THREE CALLA LILLIES

 

 

Saw a painting of Diego Rivera with Calla lilies for the first time in a house of a friend who had been in doctoral training with me. Her parents were missionaries for a long time in Mexico City.
There was something about his Rivera’s style that intrigued me. Later I learned more of his political paintings
and about Frieda Kahlo, his wife, also a painter.

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Calle Lillies straight up

Three Calla Lillies, Oil,  24 x 30 inch,  St Germain  (one of the series of 15 flower paintings)

VITAL to know -although Calla lilies are beautiful, they are poisonous to humans and several animals.

My Method: Since white is the sum of all colors, I could let my imagination go. White on canvas without any other color is quite flat, so the folds and angles one gets by putting colors on them.
Black is not easy either! If I would have used only black, it would have deadened the background.
My original plan to put a tomb stone in the background proved to be too distracting.

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A Personal Note about the painting: The number of the lilies are symbolic for the 3 days -from death to resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The third day, also called Easter or Resurrection day - or whatever you may name  it – is of great significance to me. That someone gave up his life for me and died in my place is the greatest gift anyone could give.

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I’ll do the second egg – all by myself!

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Not that I believe in the worship of the fertility idol (of Ephesus? covered with eggs) – simply because that idol
has not any power or redeeming quality - nor that Easter has anything to do with eggs. Some countries are known for their beautiful egg decorating like Faberge (although he was French, but his fancy decorations having to do with eggs caught the attention of Catherine the Great of Russia – hope am having the right royal here)

But egg decorating is always fun for kids.
For Blue Boy this was his first time, and did a great job!

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From my pink basket, “A blue egg for you, Peach!”

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All of this in Sacramento – here a NICE view of the Bridge in Old Town Harbor

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This painted looking sky - a drive by shot, straight out of the camera
going  home from San Diego was as wild as it can get:)

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Ending this post with a contemplative child on Good Friday

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Statue of child found in Huntington Library Gardens, Pasadena, CA

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Wishing you A BEAUTIFUL  EASTER and RESURRECTION DAY on Sunday!

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MORE OF THE SMALLER CITY

Have enjoyed reading several of your personal experiences so much for the past few weeks with the bigger and smaller city as well as this drive on the W-coast!

My shock continuation about this smaller city experience on Friday. I had googled and found two yarn stores. One was open the day after Thanksgiving, and the other not, so the choice was easy.
We parked in a residential street and couldn’t figure out where the store was.

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We passed the corner and I saw this window. Turned around again
then saw the store sign( you may faintly see through the window)! I shook my head in disbelief.
The perks of a small city … a store at the end of a residential street!

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Choose the light mint green from Blue Sky Cotton
second bin on the left. I gasped (inside) when they rang up the total.
In retrospect, it was totally worth it. I had four hanks left, and was almost enough
( $20 more) for another unique (summery) top.
Deal or what?

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Reflection in Mirror

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This cotton sweater was started at the neck, then going down.*
Maybe you recall that it meant “no room for error?”
I was doing great …  untill the second sleeve.
Repeated it 3 times, to match the first one.
Surprisingly, the lace at the neck and pockets were much easier than I thought!
I made the sweater a size bigger, since comfort counts more than looks when painting.
It would be frustrating to have my blood flow cut off, lol.

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Leaving the yarn store, hubby took a fifth pic of Patient Me and My Yarn Tree

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a half an hour of travel
enjoying refreshing sights of the ocean …

to see the(blurry)  reflections in the wet sand, click to see enlarged version

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 up to Main Street Solvang!
patches of yellow, peach, and pink
(taken by hubby)

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Do you realize that Denmark is a kingdom?
How about Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Holland, and Spain?
ALL kingdoms ruled by a king and/or queen.

So, the U.K is not the only kingdom in Europe!! I wonder when the MEDIA catches up to that.
The kingdom Luxembourg is ruled by a Grand Duke, and Monaco, Liechtenstein, and Andorra ruled by a prince.

At the inauguration of the New king Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of Holland last year, all the kings, queens, princes, and princesses were there.

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see you when I get there,
Solvang close by ( in California)
(whenever I post it:)  )

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* The sweater is a pattern from Craftsy (on line) Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark  (the Artemesia Sweater)

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The Rich Hills on the Coast

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The later in the afternoon, the more the ocean turned to silver
-mesmerizing -
driving the California coast up to the Solvang area.

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The hills turning red with the last rays of sun (no photo edit of hills!)
When we arrived at night at our hotel, about 18 miles from Solvang,
it seemed in the middle of nowhere.
not many street lantarns so we  happily let our Ipad guide us.

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Next morning while walking down we admired the stunning atrium with a little waterfall. While standing in the long line for breakfast  cooked in front of us, I wondered why all these people had come to a little town

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Later I understood why. The area around Santa Barbara, Santa Inez and Solvang
is the most South of five vineyard areas.

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A lady working on the rooms saw us shooting some pics of the atrium from the second floor.
She excitedly told, “You know, very regularly 3 of 4 humming birds swoop down there
to get some nectar. Hope they come before you leave.”

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There are 36 vineyards  along California’s coasts’ on the 101 freeway to taste wine on the
Santa Rita Hills, the Santa Inez – Santa Maria – Arroya Grande valleys,  and Paso Robles.

Have a red Zinfandel from Paso Robles I bought at Trader Joe in my pantry that I use in my cooking.
Kind of neat to know where my wine came from!  Getting intoxicated is not my cup of tea wine, but that’s not to say that I enjoy a glass (more like a fourth:) ) once in a while.

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Finally after walking around in the center of Santa Barbara, we needed something to eat  to digest all the beauty we had seen (pun intended) . When we saw the reflections in this window we took the recommendation from a passerby.
A delicious, tantalizing and creative lunch!

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THE NEW GREEN, etc.

Spring is a time of the new. Leave winter and things of the past. A fresh view and mindset and taking things for granted. See the world with new eyes.

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I will look more at
the new green

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fresh water washing away
our sorrows
our doubts
our negative attitudes

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One of my friends sneaking in a click with the camera
when I  stood in front of my painting (Water into Wine, Oil,  24 x 30. St Germain)

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keeping in closer contact with friends
diving impromptu (next day!)  into an art show
to help them out

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making unlikely friends
proud of these two
they weathered two storms in their lives
the first in their teens when they lost
their dad, and orphaned at 23 and 25.

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Camellia in Huntington Library Gardens

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I will focus on beauty and innocence more than on evil and destruction

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For Wordless Wed. and Black and White

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Airplane

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 clouds may stack on top of each other
but the sun is always behind

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Doesn’t it feel good to start with a blank slate?
(I take as many as I need:))

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A BALBOA SPRING

Have postponed this post since so many of you were still living in the middle of snow. But this week Spring will start and am roaring to  jump into the new  season:)
The weather was nice to St Patricks Day - reaching a temp of 93 degr.F

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Added a little blurb about the current Header in my “About” section

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 Balboa Park looks festive when the cherry trees are blooming at several places.
What a Joy!
The crown of this cherry tree reminded me on a mushroom.

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Balboa Park is also a cultural center. Several museums which do not charge visitors:)
Am sitting on the lawn of the restaurant to get the best view for my watercolor.
The Henri Moore  sculpture in the foreground was part of a modern art exhibit in the garden of the restaurant at the time I took this pic.

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Top of the dome (pic above) is on the right. On the left  is a tower with what looks like tile work.
Have been working forever on a watercolor of these two.

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A reflection of the building across in this window. The blue on top is the sky.
As you can see a variety of architecture!

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Palms dancing on a windy day

Any day is an excellent day at Balboa Park, San Diego!

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Spring calls for changes  – voila, I did with my header …

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THE PERKS OF A SMALLER CITY

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The story of  a big city dweller’s culture shock  coming to a small city

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Santa Barabara is a nice 3 hours drive from where I live.
In looking for the address of the yarn store the day after Thanksgiving, we ended up in this Quiet street…
Wasn’t this a residential neighborhood??
We parked across this house and walked.

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You see what’s missing  in the pic above?

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a white picket fence…
could it be any friendlier and less business like, I thought.
“Maybe the numbering goes into another street,” offered Hubby.

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Found the store eventually, even though it looked like a house decorated with Christmas lights …
this tree trunk gave it away:)
(more of that in another post)

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While the owner was looking on line if they had more of the yarn I needed, I commented on the orange tree I saw through the window. As if I was her next door neighbor, she related that even yesterday, she had squeezed some oranges from that tree for Thanksgiving breakfast.
I am a stranger, and she talks about her  personal life on Thanksgiving day!
I was perplexed.

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Left the yarn store and went around the corner to the city’s main street. Passed a bike with several gift bags on the handle bars. True, the owner was sitting inside by the window to keep an eye on it. But what if I had been a curious person and “looked” in that small green gift bag?

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In the coffee shop I needed to go to the bathroom.  I expected them to open it for me.
Instead the barrista  gave me the security code to unlock the door.
I blinked a few times. Was puzzled why they had a security code if they gave it to their customers??

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After lunch and strolling up and down Main Street ( probably two hours later), we walked back to the car. We passed the bike again with all the gift bags. Yup,  the green bag was still there, with the gift paper peeking out and seemingly unstirred. Incredible!

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(coming from L.A. to Santa Barbara)

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Still marveling about our Santa Barbara’s experience we drive back
to the mega city Los Angeles,
where people do not leave personal belongings open for everyone to see or steal
and things are so much more impersonal.
In my neighborhood people do not respond to my smile
and even avert their gaze when I pass them on my walk.

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The sun playing hide and seek in the hills along the W Coast

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In defense of the city dwellers, I do understand the need for privacy and security.
Do you prefer a bigger or a smaller city?

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FEBRUARY ENDED with RAIN

If you click on my last post ( The Iris of Inspiration) you see that I ended with

rain rain, rain
don’t stay away for another day.

Because the drought was so severe that we had water rationing in California in the winter!

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taken March 1st. Am not used to this gray-ness.

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Well, my prayers (and that of others) were heard, because on Friday, the last day of Feb. it started raining on and off. At night I thought maybe to sleep with one eye open, because it poured like the sky was falling (a bit dramatic) .

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News is that in the areas where there had been fires, the ground was loose, not being able to soak up and hold the rain. Too much water coming down the hills (the sewage system couldn’t hold it either) with a great threat of floods, caused a mandatory evacuation of several communities around Pasasdena, CA.

Also, individual mini dramas: a friend told us Sunday morning that he had to hurry to put sandbags around the apartment to reroute the water, so their place would not flood, because higher up a swimming pool had collapsed and was rushing down the hill with all the rain.

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As common as rain is in my country of origin (Holland, like the UK), it is memorable here in California.
Freeways come to a grinding stop because people don’t know how to drive in the rain.
Even worse, they slow down to a stop for deep puddles (petpeeve  of someone I know)

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Hubby was on the phone with a friend from Pennsylvania today, March first,
and there they’ll get a foot of snow!
Sorry for the cold, you who live up North:(

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A heart for Endive, Potatoes, & Bacon

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My remedy against gray weather are the Eintopf (one-pot) dishes.
Although this is a very typical Dutch winter dish,
I like the German word,  because it gives a visual image.

This one is mashed potatoes with thin strips of endive and bacon strips -
with Dyon mustard on the side for a little zip.
What could be simpler and more delicious?

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not from this time of rain,  but this rain puddle
in Sacramento was so wide, I had to choose a focus

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I was happy though when the sun decided to break through the clouds:)

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Update of Saturday of the same week. Have my doors open because it’s warmer
outside than inside and wearing flip flops:)

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