Below, an aerial view of the Station fire burning in the Mt. Wilson area on Monday. (Photo by Hector Mata / Associated Press)
Below, the Mt. Wilson Observatory, in the bottom right corner, peeking through the smoke from the Station fire on Monday. (Photo by Hector Mata / Associated Press)
Below, a group of communications towers surrounded by smoke atop Mt. Wilson on Monday. (Photo by Hector Mata / Associated Press)
Below, firefighters make their way down a steep hill after lighting a backfire to eliminate tinder and slow the spread of the Station fire in LaFlintridge on Monday. (Photo by Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
Read more about the firefighters’ effort to set backfires and clear vegetation in this Star-News report.
Below, hotshot firefighter Angel Reyes sprays water to protect a house in La Crescenta on Monday while the crew burns away vegetation to create a fire break. (Photo by Philip Scott Andrews / Associated Press)
Pyrocumulus. You’ve learned it. You’ve lived it. But you don’t have to love it.
Below, smoke from the Station fire rises over downtown Los Angeles on Monday. (Photo by Jon Vidar / Associated Press)
But Jonason has now turned his eye toward landscapes, and today his images of clouds hovering gloriously over local landmarks remind us of only one thing. (The billowing. The looming. The sense of spreading gray mass and creeping orange glow. Tell us you don’t see it.)
That resemblance shouldn’t stop you from checking out his stellar exhibition of 15 paintings in South Pasadena. (Hum it now, a la The Piano Man: “He didn’t start the fire.”)
Jonason told the Star-News:
“I like cumulonimbus (clouds) a lot. They remind me a lot of
tall buildings — tall and dense, they have a big, heroic quality.
Architecture is all about volume and I apply that to the landscapes. At
the same time, I’m trying to get the spiritual, transcendental quality
I feel in landscapes.”
“California Skies” is on display through Sept. 12 at Michael Hollis Fine Art, 238 Pasadena Ave., South Pasadena. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. (626) 441-4333