Cloud over South Dakota

Cloud over South Dakota

Originally uploaded by miss_distance

Quick sketch in watercolor of a key image from my long drive back from the Badlands to Upper Michigan: CLOUDS. I became quite mesmerized by the clouds. For a long time, it seemed that I was driving at exactly the same *speed* as the cloud’s shadow, neither pulling away from it, nor seeing it pull away from my position on the interstate! Somewhere near the SD-MN border, the sky began clearing, and as the clouds spread apart, each seemed to be a unique character, witch distinct features. The sunlight *beamed* through this one slightly, spotlighting a distant treeline with yellow light, and hiding the rest in shadow. I found the clouds so moving I needed to pull over, and make this sketch.

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