Thank you Julie Mussafer for placing this painting, Skylight (oil on canvas 30X60) with a Boston collector.
This particular painting was inspired by a series of photographs all taken later in the afternoon. What I loved about these images was the warm reflected light that danced on the bottom of the cloud formations.
Here is a scientific explanation for what was happening………… At sunrise and sunset, the sunlight passes through more atmosphere than during the day when the sun is higher in the sky. More atmosphere means more molecules to scatter the violet and blue light. If the path is long enough, all the blue and violet light gets redirected out of your line of sight, while much of the pink, orange, and red colors continue along the un-deviated path between your eyes and the sun. This is why sunrises and sunsets often are composed of pink, red, and orange colors.
It is always a challenge for me as a painter to paint “Air” and give the clouds a sense of form and weightlessness.
Here is a Link to Jules Place, Julie has always been enthusiastic about the Cloud paintings which I really appreciate! http://www.julesplace.com/artist_set.html