Clouds….. The artist’s candy store! What lovely inspirational things clouds are. Filled with gold and silver. Bright and bold. Even the plain jane grey clouds can become magnificent purple blacks with rosy inflections.
Georgia O’Keefe has a brilliant quote,
“I found I could say things with color
and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way-
things I had no words for.”
I love her quote! Many times, its so much easier to express, to communicate “the nuances of feeling” through art. Through color.
Letting those things tell the story and convey the message.
The sun sets and the sky flames.
Drifting clouds can take us on a summer’s journey.
Inspiring, but meaningful as well.
Sometimes I paint black stormy skies with just a meager whisper of light;
or perhaps lovely drifting clouds on a summer day;
or swirls of clouds obscuring the sun and thus the sun paints the sky.
I didn’t use to like any clouds at all.
Grey clouds were just so…. dark, dreary and ominous.
I think it was growing up in a wet rainy climate.
The correlation for me was, the glimpse of grey sky heralded months of endless grey overcast skies.
And I was a Sun lover, living for Summer! You can understand, with close to 320 days of grey skies per year.
But of course, ‘Summer’ is always here in Perth. (To my mind, at any rate.)
When the clouds and rain do come to Perth, I grab my camera. Never know when the next lot of clouds might show up. So, make hay when the sun shines. Ooops. reverse that!
I certainly do like the clouds now.
When I am wondering… What to Paint?
These clouds can be my Inspirations.
I can pull the photos out and use them as “Springboards” or reference idea generators for my paintings. To remind me of a certain mood and atmosphere.
I love the inspiration I get from all clouds now. What a magnificent candy store!
This post is a revised updated version of Feb. 2015 post with additional text and photographs.