I feel like staying here today
in the shade
with the sound
of water flowing
the breeze
fluttering the leaves
interrupted by birds chatter
and  thundering waterfall

@ the third bridge from Bridal Veil Falls
Yosemite Nat. Park



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Became known as the Monday Night Painter



A few weeks ago I was  in the South of California where we lived previously.
Sorry for the messy pics – unavoidable with so many sprawled on the floor!

The same sunset as at the end of this post (modified and cropped
for Mandarin Orange)



If you know any artists
they are messy
they don’t care about how things look
they don’t sit on a chair or work neatly at a table|
they plop anywhere on the floor – who cares!
They can only handle short commands, like
“Start at the Corner”
No one wonders how these corners eventually come together
just go with the flow
and it will be all right. It always does!







Used to paint in the area of Laguna Niguel, close to Laguna Beach (the beach below for Wordless) where at least 30 art galleries are located.
Yes, my paintings are for sale, and please don’t hesitate to ask me. Do not wait, they are sometimes sold so quickly, I don’t know what happened.  Of course:

I keep a digital photo for prints!
I refrain from a exhibiting at a gallery, since I don’t like to hike up the prices because they need to make 50%.
















Some pencil ability needed to draw or paint this gate, because of the angle:)



About this Monday Night

Anyone who can hold a pencil is welcome to participate, work on an individual work (what I used to do) or a group project. Since I  moved up North, I didn’t know a group of artists would paint this Monday night


You can see kids (in the middle) participate too. I have taken over that view for my own workshops, that children learn faster when they are allowed to see the process of a painting coming together.
Two ladies in the front are also working on a big project, and have it draped over a table.




This actually started with a small group of about twenty, where the intent was for people to share about what happened the week before. When one after the other started bringing an instrument,  I brought my easel and canvas.  Why not?:)

In a few years this small group grew out to this one above, and I became known by them as “the Monday night painter.” It was serendipitous that I visited  while the painters had planned a painting event.




If all of this is too weird or too artist minded,
I hope you like when I end this post with a Surprise sunset
sky below and this Camellia in Huntington Library
Gardens in Pasadena.
Wish there was a comparable Botanical Garden here!






 Join me in Celebrating Spring with COLORS this week!



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Had a busy weekend! I changed my blog theme, because I got too frustrated at not being able to enlarge some of my pics. Yesterday we went to Old Town Sacramento  – a favorite place for tourists.  We used to go to Old Town whenever we visited here while we still  lived in Southern California. (This is how Southern Californians think of Northern California – people are “different” there and the culture too, lol)
We were tourists back then. Old habits die slowly!




Left the lights bouncing off from the sun and water – kinda cool


The bridge is a beautiful marker of the harbor in Old Town Sacramento. The balmy 70ties weather made us drowsy and shortened our walk significantly, just to eat a Reuben sandwich at Steamers and an ice-cream in between taking some pics.
Picked up our car from the parking garage, and drove elsewhere looking for coffee a cup of Java!



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Reflection in window

In the Netherlands, which is my country of origin,
all houses are built with brick.
Still find this old, several stories high red brick building beautiful!





At the street, this building is protected by a sturdy gate, and below is a detail of
the morning glory growing on the wall



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Children are not forgotten here:)


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Deerly caught! In front of our house: Mama in front of Bambi. The small Manzanita trees with the dark red trunks are common for this neighborhood. Am experimenting with themes this weekend, because I want to be able to post bigger pics.






 the Huntington Library Gardens, Pasadena, CA

Why I often stay away from black and whites is because it does not give me enough structured surface, but this statue gives it all!



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Our seven hour drive from Los Angeles to Sacramento, then East to Jackson in Gold Rush country is prettiest in Spring.  February-March is the time that the green hill sides are quite striking when in bloom.



Blooming cherry trees all along the way…
blooming later than usual
the featured  image on top tells you why
the mountain range of Yosemite in the distance
not ready yet to lose its snow cover



spring branches



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 Inspirational silver store. I like silver even more than gold. What about you? Although the cross on this door looks more like iron.




Lake Hughes

Near sunset the mountains surrounding Lake Hughes become dark and mysterious,

but these clouds!

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A few weeks ago we were for 10 days in Southern California for hubby’s work.  Was nice to have some warmer weather  (flip-flops!) Also ran into my artists friends unexpectedly!
Tell you about that in another post.
While hubby worked, in between working on my pastel paintings,  I had too much enough time to think about what I “needed.”




These leaves look more velvety than the one in the 2nd pic.


My staghorn fern died when it was freezing here in the mountains :(   Happy I could go back (to the same nursery) at the right time,  because they don’t  have these always  in stock.

This plant doesn’t need soil.  You  see in the 2nd pic that a ball of sphagnum moss keeps them alive with just a little water per week. They can become quite large over time and you won’t believe it: they go up to $100 – $150 in the store!




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Two color ways of Taiyo  – 40% cotton, 30 & silk 15 % wool  15% nylon
The left colorblend is for a cowl and mitts and the right blend I’ll use  for a sweater



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Modified for Mandarin Orange.  Started with filter “Paint Daubs”…

Filling up my  Noro stash. Noro, a Japanese designer who creates wild wool-alpaca-silk-angora-cotton-mohair color blends of yarn. They also have a knitting magazine, with patterns that are wild as well. The only thing that curbs my addiction is the hole in my pocket!


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I had this tea of the Coffee Bean and the Tea Leaf at a friend’s house, and fell in love with the taste.


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Tea Garden San Francisco


We decided to visit San Francisco, before bringing our son to the airport for his flight back to his study in the Netherlands.  The Japanese Tea Garden inside Lake Park seemed nice on this cold haha day (51 degr.) with an icy wind. Were so surprised that still so many were visiting.
This park is a few miles long and is compared to Central Park  in New York.




a weak attempt to smile:)

Nothing makes you forget the cold like a nice hot cup of tea (even though we were still sitting outside!). All the pics in this post were taken by hubby, because I  wasn’t feeling well, and when evening came I was so unwell that I wasn’t able to go with hub and son to the airport.




Across from where we were sitting,  I saw a man in his fifties (?) for the longest time sitting very still, staring ins blau hinein (German expression for staring into the blue sky). When I mentioned  that to hubby, he responded, “He is not thinking. He is seeing where he needs to cut the tree he sits in front of.” Then I saw the garden scissors in his hand…




Most bushes were kept low, and everything was to the very tiny details harmonious. I think these are catskins?





Amazingly, some actually were crossing this bridge (most of them young). Of course hubby and son had to try this too. Since they’re both very tall, it was easy-peasy for them. Son in blue jeans.




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Part of the ceiling of the door opening of this magnificent building below. The inside was not open to the public (as far as I know).








What is your favorite park or botanical garden?




Hubby did not have a sky pic while visiting the Tea Garden, so I’m adding a random one:)
and thank you for your concern – am healed up now!

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Howdy’ this is Miss  Mishmash! You are lucky  I found these pics in the media folder of my blog ! Am still  by the sea  (so nice:)) and had to wait till I returned home to really start posting.

Several things I haven’t mastered yet on the Ipad, like how to get photos from my camera, or even Dropbox into my wordpress media folder, and linking to the memes went totally wrong:(

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The ocean breeze reminds me to take a Good Long Break:)


Oh Dear!

Where we live now – in the middle of nowhere –  as my adult kids say, we see deer every day, sometimes a few , other times a whole group. They jump the fence, eat whatever they can find in your back yard, look at what hubby is building, and then go on

At night in the hotel have been watching a series about living in Alaska. One of the aspects was deer hunting.  Am very confused that the hunter had a moment of sadness  when he saw the deer he killed,  and said, “You did good, girl.” He sighed.  Next scene: they started skinning  the deer  … I even didn’t have to suggest to hubby to watch something else. Guess I’ve lived too long in the city:(


Don’t these look  like Spring?  Probably shot these (from archive) in the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.

Am back home, and couldn’t go on the internet. Luckily we could still talk to our son in Holland via the Ipad’ s cellular data (now life has come to the point that things have reversed: our adult kids are worried when they can’t get in touch with us).

Today at the office hubby discovered that in the days we were gone the provider had changed to another system … and had lost all paper work on us!




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On your way  back home on Wednesday we drove through this beautiful range of hills. Discovered these fences while driving by:)





It pays to travel (back home) – you’re bound to see  some awesome views!


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Had aleady posted a painting of three roses, but  when I saw a Book of Love on the beach in my mind – withered, but with a beautiful cover, tattered , and some pages mssing –  I changed my mind, because it was  a few days before Valentine’s Day. It came to me that some things about love have been forgotten.

I imagined that if you saw a book laying on the beach, withered by time, you might have picked it up. I drew it from scratch, then put watercolor over it, then soft pastel. It’s not finished yet.  Read who the real Valentine was  … he was much closer to love than (the movie) 50 shades of grey.

On whatever day, I wish you much love in your life! If I  would have had a  wish for Valentine’s Day, it would have be en somewhere by the ocean and … having a lot of chocolate!     PierCafe_5722


Casual and relaxing chattering birds on the rocks and on the roof



*      Bougainvilla_5983   where hardy Bougainvilla and cacti grow *







Glass Fence on the deck (2nd story) of our friends for protection. The image  for “Wordless”  (below) is very near by  – hangout of lots of birds and sea lions









But … I stayed “home.” My plan, if that would happen was at least  to eat at the crepery or the Italian and spending my day painting or knitting … and … I ended up packing!

Did your plans pan out, or… did they fall in the water ? (it’s a Dutch saying)

Update: But packing was not as bad as it sounds, for the next day  I went with hubby close to the sea for a week for his work. Will only have the Ipad with me – which is harder to link to the memes – sorry if it does not work out!


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