Yesterday was Cloud Appreciation Day. I joined 22 other members of The Plein Air Painters of New Mexico http://papnm.org/ at the Starlight Ranch between Santa Fe and Albuquerque for a paint out. It was a perfect day for clouds. We started with clear skies in the morning and watched them build as the day went on. I can’t imagine a more perfect place to study clouds than in our beautiful, never ending New Mexico skies. I have put up a slide show including my tonal cloud study painted on linen with Vasari Shale.