30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 22

mini painting color study clouds at the park May 20 2019
Mini color study, “Whipped Cream”, 3×4 oil on paper

Based on another photo I took in the local park, this study is focused on the colors in the cloud formations. I took some notes when I was on location, but forgot to reference them when mixing my colors. I like the way the warm and cool grays subtly contrast with each other. It’s amazing how much color variety is possible with paints that look virtually white on the palette!

I’ve been noticing that even though mixing warmer, more orange greens it helps create a sense of light on the trees while limiting the value shifts, it also makes it feel like autumn trees. Doing this study helped prompt me to explore ways to show light on summer trees that I’m excited to try out.

I’d also like to devote some time at some point to painting cloud shapes, really looking at them to understand light and shadow as well as learning how to hold the brush to get the look I want.

Reference photo of early evening clouds
Value thumbnail of simple shapes

Black and white value check of my color study