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October 26, 2014
ĽAdelaide

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Chardonnay Harvest ~ 2014

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Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest

While recovering from a very hectic harvest season
{and dreadful shingles virus & it’s “cure”},
I’ve wanted to share these photos of the actual harvest.

They are self-explanatory, methinks!
And thank you for your kind well-wishes. I think I am on the mend!

 

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Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest

Very ripe and ready to be harvested!

 

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Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest

 Our wonderful crew.

 

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Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest

 The men are fast so the movement in the vines (seen in the photos) is them speeding along cutting grape clusters. Our crews are very experienced and make fast work of picking the fruit!
Most are related to each other in one way or the other.
So while it is hard work, there’s much laughter, joking, yelling and teasing.

 

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Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest

 

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Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest

 One lucky capture, no? Dumping grape bins piled high with fruit.

 

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Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest

 

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Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest

 

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Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest

 

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Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest

The hot sunlight shining through the ripe fruit as he dumps his bin into the loader.
And I like his smile!
I bet he caught a whiff of the dozen extra, extra-large pizzas awaiting him along with cases of ice-cold coke and watermelon!

 

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
fluttering from the autumn tree.

 ~Emily Bronte

 

Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ©CountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.

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October 17, 2014
ĽAdelaide

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Eye of My Mind

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“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

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monet-red boats in argenteuil

October 7, 2014
ĽAdelaide

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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.

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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.

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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
ĽAdelaide

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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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