“CLOUD GAZING – A gallery of heavenly masterpieces on the world’s grandest canvas” is how this month’s issue of Country Extra magazine describes the beautiful collection of photographs in their article titled “Big Skies” (May 2014).
Inspired by the panoramic vistas in the photo spread, I rushed outside knowing there must be some similarly gorgeous clouds in my sky just waiting to be part of a watercolor masterpiece. There was not a cloud in the sky! Just a big blank canvas. Or was it?
As I looked up into the brilliant blue I realized it wasn’t a blank canvas at all. Nature had already started her painting with a beautiful wash of cerulean and ultramarine. The moon had been added high in the east, like the pigment had been carefully lifted to reveal her pearly crescent. This day, instead of clouds, it was the birds and the upper-story of the trees that floated into the painting from all directions.
A crimson-colored scarlet tanager sat on the branches of a budding walnut tree, beautiful against the uncluttered bright cerulean background.
Even the resident vulture struck an awesome pose against the background as he warmed himself in the rays of the afternoon sun. I spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the view from the porch with camera and sketchbook in hand. When I am back in the studio I’ll have lots of interesting subjects with which to fill an “empty canvas”.
Have a great week of cloud gazing!