I usually choose sunny weather to paint outdoors, but on a recent visit to Rockwall, Texas, It was cloudy and rainy for four days straight, and a great exercise in finding subjects to paint. When it's sunny, you have warm, bright colors in the light contrasting with cool, muted colors in the shade. On sunny days you get strong value shapes and patterns to design the canvas with. When it's overcast, you have to look for light/dark patterns that are more the result of local color and value contrasts. The light is cooler, because it's being filtered through the clouds, and the shadows appear warmer, because the sky isn't infusing them with its blue cast.
Another thing to look for on cloudy days: colors will take on a richer saturation, because they aren't being bleached out by the strong warm light. I'll show you another couple of the results, in a day or two. Meanwhile, I'm watching for some sunny weather!
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
10x8 oil on canvas panel
subjective realist landscape paintings