These two panels were so much fun to paint. I couldn't contain myself from smiling and speaking out loud with positive exclamations. Last week I had watched three videos on how to paint clouds. One was in real time starting with the artist prepping the canvas until his completed version of clouds. Overall, it was about one hour, forty-five minutes. The other two videos were much shorter--fifteen minutes for one, and eight for the other. I watched them before bed, so as to go off into my dream world with new information in my mind.
All three artists offered a little bit of information that differed. One dear artist showed four different ways to apply the paint--with different brushes and a knife. The other artist was very particular about the different colors and sequence of application. The third was too intellectual for me...but all in all, the artists offered their formulaic way to apply paint to a canvas, how to fluff up the clouds, render the clouds smaller the closer one gets to the horizon (which I didn't follow...I was too excited to fluff  'em up!) I think that I did rather well for my first go at painting clouds.
 I'm off to do some more skill development in my little trusty ushading book--this has helped me with light and dark shadows, and you might notice how I employed it in the dual "Big Sky" panels. I missed it a little, but next time I'm sure it will be better.
So as with any positive teaching in life, when we follow a winning formula, we have success. It's just that we must convince ourselves which formulae or teaching is the winning one. Is Painting Formulaic?