Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hurricanes Are Severe Cyclones

Today I thought I would do something for our non-horsey friends. 

As far as I can gather, a cyclone is the same thing as a hurricane, only milder. They are both tropical storms with a system of winds rotating inward to an area of low atmospheric pressure.  A cyclone is categorized as a hurricane when it's winds reach a force of 74 miles per hour. 

I decided to sketch and paint a couple of these storms. Using the rule of thirds, I first sketched out where the eye (center of interest) of the storm would be. Once I was happy with the layout, I transferred my drawings onto watercolor paper via my light box. Here are my layout sketches and subsequent paintings.


  1. Both paintings are fantastic. Your first happens to be my favorite due to how the cyclone is framed within the dark blue. Both definitely captivating!

    I also like how you shared the rule of thirds in the pencil sketches.

  2. P.S. I'd love to know how you achieved this. Negative painting? Working dark to light? Wet in wet? Lifting?

  3. Thanks for your comments and questions, Susan! These paintings were done wet-in-wet, (both sides are wet-and not tacked down - on a non-porous board) light to dark values (with a dry brush- I pre-mixed my colors so I wouldn't have to think too much), with some splatter and softening of edges thrown in. :-D


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