Cloud Appreciation

In my ongoing stint of “consider moon, let moon consider you” I’ve been doing a lot of staring at the sky. I’ve garnered for myself quite the collection of cloud photos taken during homework-avoidance walks. I’ve come to realize I freakin’ love clouds and have an intense desire to create a series of cloud-paintings. I think clouds are the perfect subject for exploring different painting styles and mediums. But as with so many ideas I’ve not yet given it a try. I have, however, been admiring paintings of clouds by other artists, specifically the artwork of members of the Cloud Appreciation Society.

The Cloud Appreciation Society Manifesto

WE BELIEVE that clouds are unjustly maligned
and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them.
We think that they are Nature’s poetry,
and the most egalitarian of her displays, since
everyone can have a fantastic view of them.
We pledge to fight ‘blue-sky thinking’ wherever we find it.
Life would be dull if we had to look up at
cloudless monotony day after day.
We seek to remind people that clouds are expressions of the
atmosphere’s moods, and can be read like those of
a person’s countenance.
Clouds are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked.
They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul.
Indeed, all who consider the shapes they see in them will save
on psychoanalysis bills.
And so we say to all who’ll listen:
Look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and live life with your head in the clouds!

Now please enjoy some of the artwork found on the website!

Susan Peacock - Dusk

Edward Bell

Gordon Johnson - SkyBluePink

Robert Bassler - Gathered Forces II

Randall Tipton - Moonrise Over the Valley

Irene Boehringer

Kathryn Thomas - Noctilucent

Jane Bloodgood-Abrams - Cloud Icon X

Robert Bassler - Encounterburst

Kirstie Cohen - Pink Cloud

Rita Camphuijsen - Maanlicht

Andrea Gomez - Clouds Over Mountains in Autumn

Mark Noble

Kathryn Thomas - Offered As A Place to Begin

Martin Stynes - Ground With Storm


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