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I love going to Miami.   Last time we were there we saw the new Cirque du Soleil show Totem, visited Jungle Island, and went to the beautiful beach by my daughter’s condo.

It was already perfect warm, sunny Spring weather.    The beaches were still relatively empty, and Cirque was amazing.    I got to have a baby monkey sit on my head , and hold a parrot at Jungle Island….it was a great visit   :}

The Zen inspired watercolor on tissue painting shown below was done several years ago and I titled it ‘Miami’ then.    I always smile when I see it.     See more of my work for sale on Etsy at www.lynnefrenchdesigns.com0044w


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



It’s a verrrrry dark, rainy, and thundery ( but nice and warm ) morning in Florida.   So, if the natural light cooperates, I will be starting a new group of impressionist oil paintings today.   My tentative mental image beginnings are for a beach dune/cove along the Monterey Bay in California, a garden wall/gate/path, the Sunflowers in the blue and white vase I have in my studio, and maybe a koi pond.   It seems it’s easier for me to make progress if I keep several paintings going, with one being completed regularly.

I’ve painted these scenes before, and will again after this I hope…. I enjoy it each time almost like it was a brand new experience.   I am easily amused with the memory span of a goldfish, and I like it that way   :}

Painting the same, or very similar, images is not possible with the Zen inspired watercolor on tissue paper paintings I do.   Those images are determined by the random folds and swirls of the tissue paper.    The image is not chosen or decided upon, and then applied to the tissue.   The image waits in the dimensional configurations of the tissue to be discovered through application of color.

Yesterday I finished Provence Courtyard Wisteria, 16 x 20, impressionist oil done with a palette knife,  shown below.     See more of my work for sale on Etsy at  where for a limited time~ENDS MARCH 22nd~I’m offering free shipping on all purchases, just enter the coupon code FREESHIP4YOU at checkout.   ENDS MARCH 22nd~use coupon code FREESHIP4YOU


It’s a very unusual Seattle-esque morning for Celebration….dark, gray, drippy rain, people with umbrellas hurrying by.  I can almost pretend I’m back on Queen Anne Hill looking out my window over the canal at Fremont, watching the university rowing team go gliding by.  One of the many differences here in Florida is that by tomorrow it will be sunny and in the high 70’s….maybe even by this afternoon !

Did alot of painting yesterday, and have more to do today.   Happily, I always have more painting to do.   I have taken breaks from painting in the past, but have always known I would return, and don’t know what I would do if I didn’t paint.  Sometimes I fret about what might happen if I couldn’t paint.  I pull myself out of those projected thoughts as quickly as possible, and replant myself in the happier here and now where I can paint   :}

One of my favorite watercolor on tissue paintings titled wild Iris is shown below.  The process I use for all the watercolor on tissue paper paintings is inspired by the ancient Zen meditation ritual in which monks would crumple, then smooth, a piece of white rice paper, and gaze at it until a vision appeared.  In this process, the image is given to me, rather than me deciding on what to paint.   See more of my work for sale on Etsy at  where for a limited time I’m offering free shipping on all purchases, just enter the coupon code FREESHIP4YOU at checkout.


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  where for a limited time I’m offering free shipping on all purchases, just enter the coupon code FREESHIP4YOU at checkout.


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  where for a limited time I’m offering free shipping on all purchases, just enter the coupon code FREESHIP4YOU at checkout.


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




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


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


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



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