Country Woman StudioPainting in Joy and Pain ~ Maud Lewis + Update

Painting in Joy and Pain ~ Maud Lewis + Update

· Sonoma County Wildfire Update ·

Oct, 17, 2017

I happened to see a lovely little movie, “Maudie”, once we got home from our short Sacramento evacuation, the only hotel room we could find!┬á Maud Lewis was an artist who lived in Nova Scotia, never venturing more than 60 miles from her tiny home.

She never had an art lesson but definitely knew how to communicate her joy-filled heart thru her wonderful paintings. I found such encouragement and joy in this gem of a movie. Please find it, it will uplift you and leave you filled with gratitude for life, no matter the circumstances.

Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows


Maud Lewis Artworks

All Maud Lewis images from


Sonoma County Wildfire Update

Living in Sonoma County has ups and downs with wildfire. Thousands of acres have, or are burning. We evacuated one night because I needed to sleep with my eyes shut, not awaiting a fire coming over our hills. An evacuation warning had been issued the day before.


photo sunset during fires
from sfgate-October 14, ’17

It has been a nightmare for many hundreds. My mother’s home is a block from an entire neighborhood of hundreds of homes, all lost to fire. My mother and brother barely got out alive between the fires and the cars trying to get out on one street. It was at least two days before I heard from them due to downed cell towers.

I have developed a renewed appreciation for my home and land. The birds are returning, mama deer appeared last night tho her sons seem to have left, and there is an occasional glimpse of white clouds and blue skies above the smoke.

I have not lost loved ones, my dogs and rescue kitty are fine. I worry about Bella because she is big and prefers living outdoors despite the bad air quality. She and Sophie Beagle spent a few days at “Fit and Furry”, their “second home” away from home. Luckily we had groomed her prior to this disaster so if need be, she could come inside to escape the smoke. Sophie is now 12 pounds over her sleekest beagle body. Once the air finally clears, walkies are in order for them both. Not that they won’t adore a walkie.

farm dogs-Bella + Sophie
Bella + Sophie, first year


  1. susancrow


    Hello again, sweet Linda
    I’m very relieved you all made it safely through these tragic events. Knowing it’s all far
    from over my heart goes out to you with deep wishes you may be able to bring strength
    and comfort to those you meet in the coming days.
    We ran into stories about Maudie a few years ago and got to see
    some of her charming pictures. I’m glad she brrought you some

    • ─ŻAdelaide


      Good evening, sweet Susan-
      Yes so far, we will survive, one way or the other. ­čÖé Never fear. Thank you for your kind thoughts for us all, my dear. All will likely return to “normal” far faster than seems likely just now.

      I had thought you would be familiar with this lovely little lady. This movie I’m referring you to is lovely and i think you would enjoy it. So tonight, re the firestorms, things are more than 50% containment on all fires… i think, anyway, they WERE. We are expecting some showers by Thursday night, fingers crossed. That will be heaven!


  2. First Night Design


    Oh, Linda, I’m so glad your mother and brother are ok. Take care. xx

    • L'Adelaide


      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks. Yes, it was a very stressful week tho tonight it seems things are finally coming to the end of it. Very scary… xxx and hope you are feeling better.

  3. Joss


    So good to know you are okay, I wondered and held you in my heart and supplications.

    Tough times to seem to be bountiful right now. Well, I suppose always.
    I saw that delightful film a couple months .
    May the birds continue singing.

    • L'Adelaide


      Hi Joss,
      Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I surely needed it. Tonight there’s a huge blanket of fog rolling in so seems with luck, we are finally drawing to the end of the nightmare. One can hope tho so many humans and animals alike are truly deeply suffering. I did adore that little movie! xox

      • Joss


        We just never know what is around the corner of life. Glad things are settling down. Now begins the work of grief and rebuilding for so many.

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