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Oil, 24 x 24 inch, Butterfly © St Germain

My plan was for butterflies to be a whole series,
which collapsed after the 2nd one
I did in pastel. So much for that:)
Who knows, there will be a time
in the future that I pick up this series again:)

My wish for this country is that it will transform in a butterfly
– beautiful and free to roam wherever it wants,
instead of the ugly constricted caterpillar it is now.
Makro-Tex, Pict. Tue.


My weekly smile if for this little girl who visited with her family
last week and tried out Nana’s new pottery wheel and made
a painting for her mom (my daughter)
Weekly Smile

You may know Monday is JuIy 4th, Independence Day in the USA.
You may not know the flag is called Old Glory.
Now far away from us, on the outskirts of Sacramento.
Tue Travel, Sky Watch

One match for the BBQ will light the fire:)
One Word Sun.: match

Strolling with the family to have some dessert – gelato
Pink Saturday

Red Hibiscus
Garden Affair, FOTD, Floral Fri Foto

Thia nation is known by its big cities, Hollywood, national parks etc.,
but after a while you discover
that most of the country is littered with small towns
and country side. These may be less people
in number and clout ($$), but after a few decades, I find
the people who live here, are the heart and soul
of America. (okay to disagree!)
Weekend Reflection

SATURDAY – Garden Affair* Pink Sat.*
SUNDAY – One Word Sun* Sun Best*
MONDAY – Weekly Smile* FOTD*
TUESDAY – Tue Pictorals* Makro-Tex* Travel Tue*
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed.*
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs.* Sky Watch* Floral Fri Foto *
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss* Weekend Reflection*

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Pastel, 18 x 24  inch, Touching the Hem © St Germain

“Who touched me?” asked Jesus. His friends thought
that was an odd question
since they were in a large crowd of people.

Then Jesus explained, “Someone did touch me,
because virtue (anointing) has gone out from me. “
It turned out to be that this woman had touched the hem
of his garment, because she thought, if I only could touch
the hem of his robe, I will be healed from my disease,
because Jesus was known as the Healer.

For this painting I chose the granular cold-pressed Arches
watercolor paper. Perfect for a sketch-looking painting
where only the most important things
are highlighted, and the rest is kept sketchy.

The large painting of Rembrandt inspired me,
how he puts a young woman (almost looking like a child)
lighting up in between all the soldiers
of the most otherwise famous dark setting
of his painting The Night Watch.

“Multiple” for One Word Sun, Makro-Tex: summer

If a flower would be a person,
this would be a lovely woman. I am smarter than
the judge of the supreme court just elected
who could not answer the question
when asked what a woman is.
Okay to disagree, just don’t let me know about it, lol.


You see the two turkeys? And Multiple wood to burn for winter (hubby sliced a 60 footer)
Der Natur Donnerstag, Sat Critters

Nothing but me to reflect on our deck of our house
on the country side.
Weekend Reflection

An awesome outstretched swirl at the end of the day
Sky Watch

SATURDAY – Sat. Critters* Garden Affair *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun* Sun Best*
MONDAY – FOTD * Weekly Smile*
TUESDAY – Tue Pictorals* Makro-Tex* Tue Travel*
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed. * Der Natur Donnerstag *
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs. * Sky Watch* Floral Fri Foto*
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend reflection *



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Soft Pastel, 18 x 24 inch, Lets Celebrate, © St Germain

A dance with a quilt performed on one of the art evenings
in Laguna Niguel, California.
No walls here! It ranged from
a drum circle, to Tibetan music instruments, to poetry.
About 40 people with only one painter: moi.
It was more than fun – it was significant, memorable,
and more of those good things:)

This was painted after that evening, and took me a while
to choose the most memorable, which was not easy,
because I had taken many images that night. To me,
that is the purpose for a believer in Christ, to have enjoy
and celebrate life, instead of the view that
life is holding on to boring rules that limit us.


The joy of the Lord is your strength. It means
if you have no joy, it weakens you in life

It’s not just a wall, it is … hard to describe …
a piece of history … or even
a monument? Enfin, I was totally mesmerized.
One Word Sun., Makro Tex

We started a conversation with neighbors we passed by.
I could tell one was from the city. He immediately offered
a beer from his crate. Then I told the other one
that his tree with the white blooms
I just had captured was just gorgeous
On the country side you may talk then … about anything,
for half an hour or so before we decided to continue on our walk.
Garden Affair, FOTD. Floral Fri Foto

A nostalgic memory
For Mid Week Monochrome -92

Weekly Smile, Wordless Wednesday

To clarify: proud grandparents
she has been studying nursing since

Sorry, a little blurry, except for the reflection:)
Weekend Reflection

Am not sure if this is in the Netherlands or in the USA:)
Travel Tue, Sky Watch

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MONDAY – Weekly Smile* FOTD *
TUESDAY – Tue Pictorals* Makro-Tex * Travel Tue*
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed.* MWM – 92 *
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs.* Sky Watch* Floral Fri Foto*
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss* Weekend Reflection*

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Oil, 10 x 17 feet, The Wedding Feast, © St Germain

The Disciples (friends of Jesus), a part of my 10 x 17 inch painting. In a light brown, because that is how I separated a 115 people on this painting, as the ones coming from the past. Some were fishermen, a tax collector, etc. They turned the world upside down in their times
and caused incredible waves!

They were real people with some good and not so good
characteristics. For example: impatient Peter, sons of Zebedee. always fighting over girls,
pinching pennies Matthew,
treasonous Judas.
But Jesus called them his friends, and chose them
to be the ones who would spread
His Good News to the ends of the earth.
Am jealous of the faith and mercy he had for people.

Garden Affair, FOTD, Floral Fri Foto

What about them waves? Standing on the bridge and looking down on a runoff for the
water supply in Auburn, turning into a wild river.
One Word Sun – Wave

Wordless Wednesday


but I miss seeing cattle on the way to the grocery store:)

Some waves. Hubby fishing in Yosemite Nat. Park
Oh, and his blurry reflection in the foreground
Der Nature Donnerstag, Weekend Reflection

Sky Watch

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Seemingly another sock store, because no socks
are hanging on the door, like the other one:)

Serious jewelry here.

Close to the Thai restaurant we were
with a blog friend in Nevada.

Don’t know what happened here … dirty car windows?
But I don’t think it could have been taken this
from inside a car with this angle.
You’ve got to be a painter, to think,
“Oh I can fix this, using the stamp in Photo shop”
But since I don’t want to become blinded
I gave up midway.
Strange that only the doors are not effected!


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Oil. 24 x 24 inch, Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge, © St Germain

The title does not apply to the painting, (smile).

Kind of a heavy title, but I have always been drawn
to these two trees in heaven/paradise that are named this way.
How easy is it for us here on earth to go after
the tree of knowledge, since It impresses people.
Let’s face it: head knowledge is limited to time and space
on the earth. God is much bigger than that, and he is infinite.
When we get on the wave length of God, we can see how
the tree of life contains the stuff that remains
and things that are eternal.

Can you guess which is the tree of knowledge?
It is the red one, for that catches the attention
of others, and reflects self. The tree of life is green,
unassuming and organic, and adjusts to the background.

There was an uplifting atmosphere while I painted this.
A late teen came to me in the middle of painting this,
saying the painting had inspired him to a poem,
and showed his journal to me.
Reactions like this one keep me painting.
I love it when people are inspired, and catch the message!

My last year’s Mothers day Bouquet from my oldest daughter
Garden affair, FOTD, Floral Fri Foto

Wordless Wednesday


I keep eating cake. Whatever some evil people have planned,
they will lose, resign or disappear from the earth.
I am celebrating that:)
Weekly Smile, Makro-Tex- June

Definition of a plain: a flat area with some trees on it.
shown again for One Word Sun

It looks like the upper half of the reflection is upside down?
Weekend Reflection

Maybe the weather alert influenced me about this sky today:
tornado, flooding. jikes. Hoping for the best!
But, there is a sky hole!
Sky Watch

MONDAY – Garden Affair* FOTD* Weekly Smile*
TUESDAY – Pictoral Tue * Makro-Tex: WHATW* Travel Tue*
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed.*
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs.* Sky Watch *
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflection*
SUNDAY – One Word Sun. – plain* Sun’s Best*

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