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Ober-Rae Starr Livingstone: Good-for-the-Soul, Impressionistic Cloudscapes

No doubt it’s happened to you before. You hurry to snap a photograph of the most gorgeous sunset or sunrise in the world, but by the time you grab your phone or camera the moment is gone.

Well with Ober-Rae Starr Livingstone’s enchanting, acrylic cloudscapes you now have time to enjoy the perfect splendor of those moments again and again.

Ober-Rae feels color is essential to emotional well-being, so his paintings focus on the joy of color and the healing power it possesses, in order to bring peace and happiness to everyone who views his art. After seeing his paintings below, I think you’ll agree it does just that!

With soft pastels reminiscent of a dew-filled, tranquil morning, Follow Your Path invites the thought that a new day brings new beginnings and a chance to pursue dreams as large as the countryside at hand.

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Of course, in the literal sense of the title, we also see a hard-packed dirt path leading the way toward a blissfully still-looking pond, where one could watch the sun rise up over the softly-rolling hills for hours, contemplating life. As shadows shorten on the far-facing hillsides, surrounding trees and meadows awake in bright green glory.

Could you imagine starting off your day this way all the time? Simply breathtaking!

Next, with electric orange and magenta clouds flaring high into the sky, Building carries the thrill of an upcoming storm and conveyes the idea that powerful lightning and thunder are being crafted within those clouds at this very second.

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No less impressive, but certainly darker and more ominous, are thin veils of blue and yellow clouds in the background which suggest imminent rain. Even more stunning,Ober-Rae captures the three-dimensional beauty of storm clouds with warms and cools and hints of transparency—as if we’re looking at them and into them, all at the same time.

Lastly, with road stretched out and clouds parting before you, it’s only a matter of time before being united with a loved one in Reaching for You.


This painting’s low-hanging clouds with their smoky persimmon colors finally give way to the beautiful contrast of a luminous teal sky. The unexpected brightness of that sky pairs amazingly with the dimming of the setting sun.

As shadows sweep across the country with evening’s arrival, the sky takes center stage, the main actor in a highly-reviewed play that reinvents itself night after night.

Do you feel more connected to nature after viewing Ober-Rae’s work? I know I do—go ahead and take a minute today to visit his website and explore the rest of his incredibly peaceful cloudscapes and landscapes!

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Diane Griffiths' paintings are a blend of fantastical colors and real-life scenery, inspired in part by the impressionists, yet always based on true-to-life drawings taken from the gorgeous British countryside.

As a child, Diane was encouraged to draw "inside the lines," and currently her day job is in finance (where spreadsheets are the norm). Is it any wonder her art seems to leap. . . read more

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