One of the most enjoyable emails I receive is the Cloud Appreciation Society, and here’s the latest. In this there’s a survey to ask if you think there should be a (I assume we’re talking international here) Cloud Appreciation Day. If we can have National Cupcake Eating Day, why not?
I enjoy the Cloud Appreciation Society’s newsletter on a sporadic basis (when it turns up), but I’m also a member of one of the local Cloudspotter groups. Here in the low desert, we don’t get a lot of clouds, but a couple days ago we had some cooler damper weather and I was happy to not only be able to post a beautiful sunrise to the group, but for the fact that it was actually cloudy all day.
It’s always my pleasure to pass along the Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter. I’m looking forward to viewing some of the presentations available on their website about clouds! Hope you’ll enjoy them too.
I’ve missed posting the last couple newsletters….something to do with having been on a mental hiatus from normal art life for half a year… but here’s one I couldn’t resist. The time lapses of the storms are especially spectacular. I’ve been more inspired my clouds since we’ve had actual ‘weather’ here recently instead of the plain cerulean dome. The California low desert needs a bigger share of the rain from the storms now sweeping in (just not on weekends as there is the occasional art fair back in existence now…..).
I loved this quote from the beginning of the Cloud Appreciation Society’s Newsletter.
“You have to regard yourself as a cloud because, you see, clouds never make mistakes. Did you ever see a cloud that was misshapen? Did you ever see a badly designed wave? No, they always do the right thing… But if you will treat yourself for a while as a cloud or wave, and realize that you can’t make a mistake whatever you do. Because even if you do something that seems to be totally disastrous it’ll all come out in the wash somehow or other. Then, through this capacity you will develop a kind of confidence, and through confidence you will be able to trust your own intuition.”
From the lecture ‘Way Beyond Seeking’ by Alan Watts (1915-1973).
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!
Another little collage, ready to go. Very appropriate for a post on a cloudy day.
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…..
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:
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
The Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter is always interesting, but this one is especially because of the cooking demonstration, where a panini toaster is used to show how clouds are cooked up.