Changed my tag line to Significant Moments. For there are so many.
Some unspoken. In this post these are
















an atmosphere that breathes all is well,  as well as the freedom to follow one’s own journey.
Freedom  I defend  by refusing to accept any oppression (my own quote, lol)












Modified: brightness. contrast and balance for MOM and OrangeTGF


For the ones who like to learn about cultures, Old Town is the place f
or cultural things to see and hear.
Regular Latin dance performances (free!) and here you’ll find authentic Mexican food for a very reasonable price.











There’s plenty of nostalgia around in San Diego. This is the Seashore Cookie Company in Sea Shore Village.





Looking at the reflection it’s these are the last sun rays of the day that grace the sky. I still had to wait some moments that people weren’t passing this building














For the nature lovers there are flowers in any season. These yellow ones with an Ochre heart. That’s how an artist would describe it.











Coronado Bridge and Coronado island



Some like the busyness, others like the water.


BY THE WAY … if I can figure out how to do a change in URL this week, I’ll shorten it to
I made an attempt last week, but I did it at the wrong location (why is wordpress making it so complicated??) so it was like I didn’t do anything at all.

I’ll give an update whenever it goes through.




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One Saturday Morning






In memory, things blend and fade (like the photos) together
like a dream.
The happy, the messy, the past, the exciting, the fearful, the innocent mingled together (without rhyme or reason).








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this Saturday morning awakens
the air shines with anticipation
I lean against this log fence
while my minds’ eye travels far beyond












What hides behind
this enormous flower door?
three knocks, a fourth, fifth …










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the mirror gleefully decides
which hat and gloves are desired
for this momentous occasion
chuckles arise when Sammy wraps
a  scarf around the birthday girl
with purple sash






First business of the day
Around the table




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the big girls just know
how to tackle this job
a card for a friend
full of affection and glitter










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but before they start Anneli goes off the deck to pick a rose
and puts it on top of Sasha’s braid. “So here – it’s perfect!”


Encouragement from the side lines










 Sammy?   I’ll do the glue, Emily.  A vehement nod.














Such weighty significance
must be interrupted by a thoughtful
cup of tea or delicious strawberry-cucumber drink
with a scrumptious scone or sandwich











No, she’s gonna do it herself! Was I like that, mom?










The back row moms smile and catch up
on the latest in the neighborhood














A second card with as much excitement
as well as more glue and more glitter














The cup cakes patiently wait
till the second card is finished












The desert of the morning unfolds
when one pretty bag after another
is heaped on top
and penned on the list of Thank You’s …
arriving  their destination
when this morning has become
a  memory



AFTERTHOUGHT:  Am thinking about CHANGING (shortening) my URL to  at the end of next week.   But my username will stay the same.



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Not the hills (actually mountains) in the background caught my attention first, but the tree in the foreground.











Posted this tree on my old Blogspot blog, but why I saw this tree uberhaupt, was because I was looking at the hills beyond.




How something damaged can be so beautiful! I love this tree!
It also reminds me how God can love me/us when we are
so imperfect, addicted, bad attitudes,  you name it.








A sharpened the contrast in Photoshop to make it easier to finish the painting,
as well as for Mandarin Orange and Orange Friday




The back row of these hills, so cutely formed like  plum pudding! I immediately knew I wanted to paint this view.

Every time I started painting though,  the sky darkened and the wind got colder, just before big raindrops fell on my watercolor paper for the daily shower.







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The sky became much darker than this (that’s when  a painter protects her painting, instead of grabbing the camera, lol)
Within 15 minutes of rain, temps dropped 30 degrees (I checked the temps  in the car, because shivering Miss Unprepared was in shorts, grabbing anything to cover herself). There’s nothing Moderate about Utah!



Eventually I did get the view on paper. Am jazzed when kids of elementary school age keep looking. To them I’m just any other old woman, so my painting must intrigue them.

One time 2 little girls stopped and kept quietly standing behind me (when are little girls quiet??).   I asked them where they were from (I heard them talking in something like German, but not quite…?  Later on I discovered it was a dialect).
I could tell they understood me, but they were for a loss of words.


When their dad came, he asked me in perfect English what I wanted to know. After I told him, he asked his girls. When they couldn’t come up with anything, he finally said in German, “Der Schweiz” (which is Switserland). The girls rolled their eyes at their inability to remember the German nor the English word.









Not quite satisfied with how the colors in the pic came out, so this is an approximate of the rendition in watercolor







Little flowers like these can be so hidden, but the one who keeps looking, eventually will grasp the brightness of the treasure.
Like the end of this story.





As follows,

when they left, I overheard the 11 year old say to her 8 year old sister, “So wunderbar, nah?” which means, so wonderful, eh?
That made my day more memorable than if anyone famous would have said that!



Don’t underestimate how your skill (in whatever it is) can make someone else happy!




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For 18+ years we made several 7-hours trips per year from Los Angeles to Sacramento,
to visit our two daughters who now have families of their own.
Seven grand kids, 2 daughters and their spouses make for a lot of birthdays  – not to mention the holidays!





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A blurry drive-by near sunset – see the fence on the bottom-left?

It began to dawn on us we would save money, time and energy  if we didn’t have to do all that traveling, even though we passed by gorgeous landscapes.
Moving seemed to be a good choice. We found out it came also with hurdles adjustments.





Sounds kinda superficial, but one of the hurdles is STUFF

Was glad that we already had “purged” stuff (including one fifth our books,
:(  ),  moving 5 years ago from a 3 bedroom house with a 2 car garage and a yard to a 2 bedroom condo and one car garage.
Still though, the real estate agent/broker urged us  to “de-clutter.”







“Moms and Pops have done all the work. Now all we have to do Mallory, is sitting pretty”
“But Pugi …, I AM pretty!”















Then we found out that the stuff was the easiest. Said goodbye to LE BEACH.
The sound of the crashing of the waves.  The wind and color of the water. The rhythm of ebb and flow.
Shells and other gifts the ocean leaves on the beach. the birds, sea lions and other creatures.
Seeing the sun rise or disappear setting in the water.










Goodbye to ARTIST BUDDIES. Love to discover other people’s gifts.
It inspires me! She’s a natural.
This is only her second time that she made a mosaic! If you look closely, she potted (real) plants in the cups  – half sticking out – that are part of the mosaic.
Of course I’ll make new art friends:)










Goodbye to CITY LIFE STYLE  in San Diego.

Afternoon escapes, only 1 1/2 hours away. Sitting in the shade in Old Town enjoying an ice cream while listening to live music from South American artists.

On the way back home  often enjoying the firework of Disney land – for free:)
At home, browsing at the well known South Coast Plaza (mall) – a 10 minute walk from my former condo –  with cool stores like the Container Store, Crate and Barrel, Anthropology, and Barnes and Nobles with magazines for my next knitting project.
Now I have to drive an hour and 15 min. to Sacramento!











Curiously enough the only plant I could get to bloom  on my deck are this kind of potted hydrangeas. All other flowers and plants failed to survive:) (except for the stag horn and cactus). Happy that this one is trying hard to stay with me and bloom in a land climate (hot summers, colder winters) .





BUT …    I gain peace and quiet around my house!  Can grow roses, or fruit trees. Maybe even both! Can sing as loud as I want to, while painting. Even if it would be two in the morning.  Can sit on my deck or balcony without having to have the right clothes on, or people staring. Probably can leave my door open, or leave my bag in the car!



 Hope you caught the TONGUE-IN-CHEEK attitude:)




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What does  –  this cloud  –  look like (I promise I won’t rate you for this question on the Rorschach Inkblot test – simply because it takes oodles of time to make up a “profile”).



On our way to stay overnite for a Saturday morning0 birthday party we saw this awesome cloud.






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Sunday afternoon at Tiger Creek (fishing) Lake we’re watching our little dare devil closely






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Visiting a friend. Come to find out that her brother is a horticulturist. No wonder, these plants and flowers I also saw in a botanical garden nearby. Of course I forgot the name of the flower, but nonetheless stunningly beautiful!






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You may remember  my three art shows last year in Holland. Whenever we had time in-between gallery and workshop activities, we went to visit friends. They lived in Zwolle, the East, less than an hour of the Harbor of Kampen













Sky on our way to Kampen. This pic makes me smile, because Holland is soo green and so flat – the opposite of where I live now. Here in California everything outside is brown because of triple digits heat, and live at 3000 feet, instead of below sea level:)














Arrivved at Kampen, before walking over this amazing bridge to the harbor, a white fence (left). The whole right side of this bridge is a reflection! It looked like a glass wall. Have no idea about the construction, since this bridge spans a good size river and  lets  also ships pass.

















One of the big sail boats in the harbor.
Never had been in Kampen all the years we lived in Holland …












After all these cool colors I need to see some bright and, or light colors. And that we saw in this flower in Hortus,  the North East (near Groningen).




All I ever heard in the past I heard things about Kampen that didn’t want me to spend time there.
Have you ever come to a place you discovered “I NEVER  thought THIS would be such a COOL place?




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Kind of a dramatic title, but you’ll get the gist of it when you read the text and see the images.
Even though most people are impressed with the mountains and waterfalls of Yosemite, the greens are one of my favorite features of this place.


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We discovered this spot one time on our way to leave the park.  Inviting to read a book or paint with a view of Bridal Veil Falls. The (then little) kids could play in the sand and in the water of the river.  It became a tradition to spend some time here, before we would leave for the cabin. This overhanging branch grew and grew with the years.










Overhanging Branch, Watercolor, 12 x 16 inch

Painting a tree may be simple, but somehow I often happen to choose the complicated ones!

It took me years before I thought I could tackle the enormous crown of leaves. Too complicated for an oil, so my first try was in watercolor.
When I started the sketch plein air,  I needed a strategy to avoid an overworked or boring rendition, and make this tree stand out!  The tree trunks and its shadows are brown, and the rocks below are brown – it  happens to be my least favorite color.   Hence I picked up on any hint of another color for the rocks, and exaggerated it for the painting.

The trunks and branches I did in different kinds of brown: yellow brown, auburn to Bordeau red. Okay, so far so good.

The sky and  background with the wet-in wet approach ( below, for you technical buffs) for the crown of leaves. Some leaves are detailed, others just indicated by color differences.

A tree can be painted many ways.
A painter does not copy, but gives a mood and story to the place.
I wanted the end result to be an airy, somewhat whimsical tree with many leaves to give lots of shade. That’s what this spot is to me.

** wet-in-wet approach: spray or wet paper with sponge.  When you see a glaze,  the paper will be almost dry, put in a background of several colors (the colors will seep over into each other). Wait a few seconds more to put some blurry leaves in. Some crisp leaves for the foreground when the paper is completely dry. Don’t forget before this process to tape the edges of your paper:)









How the sky above our house (back then)  looked like during the day

It had been hot in the summer of 2008. The Fall was even hotter and the year of the fires in California (kind of symbolic for that year, eh?). At one point there were 15 large fires burning.
Even though the closest one was an hour away, ashes from the fire, carried by the wind  lay on the driveway on the car, on the lawn and everything that was outside – an eerie sight. Even though there were still patches with blue with clouds, the sky looked just ominous. I took my exercise walk in another city (40 min. away) for a week, because as soon as I came outside, I began to cough (though I have no allergies!) from all the ashes in the air.










 Tiger Lilly. Oil, 24 x 24 inch, St Germain

No wonder I choose back then to paint the orange tiger lily .
This lily says I AM fire.
I exude fire.
Waves of flames are around me
Fire is my breath, my life
my passion destroys everything
that has not gone through fire before

when you live around me
you burn too, like I do








Such devastation after a fire, effecting on only the landscape, but also animals and humans. It takes a while before the animals come back.



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