White clouds in a watercolor painted blue sky

Cloudy Intro

It’s time to move on!

Welcome to March, and the start of the new segment of our Creation series! Here’s where we’ll hang out for the next two months:

Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.

Genesis 1:6-8 NLT

Initial Cloudy Thoughts

My imagination goes all sorts of ways with this passage.

How warm were the waters from being in the light created the day before?

Were the “deep waters” of verse two so deep that God just lifted a bunch of it right up into the atmosphere? Or did he use evaporation and condensation?

Just how much water was left below after a bunch of it was sent above?

How far was it between the waters below and above?

Did clouds look the same then as they do now?

Since my answer to all of those questions is “I don’t know,” I’ll be writing about things as they are now: clouds, the atmosphere, air, and the like.

Just to prepare for these topics, I’ve started extremely elementary cloud watercolor painting! I am so grateful for Youtube tutorials. I improved 100% in just one day from trying it my own way to following someone who knows what they’re doing!

Cloud Creation

I had no idea there were so many ways to paint clouds. I tried a few of them, and there are still more techniques to discover. I shall share my cloudy mini masterpieces with you.

Puffy Watercolor Clouds with Blue Sky

The first technique requires painting the paper with clear water, painting a layer of blue on top, and then blotting up blue paint with a bunched-up tissue.

The second also starts with a layer of water, then a layer of blue paint is tapped around the paper to spread here and there.

White Watercolor Clouds with Blue Sky
White clouds in a watercolor painted blue sky

The third is basically the same as the second, except the blue paint is placed more carefully to create intentional cloud shapes.

Yet another method calls for painting cloud shapes with plain water on dry paper, then painting blue up to the water so it runs into the watery cloud shape.

White watercolor clouds against a dark blue sky

That may be four times more than you thought you wanted to know about painting clouds with watercolors, but there you go!

Cloudy Expectations

Some of us were raised to take on the world, and taught that if we tried hard enough we would be able to do anything. Not only could we do anything we set our minds to, we’d be able to do it well!

Somehow I understood that lesson to signify that learning how to do something depended completely on me figuring out how on my own.

Even after 52 years of innumerable things not turning out to match the pictures I had in my head, the lesson is still anchored deep in my psyche. “Oh, is that a challenge? I’ll take that challenge, and I’m sure it’s going to be amazing. Just you wait!”

Let me show you exactly how unamazing my first attempts were at painting simple clouds, before I decided to learn from someone else.

I’m sure you’ve heard this differently, but conceit comes before collapse. On the other hand, asking for help and admitting we lack skill or knowledge requires humility. Something I need quite a bit more of, I’m afraid.

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 15:22 ESV

What about you? Is it second nature for you to jump into conquering a challenge head-on without first consulting anyone else for advice? Or do you carefully consider your skill set and knowledge base together with any outside resources you could tap into?

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