The Sunset and Clouds, Photographic Version

These are all my cloud photos from tonight, un-edited.

Sunset and Clouds 13 July 2019//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

The Sunset and Clouds, Photographic Version

Glad Solstice!

After what seemed like weeks of grey raininess, today the sun made a late afternoon appearance. I DASHED out of the house. It was 31F and falling with a good breeze so it was not comfortable painting weather but I went and watched the sun set and took a lot of reference photos.

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Last weekend I headed over to the Clark to see the new Turner and Constable exhibit. The weather guys were all screaming about possible ice so the galleries were quite empty. The exhibit was quite nice, not huge or splashy but well curated. Since a few of the pieces I often visit there were on special display, I was pleased to see that room displaying a group of works by Gainsborough. These were mostly graphite and ink, sketches of landscapes, animals etc. There is also an exhibit of works showing or reacting to natural disasters.

Coming out of the Clark after a lecture by the curator of the exhibit, the sky was fascinating and I wasn’t the only person standing in the parking lot looking up.

Sky At the Clark 16 Dec 2018//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

The Seventh of August

It was really hot and humid today. I had thought to go out painting in the morning but decided to stay in and see if it cooled off enough to head out in the early evening. Had some real rain and close lightning for a bit and gave up on the idea of painting so I got some dinner instead. Then it was about 20 degrees cooler so I headed over to the local conservation area and took a bunch of photos. Now I’ve got to get a poem together for mailing out tomorrow.

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August Already?

That means it’s time for August Postcard Poetry once more. This year I really feel the struggle between words and painting/visual stuff, but will endeavor on. First a quote via Brain Pickings:

The world is violent and mercurial – it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love — love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. — Tennessee Williams

Today on Facebook we kept on keeping on but we put some extra effort into posting some funny stuff and we succeeded! Almost felt like the interwebs of days gone by but in these days having some funny stuff (even obligatory cat photos are good) is super important. I explored the web and the non-news-news awhile and just posted interesting and often pretty things. It’s all good.

In that vein, I have been lax in uploading and sharing photos of recent sunsets and clouds seen locally:

First, July 27, 2018:

27 July 2018 Sunset and Clouds//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

on an evening with a lot of still-coming weather.

The next night I went to a local conservation area after work and arrived just in time to take these photos. I then quickly set up my painting gear, put some cobalt blue onto paper to start the sky and promptly got rained on. (The good news – the next day I brushed the pages of the sketchbook with clear water and was able to remove ALL the blue and use those pages for something else!)

28 July 2018 clouds and approaching storm//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

And then tonight, wherein I stopped because of a band of huge towering white clouds which had moved far off by then. There were already a few people snapping away at the setting sun but I took a lot of photos of the rest of the clouds too.

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So Much Depends…

On a red shopping cart.

Looking up and down and around

Tonight’s Sky

Enjoyed stopping to watch the sky tonight. I was intrigued by the scalloped edges and all the different layers and types of clouds. As I started taking photos there was a guy moving around taking photos. Finally I said – I think your flash is on – probably not being helpful. Oh yes, it is, he said showing me photos – OF HIS JEEP – with and without flash, LOL. That’ll learn me to look at what the camera’s pointed at!

Click on the photo below for the whole Flickr album.

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chasing clouds

The clouds today were big and puffy and fun. Here’s all the photos I took this morning on the way to work.

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And after a long day at work, and even though I should be writing a poem to send out tomorrow, I did this, which needs some drying before I can do some final touches.

Finally, you might remember recently I spent time marking my brushes lest I lose another brush in deep grass. So far so good. But, the other night while rummaging on youtube I had to back up because of this, giving me great joy that I’m not entirely crazy.

And finally finally, from the Quote Box:

We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. — W. B. Yeats

Also seen, but yesterday

The Day of the Eclipse

So glad I took today off! Started out by mailing my August Poetry Postcard cards at the Nassau Post Office, each bearing one of the cool eclipse stamps. Hope they all arrive safe and sound. A little breakfast, picked up my mail (postcard! tshirt!) and then off to paint for just a little while. The flowers were gorgeous and there were happy bees and butterflies doing their thing. See linked Flickr album below for all the photos.

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Then it was off to Mom’s to gather with some cousins and a neighbor to watch the eclipse. We watched a little of the totality coverage on TV and then headed out. Although it had been mostly clear earlier, there was a big patch of high clouds overhead. We still got to be amazed by the eclipse, just enjoying it in small sips as it went in and out of the clouds. A good time was had by all and come on – those glasses are really cool! Notice that Steve, who took the first photo, managed to get it in anyway via the kitchen window. Good job! Thanks Mom, Jim, Ann Marie, Marsha and Steve for a great afternoon.