Last year I did a post on Amador County, where hubby and I live on an unpaved road, after having lived for  3 decades in Los Angeles’ suburbs. The reason for this culture shock was to have space to do bigger paintings.
Still haven’t given up the specialty stores like Trader Joe,, Aaron Brothers, and Blick (art store). For that we  go to Sacramento,   one and a half hrs. away


If you are looking for the ALL SEASON’s post of October 8, it’s underneath this one!

If you don’t see the COMMENT section, click on the title of this post

The old school House in Amador county. It’s a representative of my own school house across the ocean. It’s not as much the building, but the time of of childlike dreams, desires of “when I grow up, then … I want to become a ….

Great memories for me personally, because these turned out so different in reality.
(Sunday Trees, Randomosity: the Good, Tue Treasures, Thurs. Fences )





A second view f- or the DOOR
(scroll down for the reflection of another door)
Last year “they” wanted to close it. There was a big sign.
You know what happened … “others” prevented it. Am all for that.

Cannot remember the door of my own school, but the playground and class rooms, and some teachers. The playground, because  … when my younger brother got in trouble,  which was frequently –  he threatened with his big sister. You don’t wanna mess with her. He had found that out when he de-constructed my favorite doll.




It’s in the family, Macenzie in pink is also someone  you don’t not mess with.
Her dad asked her to do a “brain freeze, ” so she’s gearing up to it.
(One Word Sunday: Pink)





Amador county is synonymous with the  vineyards and reaping its benefits. October is a good month for them with wine tastings, and wine purchases!

Regretfully at the moment there are fires burning in Napa Valley -North of San Franciso, Santa Rosa (N.E. of San Fran, 100+ acres), that has taken lives . These fires are not contained, except for the one in Westpoint (28 acres), half an hour away is now 50 % contained. (Tuesday). The furious wind last Sunday to 50 miles an hour did not help.
Heard that also in Southern Cal. – Anaheim Hills (a part of the Los Angeles basin, a fire is burning (still 1600 firefighters there).
(Randomosity: the R., Tue Texture, Makro-Tex: October, Sky Watch, Weekend Green)






Part of a lovely Fall bouguet one of the visitors of my Open House Painting show gave me last November. It was c-c-c-c-ccold and raining cats and dogs, so this gorgeous splash of color was very welcome!
(Randomosity: the Fun, Floral Bliss, Floral Fri Foto )






In the window of the shop in Main street Jackson, a reflection of a door of a shop across, and in the right bottom part a reflection of a booth of the Dandelion festival in the street.
Jackson is the county seat of Amador County.
(Weekend Reflection. Fri Hunt)





What the real estate agents don’t tell you when you look for a house is that a part of  daily life  here are  critters, fires, septic tank,  water well, or snowline .  Only if you ask (and still might still not get the whole story!).
Well, we got used to the deer trail in our yard, eating my flowers, squirrels leaving rests of acorns on my deck, but what I found on my living room floor when cleaning up was a surprise. One of his sensors (draw a blank for the right term ) seems to be missing. The red on its wing is kind of mysterious … dried blood?
(Sat. Critters)



Fri Hunt: Begin with O: Oil Painting
Purple: background mountains
city or town: Jackson ( reflection in Mainstreet, above)


Not far from Amador county is Madeira county with Yosemite Nat. Park. This is the chapel across from Sentinel Bridge with the river. I crave NATURE.
(Sun Trees, ABC Wed.- N,  Fri Foto Friends )





Of all my small plein airs, I have only two with a purple cast.
Posted it also on my Facebook “page” Stgermainart.seasons. (You may know that a “page” is connected to one’s regular account).

There you can see the Before and After effort, from a “one note” purple painting, to a more subtle rendition of purple , blues, and greys in the background, and brighter chapel, and more defined trees.
(Fri Hunt)






Each week from SUNDAY through WEDNESDAY on a post titled “ALL SEASONS – ….”



Saturday Critters* Sunday Trees  * One Word Sunday: Pink *
Through my lens  Our World  * Randomosity  *
Tue Texture Tue Treasure  Nature Notes Tue Travel  * Pictoral Tue *
Floral bliss Makro Tex:  October *   ABC Wed. – N  * Outdoor Wed.  *  Communal Global  *
Thurs. Doors Thankful Thurs. * Thurs Travel Photo * Fri Floral Foto *
Sky Watch  *  Weekend Green *
Weekend Reflection * Fri Photo Journal * Fri Photo Friends  * Fri Hunt *

41 Comments Add yours

  1. Eileen says:

    Hello, the moth is pretty. I hope it is ok. I love your painting and the chapel scene. The view of the vineyards is lovely. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. becca givens says:

    Oooh, trees in several — lovely collection, including the painting and the priceless “brain freeze” face!

  3. jesh stg says:

    Thank you Becca. Love your Tree challenge. That how I started art, with drawing trees and faces:) Thanks for hosting:)

  4. Tamar says:

    So lovely! Thanks for linking up!

  5. ladyfi says:

    Lovely shots and such a gorgeous painting.

  6. Jeanna says:

    I’m watching about the fires on the news right now, all these disasters are crazy. I’m glad the closest fires to you are 50% contained and I hope they remain far enough away for you to be safe. I got a speeding ticket in Santa Rosa once and can’t imagine it on fire. There is a haunting photo from there in the NYT today.
    I caught a bit of tornado on Saturday, the whole thing is nuts and people still don’t believe it. We got a few photos the next day. I love your painting and the idea of having school in an old-fashioned red schoolhouse. Ach, am listening to Trump brag about his IQ on the news, what must the world think of us? I’m glad I have to real estate agents in the family if I should ever need one. Is Macenzie eating a big bowl of ice cream real fast or are you talking about another kind of brain freeze?

  7. jammy7000 says:

    Wonderful place and I love your painting of the little chapel, Jesh. In Australia we get awful bushfires in Summer and I sympathise fully with the fires in California that have caused so much pain and loss.
    Thanks for joining the Travel Tuesday meme.

  8. Peabea says:

    Oh to be able to paint. An artist I’m not and probably why I like photography and doing graphics. Your area sounds so nice. My first and only airplane trip in 2014 from Ohio was to Santa Rosa when my son and DIL lived out there. So sad to hear of the fires there. Prayers for all. My son and family moved back to Ohio in 2016. Thanks for visiting and linking up with Pictorial Tuesday.

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

  9. riitta k says:

    What a sweet & pretty blond girl Macenzie is ❤ Your last photo is stunning and the painting inspired it too. Wishing you a lovely day Jesh!

  10. Pieni Lintu says:

    Lovely shots all!

  11. I got stucked looking at that picture of vineyards! Looks so nice and green!<3

  12. Hazel says:

    I’m in love with your painting of the Amador schoolhouse. It’s visual poetry to me. What a wonderful talent you have!

  13. …what beautiful little cutie! the chapel and your painting are lovely. Thanks for the visit.

  14. jesh stg says:

    Thank you Hazel! Am glad you like the oil painting:) Was trying to find something recent on your wordpress blog – or do you have another blog?

  15. lesliebc says:

    Everything is beautiful – the photos and the paintings. BC was in flames most of the summer so I know the worry of it – hope all will be okay soon.


  16. Roger Green says:

    hope the fire and smoke aren’t affecting you!


  17. Margy says:

    We fled the Los Angeles area in 2005 to find a place to live surrounded by nature. Sometimes you don’t pick places, they pick you. Ours was off-the-grid on a lake in British Columbia. Moving to another country wasn’t the easiest solution but it has worked well for us. Sorry to hear about all the fires. We had some really bad ones this last summer in the BC interior but on the coast we were spared except for the heavy smoke. – Margy

    p.s. I can’t seem to log in to leave a comment without using a WordPress account I don’t use any more. Hope you get to see this.

  18. zongrik says:

    the girl sure looks surprised

  19. Wonderful pictures and what a wonderful reason to move house for, I would always prefer a rural surrounding above the busy noisy city – subburbs

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-WEDNES-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  20. Karen Frost says:

    Wonderful old schoolhouse and beautiful painting! I live on a dirt road, too. xx Karen

  21. Norm 2.0 says:

    The fires are terrifying. I’ve been keeping an eye out for updates whenever they come in. It’s all so unpredictable with those winds. Stay safe and lets hope for rain real soon.

  22. I do hope the fires are able to subside, sometime soon. You have some beautiful shots and I love seeing the moth.

  23. Sharon says:

    Love the “brain freeze” photo :). We drove up through your country a few years ago, I think. We stayed in Sutter Creek. Such lovely country. The fires in Napa are heartbreaking, and still going on. So sad. I always enjoy your paintings. You are so talented!

  24. jesh stg says:

    Thanks you Sharon! Because Napa is wellknown because of its vineyards it’s more in the news, but the fire has worse results in Santa Rose – whole nieghborhoods with houses have been decimated. Was reading on FB a story of a retired couple who survived by being for 6 hours in their neighbor’s pool when they saw they couldn’t make it out. Sobering …

  25. jesh stg says:

    Fortunately for a few days the weather has cooled down, especially during the night, so that should help the fire fighters. Usually Fall in California is very dry till right before Thanksgiving.

  26. pappilanmummo says:

    Fine painting and fotos

  27. jesh stg says:

    sorry, am late – one of those weeks. Afterwards people can see it was a good reason to move, but at the time they looked kind of lost when telling I was moving to have more space for painting:)

  28. prior.. says:

    so what did you want to be when you grew up? Just curious….
    also- I cannot believe M does brain freeze on purpose – she is brave and not to be messed with – ugh – I hate those… lol
    and my prayer are with all of those with the fires – and in Puerto Rico –

  29. fun60 says:

    A great collection. Love the Yosemite view and painting.

  30. jesh stg says:

    When they tested me for “lawyer” I failed -not logical enough, haha. Macenzie is a 5 year old that picks up a 16 inch lizard, and when it bites her, she lets go and then picks it up again. But she knows who to challenge and who not (her mom and I:)
    Yeah, the escapees of the fires keep being on my mind. The death toll in Santa Rosa keeps increasing. They’re looking for 500 people.
    What’s going on with you, Y?

  31. Peter B says:

    Mackenzie is a total cutie!! Love that shot of the vineyards. Hope you are safe with all the fires in CA. The big one that was burning closest to me (Anaheim Hills) appears to be controlled, thankfully.

  32. anniefannie says:

    Lovely photos and wonderful painting!
    I like the photo of the beautiful little girl .. so candid and sweet.

  33. prior.. says:

    oh that is so sad about the 500 people –
    and thanks for the follow up about M.
    and interesting to hear about the lawyer test – although I bet there would be parts of the lawyer role that you would rock at – not saying you are saying you wish you were one – lol – seems like you did exactly what God wanted you to do. (and still area)
    But there are so many problems with many of those tests – as you know – sometimes screening can be great and outcomes are spot on – other times someone could have learned even without some skill at the start – oh I dunno.
    but I have met some lawyers who might have done better in a different job.

    oh and nothing much going on here. Looking forward to a nice October weekend – 🙂

  34. jesh stg says:

    At that time, they tested you (in 6th grade!) for whatever you put down as your wish which job you would like in the future (to determine to which kind of high school or vocational school you would qualify).
    Needless to say, what an 11 year old knows about the specificity of a job like that:)
    Well, have a nice weekend!

  35. prior.. says:

    Well I guess it can be a good idea to do tests like that – pros and cons – but when u say sixth grade it reminds me as to how certain mental capacities are still forming – which is usually why Algebra is not taught too young – and so I wonder how you would have done on that test a year or two later ☺️- oh and while teaching art I recall a few students really unable to do one and two point perspective – tears once – and trust same student was able to get it more at the end of the year – a reminder about individual readiness….

  36. James says:

    Nice shots! That school looks a lot smaller and more interesting than the one I went to in Garden Grove.

  37. scotiaspinner says:

    Your moth visitor is a beautiful one from the sphinx moth family. It is the white-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata) with the common name of “hummingbird moth.” The hindwing has a pinkish-red band which is why you can see that colour on it. If you see them drinking nectar from flowers, they look like hummingbirds. They are fairly widespread across the US and also Canada – we sometimes see them here as well.

  38. veredit says:

    Your plein air is very lovely done. Love your chosen colors and composition!

    (my WordPress account isn’t active, only for comments on your blogs here 😉

  39. nannie2four says:

    I’m so late to visit and I’m so sorry about that. Oh, how I love your painting of the church and mountains. You are so talented! Thank you so much for linking up and I hope you’ll come back this Friday. Have a great week.

  40. No need to apologize ofcourse, all in due time… a day only has 24 hrs, and we can’t split ourselves in more than one person

  41. slfinnell says:

    I love the depth of your NATURE pic! Gorgeous!

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