John Constable – Seascape Study With Rain Clouds

When you think about a painting that understands nature and the clouds, I think of the British painter John Constable. John Constable was a master at studying the weather, clouds, and the sky.

John Constable studied nature and clouds and would paint the same scene repeatedly but with different kinds of weather. One of his better-known and more interesting paintings is Rainstorm Over The Sea; this painting shows fierce clouds over the skies of Brighton, England..

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John Constable’s Study Of Nature And Clouds

John Constable (1776 – 1837)

John Constable (1776 – 1837) was an English artist fascinated with the skies and nature. He spent countless hours studying the sky and nature.

This led him to make similar studies from nature, usually showing the exact location transformed by different light and weather patterns.

Seascape Study- Brighton Beach Looking West, (1824-28) Painting By John Constable

With his studies of nature and the skies, John Constable would work fast on his paintings. He would make hasty sweeps with his brush. John Constable’s Rainstorm Over The Sea is an excellent example of how he would work quickly to show the forces of nature, the cloud, and the sky.

John Constable And The Study Of Weather

One of the fascinating things about John Constable was his study of nature and how different weather patterns would change nature. He painted many of the same scenes again and again but with different types and kinds of weather.

Seascape Study – Boat and Stormy Sky, 1828 Painting By John Constable

John Constable did not just paint the weather but also studied the weather and weather patterns. John Constable was not just an artist but also a scientist.

Many of his smaller sketches were not intended to be shown to the public but were used as references for some of his more significant works of art. But many of these smaller and quicker drawings are today considered significant works of art.

One of those is his miniature painting, Rainstorm Over The Sea, which was painted sometime in the 1820s.

John Constable’s Rainstorm Over The Sea Or Seascape Study With Raincloud

Seascape Study – Rainstorm Over The Sea (1824-28) Painting By John Constable

One of John Constable’s better-known paintings is his Rainstorm Over The Sea. This artwork that he produced in the 1820s England is very different from what other artists during his day were producing.

We are not sure exactly when the painting was painted, but we know it was between 1824 to 1828. The painting has two names: the Rainstorms over the Sea and the Seascape Study with Raincloud.

The Rainstorm Over The Sea is one of the Constable’s most dramatic scenes that he painted while he was living in Brighton. The thunderous clouds and the downpour shows how violent nature can be.

In many of his previous paintings, Constable would paint one person or boat, but this painting is almost void of all, and the concentration is on the storm and the sky.

In this sketch, Constable is also looking directly out to Sea. The perspective of the painting makes them unique painting.

John Constable’s Rainstorm Over The Sea – Moody Blues

In his Rainstorm Over The Sea, John Constable shows dark and brooding clouds with a kind of abstract expressionist kind of feel. What makes this painting so unique is painting is so different from the images others were painting of the cozy English countryside.

The setting of this painting is Brighton on a stormy day. The painting shows signs of abstraction art.

John Constable’s Rainstorm Over The Sea – Black Clouds

John Constable uses a lot of dark colors to portray the clouds in the sky. This painting shows the power of a cloud coming over the Sea.

It is a powerful painting that shows the power of the storm and how a painting can set the movement of clouds in time.

John Constable’s Rainstorm Over The Sea – Study Of Clouds

When John Constable painted this, he actively studied the clouds and the sky. He was caught up in the passion of learning about the sky and clouds.

Over the following years, he continued to conduct many studies about clouds and clouds and the sky.

The exciting part of this painting is that most of the painting is the sky. Very little is water or even land, but it is almost all sky.

John Constable’s Rainstorm Over The Sea – Quick Painting

John Constable painted this painting very quickly. When he painted this, painters were not doing en Plein airs as the paints could not be transported very easily.

It was said that he pinned the paper to his paint box when he painted this painting. He worked very fast as he worked with the paper and his paints. This painting is on paper and then laid on canvas.

Because this was painted outside on a piece of paper, the painting is not very large; the painting is 9 1/4” x 12 3/10” size or 23.5 cm x 32.6 cm.

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Hi, I am Anita Louise Hummel. I am an artist and a blogger. I paint mainly oil paints. I love to paint women, animals (mainly dogs and cats), and abstracts. I use a lot of gold and silver leaf in my paintings. I also love to blog about anything to do with art, business, Procreate, and all the wonderful artists that inspire me.

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