Category: Weekly Post

COLORS MATTER

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Oil, 36 x 36 inch, Double for Your Trouble, © St Germain

Painted this at the Mission in North California
in front of an audience.
 This story of Luke, the physician, tells about TWO boats,
not one (like I always thought)! Jesus asked Peter
if he could use his boat to talk to the multitudes on the beach.

After that, Jesus said to Peter to go and fish. Peter protested,
But we just fished all night, and caught nothing,
“But if you INSIST, ….”
(can you hear what he was thinking? Excuse me, you’re not
a fisherman, you’re a carpenter. You don’t know anything
about fishing!) but still, he did it.

What ended up happening, was that Peter waved
for his buddies in the other boat, to come help them,
and both boats filled up with so much fish,
that these were about to sink.

What was so amazing to me is that when
we decide to eat humble pie, we discover
why God said something. It is for MORE than we expected.

Knew that this painting would be a big job,
because I intended to paint a multitude of fish,
slithering and moving next to each other, in the nets.
This is where I began to paint. Next, I painted the fishermen
involved. Each with another sweater, facial expression
and positioning of hands. That was fun.  But most fun
was to let my imagination go with the sails of two boats
and apply my technique of light rays.

Much interest was shown for this painting. Someone came up
and told that he had had a dream, not too long ago.
When he looked at the platform and saw
what I was painting, he realized it was his dream!

Wrote this poem Aug. 2019 and happened to see it in my journal  and added it
to give you some ideas why colors are significant.

Colors Matter

All the colors come flying out of My hand
for you to war with
they speak the decrees I have sent over the land
the war has already been won
and My angels dance and sing songs of deliverance

For I am setting my people free
to become my army, to become My witness
together we will put the enemy to flight
They will be scattered, confusion will ensue
and will kill each other off.

Be on the right side, behind Me
I will do away with the ones
who think they can handle Me.
You will be protected
come what may.

© St. Germain, Aug. 2019

Last weeks I have been spending much time to update
the journals of my paintings on my
REAL SLATE table top (so heavy,
only hubby can take it off). This is when I found
the above painting back without a written process. People
who are interested should be able to look up
how it developed and my views about it.
One Word Sun – real

Love how the background turned out so painterly.
FOTD, Fri Floral Foto

Lovely Colors
Weekly Smile, Makro-Tex, Wordless

Rain, rain, rain. The upside is green grass:)
Der Natur Donnerstag

Not what it seems
The people in this booth …. well not this booth,
but the row of booths behind this one:)
PhotoAWeek

Between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Never actually winter, but the skies are more clear, and the fog lasts almost till noon.
The mountains have really this chocolate brown color!
Sun. Best, Weekend Reflection

Deleted most of the phone lines, but left the pole, which is characteristic for this landscape in Amador County in California.
Sky Watch

MONDAY – Our World * Weekly Smile * FOTD *
TUESDAY – Tue Scribbles * Makro-Tex * Travel Tue*
Garden Affair * Der Natur Donnerstag *
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed.* PhotoAWeek *
THURSDAY – Sky Watch * Thankful Thurs. * Floral Fri Foto *
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflection *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun * Sun Best *

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HERITAGE

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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


MONDAY – Our World * Weekly Smile * FOTD *
TUESDAY – Tue Scribbles* Makro-Tex* Travel Tue* Garden Affair*
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed. *
THURSDAY – * Sky Watch *Thankful Thurs.*
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflection *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun * Sun Best *

A NEW YEAR -A NEW COURAGE

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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.

Oil, 36 x 36 inch, Mene mene Tekel © St Germain

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!”

MONDAY – Our World * Weekly Smile * FOTD *
TUESDAY – Tue Scribbles * Travel Tue * Makro Tex * PhotoAWeek *
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed. * Garden Affair *
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs. * Sky Watch *
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflection *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun. * Sun’s Best *

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ONE FOOT IN OR TAKE THE JUMP?

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.

Wordless Wed. – Jasmine
FOTD, Floral Fri Foto * Garden Affair

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

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

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AROUND THE CORNER

Oil, 12 x 16 inch, Come Back © StGermain

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

Wordless Wednesday
FOTD. Floral Fri Foto, Garden Affair

The edit is not perfect, but it’s better than the object in front
Weekend Reflection

Always time for a little birdie
Sat. Critters

String of Cotton balls in the sky
Sky Watch

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

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ARE YOU READY?

  • Oil, 18 x 36 inch, Poinsettia Christmas Tree, © St Germain
    That year someone gave us a large Poinsettia for Christmas.
    Because it was so large, it looked somewhat like a small tree.
    That idea reminded me on the song the Twelve Days of
    Christmas, and worked it out on canvas with
    some Christmas balls squished in between. Voila!

A detail of our tree last year

Had to get used to Texas where most houses have a
neighborhood association.
They are pretty lenient except for garbage bins
out of sight. They put up Xmas lights at the entrance.

A fantastic creation by Boo, our 5th grand.
Looking professional, Bro!
Weekly Smile, One Word Sun

Wordless

We celebrate His birthday the 25th.
He is called the Lily of the Valley and Bright Morning Star
FOTD, Fri Floral Foto

The blurry reflections fit well here, on the border of
Sutro Bath in San Francisco
Travel Tue, Weekend Reflection

High up in the mountains of Yosemite Nat. Park
The grey mountain in the background is El Capitain
Sky Watch


MONDAY – Our World * Weekly Smile * FOTD * PhotoAWeek *
TUESDAY – Tue Scribbles * Travel Tue * Makro-Tex *
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wednesday * Jaipur Gardening *
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs.* Sky Watch * Fri Floral Foto*
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflection *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun * Sun. Best *

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WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS

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THURS. DOORS!

What a year it has been. A year to celebrate,
for we are healthy and we have food on the table!
And much more than food. We have new friends,
I am painting again in front of the audience
during the worship part of the
Sunday service, in a church that did
not know painting is also an expression
of worship. So I am jazzed.
Makro-Tex December

TALKING ABOUT JAZZED…

Oil, 24 x 36 inch, Worship Angel © St Germain

I saw this angel one time perched near the ceiling
with all these expressions of worship in the roomy green sleeves
of the robe, like dance, painting brushes, next to the instruments.
It was a joy to paint her.
Sunday’s Best

At a moment looking down on one of our hikes in Zion Nat. Park, Utah. surprised the blue of this water came out so strong.
One Word Sun, Weekly Smile

My lipstick plant
Wordless Wednesday

On the country side it was a times challenging to find a reflection,
so here the car windows to the rescue:)

On the other hand I collected many sky captures,
from sunrise on (I hope this is a sunrise, lol).
PhotoAWeek

es

throughout the day until sunset:)

MONDAY – Our World * Weekly Smile * FOTD *
TUESDAY – Tue Scribbles * Makro-Tex * Travel Tue *
WEDNESDAY – Wordless x. * PhotoAWeek *
THURSDAY – Sky Watch *Thankful Thurs. *Floral Fri Foto*
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflections *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun * Sun. Best *
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THE WEEK AFTER

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18 x 36 inch, Oil, © St Germain

This is a special painting to me, and reveals my love for the
ABSTRACT. I made this my business card, and
titled it “The Rain of His Presence.” At that time
I lived in California, and the first thing people
would ask is “Do you have a (business) card?”
On the business card itself I have my personal info printed.


This depiction gives away how I think about God.
He is not a magnificent Ruler and King, or only the
Master Creator, but one who is intimately
connected to me like a Father and Big Brother,
and a loving Comforter.
Before I was born, he put seeds into each person
– which are to be the purposes of one’s life.
My seeds were creativity, analytic ability, etc.

Do you know what your seeds are?

♦ ♦ ♦


Reflections of the beautiful Lake Hughes,
before entering Los Angeles.
Weekend Reflection

Leaving behind hours of driving through the stark beauty
and hills of the Central of California
Der Nature Donnerstag

Since the trip between Northern and Southern part of the state
to two of adult children during the holiday season
was never leisurely, because of heavy traffic, it was
tempting to stop by a restaurant and regain our “bearings.”
Nowhere like home, surrounded by what I like:)
Makro-Tex -home

FOTD, Wordless Wed.

But the sky does what it wills
One Word Sunday: Dizzy

MONDAY – Our World * Weekly Smile * FOTD *
TUESDAY – Tue Scribbles * Makro-Tex * Tue Travel *
PhotoAWeek * Tue Tex on Wed *
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed. * Der Natur Donnerstag *
THURSDAY – Sky Watch * Thankful Thurs. * Fri Floral Foto *
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflection *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun * Sun Best *

GIVING THANKS

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A cell phone pic taken by daughter,
of happy past times when we were living
closer to at least two of our adult children with their kids.

Thankful for friends on this Thanksgiving,
but in anticipation of this Christmas, when
our son at the far end of the table (living in the Netherlands)
hopefully will finally be able to visit us after 3 years,
(if there’s no lockdown!) because of the
political upheavals of covid. Hubby and moi on right side.

One of my big paintings as a backdrop for the
bouquet of carnations, chrysanthemums, and baby breath
FOTD, Floral Fri Foto

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO
THE ONES IN AMERICA

Miss the un-manicured beauty of the forest around
our previous house in California.
These are Manzanita trees, of which the wood
would explode in one’s woodstove.
Sun. Best, Makro-Tex -nature


Don’t know how much coffee will consume on
Thanksgiving day, but at least this view gives reflections
Weekend Reflection

Shiny lights
PhotoAWeek

Kids are easy, they don’t ask questions, have to renew
their make-up, or straighten their clothes:)
One Word Sunday – peep

Wordless Wed., Sky Watch

MONDAY – Our World * Weekly Smile * FOTD*
TUESDAY – Tue Scribbles * Travel Tue * Makro Tex *
Texture Tue on Wed. * PhotoAWeek *
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed. * Der Natur Donnerstag*
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs * Sky Watch * Fri Floral Foto *
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflection *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun: peep * Sun Best *

NEAR THE END

24 x 36, Oil, Planet Sweep, © St Germain
my next to the last vision!

I saw the planets swept up in a huge wind and careening
towards a pit on the right.
What did not make sense were these white holes,
with the edges scrolled up.
Of all my paintings of these visions,
such a cataclysmic change in the universe
would be challenging to believe, and I rather
not think about the consequences. If the sun would be
swept up, there would be no daylight and warmth.
What would happen
to the ebb an flow without a moon?
It just occurred to me that I did not see planet earth!
Have to admit, if I had, it would have freaked me out.
Guess, God knows my limits:)

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John at Patmos saw this too. It must be considered.
2 Pet 3: 10-12 “destroyed by intense heat” – so Peter knew this too!
Rev. 6 – “moon turned into blood, and the sun like
black sackcloth or goat hair”
That description is close to what I saw.

Added the houses on the earth for perspective,
but these did not appear in the vision

Loved the people’s sincerity in worship
Weekend Reflection

Dogwood tree and flowers on our last Californian piece of land
FOTD, Der Natur Donnerstag, Floral Fri Foto

One of the cute culprits who ate my lantana flowers!
Sat. Critters, Weekly Smile


Tue Texture on Wed., Wordless Wed.

Yellow may well be the brightest color on earth.
Have heard from several near-death experiences that
in heaven there are about twenty other colors!
I think artists will be having a very good time there:)

One Word Sunday: Bright

A fiery backyard sunset
Makro-Tex: November, Sky Watch

MONDAY – Our World * FOTD* Weekly Smile *
TUESDAY – Tue Travel * Makro-Tex: *Tue. Scrib * Tue Tex on Wed.*
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wednesday*Der Natur Donnerstag *
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs * Sky Watch* Floral Fri Foto*
FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflection *
SATURDAY – Sat. Critters *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun * Sundays Best*