Last night, furious winds crossed the hills in Kentuckyland. When I woke up, there was no electricity and I saw the veranda attached to the resident’s quarters had been blown down.
My cell phone worked, and I called my friend who was staying at my old house with the dogs and cats. During last night’s storm, a tornado passed between me and my neighbor’s house. The barn was leveled, the outhouse vanished, The neighbor’s trampoline 2 acres away broke a window, and enough roof is missing from the house so you can see the stars through the ceiling!
It’s probably good that I missed all the excitement. The animals are all safe, and nothing irreplaceable was destroyed.
After a few hours, the electricity came back on, and I went to my studio to work. It was a good escape from my worries, and I almost finished my second oil painting. The rain stopped, so I strapped on my waterproof hiking boots and took a walk around the farm.
I sketched a scene where a stream emptied into a pond, then followed the stream for a while. It is very easy to keep walking, because every corner you turn offers new beautiful views. I was a good distance from the studio, when the skies changed from blue to grey to black, so I quickly changed direction and returned to the studio. I got a little wet, but made it to shelter before the torrential downpour started.
I returned to my work, until dinner time. After dinner, I had a few inspired hours when I started a new oil painting. I tried to use my camera to record video of me creating the artwork, but the memory filled up without my knowing, so I continued painting without being recorded. I have always thought the first moments of a new painting are the most exciting anyway! I should have the video ready to share soon!
I am having a great experience out here!