|Backlit Clouds, 9x12, oil - $100 - contact Michael|
As many of my students will tell you, I enjoy painting backlit subjects. It seems like I'm always positioning myself so I'm looking into the sun with some nice rimlighting around a mountain. (It makes for a nice tan.) Sometimes, we get clouds in Sedona, and I like to paint those backlit, too.
Here's an example. For this one, clearly it was the clouds that drew my eye. They were incandescent and fiery around the edges. I could almost feel the heat.
One thing I observed was the curious progression of warm-and-cool from the clouds nearly overhead to the ones on the horizon. The ones closer by, and thus most overhead, had warm, shadowed interiors and a nimbus of cool light. The farther away the clouds got, this reversed, so they had cool, shadowed interiors and a warmer nimbus. This change in contrast of warm and cool quite striking and contributed to the sense of light and heat.