Sky levels

I like a painting where there’s a focus for the eye but also depths and secrets, possibilities that keep you looking and musing, even if it’s hanging on your wall for years.

My skyscape canvas is not as vast as out in plains country but the mountains create more varied layers of clouds.

This is especially so when storms are rolling around the ranges, but probably not so down in the wider lowlands beyond and below them.

A strip of blue sandwiched between a variety of cloud shapes and colours and directions, a glimpse of the backdrop colour while the action takes place… much more interesting than a plain blue sky!

Or a slit of fiery orange between heavy grey rainclouds, in an early morning sky only half-decided about shepherds’ warnings.

Variety, contrast, uncertainty– all part of the action in that ever-changing show above me. And it’s free.