Country Woman Paints

a seeker, painter, photographer, writer and fragrant rose lover~

branch acrylic on canvas
Eye watercolor 22x30

Eye watercolor 22×30

I cannot avoid PAIN if using my computer, no matter what, where or how I place it. Ergonomics be damned.
Today a new DESKTOP Mac arrived… We shall see.

Farmer is happy!

For now…

I’m back to old-fashioned books and reading, painting, resting, fall gardening chores, meditating, pondering, walking… lots of walking!
Seems, like it or not, an online life is limited for me.
I’ve fought a good fight… I know when it’s time to take another path!

I hope to continue to post my paintings, especially as I am now meandering into oils, a first for me!
The work of M. Katherine Hurley has turned my mind in a lovely direction with the advent of less toxic oil paints and mediums.

M. Katherine Hurley

Almost Home by M. Katherine Hurley

And I do have windows to open if need be. So far, so good.
We shall see…

deer in pasture at sunset

Deer in pasture at sunset


mallards & Canadian geese

Mallards + Canadian geese

Thus, a long story short…
I’ll continue posting but it won’t be as much as I would like
{and always I will meander thru my thoughts…}

I will still visit my favorite blogs, leaving little comments and cookie crumbs, as my friends here are important to me.
Hoping to go forth now and then but to meander quietly as this body is dictating the heart-mind now.
Or maybe the other way around as holidays and family draws closer in, within reach!


Always my focus dwells in knowing all is temporary, impermanent and illusory.
All is a gift of the Now.

Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ©2007-2016. All rights reserved.

25 thoughts on “Painting My Within and Without

  1. I will be most sorry not to see your fabulous water colors. Well…..everything changes and I know that we will all love your oils as well as your writing. You are wise to make a change after your constant challenges to get your body up and running. You are adapting to a situation that just won’t go away. Good for you and I will enjoy any posting you make in the future my friend. I love this painting.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Dear Gretchen… Being ADD, I do wander around in different mediums from time to time. Until now oils were the one I couldn’t try because of the VOC levels. I’m just giving it a little go, knowing full well that watercolor has always been my first and only true love. I’ve been loving gouache almost as much tho it is a different process. I like I don’t have to save that white paper–not so good at that!

      Yes, it is time… When i find myself fretting because i’m not posting or commenting or even reading in my reader because of pain, it’s time to say when. Really it’s been far past that time, to be honest. But we do what we do. I hate to give up on it and so won’t be but did feel best saying it how it really is for me now. I know there are a few who wonder where I disappear to at times so this just makes a space for some clarity and perhaps a bit less stress on my brain, something none of us needs more of. I hope you are doing well… Thank you for your kind comments.


  2. I will pray that you continue to find purpose in your pain as you pursue your passions. You have much to share.

    And, congratulations on the organic status. My daughter and son-in-law hope to have an organic dairy one day but they know it will be an uphill struggle. I pray they realize their dreams.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thank you, Tony… I hope your kids realize their dream. An organic dairy is another whole rat’s nest… much more difficult than is doing what we always have done… let the fields take care of themselves. I hope they realize the dream too. Where are they, if I may ask? California seems to be downright knocking people over to become organic… makes me suspicious when i buy organic now because they are actually not state-run but a private company that funds and certifies growers… strange… Be well.


      1. They are in New York state. They are conservative Mennonites and, if they do go organic, would have strong support within the community and beyond. I thank God for that. Of course, they will work hard and there’s no threat they’ll be on the cover of Fortune magazine. But, as you know, there are more things in life.


        1. ĽAdelaide says:

          I wonder if it’s like it is here as for certifying… certainly a long time coming. Interesting about the mennonite faith… if i’m to believe my ancestry, the 2 brothers who brought the faith to the US were long lost grandfathers… very long lost as in a very long time ago! i believe the name is van der graef but don’t quote me. I don’t recall you are also mennonite, correct?

          Peace to you and thank you for your kind comments. I wish them luck!


          1. I am not Mennonite, but have many friends who are. I’ll look into the Van der Graef name. It does sound familiar.


            1. ĽAdelaide says:

              How trippy is that? i am not even remotely of that persuasion and was quite shocked to discover it. Perhaps that your daughter and her husband are mennonite will help to further their possibilities… fingers crossed. xxx


  3. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful work. Hope you keep blessing us with the beautiful work, but take good care of yourself, too.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thanks Silvia… I’m not going anywhere. I just can’t be online as much as i’d like anymore. i was feeling badly disappearing like i do without explaining and decided it was time to simply own the blasted situation, not that i’m happy about it. xxx


  4. Go forth and enjoy! Any posts you do publish will be that much more special for their rarity. Take care and keep in touch. xxx

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    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      ah Sarah, thank you for your kindness… i hope to be here often enough. i’m feeling badly i cannot leave comments on my favorite blogs, like yours, as i once did… you also take care of you. XXX


  5. Exciting plans and a new computer! I hope they all bring you joy!


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thanks Elena! The spiffy computer is quite that… spiffy! 😉


  6. Clanmother says:

    My dear friend – you continue to inspire me with your resilience and courage. I am so glad that we connected. I know that whatever you do, you will be remarkable. Many hugs coming your way. ❤


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thank you, Rebecca. I’m not going to leave my blogging just needing to own I cannot be here as much as i would love. Such is life in our human bodies, no? I appreciate your friendship too. 😉

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  7. Gerlinde says:

    I will miss your beautiful posts . Our modern world can be so overwhelming and demanding . Take good care of yourself .


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thank you so much for you kind comment. And i shall take good care, please take the same for yourself. And as i’ve said above, i won’t ever leave blogging for good but will need to slow down… waaaay down for right now. xox


  8. Mary says:

    Good to hear from you Linda, I’m really sorry to read about your pain. I understand your need to step back and take that needed break, we’ll be here to see your art and musings when you feel strong enough to visit. Happy that Mr. Farmer got you a wonderful new computer, yeah! But, also your new paints (have had you tried watersoluable oil paints – many folks that are sensitive to the medium say these have made it possible for them to paint with oils again). Organic farm, now that’s interesting – best wishes, can only imagine the fabulous photographs that you’ll be taking of the visiting cattle (seven years is a heck of a long time for approval). Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season with the kids and grandchildren, you’ll be a happy woman to have them around you. Take good care of yourself ~ Mary


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thank you, Mary… The new mac isn’t really my cup of tea being the office isn’t outfitted for me. His chair is way too big, he’s a large guy and I’m not much in the mood to buy a chair for myself just now as I’m trying to find a couch for the living room. That’s way more fun anyway!! 🙂

      I’m going to try them as well as oils with the new odorless turp but we’ll still see. i’m not holding out any great hope that i’ll ever become an oil painter since i cannot take any classes because of my hips and problem with sitting. But the dvds available now are really amazing… we’ll see.

      Have a wonderful holiday season, Mary! xox


  9. arnly says:

    Thank you for the recent comment. I think of you sometimes when I am playfully pushing strong colors, in any medium. Your gentle challenge to me a few years ago to “throw some paint around” opened some doors that have remained open since. And I’ve begun to figure red out – something you don’t seem to have needed to do (red has always seemed a natural color for you). Maybe one of my pastels soon will be mostly red – that would be crazy (to me) and (now that I think of it) possibly door opening again.

    I hope your health improves, or at least the tools you use to cope, and that the farm changes go smoothly and yield the returns you and your husband desire.



    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thanks for stopping by, old friend. It was fun to see your latest work. Yes i do remember our discussions fondly as you are an inspiration to me. We paint so differently, it’s always good to learn from others. I admire your ability to control that paint on hot press paper but am going to try my gouache on it as supposedly it works better-cracks less-on it. Hah, we’ll see. Yay red, by the way!! I love it both in my art and my house, my clothes, my lipstick. Blue is about the same love tho… well, not for lipstick but fingernails is a fun thing. 🙂


  10. susancrow says:

    It seems there are times when we have to give up what begins to feel like a relentless pressure to communicate if only to allow ourselves some time to take stock and relax.

    I’ll be looking forward, as always, to seeing your paintings, photographs, and reading whatever words of wisdom and insight you choose to share.



    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      thank you, dear one… xxx


  11. Mel says:

    As you can and want. And as you are able.
    Seems you’ve been through the wringer and back a time or two as of late. My body hears ya…LOL…and life made arrangements for me to have a different way of what I put on line. That’s okay. Things are as they are and we make the best call we can.
    Personally, your description sounds inviting.
    When did I read my last paper book?! I can’t recall.
    Oh, but walks with the camera and a ‘good read’ sounds pretty darn peaceful, if you ask me!!
    I do appreciate you letting us know. LOL….you know me and my creative brain!!


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