The sudden noise from an aircraft, a firework display, a supermoon or uncle Harold’s hat being lifted aloft by a gust of wind before sailing away over the rooftops.
Perhaps these are some the few times we raise our eyes to the skies. It’s probably because our heads work more comfortably when they’re facing straight ahead or looking down, but should we look up more often?
WHAT’S UP THERE?
We’re so used to living on a planet where man expands horizontally. I can think of areas near me that were fields when I was a boy, where you could ride bikes, climb trees and build dens. Now stands an estate of bricks and mortar, but if you go there and look up, the sky has been untouched by human hands. The sky is unique, out of reach (at the moment), to greedy developers, a place of ever changing moods on a canvas of blue, white or grey.
THE MOODS OF THE SKY
The sky can reflect it’s own mood on us and affect our feelings. How do you feel on a summer’s day lying on the grass looking up at the blue sky? I don’t need to answer that for you.
How about a stormy squall coming in from the sea and hitting you square in the face. Does it fill you with drama and excitement?
I know the sky inspires me in most of my work. I try to recreate the moods I felt when I was out in the elements looking at a storm front coming in or looking up through the trees as in the above image.
Sometimes you might have to bend that neck back a bit more to be aware of the glorious expanse above our heads, but the effort can be worth it. If you can’t quite manage that, maybe have a look through my gallery pages. You may find something you can enjoy from the comfort of your sofa!
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