Prelude to a Storm – Oil Painting

Prelude to a Storm

Prelude to a Storm

Cumulous clouds are gathering and there is an ominous expectation of a thunder storm. We have had extremely high temperatures and a ‘drop’ of rain wouldn’t go astray. Even a few drops would do, but any heavy rainfall will lead to flooding as the ground is baked hard and resistant to soakage.

I was attempting to convey something of the heavy humid air in this landscape. I used Sap Green in every part of the painting including the sky. I did not want the clear light normally associated with sky colour. Sap Green is a clean transparent colour and not too strong like Viridian. When mixed with the other colours it produced a harmonious range of greens. In isolation the sky is also green but different from the solid greens of the ground. The other colours are Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Prussian Blue (plus black and white). There is no medium used only White Spirits.

The painting is 20″x14″ and took about 3 hours to complete. The video will be ready to upload tomorrow, see you then.