Mackerel Clouds

17th May 2024 Beena

Hi guysπŸ’ƒπŸ½, I have to catch up on my thoughts. I was busy last week and didn’t have time to write about the sunrise. Yuwana sent me a photo of the sunrise at UNIMAS, where she works. I thought it was terrific. However, some friends thought I should choose an easier sunrise to paintπŸ€”. Maybe I am too ambitious or naive to believe that I could paint that sceneπŸ˜”. I painted that on canvas, primed with gesso and acrylic. I used many layers to get the colour closest to the photo.

Nevertheless, many of you liked the sunrise, especially my critics. Hence, I felt relievedπŸ˜…πŸ€—. Each time I paint, I never know what to expect from my Friday group. As you can see, I paint various stuff to feel inspired. 

Cindy remarked that the clouds are called “mackerel clouds.” So, I did some research. Mackeral clouds are rows of cirrocumulus clouds, creating a rippling effect. The vibrant colours are caused by haze and dust in the atmosphereπŸ€”πŸ˜”. Though we love to watch colours in the sky, is there a need to think about the dust? Do we place beauty before the environment? Let me know your thoughts on that environmental topicπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Siva asked me a good question: How do you know from a painting if it’s sunrise or sunset? My reply was, ” For sunrise, the colour of the sky in the foreground is still dark as we transition from night to day. It is the reverse regarding sunset; the foreground sky will still be light.”

Dear friends, I learn so much daily, from my art to the questions posed to me. I am ever so thankful to all of you for helping me with my educationπŸ™πŸ™πŸ˜Š. It never seems to cease; my father used to tell me when I was young. As long as you are alive, you are constantly learning. I didn’t understand him at that young age, but now, those clouds of ignorance are slowly becoming bright.πŸ˜ŠπŸ™. Please post your comments, as I love to read them.

1 thought on “Mackerel Clouds

  1. I learned something new about the lighting for sunrise and sunset! It’s one of those things we don’t stop to think about usually. Thanks, Siva, for asking and Beena, for explaining.

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