My inlaws take an evening constitutional on the beach near their home in Nambucca Heads. With Turner’s painting ‘Reflections on Wet Sand’ in mind I went along hoping to capture the sunset and figures reflected on the beach. I didn’t manage a masterpiece, … Continue reading
Inspired by the art of Constable and Cozens I spent some time this afternoon observing the sky and clouds over the local landscape. The sun is shining today after a very wet week and, as it is also the school holidays, … Continue reading
John Ruskin greatly admired Turner’s treatment of clouds and commented that “other great men coloured clouds beautifully, none but he ever drew them truly”. What do you think of Turner’s sketchy, almost impressionist painting of sunlight reflected on wet sand?
Cozens considered the mood of a painting to be conveyed largely by the treatment of the sky. In many of his works the sky is the main subject, as it is in this painting.
Better known for his magnificent landscapes, Constable was so inspired to truthfully capture the sky that for a time in the early 1820s he stopped painting the ground to concentrate on studies of clouds like this one.
Travellers crossing the trecherous sands between Ulverston and Morecombe Bay are threatened with a summer squall. Cox captures the weather conditions so well you feel like sheltering from the wind.
Varley was influenced by Luke Howard’s emerging science of meteorology. The artist was very interested in sketching skies and clouds from nature to record changing weather conditions.