Country Woman Studio

Never Mind the Mess…

gouache painting

pink sheep and spotted donkey picnicking in the moonlight


I have discovered more than once in my life that money is not my passion. Making money is not my passion. Learning HOW to make money is not my passion. In fact I hardly care about money at all. I shall admit money is not something I worry about too much of the time. For better or worse… In fact,  I avoid having anything to do with it! It is more out of habit than any other peculiar trait. I refuse to let money run my life. Sometimes, because of what we do to make a living, we are fine with our income and sometimes we are broke. I don’t like being paid once a year since we can rarely make it all the way thru to the next check… Could anyone? But that’s the way it is and has been for decades.

As my readers know by now, we are growers of grapes, cows, pastures, too many undone chores to count, veggies, broken pipes or something else and very unkempt gardens… I swear like a sailor. There ARE worse things! Continue Reading

photography crystal chandelier

Let there be Light

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?

It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

~ Dr Seuss


I happen to feel it does mean more. Especially given the suffering and deep loss so many millions have endured in this long year and even beyond.

May the coming year bring peace to those who still shiver in the snow or in corners and basements and hollowed out holes. They yearn only for a warm spoonful of soup or clean water.

May shelters be there when they finally arrive to destinations held in the heart,  after their long  treks driven by fierce hope.

Our gift to them is to never forget. Especially the little ones who cannot understand.
Let their wounded hearts and minds be made whole over time.
And in love.


Let there be Peace.

Jack Rabbit Painting of Many Colors

What is Beauty

If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be.

Nature's Paint-flowers+leaves

If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be.

beauty photo old woman laughing

What is Beauty?

Isn’t this a beautiful image? It’s about 3AM, nothing new for this night owl. I’m thinking about root beer floats, holidays and small children with tears in their eyes. Yes, I tend toward melancholy.

I am quite happy that, after almost a year without anything to help, I finally found an antidepressant that could replace the one that is now gone from the market. It only costs me a whopping

$478 A MONTH!!!


Yet, if you’ve ever had major depression, you would understand why I am also singing~



Please enjoy an artist who recently passed away, a man who suffered from severe unrelenting depression. Yet gave so much to anyone hearing his lyrics in that very special voice… Please do Enjoy.


I don’t consider myself a pessimist.
I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain.
And I feel soaked to the skin.

Leonard Cohen


img001_2 Abstract_Landscape

Vineyard Landscapes
Original Gouache Watercolor painting, 8″ square on Arches £140 Watercolor Paper
©2016 by L’Adelaide Scott

img001+landscape painting

Opening December 1, 2016!



[shopify embed_type=”product” shop=”” product_handle=”stag-deer-blue-bird-take-a-walk-together” show=”all”]

The Stag + Blue Bird link will take you to my store on Shopify. There (when I get it open)-((for some reason I’m awaiting the designer because it’s a holiday?!)) you will find my new gouache paintings, MUCH smaller than I’ve ever attempted, as well as landscapes and (maybe)farmer’s fine art photography(eventually.)

In all this learning curve, I discovered, after much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I actually could put a button right here on this site and not have bothered with the rest.( I’ve wasted more hours, days, YEARS of my life doing stuff I know I can’t do but think I can do.)

Live and learn they say. In my case, I’m learning and I’m still alive… Imagine how many more… Oh never mind.

Using my blog I’ve slaved over seems a fine place to offer my little paintings via Shopify’s S E C U R E  ecommerce platform rather than two (or more) sites. Long silly story short, you can shop here or there (or everywhere?) for more info than you might need. And shipping will be free. I just haven’t figured out where or what box to enter all that into yet. Like I have something called “inventory”? Who do they think I am, a factory?!

 I like my little blog here and miss my readers and occasional commentators. I agree… I’ve not been the best of visitors lately but hoping to change that soon. I am reading just don’t have much time and/or energy to comment!

And this kind of stuff keeps happening~


At 545AM my entire site went off. Just like that. The white screen of death. Dreaded Error 500! I had no access to anything, especially no dashboard. I tried to get help from WP support. Joking? Then BlueHost, who wisely were still sleeping. I was so upset as I watched page after page disappear.

When 946 emails started pouring into my old email address, I broke down and got the farmer to call BlueHost for me. I was too hysterical. After HOURS, Jeffrey had it fixed in about 45 seconds.

I am glad they’re so damned efficient but maybe this stuff could be made simpler or at least a book or 5 to read up on it. That’d make life easier and nobody  has to get hurt.

Or what about “Hey, how about we don’t crash in the first place!”

Some of my baby paintings-8″square. I love squares…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.