The Shapes of Clouds

I remember fondly the idle days of youth when laying on my back in the grass and gazing at the clouds overhead, I would try to make something easily recognizable out of their shapes.  We’ve all done it and while I no longer have the time to just lie around and stare at the sky, when I see an unusual cloud formation, I’ll try to place it with something tangible and familiar.

 

 

 

 

 

Take this one for instance, which is of the cloud type Flammagenitus, the name of clouds originated as a consequence of localized natural heat sources, such as forest fires, wildfires or volcanic activity and which, at least in part, consist of water drops.

I can see the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in this, or maybe that old alien Alf if he had his head cocked just so.  Check out the following pictures of clouds and see if you think they look like what most people see them as.

This one doesn’t look like anything in particular to me but when it was downloaded from a group of pictures of clouds that were supposed to resemble dogs.  I don’t see that at all.  Mighty Mouse maybe.  Can you?

This one I think is quite obvious, but what is obvious to me might not be the same to you.  Surely though, you see an angel, right?

I don’t hesitate a second here.  This is clearly a Fairy Godmother, complete with wand.

This also came to mind immediately as a lion cub. Or does it look more like a bear cub?

If you don’t see a fish in this image I would imagine you are one of the few who doesn’t.  Probably a red snapper.  ;

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And this?  A poodle praying of course!

I’m going to go with duck here.

This one is clearly a no-brainer.  It looks like a kidney.  Right?

Now when I first looked at this I say a rabbit, but now on second glance, it could be a rubber duck in some child’s bathtub.

According to the same cloud group of “dogs” as mentioned before this is also supposed to be a poodle.

I guess I don’t have to name this one Flipper for you to guess what I think this looks like, or would you say Jaws would fit it better, or something else entirely?

Dumbo without a doubt.  Maybe not the giant ears so much, but definitely the trunk.

I see a galloping horse and rider here without a doubt but on closer scrutiny, I can also see in the middle area what appears to be a woman placing a hat, or maybe it’s a halo on the rider’s head.


What is your opinion of these shapes and do you agree with the same images I saw?  Please let us know in comments if you see something wildly imaginative or even if you agree with what seem to be the most common images seen.  One thing I think we can all agree on though is that Mother Nature is a highly gifted artist.

Sugar Skull Art and The Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday, celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day and All Hollow’s Eve. The festivities start at midnight on the 31st of October. Sugar skulls are often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased as it’s believed that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. Following are some excellent examples of Sugar Skull art.

“El Dia De Los Muertos Skeleton Lovers”  by Monika Suska

“Sugar Skull Art” by Brian Pulido

“Sugar Skull Owl” Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Niklas Bates

“Boy and Girl Sugar Skulls” by Lil Mrs. Frankenstein

“Music Lover” Tattoo Design

“Sugar Skull Art” by João Mendes

“Candied Skull” by Arise Chicken

“Burning Desire” by Daniel Esparza 

“Two of Hearts” by Melody Smith
“Bottoms Up” by Day of the Dead Artist David Lozeau

This last piece isn’t what most would typically think of as “Sugar Skull Art” but I think it’s one of the most beautiful examples of ANY skull art I’ve ever seen.

‘Strange Charm(Swans)’ by Tino Rodriguez

 

The Tarot Card Artistry Of Bonifacio Bembo

As some may believe, Tarot cards are not the result of new age mysticism and their usage can be traced back as far as the 1400s.  Their vibrant images of the Royal, Minor and Major Arcana are what a lot of people may recognize if not interested in them for spiritual reasons.  While these images, which come in many different themes with a multitude of renderings, may be colorful and intriguing, there may be none as beautiful as the ones pictured here. While today’s cards feature the 4 suits of Wands, Cups, Pentacles, and Swords, they were first titled as Coins, Cups, Sticks, and Swords.

Bonifacio Bembo (1420-1480), was a painter and miniaturist who was born in Brescia and was so delighted by the Tarot’s esoteric symbolism that he created his own version for Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, between 1442 and 1444.

Today’s decks are made up of 78 cards. Bembo’s deck consisting of 48 cards measuring approximately 7 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches are illustrated on gold and silver backgrounds. They are now part of the Pinacoteca di Brera collection.

Pictured below are some of the most beautiful and mysterious cards created by the early-Renaissance artist.

On the left, “Faith”; on the right, “Maid of Sticks”

On the left, “Horsewoman of Coins”; on the right, “Horsewoman of Sticks”


On the left, “Maid of Coins”; on the right, “Maid of Cups”


On the left, “The World”; on the right, “Horseman of Sticks”

On the left, “Knave of Swords”; on the right, “Knave of Coins”

On the left, “The Emperor”; on the right, “Time”


On the left, “King of Cups”; on the right, “Horseman of Swords”


On the left, “Death”; on the right, “The Magician”


On the left, “Doomsday”; on the right, “The Wheel of Fortune”


On the left, “Six of Coins”; on the right, “Two of Cups”


On the left, “Four of Cups”; on the right, “Six of Swords”


Whether or not you believe that someone can divine your future with a layout from a Tarot deck, I’m sure we can all agree that these cards are absolutely beautiful.

Photos via:
Isabetta
Atlante Dell Art

6 Of The Best Drum Solos Ever Listen UP

If you know anything about musicians you know that drummers are often considered the least valuable member of a group, and the jokes that follow their choice of instrument legendary. What’s the first thing a drummer says when he moves to LA? “Would you like fries with that sir?” What does a drummer use for contraception? His personality.
I myself have always been partial to guitarists, am married to one actually, but he was also a drummer. You can make all the jokes you’d like, but where would you be without a beat?

Here undeniably, are 6 of the best drum solos ever. Take a listen and see what you think, and of these 6 drummers, which would you choose as the best soloist? Leave us a comment and let us know!

John Bonham – Led Zeppelin – Moby Dick

Carl Palmer – Emerson,Lake & Palmer – Karn Evil 9

Jimmy Sullivan – Avenged Sevenfold – Beast and the Harlot

Ron Bushy – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Mike Shrieve – Santana – Soul Sacrifice

Keith Moon – The Who – My Generation

Don’t forget to comment and let us know who you think out of these six is the best!