Clouds: The Impressionist Approach

Clouds Drifting By

Colourful, bold, Impressionist cloud painting in watercolours captures the mood of the day near Warwick, Queensland.

Clouds Drifting By
Clouds Drifting By

A limited palette of three tubes of paint  and mixing  them has provided more than enough colours to create a lovely sense of aerial perspective.

Notice the warmer orange browns are in the foreground and the cooler colours,  grey greens are further in the distance. This is a great tool to help you obtain a sense of depth.


3 Tube Mixes by
3 Tube Mixes by

This is just one of the many charts I’ve done using the 3 tubes of paint:  cobalt blue pb28      permanent rose pv19     winsor lemon  py175

Have a look at post on materials and the post on   depth    for additional information on  the colours chosen and obtaining more depth.


To paint with freedom and boldness –  I chose to work on dry paper.  I find I make much more definite, free, confident and sure brush strokes using dry paper than wet. (Most of the time!)


With Dry paper it  allows me to use the white of the paper, for the lovely white edges of the clouds.  I swept the cobalt in a diagonal direction to help lead the eye into the painting, making sure the cobalt was darker on top and lighter at the horizon.



Published by debiriley

The act of creation, in any media is a fascinating and magical process. I simply love to create. Expressing in color, line, tone, texture - as if, they were words upon a page. Creating a uniquely me, interpretation. Enjoy More of my "one-of-a-kind" expressive art at and,

7 thoughts on “Clouds: The Impressionist Approach

    1. Thank you again for your lovely encouragements! It is helpful to receive feedback, both kinds, to try to see how and where improvements in ‘blogging/posting’ etc can be made. I’m sure you’ve been at this probably a quite a bit longer than I, seeing as I just got going end of November! You’re more aware of the posting ‘ropes’… So, thank you so much for taking the time to comment, like, and Follow 🙂

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    1. Hi Leslie! Very glad to hear from you and good to hear that this post went well! Thank you for your comments and kind words 🙂


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