of them next to each other. The sky can sometimes change very quickly! Watercolor is a great medium for these studies, both in its fluidity, and with it's quick drying time. You can make cloud studies everywhere, outside or inside. 

I enjoy learning more about the different cloud types as I paint. Here you can see the most common cloud types from the first half of the class:

Different Clouds & Sky Paintings - image 1 - student project

And a few more special situations like sunsets:

Different Clouds & Sky Paintings - image 2 - student project

When you paint a sunset, be careful not to overlap or mix blue and orange/yellow paint too much, or it might turn green. Let the pigments do their thing, you will be surprised at the colors when you let them settle for themselves.

I hope you'll enjoy painting clouds!!

Julia Bausenhardt
Nature Sketching & Illustration
Teacher