I love clouds. There are various types of formations, including stratus, cirrus and cumulus and infinite variations within, and combinations of, those categories.

I love them but rarely use them as a subject in their own right. I’ll have to do something about that.

(Clouds over Mt Barker. 22x20cm oil on board. © Andy Dolphin)

These, I believe, are cumulus clouds and they were building prior to a thunderstorm.

I painted this from my back verandah, an hour or so before the short-lived storm hit. The clouds were moving and changing very fast so, to speed things up, I used a limited palette. Even so, I had to “invent” most of the cloud detail, using bits of other clouds that formed and drifted by as reference.