October 17, 2014


Eye of My Mind

acrylic painting

“Eye of Mind” acrylic on canvas, 2010

I began meditation practice decades ago. While it sustains me, I admit there’s been times when I’ve let it go. Always I see how much it sustains me when I forego the practice. In meditation nowadays, I breathe. I watch. Being ADD, many thoughts pass by but over time, they drift into the mists.

I am well aware of my brain’s proclivity toward monkey mind. I’ve come to realize that seems to be part of having one. It likes to think, ponder, wander… However just because “it” likes to do those things, who is in charge?

“The Truth is realized in an instant; the Act is practiced step by step.”
— Zen Master Seung Sahn


monet-red boats in argenteuil

October 7, 2014


Claude Monet is Painting in the Garden~A Short Film

I’m not performing miracles, I’m using up and wasting a lot of paint… Monet

An article written by Claude Monet{translation}
In 1900, Monet has become famous. On the occasion of an exhibition in Paris a journalist, Thiébault-Sisson, made him tell his life. On November 26, 1900 the newspaper “Le Temps” published this autobiography in which Monet builds himself his legend. The text is spicy but doesn’t always reflect reality faithfully … {click title to read}

The Path Among the Irises ~ Claude Monet

The Path Among the Irises ~ Claude Monet

Impressionist art
is based on the use of color, which has to “draw” the motive without resorting to line. At the beginning of his career, Monet used dark colors, marked by black shades.

From 1860 on, Monet abandoned dark colors and worked from a palette limited to pure light colors. In 1905, answering a question about his colors,
Monet wrote :

“As for the colors I use, what’s so interesting about that ? I don’t think one could paint better or more brightly with another palette. The most important thing is to know how to use the colors. Their choice is a matter of habit. In short, I use white lead, cadmium yellow, vermilion, madder, cobalt blue, chrome green. That’s all.”

The Issue of Black

Pure black is rarely used by the impressionist painters. Monet obtained an appearence of black by combining several colors : blues, greens and reds. Almost completely he eliminated black from his painting, even in the shadows. In Red Boats in Argenteuil, shadows are purple.

monet-red boats in argenteuil

Red Boats in Argenteuil ~ Claude Monet


Avoiding black was so deeply anchored in Monet’s style that when he died, his friend Georges Clemenceau would not stand the black sheet covering the coffin. He exclaimed :

“No! No black for Monet!”

He replaced it with a flowered material.

clemenceau and monet

Georges Clemenceau & Claude Monet


 In this wonderful old film, we see
French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926), painting ‘en plein air’, in his garden at Giverny.

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October 6, 2014


A Special Day or OOPS! Watch Those Fingers!

I didn’t mean to post this tonight. In fact, it’s a very old draft. I was deleting some old photos from my media library and happened to accidentally zig instead of zagging… Thus a post I hadn’t even seen in 2 YEARS. Since there’s apparently nothing to be done with that WP reader amongst others, I’ll just allow karma be the bitch she can be and be bored with it like the rest of my readers…. And if my connection ever REconnects, publish my Monet post I’ve been meaning to share for at least a couple of months! Yes, it’s been rather busy around here, raining grapes instead of rain drops. Oh well, the grapes aren’t a bad thing! zzzz … be prepared….

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Rain Drenching in Northern California!

Yesterday afternoon we finally had a drenching of rain in our drought-ridden landscape here in Northern California.  There had been the rumble of very unusual thunder, blustery dark clouds, billowing white clouds and occasional HUGE drops of rain. As luck would have it, farmer and I {and the dogs…} were trying to take down the “Blue Whale Pool” for winter at the time. With Sophie, we had lots of extra helping paws!

As time went by, the thunder grew louder, the wind began to blow cold and brisk and I breathed deeply.(that certainly felt good!) The sky darkened dramatically and suddenly we found ourselves in a huge downpour. We had to RUN for cover as it poured, thundering loudly. We were all soaked but felt like doing a dance of thanksgiving for the rain. And the dogs DID do a dance! :)

I grabbed my camera and tried to capture the huge drops that were now sheeting down. It was something I had never seen up here. Mixed in with the rain were enormous chucks of hail pelting the ground, brilliant rainbows as the sun peeked out now and then and great gusts of wind. The dogs freaked out and wanted to go inside, dirt, mud, muck and all. And they did… as did we. The Blue Whale Pool remains. (A much UNanticipated mess!)

The strange streaks seen in my photos are the actual drops of rain(or hail or both).

Afterward we were treated to a spectacular sunset!


Rain + Apples-©CountryWomanPaints

Rain + Apples

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