Sonnet Challenge #29

I spent some time in early August hoping we would get rained on, without joy.  I was hopeful yesterday too, with a wind coming up from the gulf, but the dessicating desert air all mopped it up and we just got haze.

Storm Building

I watch the nimbus build across the west
a great gray blanket blotting out the sun,
the gathering of storm has just begun –
we need the rain! The cumulus start to crest
off to the south, into great thunderheads.
The tension builds in the electric air.
I bring the lawn chairs in and thus prepare
for wind that might just tear such things to shreds
with its intensity. I know the drill;
stratus accumulate and start to bear down
as if to smother this belittled town –
they’ll rumble, crack and then they’ll start to spill.
The coulds build up as if to promise rain,
but in the afternoon’s heat dissipate again.

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Tales from the field #14

Ice, fire and finally, water.

hail at flagstaff

Monday morning – Labor Day – at Art in the Park in Flagstaff. I had 6 people sheltering in my booth from the hour of rain and….yes… that’s hail!

misspelled truck

On the way home in the afternoon I spent 2 1/2 hours in traffic on the 17. At some points it was so slow that I had time to be reminded that I am a lifetime seargeant in the spelling police.

jeni bate swimming

Tuesday evening…. ah, that’s more like a good water temperature. No, I’m not actually skinny dipping, the bikini is the same off-white as the parts that don’t see daylight too much.

Paintings in their forever home #3

I’ll often do two commissions so the client can choose which might work.
This is the first time that both did – and the client had the space for both.
It ended up being a great little grouping in this Sunnyvale home.  The two top ones are the new additions to the collection.  Both have poetry in them too!

Mixed media painting collection

And the collector is also a Cloud Appreciation Society member, like me!

CAS newsletter

I always enjoy reading and passing along the Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.  I especially liked the article about harvesting for.  It is unusually humid in the desert this month – usually the humidity doesn’t start until August, but we’ve already had a month when the A/C has been harvesting humidity in the house and pumping it outside to a dish from which the local rabbits enjoy drinking.

Cloud Appreciation Society

It is always my pleasure to read and pass along the Cloud Appreciation Society’s newsletter.

Messing about in boats

I have to say that this was one painting (or pair of paintings) executed under the most hostile of weathers.  No, not so much heat, but the desiccating wind.  I had to stop on the second morning and go back for a short session closer to dawn on the third day, and then it was a struggle.  The good news is that once I’d drawn up the letters, I could quickly go from one side to the other, painting layers, knowing full well that that my start point would be completely dry by the time I returned to it in about 25 minutes.  At the end of the second day I had to quit because the paint was drying on the brush.  The east side of the boat was too hot to work, and the west side, in the shade and wind, I was shivering.  And I still had to figure out how to spray with an acrylic glaze with the UV component – in a stiff breeze.

Nevertheless ‘Poseidon’ has its name on its sides and today will be test launched.  Eventually this boat will carry a solar powered pump which will pump water from the Salton Sea into the marina ‘fingers’ in Desert Shores, to maintain the water level and mitigate red agae.  Launch day is on Sunday.

starboard_finished

port_finished

Cloud Appreciating Society

As some clouds are turning from gray to pink to orange over the Salton Sea, I thought I would pass along this recent Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.