Until I received my Virtual Art Academy lesson on clouds, I have to admit that I painted clouds as white shapes that I tried to make interesting by thinking about edge differences, varied texture and thoughtful placement.
Here are the take away points that I learned and shared from the Virtual Art Academy Cloud Lesson.
Note: These bullet points will be easier to think about if you are outside looking at the clouds, or have some interesting "google image clouds" references in front of you.
1. The value of the sky compared to the value of the cloud shadows tells the viewer about the weather.
2. There is a change vertically in the size of the clouds. As the clouds are farther away, they are smaller and closer to the horizon.
3. Clouds closer to the horizon lose their identity as separate shapes.
4. In the larger, foreground clouds, there is a temperature change in the halftone between the shadow and the lit side of the cloud.
5. As clouds move further away and closer to the horizon, there are changes in the hue, value and saturation of the clouds.