Country Woman Paints

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

Summer, especially about this time in summer, the weather becomes awful.
I dislike extreme heat, dry winds and smoky skies.
There’ve been several fires around the lake area up north from here.

I shouldn’t complain as many lost all they had except their lives!
Unfortunately that black smoke does inevitably end up in the air we all breathe.

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van gogh sunflowers


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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Bird on the Gate watching Hydrangeas Bloom


Hydrangeas Baby

Though roses and lavenders are at the top of my favorite flower list, hydrangeas are just as wonderful. I live in a dry, hot Mediterranean climate and…
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Vineyard Before Harvest ©2015 LAScott

Standing for over a century, I can’t tell you how tall they are but they must have their feet in water!

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chicken shy
Japanese Maple + Tin Barn

Japanese Maple + Tin Barn


Country livin’ at it’s best.
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barn painting
Golden Eagles

Golden Eagles above Fog Bank

A summer morning before the sun burns away the fog.

To find the universal elements enough

To find the air and the water exhilarating

To be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter

To be thrilled by the stars at night

To be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring…

These are some of the rewards of the simple life.
~ John Burroughs

This, my friends, is
a Teaching.


English Rose Tamara


One of my favorite roses.
So fragrant and the most gorgeous pink. Many thorns to grab me as I cut bouquets but
such a tiny price to pay!


yellow roses in vase

Gold Medal

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colored pencils

watercolor and pencil drawing“Moon Woman Message”
watercolor and pencil-11″x15″

Seems I’ve been gone awhile. Words no longer stream from my brain.
The details are distractions.

This small drawing illustrates
“Every body falls apart”
If you think not, you are disarmed by deceptive thinking.
You will not last forever in that skin bag you might hold so dear.

Next we meet, there are no promises I shall be any more charming. But I don’t think anyone ever accused me of being flushed with sweetness and light!

While perhaps not charming, I do have a few charms… Go figure.

Feelings always expose themselves upon the page.
They simply cannot lie.
That must be why I make marks…

My mountain is dead.
As soon as she has dried, I’ll bury her under a decent layer of white paint.
But I haven’t done with the old lady;
far from it!

Emily Carr


 Colored Pencils


Text, Artwork and Photography by L’Adelaide Skjoedt. All rights reserved.

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