Archive | July 2013

Couleurs de Bretagne–July 27-28, 2013

Two plein air paintings this weekend, well, actually the oven was done in my car due to rambunctious weather.

Red Door at Chatelaudren 32x50cm

Red Door at Chatelaudren


Four à St. Fiacre 32x50cm

Four à St. Fiacre





Couleurs de Bretagne–July 21, 2013

Porte de la chapelle du calvaire  32x50cm Couleurs de Bretagne

Porte de la chapelle du calvaire
Couleurs de Bretagne

Yesterday at La Roche Derrien, I was happy to receive an honourable mention.

My Pogo Stick Arrived

When I asked for a pogo stick, I didn’t realize I’d be taking  up a new sport.

I am not the athletic type.  In grade school, I was the next-to-last chosen for teams.  In college, one day I played tennis and all the other people stopped to watch and laugh.

I watched some videos of extreme pogo sticking and thought maybe I will be able to wave my arm or something, but now I think it may be a while before I do any sort of acrobatics.  If ever.  🙂

Couleurs de Bretagne, July 13-14, 2013

Here are two  paintings I did this weekend, participating in Couleurs de Bretagne, a plein air painting contest.  I was quite pleased to get a little sticker in Huelgoat, an honourable mention.  🙂


Le repaire du leprechaun 50x32cm Couleurs de Bretagne

Le repaire du leprechaun
Couleurs de Bretagne

This was done in the woods of Huelgoat amongst the chaos.  It was good to be in the shade and have such beautiful weather.


Porsmeur 32x50cm Couleurs de Bretagne

Couleurs de Bretagne


When I pass through this street in Guerlesquin, I am cheered by this bright red door.  While I was painting, the lady came out and said she had often been criticized for it.  She didn’t want to look at my painting though because she was on the jury for the contest.  I was glad to be on the shady side of the street where one can nevertheless have a sunny disposition.

My friends worry about my fasting, saying aren’t you at least going to drink some water, I would have a headache if it were me, or feel unwell.  It’s true, normally that would be the case for me also.  It seems that there is a blessing on the Ramadan fasting as all seems to flow.  I am careful though, not to spend long periods of time in full sun.  In spiritual matters, there is an element of synergy.  We must put our hand in God’s Hand.



Following the Yellow Arrows

Most communities these days around here have at least one walking path marked out.  These small local trails are indicated by yellow markings, either the small painted bands like the long trails which use red and white or with bright yellow arrows.  I have enjoyed walking the one set up by our town several times.

Not long ago when I was at the mairie, I saw a flyer with a map and picked it up as I particularly like maps.  It was the lay-out of one of these trails in the next town over.  14 km, 3 hours and we could pick it up by crossing a valley which would maybe add 500m.

Yesterday was the day to try it out as we were both home and it wasn’t pouring rain and Ramadan has not yet begun.  I try to avoid physical effort in the sun when fasting.  No need to make it harder than necessary.


hent 1

We saw some ruins off to the side which turned out to be a fountain.  In the surrounding vegetation I saw some wild blueberries (huckleberries) and we each had about 2 teaspoonfuls.  Usually some other animal gets to them first.


hent 2

And then I ate it.

hent 3

The July countryside is beautiful.  After rain, we have had some sun so all is lush, hay has been cut, those fields are greening, flowers are blooming…


hent 4

My husband sighted this creature after noticing something different about the shadows of the blades of grass showing on the dirt road.


hent 5

We went up and down the rolling hills characteristic of this area, finding some wet places.


hent 6

In some areas, a lot of trouble has been gone to enabling a comfortable walk.  We felt like we had discovered a treasure in our backyard.  All was peaceful, far from the violence and exploitation so prevalent in society today.  A way is there, waiting for us.  Our Creator gently reminds us over and over if we want to be happy, then we should practice love, peacemaking, forgiveness, free ourselves from all prejudice and develop our spiritual intelligence.  It will take the efforts of many to make the necessary changes in the world, to rebuild the garden of Eden, but it begins in the steps we each take in this direction.