I don't like drama in my life, but I love to see it in clouds.
I was introduced to the artwork of John Constable
in one of my first college art history classes.
While my preference is for contemporary art, Constable's
land and seascapes stick with me; there are times when
I will just stop to watch the clouds as they scud
across the sky. Often, when I am at the Coke Field,
I'll stand on the little bridge and imagine it's
a field in the English countryside.
Below is Ploughing Scene in Suffolk, painted in 1814.
But the one below, a seascape study, is my favorite.
Our storms generally come out of the plains
of the Midwest. On occasion, I saw dark clouds
approaching as we drove west from Ohio.
The vast, green farmland of Ohio was as good
as any ocean to see thunderheads sweeping in,
dropping curtains of rain on their approach.