If you have been paying attention, then you know that Gerhard is working up a big-sized interpretation of this image for me.
And here it is... in progress.
It just makes your jaw go slack and wobble around the lower part of your skull for a while, doesn't it?
Meanwhile... (classic comic book segue), I came across this image at Shorpy that I also liked quite a bit, taken during a dust-bowl storm in the 1930s in the Land of Steinbeck. I think the threat in this image is spectacular.
In this case, it reminded me of the work of Oriana, whose seascapes, in particular, I have featured before. The tone of her work seemed to match this quite well.
She agrees, and likes the idea of basing a painting off of the dust storm image. However, and this is probably the mark of a good image, I think there are lots of choices to consider here, as does she, and neither of us has really settled on an answer in our own minds.
Car or no car? It's a little weird to have an old car painting, but 'shop it out, and the threat drops considerably.
Bring the darkness down, overall (try it in photoshop, it adds a lot to darken the whole thing)?
Dust bowl tones of black, white, grey and sepia (like this piece she did, in commemorating Hurriance Sandy, called "Breach")?
Or, just to be a bad guy, I also suggested that she could go with the sort of red-orange palate that Jeffrey Jones did in "Red Palm," one of the favorite paintings I own (see below).