Good morning everyone. I thought I should show you this rainy day painting today. Because it’s part of the online course I’m following and I have painted a couple since this! Anyway, the challenge in this simple scene is how to make all the different shades of green make sense. In fact, our tutor Rod Moore helped us through this by reminding us of the principles of colour perspective.That is, colours in the distance become cooler in the sense that there is more blue in the mix. In practice, the greens further away are bluey green and those in the foreground are yellowy green. To be honest, it’s actually much more tricky than it sounds and it involves a lot of careful colour mixing.
The Greens in the Foreground
The second big challenge in this acrylic painting is how to convey the idea of rain and dampness in the air. Well, I tried to blur the colours and shapes by using some indistinct brush strokes. But, if you go too far with this, you’re in danger of losing too much detail. And then the scene just looks confusing. So, although the features in the composition are relatively simple (trees, distant hills and a path) it wasn’t easy!
The Distant Hills in my Rainy Day Painting
Finally, I hope you can see in this closeup how I indicated damp, misty conditions. In order to do this I brought the pale sky colour over the line of the wooded hills. And this really helped with the illusion of misty dampness I was trying to create. In effect, this is the only view of Australia in the rain that we have painted on the course. For example, take a look at this sun drenched scene here that I painted a few weeks ago.
My Abstract Impression of English Rain
See this post here for the story behind this picture!
11 Replies to “Rainy Day Painting in Acrylic”
Nice paintings Margaret, great to see the landscape in all weather’s.
Thank you , Ally. I get quite a lot of practice painting grey skies!
In the first painting, I love that pop of orange-ish hillside next to the purply shadows. It really brings the whole scene to life.
Thank you! Using the orange and purple felt like light relief after all those greens !
Once again I am so struck by your abstract painting. The drops are alive in it ( that is a good thing) and such a sense of motion.
Thank you so much, Claudia! I think I ought try doing an intuitive abstract like this really big, just to see what happens.
I like that idea.
Very atmospheric, lovely combination of greens
Thank you. I was channeling English rainy dampness when I painted this!
You’ve had plenty of that ☔️