Clearing and Cooler, a Painting
In the last post I showed one painting, “Chasing the Storm” that had been featured in my blog in the past because for me it has a feeling of dark, threatening clouds. So when I talk about tornadoes, that painting always comes to mind.
But at the time that I painted that one, there was a companion piece that I titled “Clearning and Cooler.” Turns out that’s exactly what the weather is doing as well, since the all-time record number of storms ripped through our area yesterday and throughout the night before, bringing cool temperatures once again. I’m writing this before daylight today, but the sky is clear and I expect to see the sunrise later this morning.
We spent the day yesterday literally monitoring multiple tornado warnings. Not watches, but warnings. What that meant was that we had to be prepared to go to the center of the house at a moment’s notice. I haven’t seen the damage reports yet, but there were many, many tornadoes. My husband heard on the weather channel that yesterday could possibly be an all time record for tornadoes in a day. The first sirens were sounded at four a.m., so I got up to watch the weather on TV and on my computer. Then throughout the day, they just kept coming in waves. At four p.m. there was a repeat of the four a.m. cycle. And then by dinner time, everything finally settled down.
We won’t know the extent of the damage in our area until after daylight today. Many roads are impassable in the area, there are power outages all around, and there reports of loss of life and devastation in other areas of the state.
Big trees blew down across homes and sliced them in half. Trees in the roadways kept people from getting to their loved ones. I’m looking at the big pine trees in our yard with a renewed sense of trepidation. We need to get those trimmed.
I never cease to be awed by the power of the weather. Of course I did grow up here and you’d think I’d be used to it by now. But now my Florida friends say they bet I miss the hurricanes. I do kind of miss the extended warning time and the ability to get out of their way.
Both this painting and the other one are available for purchase. If you’re interested in them, just let me know. My email address is martha dot marshall at gmail dot com.