Category: Weekly Post

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

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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*

TIME PASSING

24 x 36 inch, Oil, Passing of Time,© St Germain


When I saw in this vision, I immediately knew
these represented the three blocks
of time, described in Rev. 12:14, as
”a time, a time, and half a time.”
To prevent the”times” from inadvertently getting lost, or
the idea that these “time periods” did not belong
to this series, I added them to the following vision
in a transparent way, as to interfere as little as possible.

These blocks refer to a very significant time, and
appeared on Sept. 24, 2017 in the heavens,
seen in the constellation of the stars
as the woman in Rev. 12:6 ready to give birth,
while the red dragon is positioning itself
to eat the child. This event was seen
all over the internet at that time.

You can see that the visions of crises
in weather now clearly turned
to eschatological events


Then, what I saw was like a TV was turned on. In
the distance was a higher mountain range than I depicted.
A new society, I imagined when I saw
a golden glow over the mountain range,
with rivers and waterfalls,
and “things moving.” On closer look, they were short
people busily doing daily things,
seemingly knowing each other.
They walked with what seemed animal skins on.
They lived in the caves of these mountains
without modern amenities.

This was an extremely bright landscape.
It was much beyond a breath of
fresh air, after all the previous harsh weather
conditions and storms. It had the impression
of a breathtaking beauty and peace.

Notice, the mountain to the left looks from
a distance, like a lion’s face. No matter what I tried to
change it, I did not succeed! Oh well, maybe
it’s supposed to look like this!

White Bokeh
PhotoAWeek

Red and White – you can’t miss!

Moving to another state made me receive
and send cards for birthdays to my family
and for Christmas also to friends !
Haven’t done this in decades! How about you?
Makro-Tex -striped

There seems to be a larger variety of pumpkins this year.
I use it in my curry, breads, etc
Am joining Tue Texture on Wed.

This restaurant had a very unattractive entrance. but their lamb meat was good

The cushions and lamps made a luxurious impression

A sunset in North California
One Word Sun.: Dark, Travel Tue, Sky Watch

Because of the shine of the sun on the water, the reflections
are more difficult to see, but at least you see two tree trunks
Weekend Reflection

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

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WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED?

Oil, 24 x 36 inch,  What Happened?, © St Germain
Only include this painting when I know
no children are going to be present.

By now I was numb, viewing all the previous visions,
but especially with this view.
It has baffled me for a long time, what it could refer to.
I hold it tentatively  on the period of ISIS cruelty
and violence against non-Islamics.

If it would be a warning, does it mean that this phenomenon
could come back? I intensely wish and pray it would not!

At least four deer here – a common view, looking from my kitchen
window when we lived in the forest.
Der Natur Donnerstag, Sat Critters

One Word Sunday: Seasonal – Fall in Texas

Wordless Wednesday

Roses are red. Carnations are even more red!
FOTD, Weekly Smile, Floral Fri Foto

Love reading this ancient book in the Passion translation
Makro-Tex: book, PhotoAWeek

Our new friend saw this dog while browsing at the art market
and immediately ran up to it to show his love
Weekend reflection

This sky looked like how it sounded yesterday night.
Never have seen lightning strikes following each other
as fast as the blinks of an eye,
and heard so many rolls of thunder. Next
morning hubs told that at one point he felt
the bed shaking! That must have been when it sounded
like an explosion Never a dull night here:)

Sky Watch

MONDAY – Our World * FOTD* Weekly Smile *
TUESDAY – Travel Tue.* Makro-Tex: Book * PhotoAWeek *
WEDNESDAY- Wordless Wed. * Der Natur Donnerstag *
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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THIRSTY

Oil, 24 x 36, Sunstruck, © St Germain

When for the sixth time, a vision started forming in front of me,
I immediately was struck with the incredible heat, which would
have been unbearable if I had not known the heat
of Southern California. The sun was just too blinding hot
to look at. Luckily there was some shade
in front of this mountain ridge. My tongue was stuck
my lips too parched to call out anything.
My hope of sleep had by now flown away.

Have not told you yet, that it took me two years
after the visions, before I started painting them.
I started with this one, because it was the most familiar
of all these weather disasters I had experienced.
It became one of my favorite paintings from this series.

Chose a mountain range in Colorado Springs (the Garden
of the gods), where I was for a week to accompany Hubby
for a job (Another deck:)). Loved the rocks there.
So intensely red. The man was not
 in my vision. I added him for clarity,
that it was more urgent than a just dry day in summer. 
It was finding water, or die. I call it my Picasso
touch, for the style reminds me of his early period.

Did I ever tell you where we had our honeymoon
turned out to be the birth place of Picasso?
Malaga, Spain

This opposite view is at the East side of Yosemite Nat. Park.
Foam-crested waves, the sound of the water,
watching the shadows move. I could sit here for hours
and hours breathing in this atmosphere.
(Almost) Wordless Wed., Der Natur Donnerstag, Weekly Smile

Wildly blooming iris with a short bloom period on our previous forest land
FOTD, Floral Fri Foto *

Hope this qualifies for Street photography of
Weekend Reflection. Good job, mom to let your child explore!

October leaves for Makro-Tex

Funny that Thirsty is so opposite from the rain
for One Word Sunday!
Rain at 3000 feet in the mountains is very
different than in town or city. The day before, the
temperature plummets 10 degrees. There are always
floods, here and there, since there are only run-offs
at certain places. Everything gets drenched with water:)
One Word Sunday


Goodbye summer – for most of you. Not yet where I live (Texas)
Have no idea why the blue of the sky in Huntington Library
Gardens did not continue in the lower region,
but there’s probably a technical answer to it.
Please, I don’t want to know the answer:):)
Sky Watch

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

WHEN YOU START WITH WHITE…

Oil, 24 x 36 inch, A Swiss Postcard, © St Germain


The beginning of this vision, is not the painting
you see here. It started like a beautiful snowy
scene with a little town in the valley,
like a Swiss postcard.
Unfortunately it was not to be. Suddenly black soot fell
from the sky, dirtying up the snow. It became a bleak,
depressing sight, for the soot started rolling down
the hills, forming mud paths, changing this to
a God forsaken land.
Again, I started calling out. “Please, stop! Stop this!”

In trying to understand why this beautiful valley
turned into a muddy mess, I remembered that
in the book of Exodus Moses was instructed
to take black soot from a kiln,
and throw it to the sky. It caused the Egyptians
to break out in boils and sores,
which was the 6th plague.
That made it clear that black soot falling from
the sky is a sign of judgment,
causing an epidemic in the whole land.

This plague makes this vision easy to understand.
If we dirty-up something that is white as snow, or holy,
everything becomes contaminated,
not just one thing, but the whole valley
becomes dirty and messy!
Will this be the end of these visions?.
Am still hoping for it, as I flipped off the light switch
to go back to sleep.
SLEEP?

To paint this scene was interesting, to say the least.
I began with the Swiss postcard. The green valley with
on the sides the mountains going up turned
unintentionally into the shape of a dragon or spider. When
I realized what shape it had turned into,
I exaggerated it, for I felt it fits with the devil’s work,
to destroy anything beautiful.

In the first session I had painted the mountains white.
When I started putting black spots on it, the oil paint
started to smudge, and looked messy. Needed to wait
a few days, before I could continue.
First I cleaned up the parts
where the black and white – had “melted” together –
with paper towel. Then I continued
with painting the muddy paths.
Maybe you see on the bottom
my signature in green

Building a new deck last year for this old cabin took
some doing and go from old to new.
Hubs spend first much time in re-aligning the randomly
– scotch and crooked – placed pillars of the old deck and
adding some new ones because they were too damaged.
Another professional touch was later the spacing
of the steps of the stairs to the yard. It felt like floating
instead of climbing up and down
when steps are spaced too far apart. Important
especially for someone who is not tall, like I.
One Word Sunday: Open – Opened up

My first try of Escargot (snails)
Surprizingly, it did not taste bad:):)
Makro-Tex: On the Plate

This story is about “When you go back to white ….!”
Putting the diffuse glow filter on these Camellia
seen in the Huntington Library Garden in Pasadena
FOTD, Floral Fri Foto

Focus on profile of one light PhotoAWEeek

Wordless Wednesday, PhotoAWeek-1

LITTLE CHAT
As you can see I changed back to my previous background. I used the Canard background,
for visitors easier to navigate.

Change in focus to both lights – PhotoAWeek-2

Yet, I missed the single column for
my posts too much, and the sidebar was
too distracting. Now, pretty much
decided on my sequence:
my weekly post, and in between
the 2 weekly posts
is Thurs. Doors.

Wordless Wednesday
Sky Watch


Weekend Reflection, also in the Huntington Garden.

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

MY ESSENTIALS

OIL, 24 x 36 inch, The Drain, © St Germain

No, no sleep yet, after I switched off the light and closed my eyes!
Normally I would have been impatient, wondering what
was going on, but the images I saw were so riveting,
that I was immediately involved with the view in front of me.

Had to think several days before I knew how
to paint this, because what I saw coming out of the drain
was a pale colored inflated bag. To just color the bag,
would make it look like a balloon – wrong choice,
because it’s often associated with celebrations
or birthdays! I ended up with the upper part of an
air balloon, – indicating that one needs to rise higher
than living in sewage! –
something that is inflated, is highlighting that God
was flagging what was underneath the drain!

Sewage is not a kosher subject, but it’s pretty clear
what God means with this.Things so disgusting
we want to get rid of and hide it from our surface life,
so the first impression is we are dealing with our waste issues.
But an inflated bag is like a flag,
to really investigate what our ugly and smelly stuff
underneath the surface. It is ESSENTIAL!

Wordless Wednesday
Weekend Reflection

Flowers
FOTD. , Floral Fri Foto

My first time of Escargot
Makro-Tex: on the plate

This capture in Nice (pronounce niece!), France, does not do justice
to the feeling I got when walking by :
it’s definitely closed! It might as well have been : No Trespassing!
One Word Sunday

Let the withering of Fall begin!
Weekly Smile, Der Natur Donnerstag

Unassuming little slivers of clouds
Wordless, Sky Watch

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