Thanks! I love landscapes and nature as well as thunderstorms for the unique textures, colors, and contrast the clouds bring as well as the lightning. I used to be afraid of thunderstorms that woke me up in the middle of the night, but not the ones that occurred during the day or before my bedtime. I still don't understand why I was like that as a kid.... XD
I do like landscapes, just not when it comes to drawing them, it's so hard. If it helps, that's perfectly normal. Storms tend to be worse overnight than during the day, hence snow coming overnight (but I'm not an expert on that sort of thing, I'm a psychologist, so that's the extent of my knowledge on weather patterns lol) My husband tends to be scared of any loud noise, so the time of day doesn't really make a difference
For me it depends on the medium. If it is oil, acrylic, or tempura paint I find it easier to get detail. With other mediums I am not so strong on. Chalk pastels are ok, sometimes I'm able to get what want or close, but I often struggle with color and texture. I blend with a shammy cloth, and it works well but any texture or detail ends up getting hazy or blurred out of the picture. Charcoal and pencil I struggle with because I just don't do so well in black and white unless the object I'm drawing is glass. Then the medium I am the least skilled with is watercolor, I barely do better than the watercolor painting I did as an elementary schooler. Though if I'm using tube watercolors I can at least touch a better looking impressionist style.
I've always preferred using pencils and coloured pencils, but I find it hard to get any details. Not because of the medium, I just don't have the patience to go into it too far. My husband uses watercolour paints sometimes, and usually ends up with more on him than on the paper
It took me awhile to develop any patience for going into any project further; it mainly developed when I realized that my art lesson projects looked better because I had spent more than one day on it. Ever since then my quality of my finished pieces of art increased, and it gave me more satisfaction. And many painters get paint all over them, and it happens to me all the time. I even have paint clothes reserved because of that reason. But I do like getting paint spots on me because it represents who I am as a person.
Yeah, patience is key, but it's hard to come by when you've got 3 hyperactive kids and a husband constantly pining for your attention lol I wouldn't mind so much if there was warning, but it's usually just a spur of the moment decision for him to start painting and then I've got to clean him, the kitchen, the kids, and usually the cat and the dogs too lol.
I sorta understand having trouble finding patience because this school year (I'm a junior in highschool) I had a tough time finding patience or even love for an acrylic painting. The way the project was ran seemed a bit disorganized to, and I felt rushed to meet deadlines that I knew I would not be able to meet, and then to have the teacher tell me all these things I'm doing or doubt techniques I've been taught on top of the fact I'm trying to meet a deadline I want to for fill but in a position that renders me unable to. At one point I became so frustrated because I could barely relax because I always had to worry about homework and that acrylic project. I also believe I had some artist frustration as I call it. When an artist is too busy to express oneself through art he or she become irritated, frustrated, and upset; a pretty good example are public school art teachers since many are often frustrated and sometimes it does show up as grouchiness or other emotional distresses though I think grouchiness is most common. My grandma had a similar experience, and that is when I understood why some art teachers I had in previous came off sort of moody. I sometimes I get mild cases if I haven't been able to express myself within two weeks because I will start to feel moodier myself. Though during the acrylic project it was a bit stronger due to the time span of being unable to express myself; I was so grumpy I complained non-stop mainly about the art class and its project. Since it had ended and I was able to express myself again I went back to myself. It wasn't until the end I found focus and patience. Many artists don't plan when they paint unless it is for work or a commission because it is inspiration and wanting to express oneself often will drive an artist to paint when ever the emotions are strong enough. Though I typically do that on Saturdays because I have no other time or energy to do it.
I had to rely on a reference picture for this. The first thing I did on the painting board was put the darkest color on because it was going to be easier going dark to light instead of the usual light to dark. As I layed down the lighter background colors I used a dry brush technique (from going to concentrated color to little concentrated color) to each color to make a gradual transition between them. When I got to the lightning itself I put down the brightest color I had made. I also had to go in with background colors and slim down both bolts as well as try and give the appearence of the tiny turns all branches including the main branch. Sometimes I had to make the bolts brighter using a lighter color and a thinner brush even the edge tip of a fan brush to maintain the lightning's slim and turning figure. It worked and gave me the best lightning I ever painted.