Painting the cloud backdrops is one among many of the enjoyable tasks I perform in my studio. Yesterday, I took the day off to prepare our Christmas cards. They are painted clouds, my studies of a Sky Study, c. 1869, pastel by Edgar Degas.  Thank you to P. Gaye Tapp for posting Degas' work on pinterest.  It was such a fun exercise, I was carefully looking at the Degas for each card yet they are all different.