Cloud Appreciation Society

Always my pleasure to pass along the Cloud Appreciation Society’s occasional Newsletter.

If you are – or you decide to become – a member of the society, you can also join local groups of cloudspotters. I started the Imperial County California group, and then was encouraged to merge with the Borrego Springs group. It’s a small world of little towns and big spaces under this open sky and the coordinator of the Borrego Springs group was none other than a client of mine!

Now that we have the two groups merged, it’s actually catching us at the least-busy time of year for cloudspotting here. Plain blue is installed almost without exception through about the end of July. We might get some thunderheads to look at in August! But if you’re in our catchment area, please join us and we can start sharing some of the clouds when they return from their sojourn.

Monthly Newsletter

I have a tree painted on the back of my garage with leaves made from pieces of soda cans, stapled loosely so that they rustle delightfully in the breeze.  Against the trunk is painted ‘The wind of change may not blow you someplace different but it might shape you into something more beautiful’. 
I write this on the cusp between the Covid shutdowns and the George Floyd riots.  Many businesses have been shuttered so long they may not survive.  Some have been so impacted by the new health restrictions imposed on reopening, they have given up.  Now we see others burned or looted out of existence and yet others may be unwilling to continue in some neighborhoods. 
I have a friend who has been through several careers.  She describes the changes as getting to a point where she needed to reinvent herself.  This year it seems many will need to reinvent themselves or make adjustments to how they live or work. 
One of the adjustments I’ve been considering is to make some work more easily shippable, so it is less prohibitive to sell online.  I decided to experiment a little with refractured acrylics on canvas; lighter weight than panels, but also a different medium for the refractured part.  The first experiment (above) was relatively successful. 
Another couple items that came out of spending time at home was an update to ‘Busting the Bard’.  This is now available in paperback and kindle from Amazon.  And the fourth poetry and painting book ‘My Next Breath’ is close to being complete. (Click here for links.)  It is available as a paperback but my proofreader and the person writing an intro on the back have yet to have time to do this, so there will be an update hopefully by the end of this week and I’ll create the kindle version then.    I’ll order hard copies once art fairs restart or other outlets need restocking, but if you’d like to get a signed copy let me know.
 
I will have work in two online shows:
Jun 6-Jul 12: 6x6x2020 Online fundraiser for Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Jun 2nd-Aug 30th (approx) The Planet of Joy at Lark Gallery Online.  This may develop into a physical gallery show next month and I should be on a Q&A Virtual Art Talk on Zoom soon.  I’ll send another email when this is set.

Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter

Always my pleasure to pass along the CAS Newsletter.  I recently became the leader of an Imperial County Cloudspotter group.  If you’re into clouds – and I am – in fact at the moment I’m writing this I’m inside a cloud because it’s raining – you should consider joining – and if you’re in Imperial County, join the cloudspotter group too.  We don’t always have a lot of clouds around here, so they’re more of a treat!

 

Newer work #94

I love the desert rain when you can see it falling from a distance – sometimes the air below being so dry the rain never reaches the ground – the effect known as virga.

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#1409 Desert Virga. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 7.5×5.5″ in mat to fit 10×8 frame. $45.
Contains the haiku:
Desert virga falls,
precipitation transforms
into a thin veil.

Newer work #92

Another little collage, ready to go.  Very appropriate for a post on a cloudy day.

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#1406 “Sky’s War” 
Watercolor collage on foamcore, 7.5×5.5″ with mat to fit 10×8 frame. $45. Haiku written for it reads:
Clouds are the sky’s war,
The strategy and battle
and sometimes, the blood.

 

Sunrises and Sunsets

550seacrestsunset7_wI had a painting accepted in the Sunrises and Sunsets Art Exhibit, held by Fusion Arts.  There’s no excuse for not seeing this exhibit, despite the current closure of most facilities, because it’s online.  Happy to see that my friend Diane Morgan won one of the awards.

Cloud Appreciation

This Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter included  an invitation to join or start local cloudwatching groups.  I think we have an unofficial one in Salton City, though it seems to only operate in the winter.  We do get thunder clouds to look at in the summer, but it’s really too cosy to go outside to look at them…..

Cloud Appreciation Society

If you see my post but don’t open the Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter, make this on the exception.  There is a wonderful short video of rare and beautiful mother-of-pearl clouds!

Cloud Appreciation Society

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Always my pleasure to pass along the Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.  Thought I would include one of my own skyscapes – starting material – to go along with this one.

 

Tales from the field #32

Tomorrow is Black Friday and I’m a retailer so I’ll be at a show in Palm Springs.  Today is Thanksgiving so I wanted to find something to be thankful for:

Silverado on a flooded street

The flood got deeper as I continued the setup

This Thanksgiving I am thankful that:

  • the rain I set up my tent in was merely heavy rain and not freezing
  • that it wasn’t windy so I could put the walls up without having to put the weights on first
  • that my booth is on a well drained grassy slope
  • that my truck was ignored by Palm Springs finest, alongside the red curb and half in a flood, with the park anywhere lights on
  • that my truck has a heater because I was soaked from my head to my hips and my feet to my thighs
  • that my truck was able to navigate the floods along Ramon Road
  • that there weren’t any crazy fast drivers who caused a crash on the freeway
  • that I decided to go for this wet setup so I don’t have to get up at 4 am to set up tomorrow
  • that I am writing this listening to the rain on my roof while a turkey cooks