The Sky: God’s Canvas

The sky communes with the heavens. Lucky sky.

Then it reaches down and touches us. Lucky us.

Yet the sky isn’t one thing — it’s many things.

And the heavens aren’t many things — they’re everything.

Only the God who made them can see further than they.

The sky and the heavens are His canvas

and the clouds and the stars are His paints.

But for whom does He paint?

Click on any image to enlarge it, to read caption, or to begin slide show.

“The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.” ~Jandy Nelson

All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
‘You owe me.’”

“There was a skyness to the sky and a nowness to the world that he had never seen or felt or realized before.” ~Neil Gaiman (Stardust)

“I like this day; I like that sky of steel; I like the sternness and stillness of the world under this frost.” ~Charlotte Brontë

“Sunrise paints the sky with pinks and the sunset with peaches. Cool to warm. So is the progression from childhood to old age.” ~Vera Nazarian

    “If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”               ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There is one spectacle grander than the sea—that is the sky. There is one spectacle grander than the sky—that is the interior of the soul.”

~Victor Hugo

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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39 Responses to The Sky: God’s Canvas

  1. God is the great painter. I always admire his works.

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  2. Julia says:

    Breathtaking beauty Mitch…….. no one but the creator can paint such a canvas that even words could not explain. Blessings.

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  3. Jane Tawel says:

    Your poem at the top is gorgeous and includes the great mysteries of a profound theology. Love it.

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  4. Chris Van says:

    There is Beauty in the pictures and the words of this blog thank you.

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  5. GP Cox says:

    Spectacular, Mitch!!

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  6. Love the quotes, especially Gaiman and Bronte.

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  7. So which is the greater gift… the beauty of the world, the ability to see it, the ability to appreciate it, or the ability to know, when all is said and done, that it is all a gift? Thank you, Mitch, for reminding us to stop and look and see and to give thanks.

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  8. Also, Mitch, your poem inspired reflection and your selected quotes were marvelous.

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  9. gifted50 says:

    Truly magnificent. I am one of those who enjoys looking at the heavens. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. An ever-changing beautiful canvas it is! As someone who enjoys taking photos of the southwestern skies, I appreciate this post. 🙏🏻

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  11. Wow! What a captivating gallery of images, but, for me, the sunset in Moscow image is extra stunning and tops them all. Thanks for sharing! Blessings.

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  12. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I’ve always been captivated by clouds–the infinite ways water droplets can gather and spread across the sky. (I still enjoy looking for teddy bears and puffy hippos!) And then when sunrise or sunset adds God’s glorious colors–oh my. Could anyone ever tire of His masterpieces? Thank you, Mitch, for sharing these prime examples.

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  13. Lesley says:

    Breathtaking images!

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  14. Comment unrelated to this post: I watched Healing River last night. Good work, Mitch!

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  15. YBP says:

    Truly captivating canvas Mitch! And beyond captivating Creator, Our Heavenly Father! ❤️ Thanks for blessing my day with pure love and inspiration! 🥰⭐️💫💫💫

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  16. Beautiful. I’m sharing this post with a friend who loves sky photographs.

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  17. Wow stunning ! I had strange feeling when I was looking at them god creations are miracles and the Super miracle are we . Thank you 🙏

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  18. Hi Mitch,
    I read that you were a film director and I was wondering, do you do Screenwriting too?

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  19. anitashope says:

    Absolutely amazing.

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  20. Have admired a zillion great sky photos (and taken none).  This wondrous collection includes aurora and rainbow photos that particularly grabbed me, partly because the phenomena are so elusive.

    The rainbows here are among the very few on the same level as the gem by Randy Olson that I eventually found to accompany a haiku about rainbows:

    (The hand-like thing in the foreground is a termite mound.)  Prints can be bought at

    Olson’s image is a gift that keeps on giving; it inspired another rainbow haiku:

            *Out of Reach*
                    Hard fingers rise up,
                    trying to grasp soft colors
                    as the rainbow fades.

    Hmmm.  Consider this post’s Mogollon Rim rainbow.  “Raven and rainbow” has 5 syllables.  Hmmm…

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  21. aFrankAngle says:

    Beautiful words and a stunning collection of images.

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