Vivien Blackburn of painting prints and stuff put out a challenge last week to draw or paint the skies in your own part of the world. I was a bit slow getting going and the challenge was delayed by a week, so I was determined to get in a couple of pieces.
I guess this could be clouds or even surf, but it was intended to be a study of clouds done in oils on a tiny little ACEO card. I was given a pack of assorted art trading cards that had a few pieces of acrylic/oil painting surfaces, so I thought I'd see what I could come up with in that 2.5 x 3.5 space. Today started out warm with drizzle, then turned to a brilliant blue cloudless sky in late afternoon. By early evening, the rain was threatening again and some large clouds were building. This was the last of the clouds before they merged into a grey curtain.
This painting was more like an interlude, as I'm working on another painting at the same time. I like to have a couple of paintings going at the same time, then take a break from one or the other. I haven't been sleeping well lately, but find that the early morning (4am onwards) is one of my best times for painting or drawing. Perhaps its the sleep that helped. Maybe my biorhythms are good at that time of the day. But for whatever reason, early in the day, my eye/hand coordination seem to be at their best.\
What time of day do you function best? Are you a morning or night person? What affects your ability to draw or paint?