10/27/2005: "Mammatus anyone?"
So, Dio posted some work on his site by an artist who did some paintings that are somewhat similar to a group of paintings I've been working with, at the PhotoShop thumbnail stage. I kindof hate that, it's like when you think you've written this kick ass song and then you hear it on the radio.
I'm going to do the paintings anyway, if people avoided doing any work that could be considered derivative, nothing would ever get done.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm somewhat obsessed with the idea of Armageddon, not in the biblical sense, but just in the end of the world sense. The series I've been toying around with has to do with natural disasters, our possible role in them, different ELEs (extinction level events). One of my favorite natural disasters is the tornado, (not exactly at ele status yet but...) and one precursor to the tornado is a rare meterological event called the Mammatus cloud. I absolutely ferverently and passionately love clouds, all clouds, and the Mammatus cloud is my absolute favorite of them all.
Do an image search in google for: clouds nebraska to see some stunning examples. I grew up in Nebraska so tornados represent my first conciousness of death...or the possibility of death through the catastrophic and unpredictable finger of god. I've wanted to do these paintings for a long time now, but always felt conflicted about it, because I have lived for nearly 20 years in a place that is gloriously (and sadly) tornado free...it is not an Alaskan theme to be sure...but it is me...or, something that has had a huge effect on me and who I am today.
more to come...maybe I'll post some of my thumbnails later. I'm actually doing all this online searching as part of my job. I'm recording one of my instructional CDs for one of the courses I teach and this unit is on searching the web, so I'm making sure that I'm up to snuff on all the newest web searching features...but, I really have to get it finished today so I better get back to work.