lynn whipple's art blog

Sparking and Savoring the Artful Life


Stormysky chaser




I like the rainy days! Here are three quick studies of this softy sky. Since I live on a Florida lake, my view can often be a simplified series of horizontal bands of color (no pretty mountains to hang paint on) so l enjoy the cloudy fuzzy days, where the atmosphere is nice and thick like an Irish accent or raw honey or some other great analogy that I can’t think of right now…….thick as thieves?……..Nah……….anyhoozel, it’s so much fun to parade that brush all over my little canvases in the attempt to catch the feeling of the sky.
And, luckily, I have my trusty painting pal to cheer me on.

With love! Xoxox



Top Ten List of Signs that I Might be Addicted to Painting

who needs turpentine?

So, I woke up all sleepy-ish to let the big dogs out, made a little coffee, stumbled out to see the sunrise and I was so taken by how beautiful it was that I immediately set up the easel to catch one quick painting……….

Warning: If you can recognize yourself in 3 or more of these statements, you may have a serious “Art Related Issue”

(Subtitle: How I spent yesterday)

1. Have you ever realized, at 4:30 in the afternoon that you still have your hair in that weird, spikey pony tail thing that you do in order to wash your face in the morning? Oh my.

2. Have you ever heard yourself mumbling, quite loudly, phrases such as: “Dang!!! What the hell color is that, anyway???” or “Maybe I should do just one more small one” or “CRAPIZOID! I think I nailed it!!!”

3. Have you ever caught yourself frantically rummaging through your drawers and cupboards, like a panicky crazy lady, in search of nail polish remover when you realize that you just ran out of solvent?  Its not a good look.

4. In your painting excitement, have you ever accidentally knocked over your easel, flipping paint, your painting, your coffee, solvent, brushes, wadded up paper towels, etc all over the entire yard and looked around quickly to make sure no one witnessed your clumsiness, and then told yourself that it must have been some freak wind gust??  I know, reiiight????

5. Have you ever experienced grandiose feelings of artistic brilliance and elation followed by crushing jabs of self doubt and “what was I thinking?” and then noticed that you repeat this cycle about every 10 minutes?   Perfectly normal, perfectly healthy……..

6. Have you ever become aware of your guilty feelings about your excessive use of paper towels? 😦

7. Have you ever ripped apart your sketchbook so you could use the cardboard on the back of it to paint on?

8. Have you ever all the sudden realized, hey, wait…, am I painting in the dark?

9. Noticed that after sunset you are still in your jammy-sweat pants and forgot to take a shower? Oops!

10. Found yourself happily eating cold cereal for breakfast………..then again for lunch………… and seriously considering it as a promising dinner, so you don’t waste any painting time?

I could go on……………but really it was a great day! I ended up with 7 small paintings, well, actually I call them studies because I always feel like I’m learning on each one. It’s nice to spend the entire day in your own backyard, completely unaware of the time, painting and hanging out with your sweet dogs, who, if you are lucky, will occasionally rest their cute golden retriever chin upon your left foot while you paint. 🙂 All good!

Happy painting! xoxoo




Multitasking, or is that my paint brush in my coffee cup?

Whoops! I just put my paint brush in my fresh hot coffee! Dagnabit!!!
Nothing starts your day better than getting right into the creative process while still wearing your Jammies and enjoying your morning coffee. It was so lovely out, I set up my easel and began painting the light on the lake, this is perfect I thought, I can paint and drink coffee at the same time, multitasking!!
Of course here comes the dogs and the ever present tennis balls, no biggie, surely I can play fetch and paint and drink coffee… the same time, easy peasy! This could be my new morning routine! All good! Actually it was working pretty well, except for one little snag, I need to separate the coffee cup from the cup of solvent….. or get used to the taste of oil paint in my coffee……
As long as you are making stuff, I think that’s all that matters!
Enjoy your creativity today!