I have moved back to my home studio. I thought it would be apropos to have a photo of where I will be working, but it is a jumble of chairs, paintings, supplies, and projects I am working on. Instead here are some of the unmentioned reasons I returned. A great view, when it is tamed, of my studio garden. A bleeding heart vine, one of the things that is happy to reside in the steamy out of doors, a gift from our French friend, Herve. And as most artists tend to have, a studio cat, Harold. His ancient friend, Scratch is not up for a portrait session after celebrating her 19th birthday yesterday with her boy who is away at college. I will follow up with the way the studio would look if nobody did any work in here. Oh merde, an ant crawling on my neck from our brief photo shoot outside. FLORIDA!
If I tell you another tree beside our house was struck by lightning last Thursday you probably won’t believe me, so I won’t tell you. My computer has been shipped off, new phones have been purchased again. Yes, we have giant, powerful surge protectors on the electronics and the whole house. The front page of the Orlando Sentinel this morning says,”Warning! Florida can be hazardous to your health.” Reading through the list we can put a check by lightning, hurricanes, Burmese pythons. I see alligators every time I drive to the Sanford studio. (There was one at our children’s’ school too.) They forgot to mention bears, we had two in our neighborhood. Oh!and the water moccasins, who knows how many there are in our yard. We have a friend who can check off sharks from his list. So there won’t be any pictures for a little while. Back up everything…daily! I do it regularly so have CDs of most things. I had just refiled my photos the night before. The external hard drive wouldn’t connect since the lightning had damaged the connection before and our repair person couldn’t find a problem. The latent damage from lightning is real. I paid over $100 to retrieve everything when it could have cost as little as a short amount of time and the cost of a CD for the night’s efforts. An external hard drive that won’t connect is not a good excuse, go the extra mile and get it done, somehow. Think of all of your paintings sold and in some other person’s hands. No visual record of them. The stories and great novels you have started. Gone. Your family history…poof. Some services now offer an automatic daily back-up for $140 for four years. Things happen. Be proactive. Thank you for the comments. I am still trying to figure out how to respond to some. Any ideas on how to reply so the author of the comment knows you appreciate their efforts? I can’t always link back to them.
The lack of a/c in our house especially in my studio is giving everything a heavy feel. Clothes feel heavy, food feels heavy, dark paintings feel heavy, paint feels heavy. The spare lines from the weekend sketches at Lake Eola are what I am feeling today. The man’s profile and the woman and her camera, quick gesture type drawings with a brown gelly roll pen…still love those things. So spare us the Florida heat without air conditiong. This reminds me of the post I made right after the lightning strike. It went something like this…at least we have electricity and therefore air conditioning unlike the days following the hurricanes of years past. Spare me.