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Oil, 24 x 30 inch, Little Boys Lunch, © St Germain

This is the original painting. The couple who bought this painting
requested I paint a partial bag over the fish and the bread,
which I did,
because it would not change the meaning.

The meaning of what happened then
was that a 10 year old boy offered his lunch,
5 breads and 2 fish, when the friends of Jesus
did not know what to do, when He instructed them
“YOU give them something to eat!” He had given them
the example before in providing food for big crowds of people.
This part of Jesus I have liked more and more, with
the passing of years. Not only did he have killer one-liners,
like – love your neighbor as yourself –
but he took care of daily needs all who listened to him.
Who else, who have attracted multitudes has done the same?!

Delightful Camellias.

Happy Birthday Boo (5th grandchild) last week!

Serendipitously with the painting above, Boo
would have been someone to walk up to adults and say
“Hey, I have some lunch – you can have it!”

For a reflection of the wall of Sutro Bath in San Francisco,
our big boy (6’4″):) Yesterday he told
us on Skype that the day before someone
broke into their apartment in The Hague (Netherlands)
and stole some big items of another tenant and he.
He told us, “I used to come and feel this is home.
Now I don’t feel that anymore .”
Luckily the insurance will cover some of the loss.
Weekend Reflection

The definition of “plain”: “a large flat area with a few trees on it”
This is somewhere on the long stretch called The Grapevine,
between Los Angeles and Sacramento.
One Word Sun

Hard to choose, whether like the dusty plain above more,
or this rugged wall -both have its charm.
Makro-Tex: wall

The bales of hay appeared very late last year …
but this CLOUD!
Sky Watch

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We’re going to hop everywhere today = Old Town Sacramento

Hop all the way to the Forbidden City in Beijing, before the Olympics:)
I realized that is a big door across this square!

To a prior school night in Auburn (near Sacramento) . In the back is a door:)

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Teal – an unusual color for storage doors:) A flyby taken from the freeway

Doesn’t this almost look like a tiny house? On our way to Old Sacamento

Felt sorry for the home owner. Every time when a storm hit, a tall tree (60+ feet) fell on their roof and was smashed – at least 3 times a new roof had to be put on in the 6 years we lived there.

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In process of painting this, is what
has seemed to have been happening since Fall last year.
The dominoes have been falling
So, WHO these dominoes are, I am not certain
because lately so much disinformation seems to be going on
that it is hard to figure out who are really the good,
and really the bad guys. One thing seems apparent,
there is both evil and good in opposite parties
(the blue and the red in the circle), although this is not
meant as a political view, but more of a humanitarian one.

Oil, 34 x 30 inch, The Dominoes are Falling, © St Germain

My sense is we will have to wait and watch
to see what the end will reveal.
This painting was not easy. From early on,
I decided to make a clear distinction
between what was above ground and below ground.
The city above. The blue and the red party,
the underground tunnels, and the children who are trafficked.

The positions of the dominoes, and to make it appear
like they were in a free fall, took a few tries! Since so many
things in this painting are diagonal,
I am sharing this for One Word Sunday: diagonal

An unintended selfie reflection above the bench
Weekend Reflection

Wordless – for anyone who needs another bag:)
Weekly Smile, Wordless Wed

A little bit longer and I will see these blossoms through my window
Garden Affair, FOTD. Makro-Tex, Floral Fri Foto

The smoky colored skies on our drive to San Andreas were very satisfying
for my grey cravings.
Sky Watch

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We stepped out of the car to get a cup of coffee in Georgetown,
and shot these very nice apartments (with their own front door).
These are the back doors and the garage doors.

If you prefer Navy Blue, here they are!

This is Century 21, but …

for the longest time we were looking up at the owl,
not a real bird, but just the idea of someone putting
it in his tree was hilarious to me.
On the capture above, the owl statue is sitting
on the lowest branch,
in between the arch and the window

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Oil. 36 x 36 inch Spheres of Influence. © St Germain
“How shall we then live?” was the big question of Francis Schaeffer,
a philosopher who lived in Switzerland,
more known in the 1960 to 1980. It had been
since Bonhoeffer since there was a philosopher
who had much influence on the people of his days.
His question was the inspiration for this painting.

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

Wordless Wed, Garden Affair

MakroTex – January, Weekend Reflection

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Oil, Three Thirsty Deer, © St Germain

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!

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