Tuesday, May 19, 2009


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?


Jennifer Rose said...

I'm a night owl :D I draw better at night, usually later on closer to midnight lol I think its from working all day and only being able to draw after 9pm. I only get about 5 hours sleep a night though because of it :/

I admittedly knew this was a painting of clouds :) lovely billowy (is that a word? lol) look to them

vivien said...

a lovely sense of those clouds building up :>)

mornings and evenings for me with a distinct lull in the afternoons

If I need to be sharp to do something then morning.

I've decided to let the project roll to the end of the month and then list links to everyone who took part in a summary :>)

Mary said...

Those are lovely clouds Jeanette! I tried to comment yesterday but got some silly message about your site not being available.

I'm a morning person, earlier the better and I my problem in the evening is being tired and not seeing colors very well.

Anonymous said...

Oh! These days I'm definitely "fowl." I fall asleep in the soup!