Yesterday in Southern California we had rain showers off and on all day long. What came with the rain was some really magnificent cloud formations. Since we haven't seen or felt either one in over 6 months, our art teacher, Steve Allan thought it would be a great time to do an exercise on painting clouds. We learned it's not so much painting them, it's more like removing them from the sky.
After doodling around with clouds for 15 minutes Steve took us to our assignment. He has a way of showing us what we'll be drawing while he's telling us the "story" of the picture. Then he puts us on our own but walks around and provides valuable input or even a helping brush. What we worked on with the second painting was reflections....from the clouds, the trees or anything else you might have added to the scene. He really gives everyone in the class a lot of encouragement.