While modern industrial cloud manufacture takes place around the world, the Flint Hill region of the state of Kansas is synonymous with its centuries-old traditions of artisanal cumulo-culture, or cloud farming. Many connoisseur insist that clouds from the fields of Kansas, with their natural nacreous layers and hand hewn silver linings, are the finest in the world.
One of the benefits of living in Kansas is the opportunity to sample each season’s crop fresh from the fields. I must admit that I am a bit of a cloud snob. Kansas farmers produce dozens of varieties including some species found no where else in the world. While grows can occasionally spawn tornados and other severe weather events, such is the life in the Flint Hills.
This is a collection of plein air sketches and watercolors from around my home in Eastern Kansas.
From a few of the roads near my house, some (slightly) embellished to make the hills more hilly.
Playing with some different cloud shapes.
Watercolors from K-10. I have a habit of pulling my car off to the side of the highway to paint. I’ve met quite a few friendly Kansas Highway Patrolmen and wormen.
A few of the smaller grows in Desoto, between Kansas City and Lawrence on K-10.
A few larger studies. I really wanted to play with some of the colors. When you think of the Great Plains you often get this sort of drab golden Little House on the Praire look, but its actually very colorful here.
I must admit that the aerial views are more or less invented. I don’t have access to a helicopter or artist’s zeppelin (yet).
A few more views from nearer my house. That bottom one is actually a commercial farm, but it’s still pretty.
Last few, anti-clockwise from the top left that College boulevard, K-10 in Desoto, and College blvd. again across from the local elementary school.