On Tuesday it’s Independence Day for the USA-ers. A happy 4th!





Sometimes a new surrounding brings you to a new way of looking at things. Had to go to another continent, to consider this color for my plein air paintings.
For you, door-buffs at Norm’s Thurs. Doors, this one is one of the more modern buildings in the Forbidden City (where the royal palaces are) in Beijing.  The original doors on this palace complex are much thicker, without any glass.
Sorry James, the reflections are kind of blurry.
Tue Travel, Thurs. Doors, Travel Photo Thurs., Weekend Reflection






A small diversion for Fri Hunt:
Inside my newest purchase – don’t know how small this palm stays:)
Keeping it “dark”  in the house, to keep it cool.




Fri Hunt:
Starts with A:  Astonishing (sunset)
Inside: palm in pot above


This 100+ degrees weather we recently had,  reminds me so much on our time in Utah, where at 6 pm it had cooled down to a 100! Talking about slowing down!

It does give me the chance though how a new environment brought me at a new place in painting. At the time we came to Utah, we lived in Southern California, not used to red soil, wide open skies that change every half hour, being able to have a speed limit of 80 miles per hour!!The only down side was the excruciating heat most days.








©12 x 16  Oil, Red Crevices, St Germain

What about the new place? Maybe it was the red soil and rocks around me, combined with the red-glaring heat brought me to paint with a beautiful red: medium red, deep hue. It’s not a bright red, like that one of tomatoes, or an orange red, but a red of the Middle Ages, leaning to wine red. May have shown you this one before, but colors never become boring or old in my opinion.





This photo before starting to paint early in Zion Nat. Park,  so this whole scene was in the shade:) Finished painting at 11:30 am.

Reminding you that a painter does not copy reality,
but gives his/her own interpretation on what is seen – the sky on the painting was adjusted to the strong colors of the mountains, and making the white ones in the background stand out.
(ABC Wed.: Z, Makro Tex: July)







Trees and Faces were my INCLINATION to sketch when I began my artistic journey.
Still now, I take a camera shot when I see an interesting tree. Having a hey day in the National Parks – here in Bryce Canon, Utah
(One Word Sunday Photo, Sunday Trees)







Another new  item in red I discovered when coming to California and saw the bottle brush.
Definitely hubby’s capture
(Floral Bliss, Floral Fri Foto, Weekend Green)







Am privileged to have an astonishing  fire work sky in our back yard often
(Fri Hunt, Sky Watch)




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38 Comments Add yours

  1. You get the best sunsets! Happy Fourth of July to you and yours Jesh!!

  2. jesh stg says:

    Thank you Deborah – a happy Fourth to you too. We probably stay closer to home than we normally do:)

  3. Debbie Smyth says:

    I’m jealous of your skies!
    And faces and trees are a good inclination (great interpretation of the theme!). i love your rocky painting above all, with its cheery trees down below

  4. jesh stg says:

    Need to live in the middle of nowhere though, to get skies like these:) Thanks so much for your kind words, Debbie!

  5. I was going to start out telling you which shots I liked best, but I like them all!! Happy Sunday, Jesh, and have a wonderful week.


  6. becca givens says:

    Such lovely photos and painting … majestic trees and your hubby’s magical, bottlebrush! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Rose says:

    I enjoyed your pics and your painting is nice!

  8. Sallie says:

    Happy Fourth Jesh and thank you for hosting. Your pictures are so bright and cheerful, I especially liked your references to ethnic celebrations … that mix is what’s made our country great ….

  9. Sallie says:

    Also Love your paintings and beautiful skies ….thank you for hosting Seasons. We are having a family picnic at our daughters …4 generations.

  10. Roger Green says:

    You’ve hit the ZENITH of your photography!
    Maybe I’ll see you again…


  11. Wow, look at that sky! Interesting post. Sorry to hear it is so hot.

  12. Lisa Isaacs says:

    Those rock colours in Utah are beautiful!

  13. Melody62 says:

    Wonderful views Jesh…. I think I would fall silent when I would stand somewhere to look at those mountains… so amazing and not familiar to a Dutch person ;-0

    Your artwork is gorgeous too I always try to see the creators vision in his work…

    Wishing you a wonderful ABC-day / -week and hopefully till next week when I may welcome you in te new home of ABC-Wednesday on !

    Melody (abcw-team)

  14. riitta k says:

    Your bottle bush is like fireworks celebrating the 4th of July!

  15. narami says:

    Your art is beautiful jesh. I imagine those views do not ever disappoint. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Joy says:

    Love the red crevices painting, and indeed sandstone in general.

  17. bettyl - NZ says:

    Lots of fabulous color and scenery! Your painting is really great.

  18. Jesh, just letting you know your link on Thursday Doors comes up not being able to find this post.


  19. Susi Lovell says:

    What gorgeous landscapes! Great photos too – and I really like your painting.

  20. Eileen says:

    Hello, I love the Utah scenery. Your last sky shot is beautiful. Wonderful photos. Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

  21. The best color is always found in nature! Beautiful sunset and your art is amazing. It’s been years since I was there but you never forget Bryce Canyon!

  22. Mitzi says:

    Oh my, these are so lovely, as always; but that sunset! Goodness! Stunning! PS. love your painting.

  23. Norm 2.0 says:

    Lovely door and some great landscape shots in this collection. Nicely done 🙂

  24. BEAUTIFUL pics! Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend!

  25. yogiabb says:

    Lots of things to look at. I lived in central Utah as a child and I still miss it.

  26. The Forbidden City must have been a great visit. As always, I love how you capture the colours of nature on your canvas, Jesh.

  27. Peter B says:

    I love those Utah cliffs, but the shot from your backyard is pretty darn good!! Have a great weekend.

  28. Mascha says:

    A great “Earth red” in your pictures… and wow, when this is the light mood in your back yard!
    Thanks for joining, have a nice weekend without 100°

  29. Utah is so gorgeous! I have only been there once and it blew my mind. I have been wanting to go back for year. Well, not during summer. That weather sounds like the one we experienced in Vegas a couple of weeks ago. #TPThursday

  30. scotiaspinner says:

    A great post with so many fascinating landscapes that are very different from anything I see around here. I love the colour striations on those hillsides. Amazing! The sunset shots are glorious!

  31. Margaret says:

    Your art is lovely and that sunset is stunning. Have a wonderful weekend.

  32. I am late but hope the 4th was a Happy One…wonderful photos and art work….Michelle

  33. budgettraveltalk says:

    Lots of colour in this post. I like the fire sky from your back yard.

  34. James says:

    Nice shots! The sky is so beautiful!!!

  35. Teresa says:

    Those red rocks are amazing! Beautiful images. The sunset really is stunning. Thanks so much for joining Friday’s Hunt. Have a great rest of the week!

  36. Your painting is beautiful! You always share such pretty things.
    Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

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