I Could Eat Color – I Have Synesthesia

am friends with a lovely blogger and artist named Sarah. Recently she posted an excellent Synesthesia article to her blog, First Night Designs, with a link to the original Neuroscience News report, here.

Synesthesia + Me

I have synesthesia but only learned a few years ago it was called synesthesia.  I had never thought much about my need for {certain} colors in my life or my art. I did know that certain colors made me physically ill but didn’t everyone feel that way? I didn’t talk about it because why? I had no idea I was different. At least not in “that” way-other ways, well…

I Taste Color

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Inspirations of the Summer Garden

Beautiful Victor Hugo Quote~
A Garden

A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”

~ Victor Hugo

Garden in Late Summer

Garden Corner in Late Summer

Crape Myrtles do nothing most of the time. But once summer is at it’s height and just beginning to slide, they decide it’s time to glow… literally glow in my garden.

They sit back by the oaks, next to my crochet Mexican swing and have interspersed themselves impetuously around the garden, like it or not! Some are bushes like these and others seem to want to be trees. Either way I much appreciate their luscious red beauty about now when most everything has succumbed to the heat of the day!

Next to these are blue salvia, Mexican Bog Sage to be specific. Don’t plant it unless you never want to be rid of the stuff!

And always there’s a pot of flowers or five… This one is a beauty and admittedly fat and fragrant from my nursery not my green thumbs….  Continue Reading


Pema Chodron, Living + Dying

An inspiring human being… I can hardly believe she’s 80 years young!


rainbow buddhas-watercolor painting by ©CountryWomanPaints, L'Adelaide

Rainbow Buddhas, watercolor+watercolor pencil by las

“All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.” Grant Wood

©2007-2016 by L’Adelaide-CountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.

acrylic painting

September 2, 2016


Oak Trees Reach

The trees reach down as Mother Earth offers cooling water trickling from deep below.

Oak tree

The inspiration for my Rainbow Oak painting.


Ancient Rainbow Oak – Acrylic on Canvas 36in ©2014 las


August 27, 2016


Almost Harvest + Digging a Big Hole


Grader Making Dust

 The correct term is “Farm Pond”.
That’s 20 acre feet of water (about 300x400x20feet deep) used on a farm! It looks like we’re digging to China and surrounding it with the Great Wall!

Despite the drought going on five years, it still took the County almost 2 years to grant our permits. Then we had to wait another year for their permission to begin.
I’ve lost track of my bank account.
It ran screaming into that hole!

I forget how many gallons {or acre feet of runoff} will be needed to fill the enormous hole but rain dances are planned. Bring marshmallows.

There’s an even deeper pit now so better photos soon.
We hit a shallow spring at the bottom and it’s already getting a wee bit of water in it!
{I know it’s that rain dance from last night! YAY!}

A little movie for you….
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van gogh sunflowers

August 7, 2016


Sunflower Faces Burnished Gold



Who doesn’t love sunflowers?

Is it a love born in our youth as we pondered their giant presence looming over a backyard fence or as we dug those buried seed pods out of bed…
They are one of the best of summer yet perhaps old-fashioned to some who don’t remember sun bonnets or rope swings that dropped into a creek that ran with crawdads and minnows.

To me they will always be special for making a summer sky bluer by their bobbing heads upward turned.

Dream Work by Mary Oliver

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