Desert Thunderheads

Thunderheads   Oil paint on canvas 5″x5″ (miniature), painted 1969. This is a small original studio painting done originally for a sidewalk art show. Oil paint really holds its vibrance over time and if you varnish the oil after a year or so it will last hundreds of years.

The wind preceding a storm in the Arizona desert often kicks up huge clouds of dust that mix with the rain clouds and reflect wonderful colors in that late Arizona afternoon sun.

This storm was approaching just at sundown, when the desert floor was already dark but the high clouds caught the setting sunlight. I love when that happens – it makes great scenes, and make the colors sing!  One can only observe or photograph these storms, as they move and change so quickly. This one is mostly a memory piece, as no camera was available.



6 thoughts on “Desert Thunderheads

    1. eightdecades Post author

      Thank you for your kind words, I do many of my paintings from things I have seen. Often years later I will sit and sketch a memory, not knowing how well it matches what was really there, but just how I remember it. Thank you for taking your time to look and to comment.

      1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

        I love that, painting a memory so long passed. That’s pretty beautiful, to bring it into picture like that.

      2. eightdecades Post author

        Gee a response so quick, thank you. I was up late painting tonight 2 am here. Just checked the blog to see what is going on. Thanks for stopping in.

  1. brinnmar, CZT

    I am REALLY enjoying your site. I like your work very much. I’m just started taking art lessons a year and a half ago. started out with a beginning pastel class, then a short course on shading with charcoal and now I am learning, ever so slowly and sometimes painfully, watercolor. I also started taking a calligraphy class in December…. so many neat things I want to learn…. lol

    1. eightdecades Post author

      Thank you very much, ah calligraphy, love that. it is one of the best things to learn, and learn it well, because the skills for that will apply to everything else you do. Watercolor is both very hard and very easy, I took it up about 15 years ago and love it. Oil being my favorite, acrylic being a good way to illustrate, and pencil, charcoal and graphite work most necessary for getting good images and control. Sounds like your on the right track.
      One of my favorite things to suggest is, ask every one around you to give you good art books as presents.Christmas, birthdays and just for fun, build a great and abundant library. Then read every book given you.
      It is always nice to hear from other artists. Thank you


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