REMINDER: ALL SEASONS will continue, but am taking off till Aug. 5 for my weekly posts with links to various challenges.


         Hello Seasons Bloggers

The link this week is open from Sunday July22 through Wednesday , July 25 till 7 pm, Pacific time.
Enjoyed so much the nature and places seen in your posts of the Seasons!  Many, many thanks for your lovely and interesting posts:) Am also happy that you are not afraid to tell about the not-so-good things about your experiences -making your stories more authentic and real:)

These past two months have been filled with a lot of activity with family members, since most birthdays take place between May and November.  Finally we could do something about our car situation. In Dec. we heard that they didn’t know how long our Maxima would hold up, so for the past half year have only been driving the Sprinter (not me, am not that brave to drive a long truck-type vehicle).
Finally Hubs got a hold of work for 6 weeks (jobs are scarce in a retirement area),

  • enough to trade in both of our cars, and buy a newer used car.
  • unexpected friends from the past reconnected with us,
  • my brother emailed last week  his  35 year old daughter, who are are close too, has cancer and needs surgery and chemo. The hardest is that it’s too far to visit her in the Netherlands. Good to know prayers  to God, the Healer are powerful, so I have been praying up a storm.



When it’s hot, I like to be around water!

Water is our friend, but also can be our enemy
How can something that feels to soft and smooth to the touch, be so strong that it  sweeps away whole cities?
This view if taken in the valley. Sorry, I need a panoramic lens here, but on the extreme left is the 2,425 ft. Yosemite Falls waterfall in the Sierra Nevada of California.. Peak flow is in May. This is the lowest of three tiers and fun to be splashed when you’re coming too close.





To do a small 6 x 9 inch plein air in oil of such a large view can be tricky.
Yet,  “my vacation snap shot ” as I call them – is totally worth it. You who have read before about my plein airs, know people chat with me
when they see me painting (instant celebrity status, lol:))
The photo is not blurry – this is how I painted it:)
For more views of the complete waterfall, see Wikipedia.




Water finding its way
(North Yosemite)




When water falls
(North Yosemite)

When it’s hot- between 90 and 100+ degr. F, what do you like to do (or not), and where would you like to be?








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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Angie says:

    You have such a talent! I will be praying for your niece … yes, water can be healing and destructive – witness Branson, MO. When it’s hot, I either like to be the pool or in front of a big fan!!!

  2. Debbie Smyth says:

    What a wonderful “vacation snapshot” Jesh
    Enjoy your break from blogging 🙂

  3. Klara S says:

    Your painting is wonderful! I thought it’s a picture.
    Thank you for hosting.

  4. Your painting is very natural. I like it. Waterfalls are a nice scenery in nature.
    All the best for your niece! So sorry to hear it…

  5. Carol says:

    Enjoy your time away from blogging. Everyone needs that.

  6. kenschneider says:

    That is a very effective interpretation of the falls, and especially so in such a small format.

  7. Jeanna says:

    I bet it’s tricky to do, even sketching it out with stuff blowing around everywhere, great job though and I really love the north Yosemite shot. Not many waterfalls around here I’m afraid.

  8. I like the colors you used for your painting. It feels so refreshing. I also like how the faces in the rock have revealed themselves. Best wishes to your niece. Hope all turns out well for her.
    When it’s that hot, I prefer to stay inside our house. It stays quite cool during the hot temps, as long as we can catch a cross wind. No air conditioning for us. Cheers, Jesh.

  9. Jackie says:

    Sending positive thoughts to your niece. Good news on the car situation.

  10. Good thoughts for your dear niece. I love your Yosemite painting! It captures the magic. Love seeing your photos along with how your mind interprets the real thing! (I like the latter the best.) .

  11. I love Yosemite! I heard there is a forest fire nearby? I hope it can be put out quickly and do no damage to the park.Your painting was wonderful! I saw many plein air painters this weekend at a local Lavender Festival.

  12. PS: We sadly lost a niece to cancer this spring. I will say prayers for your niece!

  13. jesh stg says:

    Thank you Debbie!

  14. betty - NZ says:

    I always wanted to go there but your photos will be a great substitute! Love them and your painting, too!

  15. Love how you’ve depicted the massiveness of the mountain in such a small painting.
    Thanks again for hosting – have a good week Jesh!

  16. I loved your summery photos, Jesh, especially as the rain is beating down and the wind is howling outside on this dark and stormy night in Melbourne. All the best for your niece, I hope she beats the cancer.

  17. Cascading water, a cool shady spot under a green forest canopy high up on a mountain sounds perfect for a hot Summer’s day, Jesh! Lovely painting!

  18. Better late than never for my post this week. I love your plein air painting is beautiful. We have had more than enough water here over the last couple of weeks, with lots of rain, though our dams do need it. Enjoy your time off and happy travels and painting! and thank you again for the link up.

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