Based on the "overwhelming response" to my drawing lecture I've decided to do things differently. This is why I'm not a teacher. I don't have a dynamic bone in my body -- I'm a yawn fest. It would've been better to post all those pictures one at a time. All at once they blend in with each other so I don't get individual comments.
As I've said before I like to study the visual properties of objects. On any airplane trip you'll find me staring out the window entranced by clouds. "Hey buddy, they're clouds! Once you've seen one, you've seen a million. What do you need to know other than that they're big puffy things and that rain snow and lightning come out of them?" Well, I have to know anyway. "Why don't you just get all of that from a book or go talk to a meteorologist?" No, I want to observe on my own and reach my own conclusions. Too often people miss important details when they observe and besides, my concern here is only what makes the clouds look the way they do.
When I was a kid a teacher asked me what color the sky was. I said gray with a purple tint. She said I was wrong, that it was blue but I could see out the classroom window differently -- it was an overcast day -- the visual proof was there. That’s one of many reasons I make my own observations and I don’t automatically accept what’s in books or comes from authority figures.
One day when I’ve got the energy I’ll write up my detailed and boring analysis of clouds. Till then I’ll tell you this: they’re pretty.