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A Passing Shower

I was interested in the soft, sinuous lines in this shower cloud, which made it look as though the whole thing was being sucked down into the ground. It was difficult to get the shape of the lines, working wet-into-wet, but I think the overall impression is right.

A Passing Shower
18 x 26 cm

There is an accidental effect in this painting which, once you have seen it, you won't be able to get out of your mind: The white cloud in the centre of the painting looks like a head in profile, The effect is of a figure moving across the sky from right to left, giving the 'Passing Shower' a whole new interpretation.


  1. A bonny painting Keith, lovely colours and a nice wet into wet painterly technique. The man's profile soon fades away especially when clicking on to get a large image. We are having very heavy rain here today. I guess my drive down to deeside will be quite wet, better weather forecast for tuesday. Look forward to seeing a clear blue sky painting again from you soon.

  2. Hi there Keith!,... You certainly have captured the transience of such a spectacle in a very striking manner!

    The scale of the buildings to the dark clouds and towering cumulus storm clouds... face included accent the power of the passing storm.

    Another beautiful and skillfully created panorama Keith! Well done!

    Good Painting!... and sunny days!
    Warmest regards,

  3. Hi Keith. Love those clouds and the face looks like one of the four winds blowing the weather in. Very skillful use of wet in wet, a nice non-fussy foreground and those buildings in the middle distance - a perfect landscape!

  4. Thanks Caroline. I hope the journey down isn't too bad.

  5. Hi Bruce, it was one of those subjects where you just have to go for it and hope for the best. You're right, the buildings really helped with the scale.

    All the best,

  6. Yes you're right Michael - the Four Winds - that's what it makes me think of.

    This was a gift for the wet-in-wet technique.

  7. Beautiful Painting Keith. Brilliant all, but I particularly like the clouds. Well done. All the best.

  8. This looks pretty convincing to me Keith, and I am in awe of the way you interpret the subject so simply.

  9. Thanks Frank, I think the thing I find hardest is the simplification; there's always the temptation to put in more than is really necessary.

  10. What a lovely scene, and looks like rain has just passed. Truly a masterful feat to capture such a mood!
    Congratulations in capturing the 'accidental' face in the cloud. I think that is so great; I often see faces in clouds, on tile floors and other places.

  11. One of the things that I like about watercolour, Ruby, is the accidental effects that you can get. This was just one brush-stroke, but it has added a whole new dimension to the painting.

  12. Well I keep struggling on Rob! To quote from a book by Trevor Chamberlain: "[Watercolour] requires the forward planning of a chess player, the concentration of a Zen master, and the dexterity of a brain surgeon."

  13. You've perfectly captured the mood of an receding shower. Brilliantly done.

  14. Excellent painting Keith, very atmospheric! :)


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