Art Studio of a Country Woman

Painting My World with My Heart

Living in Sonoma County has had it’s ups and downs. We are doing OK given thousands of acres have, or are burning. We evacuated only one night mainly because I needed to sleep without my eyes open, awaiting fire coming over the hills.

photo sunset during fires

from sfgate-October 14, ’17

It has been a nightmare for so many thousands. As for me personally, as far as I know[full list of those who lost their lives has not been released] only one whom I knew died in their home due to fire. I know that list will grow as my childhood home is a house away from an entire neighborhood of hundreds of homes, all lost to the fires. My mother and brother barely got out alive. It was at least two days before I heard from them due to downed cell towers.[note/advice: keep important phone numbers somewhere BESIDES phone!]

I have never faced anything so earth-shaking before but have developed a renewed appreciation and love for my home and sacred lands. The birds are returning, mama deer appeared last night tho her sons seem to have flown the scene, and there is an occasional glimpse of white clouds and blue skies.

I have not lost any loved ones, my dogs and one little rescue kitty are doing ok. I worry constantly about my Bella because she is big and outdoors. With my allergies, I cannot have her inside. She is fine, spent a few days at “Fit and Furry”, their best second home and returned as rowdy as she gets. Luckily we had groomed her prior to this disaster so if need be, she can come inside somewhere in this big house. Sophie is now 12 pounds over her sleekest beagle body. 🙂 She’s the best anteater on the planet but once the air finally clears, walkies are in order for her. Not that she won’t adore a walkie.

farm dogs-Bella & Sophie

Bella + Sophie, first year

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Dragon Protectress

Dragon by L’Adelaide Scott ©2013
22×30 Arches WC paper, cold-pressed

Let there be dragons…

She is one of many, a family of dragons.
She is the first to become a painting & now hangs in my living room.

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life… and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

Painting by L'Adelaide Scott, Country Woman Studio acrylic painting mixed media

Kite Hearts

I’ve been painting little paintings in acrylic for a few months. I have gotten hooked on Robert Burridge you tube offerings. He is a wonderfully wild and crazy painter who probably eats color!! I shared him with you a few months  back.  I am making little paintings on gessoed watercolor paper. It’s a beautiful surface to paint with acrylics! And relatively inexpensive.

Then I got waylaid with plantar fasciitis and a bone spur from a long-ago achilles heel injury… What? No fun. It’s definitely kept me off my feet. So I started painting hearts. How hearts and pained feet go together, I have no idea but there you are.

Painting a bunch of little paintings on one subject is a really good way to work out what you want to do ahead of time. I’m really not at all a planner of my paintings other than a very rough sketch, or more likely, a vague image in my mind somewhere. In acrylic, unless you keep that paint really juicy, it’s going to dry within minutes. Especially where I live! So I’ve learned how to control that issue, plan a little, paint more quickly as well as keep the paintings small.

This is actually collaged with tissue and that gives it some extra texture. I’m having a lot of fun between this and learning how to take photos with my new IPhone via an online class thru FB. I will share the link when I can grab it. Judging from the looks of the above photo, I can use some tips!

harvest-grapes flowing

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
~Pablo Picasso

Sunset farmpond
We are grumbling that our cool nights have slowed the ripening in our chardonnay – or slowed the sugar[brix] – from inching up past 23.  Nobody really likes a sour chardonnay. Sometimes we get cool weather before our Indian summer, when temperatures climb beyond reasonability!!

I hate this time of year due to stress over the dry, BROWN, fire-ripened hills, grapes needing doses of sulphur spray for weeks on end, ever-present heat, oft dwindling bank accounts and our yearly harvest! We are paid once a year. When we sell our grapes. Not much quibbling about it nor scraping around for more of those fat litttle berries. That’s it til next harvest in September 2018. People think as grape growers, we must be wealthy but in farming, wealthy is a relative term. In our business, we are on the wrong end of the donkey. It’s the wineries making the money!

I’m running around taking photos with my new toy.

I finally broke down and bought a smartphone that is very smart. She’s a hot red IPhone and quite nice, if I do say so myself. Which I will.

Life is short. Find what you love and do it!

See:The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel