One of the most challenging aspects of landscape painting is learning how to paint believable clouds. When you ask a beginner to paint a cloud, they will automatically reach for white, when in actuality, a cloud is not white. Clouds are made of water and reflect surrounding colors. This is most apparent during a sunrise or sunset when clouds turn various shades of red, orange, violet, etc.
There are many different types of clouds in nature. Everything from cirrus to altocumulus, so don’t assume you know what a cloud looks like and just start haphazardly painting. Spend some time outdoors really studying clouds and you will soon notice the many different types and colors of clouds . You should also consider the overall color scheme of your painting when deciding how to tackle the clouds. It is the relationship of colors in your painting that is most important.
Lastly, be sure to check out the resources below that I collected from various places online. The following videos and articles are all demonstrations and tips on how to paint clouds. You will quickly notice after watching these videos and reading these articles, that there are a variety of different techniques for painting clouds. There are no set rules. So try one or all of the following techniques to figure out which one you are most comfortable with. I have includedlessons on oil painting, watercolor and acrylic painting below. Please enjoy and happy painting!