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.

Lguese Peacefulelevation Large

1. “Peaceful Elevation” is one of a series of cloud pieces by Boulder-based artist Laura Guese, oil on canvas, 72” x 60”, $9,000;

Messinger Kiss The Sky 2

2. Boulder-based artist Alice Messinger paints dreamy landscapes and abstract monochrome pieces. “Kiss the Sky,” oil on canvas, 30” x 30”, $1,800;

“You can’t explain the beauty of Colorado without describing the sky and the clouds and their relationship to the landscape.” — Alice Messinger, Artist

Lguese Aquaglow Large

3. “Aqua Glow,” by Laura Guese, oil on canvas, 16” x 16”, $1,280;

Messinger White Out

4. “White Out,” by Alice Messinger, oil on panel, 49.5” x 24.5” framed, $2,500;

Finley Res

5. Denver-based artist Patricia Finley creates abstract works that are earthy and ethereal. “Clouds Got In My Way,” resin and acrylic paint, 36” x 36”, $3,000;


6. Ian Fisher is Colorado’s cloud master. His works are generally large and sell fast. “Untitled, (Cloud Study).” This rare mini, 14” x 11”, sold for $2,000;

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