This 3.5'x4' oil painting on paper was one of my first paintings. I had just finished a painting class and liked it so much that I decided to take another. The second time around I focused almost entirely on learning how to paint clouds.
Clouds are so impressive because for one, they make looking at the sky a pass-time, but also they are more deep and colorful than you would first think. Once you spend some time studying the clouds, (just go outside and take a look!) you notice how unpredictable they are as moving shapes. At least when you paint a tree you know it's not going anywhere. Clouds are the most abstract, realistic form I have ever tried to reproduce on paper or canvas.