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Almost daily I play with, and exercise, my two cats Silky Montecore, and Salvatore Joy.  I do this because they seem to enjoy it, and because I hope it helps them to stay active and to not be bored.   I have a fairly large condo, with a long ceramic tile entryway, a long tiled hallway, and fair size tile floor living room & kitchen for them to run, skid, and slide through.   Every morning Silky, & Salvatore stage their own version of the ‘Running of the Cats’ while I toss (low calorie) treats, one at a time, down the halls, and across the rooms, for them to retrieve and nibble.

No matter how many times he chases after a tiny treat…no matter if the treat bounces or slides…no matter where it comes to rest, Salvatore is wide-eyed, leaping, twirling, and pouncing after each treat like it was the first he had ever seen !   With Silky, I could be lobbing Beluga caviar down the hall, and he would lazily saunter like he was half irritated by having to move at all to go after it.   Silky plods with his head down…Salvatore is always looking for things that will fascinate him, and if nothing appears he fascinates himself by creating his own games, etc.

It is a discipline well worth working at for me to stay wide-eyed, leaping through, and pouncing on, what life has to offer…like Salvatore careening down the hall, making it the most fun he possibly can!

Painting helps me do this…enjoying painting helps me do this.  Today I’ll be working on an impressionist landscape oil painting of an old barn, done with my trusty palette knife…tomorrow I’ll be working on some new Zen inspired watercolor in tissue paper paintings.

Below is an example of an impressionist oil landscape done with a palette knife.   See more of my work 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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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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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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I thoroughly enjoy what I do.  Painting never gets boring for me, whether it is impressionist landscapes, or the Zen inspired watercolor on tissue paper paintings.  That is not to say I am enamored with, or attached to, the pieces I have painted.   Much like ‘catch and release’ fishing, I catch a scene and move on, content to release the new painting to be sold.  I think this might be why I have no difficulty with standardized pricing by size of my work, or why it is relatively easy for me to ‘crank out’ paintings as long as there is daylight.   I’m happily shallow and have no visceral connection to my paintings.  I have the luxury of painting things that please me.   If I really like it alot, I’ll paint it more than once   :}    I have no deep or profound inspiration….zero….I look, I like, I paint, and I’m fine with this.   I feel fortunate not to ponder or labor over details, angles, formulas, etc., instead I go  forward with what I want to see, rather than what I know should be there.   It’s a wonderful indulgence to paint this way, and may be part of the reason I’ve looked forward to painting on a daily basis, for so many years.   Below are some impressionist oils…see more of my work on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

 

I almost never throw away work that I’ve done.   Likewise, I almost never rework a painting once it is initially complete.   My husband used to retrieve my discards from the trash…. for my ‘estate sale’ he would say.   Then, he would go on to later sell my discarded paintings.   The paintings that I had decided were not good enough, pleasing enough, or the wrong color, etc.,  just had to pass before the ‘right’ eyes.   Now, years later, I still find myself trying to pass judgement on a questionable painting I’ve done by putting it aside ‘for later’, and not putting it up for sale.  Invariably, without fail, someone will find the painting that I put aside, but not see the flaws I saw, and the painting sells !   I’m nothing if not a slow learner, because I am still learning that there are endless ways of seeing a single thing, not just my way.  If I put a painting up for sale, eventually someone will see it, like it, and buy it, whether I like the painting or not.   It’s just a matter of getting it in front of the ‘right’ eyes  :}     Below are some 2.5″x3.5” miniature impressionist plein air  landscape paintings done with my trusty palette knife….very different from the Zen inspired watercolor on tissue paper paintings shown in some of my other posts.   See more of my work on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

Painting today en plein air wherever my eye takes me….I’ve packed my paints, palette knife, a rag, a hat to shade my eyes, and some pre cut pieces of mat board to paint on, and I’m good to go !   Painting outside, on location, is fraught with hazards like wayward insects flying into the thick, wet paint and getting stuck….or any manner of airborne debris for that matter !  Florida also has the errant afternoon thunder and rain storms to be on the look out for…but, all in all, there is nothing like painting a landscapes on site, opening your paintbox and painting wherever the scene is appealing !  Tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful weather again, and Anthony and I will be taking my paintings to the Celebration, FL, Farmer’s Market…below are some impressionist oil landscapes I have done…see more of my work for sale on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

Yesterday was perfect…80-ish degrees with scattered sun, everything was blooming, green, and chirping, at the Celebration, Florida, Farmer’s Market.   Anthony and I sold some paintings, ( big yay ) then strolled around buying dried fruit and fresh vegetables, admiring the hand painted silks, and eating more than our share of pistachios and pastries, etc…..the day was perfect, and I am very fortunate Anthony cheerfully drags me, grumbling, away from my paints to do these things !!  Today I am beginning a commission painting for a customer in California.  It is going to be an impressionist oil landscape of a Sonoma-esque vineyard, so I’ll be in the studio, taking a mental day trip, or two, to Sonoma, California  :}   Below are some other vineyard paintings I have done, some plein air, some in the studio.   You can see more of my work at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

Painting miniature impressionist oils is an almost imperceptible action….like an unnoticed blink.  So different from the Zen inspired watercolor on tissue painting.  The paintings shown here are painted alla prima, no sketching or preparation other than priming the support with gesso…. they measure 2.5″ x 3.5″.  These are painted with my favorite palette knife…the same one I use for large 24″ x 36″ paintings….some of them are painted on canvas board, and some of them on cut to size pieces of, archival mat board….I often work on prepared mat board when painting on location, en plein air….it is lightweight, very easy to transport, the paint dries quickly, it’s acid free/archival, and very economical….See more of my work, big and small, at http://www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

California Hills & Oaks is a new impressionist landscape oil painting I still drying in my studio….as with most oil paintings I do, this is done with a palette knife to produce texture and thick impasto.  The colors I used for this painting are yellow ochre, cadmium yellow deep, sap green, turquoise blue, ultramarine blue, titanium white,  ivory black, and a clear resin gel extender/drier.   See more of my work at http://www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

California Vineyard is one of the new plein air, impressionist landscape paintings I completed on my last trip to central California…..I used oil on stretched canvas, applied with thick impasto using a palette knife only…See more of my work at http://www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com

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