A lot of what makes painting enjoyable for me is the problem solving element. So, when I thought, ‘How would I paint that atmosphere when you can see rain on the horizon and feel it’s approach?’ – I had to give it a go. I chose to give it a sense of scale to increase the impression of the power stored within those storm clouds. The land is a minor detail in this painting – it’s all about the rain. This was where the painting paused, for quite a long time. It sat in my studio for months while I contemplated it. There was something not quite there, but I wasn’t prepared to discard it completely.
And then I got it. There wasn’t enough detail in the clouds. They were just a heavy mass with no character. So I went back in and reworked the detail in the cloud. Getting the detail just the way I wanted it was fairly challenging – but I’m now happy with the final result. This painting certainly grabbed attention at my exhibition. It became a talking point on the evening.
Getting the detail right really does matter.