I love skies and I love twisting them so that there appear to be objects on the horizon line or floating in the sky.
The trick is to get a long low horizon and to choose an interesting cloud scape. Or choose one corner of a building and then duplicate and twist it around. Changing the colours in different filters also helps.
We have low pressure and winds from the north west are sweeping across the country. With the low sun earlier on there were huge dark clouds, laden with rain, waiting to drop onto already sodden ground. Peeking underneath the clouds a bright sun burst through and shone across the road. It turned the cloud base orange, but I could not see a rainbow, perhaps it was behind the buildings.
I took these photos. The tree across the road is in flower although its only December. It usually flowers in March.
Looking round the garden, we still have blue Lobelia flowers, also begonias, a fuchsia, a nasturtium.. these should be gone by now but it has been mild , too mild. ….
Talking about rainbows. Years ago I stepped out if college and onto the street. There was a sprinkling of rain, and dark clouds. The sun was low and bright. I saw a beautiful rainbow only a few yards in front of me. It was actually touching the ground. I did that thing you do in dreams, I chased it! I kept chasing and it kept moving away. In the end, after about 100 yards, I gave up. I just stood and marvelled at the beauty of it until it faded……
I was just thinking of the names I call my cats, not just their proper names but pet names.
Seamus is also Mouse,
He can be Mus it Tus tat.
Moggie, buggle, pud,
Paws, tatty cat.
Seamus can be fluff,
Great big paws.
He is muscle tough,
Also muggle and Mugs.
Gracie can be girl, girly, sweet paws,
Kitty cat, choochie, mooch, grinkle,
Spooks, cheeky tat, shortie,
Garlic, glory, tiny.
Splash, flash, sassy………
I don’t know where half of these come from. Garlic is because the pattern on Gracies face looks a bit like a garlic bulb. Seamus is mainly Mouse, they know their own names and come when called or in Seamus’s case whistled.
I think I probably call them other things which interchange between the two or cover both of them. Like little batty cats, bat’s, puddy puds, puggles, tusses and cusses.
If you want an abstract image you don’t need to go far in spode studios. Just look down at the floor. The yellow stripes and turquoise patches make a fine design. I don’t know what the building was like before they put studios in on either side of the corridor but perhaps the blue green areas were where machines were sited.
I took a couple of pictures today but couldn’t help getting my foot in one….
I think if I painted these they would have to have a thick varnish so that they have that sheen that the floors have. So many ideas that I can think of, I love the way there are views and images at the old spode site that evoke the history of the place.
Here are two more photos. This time pictures out of the windows of of the studios.
The sun was setting, the light levels were low, and the enclosing buildings around spode seemed to darken the view even more. But when you have clouds like this it makes for a fantastic atmosphere. It makes me want to paint that sky. The blues, greys and browns shimmer, it was beautiful.
And against the industrial archaeology of Spode Site it seems entirely the right kind of sky.