Silence, Trees, Weather.

Cloudy Sky

Salton City, August. Weather coming in, I hear the thunder getting closer. I hope it will clear before I go out for an arts meeting this evening!

Yes, 9 days since I blogged – I’ve been on the road for most of those.  I have seen a lot of skies, a lot of roads and was astonished by Mount Shasta – whose awesome beauty I was unprepared for.

While I was in Bellevue, WA, there was a lull at the fair, during which I was able to add to my list of sonnets.  One step further to that bucket list item.

Tree Work

The upper leaves spread up to gather light

The lower leaves reach out to seek the sun

The branches stretch and grow with all their might

Until leaves redden when the summer’s done.

The colorful flowers that bloomed bright in the spring

Are now brown crisps around a precious seed

that wait for autumn’s winds to find their wings

and fly to other grounds that might just lead

to sprouting from the earth when spring returns,

to rooting and to spreading and to growth

into a new tree; life’s desire thus burns

for life itself will not succeed with sloth.

Look at a tree and it will show you how

To plan tomorrow just by doing now.

 

Newer Work #65

After the rain the sun….. but this it what it can look like before the rain.  A mixture of distant rain and haboob.  We have a storm forecast for today – just enough to wash the air and muddy the ground.  But it’s not here yet…. (oh please, oh please, one more storm this winter…..)

Refractured watercolor painting

#1247 After the rain, the sun. Refractured watercolor 10×8″ matted to fit 14×11″ frame, $105.

Desert version…

wetchristmas

Remains of the puddle from the last couple days.  The ocotillo is** actually blooming a little.

I’m dreaming of a wet Christmas

with every neighbor that I’ve met

May your ocotillo bloom red,

and my all your Christmases be wet.

desertstormatchristmas

Storm over the Badlands when we drove home yesterday.

 

Newer work #50

I thought I would choose the raindrop shapes and the pink background for this one because we always think of rain/water as blue/gray/white.  So I thought I would be obstreporous and go the other side of the color wheel.

Mixed media painting

#1229 Love Rain II. Mixed media on pine panel, 17″ diameter. $300.

Mixed media painting

The picture of this in place gives a much better idea of the texture and sheen.

Newer Work #44

Mixed media painting

#1221 Raining Again. Mixed media on panel, 17″ diameter. $300.

 

 

Raining again – yes, we need the rain here in the west.  We’ve been blessed with two storms so far since September and I’m hoping we’ll get more like our average 4″ this year (just not on weekends when there are shows….)

Cloud Appreciation Society

I enjoy reading – and passing on – the newsletters from the Cloud Appreciation Society.  Here’s the latest. I’ve actually seen a low-bow myself, though it was draped across the top of the San Gorgonio mountains…. about an hour before the windstorm hit.

The power in the sky.

Here is an interesting video showing lightning in slow motion.  And all this comes from air, water and movement.

 

Lightning Hits the Earth in Slow Motion