‘Skies hold the movement of all we know on earth. Our very being is governed by this mysterious world above us’
The sky is a wonderful picture we can access at any time. It constantly changes. It can reflect the complete spectrum of human feelings we all relate to. It can be our source of comfort and inspiration.
WHY I ENJOY PAINTING SKIES
If someone granted you the ability to fly so that you could soar up through the clouds & dive through them falling out into empty air, then climbing high up again and watching the colours of the sun reflecting off cloud formations, feeling the moods of the air currents and soaking up the atmosphere of this clear fresh other dimension. This is the mindset I get into when I’m painting the sky.
My surroundings fade, my painting surface becomes my sky space and I’m pulled into this world where I can paint the mood of the sky by feeling I’m in it.
Of course, when I start adding the landscape I’m brought down to terra firma with a great crash, but that’s another story for another time.
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
I think we look to the sky in times of contemplation or when our minds are troubled because it’s the furthest we can see ahead in our physical world.
When we look out to sea deep in thought it looks like the sky and horizon stop at the same point but of course the sky reaches far beyond the horizon’s boundary.
When we look up into the night sky we realise that our view of the sky is only limited by our eyesight, unless of course we’re looking through a telescope. We’re looking billions of miles into the distance, that’s some view! Of course we’re seeing this same distance in the daytime but we’re not aware of it because it’s been painted blue, or grey if you live in England.
FURTHER SKY PAINTINGS PLANNED
As you may know, my current series is about trees and woodlands of England and although my past work has featured skies, I’m planning a series wholly devoted to the inspiration I get from being out in the air and recording skies. This series will be starting soon.
So if you haven’t studied the sky on a stormy day or on a peaceful summer’s day, I encourage you to do it. If you want to have a constant reminder of such a sky, please look through my gallery and choose one for your wall so you can see it every day. The above images are from a current work in progress.
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