Artist Captures Dreamy Skies In Her Atmospheric Paintings

If somebody asked you what color is the sky, your initial answer would probably be blue. And you wouldn’t be wrong. But things are more complicated than that, and artist Whitney Knapp Bowditch is creating paintings that can prove that.

Bowditch lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she creates moody and breathtaking landscape paintings that depict different phases of the sky throughout the day. She is experimenting with various painting techniques and tools in order to show how the sky and light change the atmosphere of the landscape.

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Oil on cradled wood panel, 5” x 7”.

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“I am interested in the physicality of paint and the infinite ways in which it can be applied to a surface,” the artist explained. “Of great fascination to me is the sky—both its subtle, transitory qualities and its ability to alter the landscape. Much of my work is focused on the atmospheric relationship between the sky and the attendant land and sea.”

Aside from painting, Bowditch is also teaching courses in drawing and painting at John Tyler Community College in Virginia.

Take a look at her mesmerizing painting in the photos below.

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Oil on cradled wood panel, 5” x 7”.

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Oil on cradled wood panel, 5” x 7” (sold).

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Oil on cradled wood panel, 5” x 7”.

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