April Cloud Study, pastel, 9 x 9, 2013 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Colorful Spring Sky, April Cloud Study

April Cloud Study, pastel, 9 x 9, 2013 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

April Cloud Study, pastel, 9 x 9, 2013 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Once the weather turns warm and sunny the world begins coloring up nicely, and so it did one April afternoon. I decided to take some time to paint the clouds, literally and figuratively, standing out in my back yard with my pastel for about ten minutes—and by that time the skies were completely different.

The sun is almost directly above so it’s shining on the top surface of the clouds while the bottom, facing us, is in shadow. It’s interesting to think that clouds are water vapor in various densities that create shadows even when the noonday sun at its brightest is shining right down onto them. And the water vapor does what water does to light—it refracts it into colors in the rainbow. That was what had attracted me—all the colors I saw in the clouds. I could feel my fingers twitching to get to it.

This painting has a lot of fingerwork in it, and it’s one of the things I love about working in pastel. In this case it was soft puffy clouds with very few hard edges, and also thin misty clouds above the puffy clouds that didn’t quite obscure the sky. I layer pastel on the board then work the surface with whatever means I need to get the blended tones and textures. While the cumulus clouds were fun to get in there and fingerpaint with pastel, the subtleties of those thin cirrus clouds were the most difficult NOT to overdo, using just the right amount of pastel and swash with my fingers on that blue sky so I’d get it done in one take, no reworking because that would be overworking it in this case.

Wow, 10 minutes, I think I held my breath to make sure I didn’t overwork it, and in fact I captured a moment because the clouds were on the move. All that on a 9″ x 9″ piece of pastel paper.

About April Cloud Study

I painted April Cloud Study in Sennelier pastel on Wallis sanded pastel paper, 9″ x 9″. The original is sold but I have prints on paper and canvas.  I framed the original a white frame I’d customized with a white crackle finish over shades of blue green and lilac from the painting, with and a white mat.

You can find April Cloud Study here.

April Cloud Study, pastel, 9 x 9, 2013 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

April Cloud Study, pastel, 9 x 9, 2013 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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