I don’t mind moving.  I’ve moved all over the country, sometimes on a whim, sometimes for more serious reasons.   This time I want to move for purely selfish reasons, so I can have my own yard and garden again…so I can put sequins on the walls if I want to.

I’m looking in the general Orlando/Kissimmee area, but might branch out farther if something strikes my fancy.   I’d like a pool, but yard space is more important….a screened Florida room would be wonderful….two or more bedrooms….preferably a sunny house with well lit rooms…tile floors rather than carpeting…an upgraded kitchen is a big plus.   Being a single, self-employed (starving) artist does not help my position as a potential home buyer, but I know the perfect house is out there…I just want it NOW !   :}

Here is an example of my Zen inspired watercolor on tissue paper painting showing one of my favorite houses.   See more of my work for sale on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com  where for a limited time I’m offering free shipping on all purchases, just enter the coupon code FREESHIP4YOU at checkout.

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Guilt is setting in since I missed going to the Farmer’s market this Sunday because of the cold, windy (for Florida) weather. 

It was 37 degrees when we got up this morning, with 25 mph breezes and a high of just 60 projected….just too cold to think about spending the day outside next to the water !   So up went the thermostat, and back into bed the cats and I climbed  :}

Next Sunday the temps are supposed to be in the wonderful mid 80’s, so I look forward to returning then.   Today I’ll keep the heat pumped up, clean and organize my studio…do some painting…put some more pieces on Etsy for sale.

Here is an apropos piece for today’s weather….an example of one of my Zen inspired watercolor on tissue paper paintings titled Windy Day, which I originally titled March Wind.   See more of my work for sale on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

 

 

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Yesterday I was painting outside in 82 degree sunshine, near the banks of Shingle Creek at the Headwaters of the Everglades.   Today, I’m in my studio, in socks, sweats, and a hoodie, with gray, murky skies and mid 50 degree temps outside.   Not what a spoiled Florida transplant from Seattle enjoys !

I’ve decided that while I wait for the heat to warm the house, I’ll ( try to ) warm up my grumpy curmudgeon’s attitude by painting a sort of glowy Provence, France, inspired cottage with terra cotta pots of Lavender and bright red Geraniums by the doorstep….maybe some Wisteria or Bougainvillea hanging around.

I’ve painted similar scenes before, and since I’m easily amused, I’ll enjoy painting more   :}     Here is a previous impressionist oil painting done with a palette knife of the same subject.   See more of my work on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

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I keep my bedroom window blinds open so I can see the sky, and the weather first thing in the morning.  This morning I saw a half dozen or so, colorful hot air balloons drifting by in the dim, early morning skies.   By the time the cats convinced me they were starving and that I should get up and feed them, the sun was up, skies were blue, and birds were chirping.

It’s going to get colder in the next few days, so today seems like a perfect day for some plein air painting.   I’m going to take my paints and drive down the road a bit to see what appeals to me, and paint it   :}

Painting en plein air in Florida is sometimes a little tricky with the weather.  My impressionist landscapes are thickly painted with a palette knife, and the paints are affected by the humidity, wind, heat, etc., so I kind of get it while the getting is good re the weather.  I can work on the Zen inspired watercolor on tissue paper paintings regardless of weather, as those are done indoors, but oil paints are susceptible to the elements.   So, off I go to see what I can see.

Here is another example of my watercolor on tissue paper painting, inspired by an ancient Zen meditation ritual.   See more of my work for sale on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

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Florida is so beautiful, and I love living here.  The weather is fantastic, the town of Celebration where I live is unique.   Being close to Disneyworld, Universal, Orlando, beaches, etc., is wonderful !

Florida gardening, especially flower gardens, is different due to the humidity, soil, weather, etc….it is very beautiful, but so different.   There do not seem to be Tulips, Daffodils, Ranunculus, Peonies, Roses, Hydrangeas…or many annuals like Marigolds, Zinnias, Pansies, and I miss them all !   Today I’ll be painting Peonies.   :}

Here is a Zen inspired, watercolor on tissue painting of pansies, see more of my work for sale on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

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Taking a little jaunt to the Sanford, Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens today….hoping to avoid the promised rain !  When we return I’ll work on the ‘garden gate’ painting I’ve just begun, and maybe another, time permitting.

Here are some of my plein air impressionist landscape oil paintings, done with a palette knife.  Please see more of my work for sale on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

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I usually do my impressionist landscape oil paintings on either a black, or vermillion, toned surface, rather than using the white canvas as it comes from the store.   If not vermillion or black, I choose any color that appeals to me at the moment.  I like the effect if a bit shows through, and it’s easier for me as I paint alla prima, or without sketching on the canvas.  I might paint one out 100 paintings on an untoned, or white, canvas.

Maxfield Parrish painted with an elaborate undertone process in shades and layers of deep blue before he began the final, visible painting.  Many other painters, known and unknown, use toned canvas….Bob Ross, a TV/internet artist, who made ‘formula’ painting popular used a method where he toned the canvas and completed the painting on top, using the toned canvas as the sky/water/background.

It surprises me how many seasoned painters are not aware of toning their canvas, and how many are hesitant to try it.  What amazes me even further is the number of people, artists and not, who ask if it’s ‘o.k.’ to tone the canvas, to paint a landscape on a black or red or even purple canvas.

Thankfully, there are no Art Police, and really, no set in stone rules, so you can paint on patterned wallpaper if you like !   This principle extends to me painting the Zen inspired watercolor on tissue paper paintings, or using watercolors on bits of kindling wood that appealed to me.  In theory, there is a correct paper for painting with watercolor paints, but so many other surfaces give wonderful results  :}

Here are some examples of impressionist landscape oil paintings on toned canvas.   Please see more of my work for sale on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

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I’ve allowed myself to stop writing these posts for awhile now, telling myself I’m too worried, too busy, broke, happy, or sad…using the old ‘dog ate my homework’ routine on myself and believing my own baloney   :}    I’m beginning again because I enjoyed doing it, and I miss starting my morning writing by the open window…

Among my other travels, I recently visited nearby Cassadaga, Florida…the self-proclaimed ‘Psychic Capitol of the World’.   I  had read, and heard, about Cassadaga, and I went out of curiousity.   It was a sunny, blue sky, postcard gorgeous day and the small town was very peaceful and quiet, with few people out.  Roses and Azaleas were in bloom, birds were singing, cats were dozing on porches.   We meandered around, looked in the historic hotel and temple, visited the psychic/new age gift and book shops, and had very interesting ‘readings’ done at the Cassadaga Spiritualist Psychic Therapy Center across from the hotel.   We have since returned, and most likely will again.

I’ve also filled alot of time recently with long and frequent visits to Disneyworld’s Epcot, and the Magic Kingdom…always big fun with something new happening.  

I’ve been painting probably 4 or 5 days a week, both the Zen inspired watercolor on tissue, and impressionist plein air landscape oil paintings.    I’m still selling paintings on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns and at the Celebration Farmer’s Market on Sundays, and I participated in The 2013 Celebration Art Stroll.

Here are new impressionist plein air landscape oil paintings that are available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/lynnefrenchdesigns

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Anthony and I have been going to the Celebration, Fl, Farmer’s market on Sunday morning for just shy of two months.   In that short time I’ve seen vendors come and go, and I’ve come to know the solid regulars.   Of the core group of regular artists, i.e., painters/photographers/pastelists, etc., I think I’m the only one who is a fulltime painter, without a different day job or other means of support.

There’s a myriad of things for sale… art, soaps, silks, wood products, miniatures, herbal remedies, imports, toys, plants, jewelry, clothes.   The booths where I consistently see people lined up are at the food vendors.   The large produce vendor has a steady stream of people buying fruits and vegetables from early morning until they are packing up in the late afternoon.   The same can be said for the lemonade and hot dog vendors, who almost always have a line of people at their booths .  None of these busiest sellers offer exotic items.  The produce seller has a very large variety of fruits and vegetables, but none of them are unusual.  The lemonade booth offers regular, or strawberry lemonade…that’s it.   The hot dog vendor sells hot dogs with, or without chips and a soda, nothing else.

Another painter who has been at the Farmer’s Market far longer than I, was lamenting their lack of sales for over three months.   In an attempt to generate interest and business, they purchased a huge potted plant to perk up the ambiance of their booth,  spotlights to help feature some of their paintings, and they cut the prices on some of their items.   Nothing happened.

It’s a matter of the right people seeing their work, of course…timing, etc.   Certainly they will sell paintings at some point, but far more produce, lemonade, and hot dogs will be sold than their paintings, or mine.    Necessity sells, and art is way, way down the list.

For me, selling my own art is fulltime lesson in patience, and faith.   Selling my art is knowing it will happen, even when it hasn’t happened in so long I barely remember it happening.   Selling my art is knowing I’ll sell paintings, just probably not when the mortgage is due or the car needs servicing.   :}

Below are two impressionist still life paintings.  The Persimmon measures 11 x 14 inches, the painting of the Sunflowers is a miniature measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

See more of my work for sale on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

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There are so many things I should/could be doing…phone calls I should be making, people I should be meeting, exercise I should be doing, vacuuming I should be doing, etc., but I’m not.

I want to paint again today.  It’s self indulgent for me to ignore what needs to be done, to continue today where I left off yesterday.  True, the vacuuming can wait, but some issues are pressing.   It would be far preferable for me to be responsible, and attend to what needs to be done, rather than finish the impressionist painting of the California vineyard.

My track record tells me I will finish the landscape painting of the vineyard today, and probably do another one or two landscapes before the day is finished.   I have a painting of a garden cottage, and then a Florida beach in mind….we’ll see    : }

Like Scarlett O’Hara, I’ve pretty much mastered being able to put things off ….to not think about them until a more convenient time.   To me, this is a great luxury, though not always possible.     I see, however, that it is much more possible than I had thought in years past……almost everything can be put off or wait.    So, off I ‘go’ to the Sonoma vineyard, the New England cottage garden, and the white sand Florida beach…..tomorrow, the other stuff !

Shown is an example of my watercolor on tissue paper painting, inspired by an ancient Zen meditation ritual. See more of my work on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

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