What a heritage believers have in the cross. (this is not a painting:)) Here, on a wooden background of the door or my big art studio when we lived in N. California One Word Sunday, Weekly Smile
It has been cold, close to zero, but I wished snow would fall. Often, like in my previous back yard! Makro-Tex: Weather
One of the many orchids in the botanical building in Balboa Park, San Diego FOTD. Garden Affair, Floral Fri Foto And below, since I needed a wordless capture, a small bridge in the Huntington Garden Library looking so compelling that I included it in one of my paintings.
Sundays Best, Wordless Wednesday
Peering in one of the windows of a historical building in Old Town Sacramento made for a very interesting reflection. Travel Tue, Weekend Reflection
When living in Northern California, I could take sky pics every day. It was seldom a blue sky without any pattern. Sky Watch
Already last year in Fall I noticed my approach/style in painting had changed. Not surprising. Had moved to another state, people are different in Texas than in California, the culture is not as rushed. What threw me more for a loop was that also the content of my paintings seemed to have changed.
Had to think and struggle with that for a while, before I was ready to make this visible to you. Even though I always have been a big proponent of truth, you may see the subject is now not displayed in a “neutral” way. If you don’t know what “mene mene tekel” means and to whom it was said, you may have missed this change.
The king had become very distraught when a hand began to write this on the wall (no it was not with a feathered pen) and his advisors had no clue. Someone knew Daniel who had served the king’s grandfather, brought him in. Mene mene tekel means, “You have been weighed, and you have been found lacking (wonting). This night the kingdom will be taken away from you,” Daniel the prophet said to the king who thought he could use the dishes from the temple (which are by the Jews considered as very holy), for his guests at his party.
Maybe king Belshazzar had no idea which consequences there were to this act?
Not a chance. Daniel started out by saying, “You know that God had your grandfather King Nebuchadnezzar roaming around as a beast (a lion) with hair on its back, living outside, eating grass with claws for seven years, before his mind came back to him.” Then, Daniel proceeded to tell what the meaning was of what had suddenly appeared on the wall. That very night an enemy kingdom took over, and Belshazzar died.
Blooming baskets – cheerfully bringing things in perspective. Whatever this year will bring, I choose to be determined to bloom! And I won’t allow it to intimidate me when I see bare branches like below. FOTD, the Garden Affair, Floral Fri Foto
This fall and winter the grass has remained green in Texas since we had much green. Of course, just the same we have bare branches in January:)
Courage will give me the necessary umph when I see a hundred steps in front of me to climb:)
In the Fall we watched on our Ipad the ballet performance/ fundraising event they put on where Peach was part of, our littlest grand. One Word Sunday: action
Wordless Wed., Weekend Reflection
and when the tide rolls in, and my feet get wet, I can say, “Maybe wet, but I’m not overtaken!”
Actually, this should show before the painting was finished, but usually since the first image shows on the net, I chose to make this the second image. When I was younger, philosophy was important to me. Here, I show how I make sense of the process of how we then should live -the (God’s) hand connected to everything that happens on earth, and the multiple and intersecting arches were the actual beginning. The angels were added, and then moving from the unseen realm to the visible world, thirdly – the pillars of society. Here, all these ideas have already been added, but in plenty of cases, the ideas may come one after another, while I am working on it.
The general idea to get across is how a culture works and how the spheres of influence interact. They’re also called by some the mountains of society, but I prefer spheres of influence. since they are formed and changed by the interaction, while mountains are part of creation.
How PhotoAWeek perfectly fits in this post with posterity! Our family is not as big as Nadia’s, but bigger than many Dutch families, for we have 7 grand kids. Carene, 16 years old, (the 4th) and almost as tall as her mom who is 5’10” (1.78 meters). It seems there are more opportunities for funny situations to share. Even though this is not a conscious reason, but a very telling thing is that in first grade I invited ALL 28 kids from my class to my birthday party (to the chock of my dear mother).
Have already enough of winter. Sure hope for a looong Spring season!
A few rays of sun in a dark somber sky …. One Word Sun: weather., Sky Watch
TO ALL A HAPPY 2022 -starting with no resolutions!
Whereas a new year for me was before just taken as a change of date, a new year with a new strain of virus, luckily less strong, makes one spend more thoughts in how to approach this year. These two below definitely took the jump
Occasionally I do commissions. Here the request of the bridegroom “to paint something for their wedding on a the beach.” For me it meant a research project about their characteristics, their hopes and dreams to start forming a picture in my mind what their marriage would/could look like. He loves horses, she celebrates life no matter circumstances. Also they like the unusual, and are adventurous.
Since I did not link this birdie last week, it appears again, begging me to get on the ball! Photo/aWeek, Sat. Critters
Something new to do at Christmas- have not done any puzzle in years! This one is a 1000 pieces. Used a wrapped canvas as backing to get it on and off the table One Word sun: the box is open, Makro-Tex: new
Uhhhhhh ….. jump? Now our son after a Christmas with his parents, hopped on the plane to visit California, Switzerland, and Germany, before returning to work, I realize how his thought processes resemble mine: a daredevil mixed with moments of precaution. (the gap is larger and higher than the image shows) By the way at 4.30 am. the airport looked liked the 4th of July!! Everywhere extremely long lines, and crowds of people going back home. Sun. Best, Weekend Reflection
Don’t know how these two colors appeared in the sky – maybe how I held the camera, or the glare of the water right behind this scene in San Diego. Sky Watch
On Rosh Hashanah two years ago (the Jewish New Year in September/October) I felt the urge to paint this little painting. The painting is small, but it will be the biggest event for believers in Yeshua, or Jesus, the son of God who once came to this earth to save us from our wrong doings, so we could have eternal life in heaven.
John and several other writers refer to this event that in the end of times, that He will come back in the clouds to pick up his believers, or stronger, his family, becausehe made us like him (in his image.).
Our bodies will be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and we will go upwards to join him. I knew it would be “soon” as in an eternal perspective, but may be a heads up, to be sure you don’t miss this! You never know … it may be in this decade!
Not in the twinkling of an eye, like the event above, but fun to see lights twinkling at night down the street:)
Before looking around the corner, guess what we have been doing this week – snacking a lot on Christmas cookies, when my son – who lives in Holland,- visited us (the day he went on the plane to this side of the pond, Holland was on locked down again!)
A corner is often an exciting moment – what would be around the corner in 2022? On one of my many happy memories of hiking at Happy Isles to paint (leading up to Half Dome, which hubby is climbing up to) in Yosemite Nat Park Travel Tue, Makro-Tex
Ah, a bench to take a break One Word Sun, Weekly Smile
Made this painting as a preparation for the usual summer art show in Laguna, California. To make it genuinely my experience, I chose three deer that had actually been on our property. It was a view of one of David’s songs “As a deer pants for the water, so my soul longs for You …”
When I brought it, the organizer made a surprized sound, for I usually do not paint animals. She looked around, then planted it on a low easel, plum in the middle of the room, saying “I just needed it there!”
This tree had a heavy loss with such a large branch missing. This is why it took a while before we cleaning it up our last winter in California. Makro-Tex: memories
One Word Sun, Sun. Best, Wordless Wed.
Found this link Festive Bonbon via Prior House blog, and thought it would be fun to participate.
Tree: live, and since it’s on a small table, it reaches the ceiling Christmas Carols: Immanuel, Hark, hear the Bells Books: The Red Shoes Movie: Forgot the title, but it’s about looking for a wife for the young Santa Fruitcake: I can do without:) Chocolate, nuts, fruit: Yes, in that order Traditions: Painting from the Christmas story each year, if not on Christmas day, then before January On the table: it depends on adult child’s or friends Family Memories: my family is 26 hrs. away or a plane trip across the ocean – thankful for friends Christmas Wish: that the expectancy of this time (without all the frills) would stay!
A detail of last year’s tree Der Natur Donnerstag
When Hubs was in the hospital a few years ago, I discovered that driving those hairpin corners while descending and ascending in the mountains for an hour between Pioneer and San Andreas were not too scary after all. Took this shot when I was NOT driving, lol. Travel Tue, Der Natur Donnerstag
FOTD, Wordless, Fri Floral Foto
A sunset in my window:) Weekend Reflection
Added this sky since my blog had difficulty with the previous linky. Don’t apologize Sky Watch host, all is good:)
This is what I love about the mountains. The sunsets are in winter just as fiery as in summer!
In The Beginning Man Tried Ascending To Heaven via The Tower Of Babel. Now He Tries To Elevate His Existence Using Hallucinogenic Drugs. And, Since The 20th Century, He Continually Voyages Into Outer Space Using Spacecrafts. Prayer Thru Christ Is The Only Way To Reach Heaven.