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Turbulence

by Simon Bland / May 18, 2015 / Painting Landscape Sky Sketch Study

Sketch of cloudy skies

Woodgrove Meadows. 8x6, oil on linen panel. 2015

The sky was cloudy and a storm was starting to develop at our first day of painting at Woodgrove Meadows last year. I tried to convey a sense of the turbulence and heaviness of the sky in this small sketch.

The sky was painted with some restraint at first, using a very thin layer of paint in the lighter areas. Once the clouds were established I applied the paint very liberally, working the edges with a large brush and palette knife.