In the Moment

I found this picture of a carved door in a magazine.  I liked the texture, so I made a small linoleum stamp with similar lines. That’s the stamp on top of the picture.

I used acrylic paint on the stamp and applied it to water color paper.  Half way through, I made stripes with water color paint on the part I had not yet stamped. Then I continued stamping over that with acrylic. I used less paint in some areas to get a distressed look.  I think I’ll make more with different patterns and colors.

A couple of “weather” photos showing some of the changes we’ve had from day to day.  The first one you can see Sophie in the shadows peeking out from behind the garden pottery.

The next one was in between down pours of rain. Beautiful fluffy clouds covered the sky.  We are expecting a lot more rain this week.  Last year we were very concerned about the lack of rain.  There has been so much rain in Northern California this year, that the largest dam in the U.S. is spilling over.  The concrete structure that carries water downhill is collapsing.  It is a dangerous situation to people living near the dam.  About 200,000 people had to be evacuated.

Hot chocolate is one of my favorite things.  When I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain last year I quickly learned to order “Cola Cao,” instead of “hot chocolate.” Hot chocolate in Spain is very thick like pudding, but Cola Cao is what you drink on a cold day.  There is a place near my house that sells food products from Spain.

Including Cola Cao!

I was thinking about my time walking the Camino as I looked around that store yesterday.  A joyfully peaceful experience of being in the moment.

Thank you all for visiting.  I appreciate it.





6 thoughts on “In the Moment

  1. time just goes so quickly – can’t believe it’s been over a months since I checked your blog – i have loved catching up.

  2. A nice inspiration through this door – the stamp pattern I like a lot. Just as you printed it, it reminds me of characters, of writing from a long past culture!

  3. i really LOVE the stamp pattern you carved and how you used it in that distressed way. bravo!
    i always thought “it never rains in california… ♫♪”;) the photo with the clouds is great.
    the Problem with the dam in northern california is also a theme in the News here.
    it is good you can find good olive oil in a shop nearby. there are often Problems to get really pure ones here, even the declarations are not always to be trusted (shame). too many People want it for cheap, but that is not possible.
    have a good week, Barbara 🙂

  4. your stamp is so wonderful, I like the colours you used very much, it looks like a vintage pattern!
    happy you – to find some things you loved at your camino tour! I always enjoy it when I find french cheese from normandie and “Ymer” (a special yogurt) from denmark in our supermarket!!
    🙂 mano

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