Painting Dramatic Clouds & Skies

In-person workshops with Layne Johnson

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  • Have you ever wished you could paint big dramatic clouds and skies?
  • Does painting clouds sound intriguing, but also a little intimidating?
  • If the answer to either of these questions is yes, this workshop is for you!

These in-person painting workshops will help artists develop a good understanding of how to plan and execute cloudscape paintings.

Since cloudscapes pose unique challenges, we’ll start the workshop by developing an understanding of clouds and how they behave.

We’ll begin the painting process with an underpainting that will be the foundation for your final piece. On top of this, we’ll start our process of layering color.

Throughout the workshop, I’ll share my step-by-step working methods, showing you how to achieve fresh, bright color in your cloudscapes, while avoiding muddy mixtures. I’ll also demonstrate the effects of hard and soft edges to create believable clouds.

We’ll also cover:

  • using reference photos
  • the need for a strong composition & strong focal point
  • the various ways to start a cloudscape painting

Artists may bring their own photos to work from, paint what I’m painting, or select from photos I’ll bring to class.

Space is limited so register early!


January 18-20, 2019 - FULL! (There's always room for you in my online course)

Times: Friday 1-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm

Workshop fee: $370

Location: Conroe Art League Gallery (near Houston, TX) - 127 Simonton St., Conroe, TX 77301
(Please note - this is not a plein air workshop - all sessions will be conducted indoors.)

Register here: Conroe Art League

Questions: contact Layne or Conroe Art League

Dates: Fall 2019

Location: Fredericksburg, TX

Additional details coming soon.


Your Instructor

Layne Johnson
Layne Johnson

With more than 150,000 followers on Instagram, Layne Johnson is a highly sought after artist and painting instructor. An award winning lifelong painter and professional artist, Layne’s art career includes graphic designer, illustrator, children’s book artist and fine art painter. These days he's best known for his expansive and dramatic cloudscapes.

Layne’s paintings have been described as a blend of Luminism and Classical Realism with a touch of American Impressionism. His work is available at The Good Art Company in Fredericksburg, TX, and Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, TX. He's also a member of Oil Painters of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society, American Impressionist Society, and Artists of Texas.

"Layne Johnson, has returned to his fine art roots in a series of staggeringly breathtaking cloudscapes... There are few artists today who can capture a landscape as does Layne Johnson."
− Art Aesthetics Magazine


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the workshop for?
This workshop is most appropriate for intermediate and advanced painters working in oils or acrylics.
Does the workshop include personal feedback from Layne?
Yes, Layne will provide student feedback during this live in-person workshop.
What supplies will I need?
You'll receive a complete list of recommended supplies, including paint colors, mediums and painting surfaces. (If you're more comfortable working in acrylics, you can certainly use those instead of oils. You’ll just need to change supplies that don’t apply to acrylics.)