Friday, April 15, 2016

#MMBBR #Review Cloud Sketching by Martin Feijoo @QuartoCreates @QuartoKnows


"When I was a child, I was told that clouds' shapes were created by expert balloon twister clowns who live in the sky, so that they can keep entertaining children." - Martin Feijoo

Look up at the clouds. What do you see? What do you sketch?

As a child, you'd spend hours looking at the sky on a summer day, watching clouds pass, and identifying shapes, animals, scenes, and more. "That one looks like a dinosaur!" is just one of the ways that these muses in the sky can be perceived. WithCloud Sketching by Martin Fiejoo, it's time to take what you see and use it to create wonderful, whimsical art right on the photographs.

In Cloud Sketching, you'll discover Fiejoo's general technique for drawing imaginative creations over photographs of clouds. Then, enjoy a selection of completed cloud sketches from the author's wildly popular art series Shaping Clouds. Take on the task of finishing the included partial cloud sketches. Explore the freedom of a host of "blank" clouds for doodling your own designs. Finally, you'll find blank journal pages where you can add in images of clouds from your own life on which to sketch.

I have always been one to look up at the clouds.  I feel that this is a gift of being alive...seeing the beauty in even the simplest of things.  I even remember being a little kid hanging upside down off the stairs of the front porch watching the clouds float by while trying to figure out what they resembled.  It is a memory I want to share with my children, who also appreciate the beauty and majesty of nature.   In Cloud Sketching the sky is the limit when is comes to what you can do, quite literally.   This book takes on an interesting and original take on nature and art.  It allows the user to create moments of calm and creativity everyday and all you have to do it look up.  This book allows my boys and I to find another creative way to spend time together.  This book combines nature, photography and art into a trifecta of fun!
4.5 stars   

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