Passion for Painting Clouds ~ Retreat Discoveries

Inspired by my Tuscan retreat…

I came home with a deep connection to my passion for painting clouds.

large cloud painting
This painting has rich, textured surface with lovely contrasts between translucent glazes, rough weave of Russian linen canvas, and bits of impasto paint. April Morning, oil on linen, 30″ x 40″, PURCHASE PAINTING>   PRINTS>


Though I have painted clouds for many years, I never felt truly passionate about painting them before. I think you can see the difference in this painting.

Can you feel the fresh air? Do you feel the cool breeze moving the clouds? Do you feel lifted up?

When I returned from Italy, I brought home half a dozen small cloud paintings. I was itching to swing a big brush on canvas grande!

This 30″ x 40″ Russian linen canvas was my ticket. I blocked in layers of translucent clouds with a large spatula-shaped palette knife. Then I waited.

A week later the canvas was dry. I’d been working on other cloud paintings and had new ideas about glazes. Mixing up some very thin, transparent colors ~ I scumbled atmospheric clouds and sky into the rough woven texture of the linen.

Passion for Painting Clouds ~ Retreat Discoveries

Signature Style & Passion

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April Morning, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″, PURCHASE INFO> PRINTS> The sofa is available on Wayfair>

Scumbled is a painting term that refers to light over dark, with a scraggly brush marks. The calligraphy of a painting is very important, like a signature. This is an extension of how one would sign their name ~ without thinking!

During my retreat I had focused on painting this way. Thinking about my painting being an extension of my signature, I sought to release any idea of trying to control it. Similar to a signature, while we might wish to have it be legible, most often we simply make our mark and move on.

What if I could paint this way? I wondered.

This painting is the answer I received.

I rather like it! I’m glad I asked.

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