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Yesterday began kind of blustery, with a prediction of rain, so we skipped going to the Farmer’s Market.   By the afternoon, though the temperatures were in the low 80’s, the winds were up to 85 mph, and we were getting 2 to 3 inches of rain an hour !  The skies were black as pitch and I felt we could take off for Oz at any moment.   Dangerous, rain wrapped tornadoes were spotted by the Dopplar radar heading toward the Orlando area.

We nested down inside and kept an eye on the weather channel while it poured rain and the winds blew.   We prepared to protect ourselves in the cement block interior closet if the storms got worse.

Within two hours, the storms had passed over us and the skies were blue with only a few puffy white clouds.  Across the street in the park, squirrels romped in the bright green grass.   In the Oak tree outside my studio window, two vibrant, ruby red Cardinals bickered and chirped as a light, warm breeze blew in the open windows.   The streets were dry, the sun was out, and there was no sign of the previous turbulent morning and afternoon.

Florida weather can be hectic and unpredictable.  Thankfully, this storm resolved quickly with no injury or damages, leaving only a memory of a rainy, windy day.   So, as a man I met who’s visiting from frosty Vermont said of Florida weather, when I asked if he liked it here….’What’s not to like ?!’   :}

Here’s one of my newer impressionist oil landscape paintings done with a palette knife….I’ll post some of my Zen inspired watercolor on tissue soon.  See more of my work for sale on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

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My two cats Silky and Salvatore, conscientiously woke me at 6:30 this morning to save them from certain starvation.   Last week, before we moved the clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time, it was light at 6:30 a.m., this week it’s dark as pitch.  After feeding and petting the cats, I ensconced myself at my computer by a big window to begin my a.m. routine as the daylight worked it’s way to Florida.   Even though it was still pretty dark, I could see the squirrels were up and running, the school busses were on their way to gather students, people were on their morning run or walk, and birds were chirping.   Squirrels, cats, and birds, aren’t beholden to clocks, appointments, and time, of course, but most of the rest of us are.    The ‘time’ changes…the schedule does not.

Here is one of my watercolor on tissue paper paintings titled ‘Tranquil Angel’ where the technique was inspired by the ancient Zen meditation ritual where monks gazed at crumpled, white rice paper until a vision appeared.  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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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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Usually, I just go about my life without a rigid schedule or time frame, other than that of my own making.  I get up when my eyes open, attend to the cats, go for a walk, begin my day of painting or preparation for painting, read a book, pick a flower, eat when I remember, finish when it’s dark….of course, there are daily, seasonal, and monthly time markers, etc., but they don’t have too much relevance for me as I usually don’t have any obligation to be anywhere, or do anything, at a specific time or date.   A very small thing like attending the Celebration, Florida, Farmer’s Market every Sunday has changed my free range meandering approach into circular weeks that zoom by….Sunday to Sunday, like race cars on a track !  I enjoy attending the Farmer’s Market, but it is an introduction of time markers that seem to make the weeks fly by so quickly now that they have defined boundaries.  :}   Here are a couple of impressionist landscape paintings going to the Farmer’s Market with me and Anthony….you can see more of my work, impressionist plein air and studio oil landscapes, and the Zen meditation inspired watercolor on tissue paintings at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

Yesterday I was able to paint until the light was gone, happily ensconced in my studio with Silky & Salvatore.   Florida breezes mixed with the fragrance of paint thinner and patchouli incense, and I lost myself in an impressionist Provence, France vineyard landscape painting, and then painting a seaside sand dune on the Monterey Bay.   With the exception of a couple of minor interruptions, today may be the same, except I have Hollyhocks on my mind today .   I have been exceedingly fortunate to support myself solely through my painting for so many years….I often feel I am teetering on, or over,  the edge of financial ruin, but my reality is that there has always been ‘enough’ …and whether it be impressionist oil paintings, or the Zen meditation ritual inspired watercolor on tissue paintings, I am grateful, amazed, and happyized that I am able to continue….   :}   Below is one of my watercolor on tissue paintings done with only two colors…sap green and burnt sienna.   See more of my work for sale at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

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