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WILDSKY SERIES

 Watercolor      8 x 10       2004       Private Collection

2004 was not a very good year for us in Florida thanks to 4 devastating hurricanes 3 of which threatened our home and we had to evacuate to more stable surroundings. Manufactured homes are really trailers and our house, although well built, is still not a place I’d want to be in a gale, let alone a hurricane. George was in between health crises and at the time was not using oxygen and so we were not locked into going to the handicapped shelter. Charley was headed for us and we figured it would be a good idea to go to friends in Avon Park, midway across Florida. Hurricanes do what they do (they used to be named for women because their behavior is erratic and fickle) and this one took a right turn and came right across the house where we had fled to. I took my watercolors and did the first Wild Sky painting during that storm using a battery operated light on a headband. Hurricane Frances came next and we fled closer to home to a friend’s home in Dade City, and I produced the second Wild Sky painting. Only weeks later we had to go again for Hurricane Jeanne. What a mess! Lucky for us, nothing happened to our home in Zephyrhills during each of these disasters and I got three little paintings that were sold the next year.