25/01/2013 by Sarah Ritchie
I saw the hands of God today. At least I think I did. OK, maybe I didn’t, but for at least two minutes until the clouds moved, it came pretty close!
We have such lovely – always changing – cloud patterns in Auckland. Living on an isthmus of land (a thin strip of land between two bodies of water), Auckland epitomises the “four seasons in one day” concept, and the resulting sky patterns can be magnificent (especially at sunset).
I have been inclined to think that cloud watching is akin to wasting time, but I am challenging these thoughts of late. I have been so consumed by finding the natural beauty (shapes, patterns, colours) on terra firma, that I haven’t often stopped to look up and absorb the wonders in the sky.
Cloud watching is a great exercise in training the eye (and your imagination) to see what may or may not be apparent to others. As an artist, the challenge then becomes what can you do with these observations? How can you translate cloud watching experiences into something that can be shared with others? How can you use the same cloud watching skills to look more closely at other things around you?
If you are searching for ways to stimulate creativity, try looking up or just lie on your back, stare at the sky and take time to dream. Your creative future is worth the effort.