Summer Storm

When my husband played professional golf, our dinner time revolved around summer storms.  A little rain won’t deter a serious golfer, but lightening sits one out quicker than a cat in water.

The Summer Storm sets place at the 16th green at the Troubadour Golf and Field Club.  Tucked away in a beautiful community in College Grove, Tennessee, this Tom Fazio-designed course is beyond exceptional.  With creekside courses and wooded views, I didn’t have a hard time finding inspiration for this piece.

I started with an imprimatura layer.  This layer is a thin wash that allows the tones and values of the painting to be set.  As layers are added, parts of this layer may be allowed to show through, creating an atmospheric effect.  This technique has used for centuries, and was established as foundation during the Renaissance.

Starting with the clouds, I added each layer of clouds, varying soft and hard edges to reflect the different cloud patterns.  Hindsight is 20/20 and I could have chosen a simpler storm…but where’s the challenge in that?

The greens are built up in layers in the same way, from dark to light.


I found a few new favorite tools while painting this landscape, including Rosemary brushes.  If you paint in oils even as a hobbyist, I’d encourage trying them out.  Even during the pandemic, they were extremely prompt and courteous.  I love my Rosemary brushes the same my husband loves his M-5.

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