My name is Jonene Ficklin, and I'm a full-time wife, mom, writer, and professional artist. I've been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I use colored pencils, oil paints, and watercolors. I love what I do!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Oy! Will the Weather Please Make Up Its Mind?

It's a good thing I like clouds, 'cause this year there have been a whole lot of them. Accompanied by rain. Lots and lots of rain. And occasionally snow. But just so we don't get depressed, we'll focus on the clouds.

Each morning when I wake up, I'm hoping to see this.

Or this.

Most mornings, it's been this. Yeah. That's the sun. Blink and it's gone again.

And this happens. So what's a sun-starved gal to do? You guessed it. Grab her camera. And make her kids moan. Like it or not, there are clouds everywhere. At least they're interesting.

My favorite stormy clouds are usually in front of thin, high-level clouds that allow the sun to glow through like this. It's a haunting look.

I also like clouds that lead your eye across the sky.

And every once in the while, the clouds thin and nearly disappear. I cross my fingers, hoping it will last a little longer.

And then, boom. In come the clouds again. So I sigh and take a picture of some cool trees silhouetted by sun and rain and the ever-present, ever-constant clouds.

A few days ago, we could see another storm rolling in. There was this huge fuzzy cloud with crazy wisps going straight up. Cool. But how about some sun and color?

And then we got it! Blue sky again. Sun again. Just when we thought we'd die of greyness. It was like water in the desert for a dying woman, and I didn't think we could beat this sunset.

But then a day later, I looked out the window to see the whole sky alight. My kids and I ran out.

I ran back in. You guessed it. I got my camera and snapped away. The kids rolled their eyes, but then  laughed. Even if the weather isn't predictable, at least I am.


  1. Dying of greyness is a real threat. I think they use it to torture prisoners of war. I hear the sun may break free later this week. Crossing my fingers.

    Thanks for the pics and pointing out that there is something beautiful in the drip, drip, drizzle. :)

  2. Leisha, sometimes it's a stretch, but I'm trying . . . : )

  3. Oh, the grey. The worst is when it's hazy gray from humidity. We're getting that now!

  4. Oh, and I received the print! It's in our kitchen and it's soooooo pretty! It's great to see it up close. Thank you again!

  5. Lydia, grey and haze does gets old pretty fast. I hope your haze clears out soon. So glad you got the print. Thanks for letting me know!

  6. Love the pictures. I am a huge fan of clouds and rain and snow.

  7. Julie, thanks! Clouds are always changing - it's fun to see what forms they take, especially when the sun is behind them.


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