Sierra Sunset Landscapeito

There you are in the High Sierra. The sun has set over a nearby ridge and the light is beginning to fail. As you put on your hat and extra layers to prepare for the night, you look to the east and see the “Belt of Venus”. The blue line, low across the sky made

Painting Fog with Watercolor

There are four principles to suggest fog in a painting or drawing. As you move from the foreground to the background, lighten the value, narrow the contrast, desaturate the color, and show less detail. Lets see how these principles apply in a simple painting. Click on the first image to start a step by step

How to Paint Skies with Watercolor II

Watercolorists have a lot of tricks up their sleeves for painting skies. In this post we will explore two of them, lifting out, and wet in wet. Remember, no trick is a replacement for real observation in nature. These methods become very powerful when coupled with genuine study of the sky. Click on any illustration

How to Paint Skies with Watercolor I

Watercolor is a fast and effective medium for rendering skies. It allows the artist to play with gradients of color and value and hard and soft edges. Watercolor can create very pleasing cloud effects. This is helpful but it is also a trap. If you are satisfied with a cloud-like look you can create with

How to Draw Clouds in Perspective

Perspective, or the change in size and shape of objects as they recede toward the horizon, has a big role in drawing skies. You can not just draw distant clouds as smaller versions of clouds that are close to you. In the diagram at the right, you see a procession of differently sized ellipses in the

How to Draw Cloud Shapes

The best you can do to improve your drawings of clouds is to study them scientifically. Learn to identify the basic cloud types in life, photos, and artwork. The more you study clouds, the more you will see, appreciate, and understand. Your knowledge and curiosity about clouds will be reflected in your drawings. We all