Monday, April 12, 2010

Cloud Paintings & Poems

Hammonasset Clouds, 16x20 oil
copyright 2010 Jan Blencowe

This one's an older painting, but still a favorite of mine because of the clouds and the soft, early summer colors. It was painted en plein air in late May.

Clouds are wonderful things, and in the spirit of National Poetry Month, here's one of my poems about clouds....


The clouds are unravelling
Like a white wool sweater,

Or a cotton sheet that's frayed.

They fall apart and float away
Till they are clouds are no more.

~Jan Blencowe

John Constable was fascinated by clouds and did many studies of them.

Study of clouds
John Constable (1776-1837)
5 September 1822
Great Britain
Oil on paper

Below is the well known book Constable's Clouds, which seems to be ridiculously expensive.It must be out of print and therefore rare, and probably has lots of beautiful full color plates. I don't expect anyone to buy this but do be on the look out for it at used books stores and sales, you never know you might stumble upon it for .50 cents!

1 comment:

AutumnLeaves said...

I love the colors and the softness to your beautiful landscape, Jan! Those paintings of clouds are gorgeous too!