I have missed my exit when it comes to skies like this. I like the various layers of color and the way they harmonized with one another. I also liked the challenge of trying to mimic the textures of the lower clouds. This image was meant for pastels.
I remember seeing these gentlemen at this very location almost every day as I went about being a child in Commerce, Texas. They would sit on the side of the house and check out everything. We lived "across the tracks" and this house is close to them. I took the photo that inspired the painting many years ago...perhaps in my twenties. When I was growing up, I was taught to call our community "the Norris Community". The younger generation refers to it as "the Hole".