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To Be Dazzled

Sonoma County Harvest '15

Sonoma County Harvest ’15

what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled~
to cast aside the weight of facts
and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.

I want to believe I am looking
into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing~
that the light is everything~
that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading.
And I do.”
~Mary Oliver

Roses in the Sun

Roses in the Sun


Beagle Smiles – Crazy Dogs vs Birds Story

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My Neighbor is Always Hungry

Neighbor Deer

My Hungry Neighbor

I can hear the “Ahhhhh”‘s from those of you who aren’t acquainted with my hungry neighbor.
I know what you might be thinking.

But alas, he is greedy, pushy and tenacious.
He is sneaky and clever as he clears a 6 foot DEER fence with a single leap.
Standing on a downhill slope.
For those not in the know, that’s supposed to be impossible.

And is as silent as the last leaf slipping from the limbs of an oak tree.

fawn saying hello

Hello, fawn at my backdoor

Needless to say, not shy, this guy!

fawn at backdoor - countrywomanpaints©

A backdoor surprise furry visitor

In order to make progress, there is only
and the eye is turned through contact with her.

~Paul Cezanne

Orb Weaver in Weeds at Dawn

Orb Weaver in Weeds at Dawn~Another sneaky one…


Grape Harvest 2015 ~ Maybe Our Last

Sonoma 2015 Pinot Harvest

Sonoma 2015 Pinot Harvest

Harvest began with a bang when all of the grapes were ready to harvest at the same time.
We harvested over three consecutive days instead of a week or two in between the chardonnay and the pinot.

But we had immediate problems, something that has never happened before.
Our “loyal” workers took an hour picking our meager crop and walked off, declaring it wasn’t worth their time!

This left us with a light crew.
The winery wants the loaded truck by 2pm so the grapes don’t sit but we were without
our usual 2-3 crews to pick.
The truck departed half loaded because that was all they could get off within the time they had. Tho the crop was light, they still have to get every bunch possible, especially if a light harvest, so it takes a lot of time.

This was just a taste of things to come….

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Deer in Foggy Meadow

Meadow Deer in Fog

Meadow Deer in Fog ~ Acrylic & Casein on Arches WC Board, 14″x17″, ©2015

As I’ve said I am hoping to sell my art on ArtSpan. {Fingers crossed…}

Setting up my website did not take 10 minutes however. In fact, I’m into my third week!
I’ve had to upload some photos a few extra times because they weren’t the right size file to make high quality prints, canvases and such.
Who knew??
And some I couldn’t offer a larger file, having taken them years ago.

I finally figured  out how to photograph Meadow Deer as to my camera settings!
First step….
Well, that wasn’t the first step because once I had taken it out of the frame, I played in my paints for a day or so.

Then I had to figure out how to photograph a casein painting so the lighting would capture the painting without losing the softness I love about casein.

Big sigh….

Whilst the temperatures climbed to 90 in the studio and over 103 outside this past week, the grapes jumped to GO!



Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest 2014

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