God as Painter

The other week there were these amazing gray clouds by the point of the mountain. I got J to take a photo as we drove past. It’s a pretty good photo, although it really doesn’t do the clouds justice.

These clouds immediately reminded me of paintings by Morris Louis. Louis was a color field painter from the 1950s and 1960s. His paintings typically were created out of extremely thinned paint that was poured over an unprimed canvas. To give you an idea of the effect of Louis’ technique, here’s his painting, “Point of Tranquility,” (1959-1960).

Now go back and look at the pictures of the gray clouds, particularly in the right hand side of the photo. Doesn’t it look like God poured out extremely diluted paint over his sky-canvas?

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This blog focuses on making Western art history accessible and interesting to all types of audiences: art historians, students, and anyone else who is curious about art. Alberti’s Window is maintained by Monica Bowen, an art historian and professor.