Send in the Clouds
A gallery of paintings that honor the amazing shapes we see (and feel) in the atmosphere
Coloradans love a good cloud. They are one of the massive rewards of living on the plains, where every day presents a new art opening in the sky. According to the NASA explanation for fifth graders (my level of scientific understanding), clouds form from water in the sky, and types of clouds are categorized mainly by their shape and location. (The big, puffy, cotton-ball-like clouds we associate with kids’ drawings are often cumulus.) Not that type matters. It’s more of a feel thing. Clouds draw us in, remind us of our tiny place in the universe, bring out our childlike wonder and soothe our soul. Science doesn’t really explain that part, but it may account for why paintings of clouds can be so comforting.
“You can’t explain the beauty of Colorado without describing the sky and the clouds and their relationship to the landscape.” — Alice Messinger, Artist
3. “Aqua Glow,” by Laura Guese, oil on canvas, 16” x 16”, $1,280; walkerfineart.com
4. “White Out,” by Alice Messinger, oil on panel, 49.5” x 24.5” framed, $2,500; alicemessingerstudio.com