John Constable Weymouth Bay: Bowleaze Cove and Jordon Hill oil on canvas 1816
"There is room enough for a natural painter. The great vice of the present day is bravura, an attempt to do something beyond the truth."
(Might I add that I believe much of present day painting has the same vice?)
Constable had a scientific interest in the classification of clouds, and described his efforts at painting studies of the sky as "skying"- a beautiful term. The movement of the clouds in "Weymouth Bay" (see above) is a key element in the composition, while these three later cloud studies show an even more complete focus on the sky:
John Constable Seascape Study with Rain Cloud oil on paper 22.2 x 31.1 cm. 1827
John Constable Cloud Study at Hampstead Trees at Right oil on paper 24.1x 29.9 cm 1821