Category: ART


Oil, 9 x 7 feet, The Cloud, St Germain
A break in my series of The Wedding Feast

In the Old Testament of the Bible, God appeared
in the form of a cloud, and every day
a pillar of cloud accompanied them on their travel
in the desert during the day.
In 1906 a cloud came for some time into the room
where believers were gathered during the revival back then.

Even in this current time this same cloud has been seen
in gatherings of people. As follows, this type of cloud
represents the presence of God.
It may appear in the room when people are focused on
worshipping God, as in this painting.
Maybe you can see that almost on the top of this
painting you see two angels pouring gold dust
on the people, which is
often an accompanying feature.

This is the first painting bigger than 36 x 36 inches.
This was meant as a practice painting to see if
I could handle this size. To my big surprize
this scene only took three weeks
to paint.

My Lantana in the backyard.
The sun was shining finally …but there was a gusty wind,
so it’s a bit blurry.
FOTD, Garden Affair

He was helping out his brother at an art market,
but when he saw this dog, he had eyes for nothing
and no one else. For the love of dogs:)

Can’t figure out why the reflections on top are upside down, but not on the lower half?
One Word Sunday

This rabbit looks like it could eat some more …
sorry little guy, nothing to eat in our backyard!
Der Natur Donnerstag, Sat. Critters

Sky Watch

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SATURDAY – Sat. Critters *
SUNDAY- One Word Sund * Sun Best *

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The North Region of my 10 x 17 feet painting The Wedding Feast

The human side of this project

This is the right side of the North. Sorry because of the lights
in the studio the colors are less saturated than this, but Photoshop
elements did not let me come closer than this.
The background mountains are a view of an area in the
Grand Canon called “the bright angel.” Fitting, eh?

This view shows that every little detail required research,
I mean, research as in graduate school, hours and hours
on end, eating and sleeping it for a whole month,
even before I painted anything. For the
Northern parts (ethnic groups) there were
not many images available.
The lighted city is a representation of the heavenly city
Jerusalem. Also that required reading
in the book of Revelation: 12 gates!
For me it is fun to watch when people start pointing,
recognizing as they say,
“Oh, that is…”
Somehow visitors always know that there are two president faces
on top. Left is Lincoln, the right: take your pick.

Blooming on my plant bench as we speak
FOTD, Floral Fri Foto

I love it when kids are SECURE in their abilities
One Word Sunday

Borrowed from my Thurs. Doors post for
the reflections in Old Town Sacramento
Weekend Reflection

Melting snow at Yosemite National park
Makro-Tex, Wordless Wednesday, Der Natur Donnerstag

One of these rare occasions where I have my camera
with me at the right time!
Sky Watch

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scroll down for THURS. DOORS underneath the comments here!

Since on the Wedding Feast I painted 110 people,
we are not done yet! This group are the disciples,
or followers of Jesus. They were a fairly unusual bunch –
probably around Jesus’ age. Some were local fisherman,
a tax collector (Mathew), a financial advisor (Judas)
Do you see they hold up a fish, and a coin is coming out of its mouth?
The start of this story is that they asked Jesus
if they should pay their taxes to the (despised by the Jews)
Roman government. This was Jesus’ answer – the coin!

Buildings for Makro-Tex

At that time we lived in Southern California, and back then
this was a new color combination
Monday Window and Weekend Reflections

We found these in Huntington Garden in Pasadena
FOTD, Floral Fri Foto

This cloud shape looks like the profile of a man and shoulder,
who wears a hat with large plumes – what do you see?
Sky Watch and
One Word Sunday – my own One Word Sunday!

MONDAY – Weekly Smile * FOTD * Monday Window *
TUESDAY – Tue Travel * Tue Pictorals * Makro-Tex *
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wednesday* Der Natur Donnerstag *
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs * Sky Watch *
FRIDAY – Weekend Reflection *
SATURDAY – Garden Affair *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun* Sun Best*


A teaser of this Thurs. Doors post!



Location: runoff of Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite Nat. Park
Had been eyeing these geometrical rocks other times,
but two years ago
I took the jump to paint it.

To my surprise we were greeted by a group
of people who formed an arch and said,
“Oh yeah, you can come here, but we do have
a wedding here in a few hours.” Not used to by such
private information when in this park, I nodded,
and just said, “Thank you.”
By this dramatic introduction, I should have known
as a psychologist that would not be the end of it.

I set up my art stuff, and eventually one after the other
of this group disappeared, until two family members were left,
sitting on the rocks nearby. Had no idea that in the
coming hour, while painting I would hear the greatest
gossip of the whole family. Every family member
was raked over the coals. I wondered,
if they thought this is normal?
What was the sherade with the wedding??
What could I do than silently endure the verbal garbage,
until I had at least a good draft for my watercolor:(

Happy to say this was the only time this happened.
Because with the next time
I had decided I would not be silent!

Was not satisfied with my first try at all. It had nothing of the
geometrical shapes that got me so interested in this heap of rocks.
I found it to be sloppy, messy and third range,
but did not do anything about it until last year January

Last year around New Year, I happened to see the photo in my
digital file, and being in my watercolor mood around that time
of year, I started thinking about how and what style
I wanted it to look like.

In my planning I decided to focus on the shapes
and the shadows. The leaves had to support that,
instead of letting these overrun the design.
Moving very slowly, I stayed with darkening the shadows.
When it was finished, I was pleased with a tight rendition
that echoed the wonder of all these rocks fitting
into each other like a puzzle, of the affinity I felt
and the surprise of what nature had built,
when I saw it first.

Wordless Wednesday
and to clarify

A random watercolor, not related to the January story.
My then 16 year old girly girl, who is now a teacher and mom
of 2 pre teens and a teen.

A hydrangea with roses and a reflection of my easel!
FOTD, floral Fri Foto, Weekend Reflection

One livingroom wall completely taken up by the window – I miss it.
Monday Window


Memories of these huge chimes (hubby’s estimation
at least 4-5 feet) with an
enormous bass sound reverberated in the sky
when at the garden store in Austin.
Makro-Tex, Der Natur Donnerstag, Sky Watch

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TUESDAY – Tue Pictorals * Makro-Tex * Travel Tue *
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed. * Der Natur Donnerstag*
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs * Sky Watch *
FRIDAY – Weekend Reflection *
SATURDAY – Garden Affair *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun * Sun. Best *




My Christmas decorations always have been sparse,
as well as the tree. This is the first nativity scene
I ever purchased because the crown shape
encapsulating the difference of this birth from other births.

This baby is called the Rose of Sharon,
Prince of Peace, Almighty God, and a
host of other names
FOTD, Floral Fri Foto, Garden Affair

Do you realize there are several animals in the Christmas story –
the sheep, the animals in the barn,
the donkey on the flight to Egypt.
These two deer (Mama and Bambi) were
in our street when I quickly snapped a shot:)
Sat. Critters

The colors of my Christmas tree pieces
At the end of this week, have already a memory of this year
Colors: One Word Sunday Memories: Makro-Tex

Dressed up
Wordless Wed. and Thurs. Doors

This is why I love trees as well as water. They cannot be
contained in a box or other container. They take their freedom!
Tiny reflections – Weekly Smile, Weekend Reflections

we are having beef brisket, with
sauerkraut and potatoes …
(cranberries of course)
and desert …
What will you have on your table?

Hoping for no rain; on the other hand, it would not be a disaster
Sky Watch

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FRIDAY – Weekend Reflection * Floral Fri Foto *
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Still in the 10 x 17 feet painting – this week
the South Americas, where I have only been in my dreams
Easy to paint because of the bright colors and ethnic details
of the people.

Where I would like to go for starters (because of art)
would be Peru, Bolivia to see their wall hangings
and weave work firsthand, and to hear their music,
which I was introduced to in San Diego, where
small groups of artists would perform.

Have heard that their worship is as colorful
as their clothes, which reminds me on what this
wedding feast in the future would sound like,
grand and celebratory!

Zapotec weave – love the simplicity
and color combination of this pattern

barely hanging on, recovering from the cold, or whatever it was …
even though my body feels weak, my mind pushes me
to do the normal: to blog:)

Another Xmas cactus. This capture was taken too long ago
to remember if the color was more leaning to Orange or Red.
FOTD, floral Fri Foto, Garden Affair

Sorry James, I don’t know why most of my reflections are taken in Spring and none in Fall!
Weekend Reflections

We Wait:)
One Word Sunday

A sunset worthy of the later part of the year.
Sky Watch


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TUESDAY – Teu. Pictorals* Makro-Tex* Travel Tue
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed,*
THURSDAY – Sky Watch* Thanksful Thurs.* Floral Fri Foto*
FRIDAY – Weekend Reflection *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun* Sun Best *



Oil, (part of )10 x 17 feet, The Wedding Feast, © St Germain 

Some of the parts of the 10 x 17 feet required much research.
This was one of them. These are members of the USA
Armed forces, and each Force has a different uniform.
Like before (last week) I mentioned that
where there was a spiritual force, I would also show
the physical natural force on earth.

Don’t know how common this is in other countries,
but many of the veterans in our street have experienced
God protecting them when in battle. If they did not know
God before, they now had no more doubt He exists,
and He fights on our behalf.

Tulips in every season!
FOTD, Floral Fri Foto

We Wait
One Word Sunday (Dec 4)

Sorry, could not figure out if the window partly visible was a reflection or not?
Weekend Reflection

Can’t get without a treat in the afternoon!

Waiting for Winter to come
Der Natur Donnerstag

Picture perfect … for a painting?
Sly Watch

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WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed * Der Natur Donnerstag *
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs.* Sky Watch * Floral Fri Foto *
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflection *
SATURDAY – Garden Affair * Weekend Sky *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun * Sun Best*



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Oil, 18 x 48 inch, Rehab’s Help to Escape, © St Germain
Rehab, a prostitute, lived on the wall of the city. The Israeli
spies in a land of giants needed help to escape unseen,
or be killed.
In the dark of night she lowered them with bed sheets
to the other side of the wall.

Would you accept help from a known prostitute?
Yes, they knew what she was,
because of the place where she lived.

Hard to wrap our mind around the fact that God
may use people who in our eyes live a despicable
life, to rescue people who are on a mission for God.
Because of her courageous act, God rewarded her.
God has an aweful lot of mercy and grace, doesn’t he?

Sunflowers look good or interesting in every stage of their life.
Garden Affair, FOTD, Floral Fri Foto

Pumpkins are a welcome to Fall, they are already seen in the store –
LOW to the ground.
Makro-Tex, One Word Sun (Oct.9)

Wordless Wednesday
Sat/ Critters
In the Californian mountains at 3000 feet, deer were part
of the neighborhood gang.

The row of reflections made this demure office building
Travel Tue, Weekend Reflections

This wild sunset filled up my whole visual field with light
Sky Watch

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

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Oil, 24 x 30 inch, The Mountains falling into the Sea, © St Germain
Referring to a text in the book of Revelations

Some views of my recent art workshop

Wordless Wed.
Semi Abstract – he bought the paint at the dollar store!

When someone, who has an art degree, visits your workshop
it tells you that you have something to offer:)

The guys – I heard they liked it

Painted with a palette knife. I like to leave people free in choice
of painting medium, and tools they paint with, but I do like them
to get used to canvas (it’s to conquer another threshold).

My second favorite color
Garden Affair, FOTD, Floral Fri Foto

Reflections In front of our fave spot to crash and paint
before leaving Yosemite Nat. Park
Der Natur Donnerstag

A cloud landscape!
Sky Watch

The moon is very visible in our back yard … have a good night:)

SATURDAY – Garden Affair * Weekend Sky *
SUNDAY – Sun Best *
MONDAY – Weekly Smile* FOTD *
TUESDAY – Pictoral Tue * Makro Tex* Travel Tue *
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed. * * DND *
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs.* Sky Watch *
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflection *





Oil, 24 x 28 inch, For Sure he will Die Now. © St Germain

Obviously, Daniel was scrutinized and even hated
by the rest of the government (he worked for three
heathen kings!). Because he did not give in
to the pressure techniques of some.
Doesn’t this sound like a situation today?

Spicy colors for Makro-Tex –
Garden Affair, Floral Fri Foto

Wordless Wed
Center of Austin TX

Reflections in Huntington Library Gardens

The shadows of the sun shining make
it looks somewhat like a crater.
On our way to Nevada
Sky Watch

Garden Affair * Weekend Sky *
One Word Sunday * Sun. Best *
Weekly Smile * FOTD *
Makro Tex– Spicy * Tue Pictorials * Travel Tue *
Wordless Wednesday *
Thankful Thurs.* Sky Watch * Floral Fri Foto *
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