Clouds and skies, with their dramatic displays of light, rapidly changing moods and luminous effects of colour, are an immensely challenging subject ideally suited to watercolour's ability to suggest light breaking through atmospheric layers. No two skies are ever alike and this dramatic variety, including sunrise and sunsets, wintry clouds laden with snow or ominous summer thunderstorms, offers the artist an infinite variety of spectacular subject matter. Packed with dozens of different cloud and sky studies, from intimate sketches of wispy cirrus strands to full-blown images of the majestic anvil-shaped, storm-bearing cumulonimbus, Clouds and Skies shows how to depict the tiny details as well as capturing magnificent sky-scapes.
Richard Taylor is an experienced artist, teacher and popular author of many instructional painting books, specialising in watercolour. His recent publications include The Watercolorist's Guide to Painting Buildings, Natural Watercolours and The Watercolorist's Year. Richard lives in Clacton on Sea, Essex.