TOO COLD INSIDE AND OUTSIDE

 
What do you do when it’s too cold outside and
inside? Stare out of the window with
a steaming cup of tea in a mitten-ed hand?

 

Run upstairs to put some more clothes on,
put snow boots on to go outside and make this
capture, where the snow already has fastened
on the underside of some branches …
One Word Sunday: light

 

Marvel at the transparency of the ice.

There comes a time though that you feel miserable
because all you can think is that it is
 too cold. From my psychology job I knew what to do:
shift your focus on something else.
Something that is so compelling,
it will take your mind busy for a number of days.
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Watercolor, Stack of Rocks, © StGermain
Ever since I painted this watercolor
between 2014 and 2018, what bothered
me is that it does not portray what
I want to show. The daunting thing
was I knew I had to start a new one.
Was it going to be better?We will find out!
Timeless Thursday

 

Actually, the snow helped me to focus on black
and white, instead of colors. The easiest to start
with seemed the black. I basically reversed my
method going from light to dark,
now painting from dark to light. After I
pasted the liquin on the tree branches.

 

Watercolor, Stack of Rocks, © St Germain

Since this was a new method I moved very slowly.
Watercolor is very unforgiving.
One mistake, and you will see it forever.
This is what I needed to shift my focus on “it is so
horrendously cold” to “what is the next area
I am putting my focus on?”
Have to say, I am ten times more satisfied
with my second!
Another time I will tell you what happened
when I was painting these rocks plein air.

 

Am extremely happy we don’t have any glass in our front door. The down side, never any reflections visible!
Weekend Reflections

 

Hopefully not long until these crocuses
will show themselves!
Makro-Tex: March, Der Natur Donnerstag,
Floral Fri Foto, FOTD

 

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31 thoughts on “TOO COLD INSIDE AND OUTSIDE

  1. A lovely selection of cool, coo, photos, Jesh 😉 All of your watercolour paintings are beautiful, but the last one is my fave. I know what you mean about watercolours. They are very difficult to use right, but the results one may get with them are stunning!
    Thanks for linking up with the “My Sunday Best” meme.

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  2. Lovely photos – your water colours are beautiful, and it’s a lovely activity to shift your focus on to – – very good advice! Stay safe and warm.

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  3. That is a good advice, to shift your focus on something else. Has definitely been needed during the covid pandemic… Have a nice March, Jesh!

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    1. did you miss Thurs. Doors for some weeks, or did I overlook your url? After the ice storm in Texas, every kind of weather is “nice” lol! Thank you for looking me up and have a great weekend! Jesh

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  4. Garden affairs…

    Springtime begins and we are outside in the nature. Thank you for sharing this lovely captures.

    …have a wonderful week.

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  5. It’s warm here; finally, but since I got use to the furnace going more often, it feels chilly inside today. Outside much warmer. Beautiful painting.

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  6. Always easier to be too hot than too cold, I think. On those cold days I always shift my focus and get busy with something! Thanks for linking up.

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  7. We had a cold snap here in south Florida. This morning it was only 60 degrees but the north wind was gusty and I almost froze to death (well I do exaggerate! but did cut the walk short). The only way to deal with hot weather is to get into the shade or depend upon air conditioning. With the cold you can always add another layer and throw a log on the fire. Depending upon electricity tor heating and cooling complicates both solutions. Hope all is back to normal. BTW Mr Linky is not working for me. Says link is now closed with only three thumbnails posted.

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  8. It does look cold, too much like my spot on the world. Spring, come, please. Nice painting!

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  9. That snow actually looks wonderful to me. We’ve had a warm winter with little rain. I miss winter, and would love to visit the snow. I know, that probably sounds weird.

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  10. Good for you figuring out what to do when the cold hit. I pride myself on getting outside every day but it was too cold for me most of the time during our recent cold spell. I fell free now that it has warmed up.

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    1. haha, here is my reasoning: too cold to put off clother to get into the bathtube:) Oh, and I already forgot. We were out of water for at least 3 days )because the pipes froze), and had to scoop up snow, and boil it.

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  11. Dearest Jesh, honestly, I love both styles that you did with the beautiful rock painting, it both gave me a different set of feelings but both very strong and a sense of stillness. Love the icicles on the trees (not sure if that’s what it’s called) but that is something very precious to me in photos to see! Hope to see it someday though I can imagine how cold the surroundings will be! Sending you hugs on the upcoming weekend dear Jesh! God bless you

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    1. Steve, as far as I know they are called icicles:)
      Whenever you have time, can you tell me what kind of feelings the first rendition evokes, versus the second one? Not a big deal -am just curious (a trait of psychologists, always wanting to know how and what/how someone feels, haha).
      How/what are you doing now you have your degrre? Are you looking for a job, or are you taking it easy for now?Have a great weekend! Jesh

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    2. Hello dearest Jesh, Oh I would love to express what I felt. On the first one it gave me a feeling of being alone. Not the kind that is sad and lonely but something more about being at peace in solitude. The second one is more on the mystical side for me. Like there’s something that both draws me and also repels my sight I guess doe to the light surrounding it.
      Oh I feel happy but to be honest I am still not very much feeling it since I haven’t received my diploma yet but you are right, still taking it easy for the moment and continuing in my work. I will be turning 5 years in the company this 28th of March 🙂
      Have an awesome weekend dearest Jesh!

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  12. It sure does look cold there! The temperature is warming up here which makes me very happy but I know by mid-summer I’ll be looking forward to fall. Humans are strange creatures, right? lol Your painting is nice. I love using the Procreate app to sketch and color my illustrations. I’d love to feel confident enough to use real paint, though. Maybe someday. Thanks for visiting yesterday. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. You are welcome Cathy. Wednesday is for me a kind of a Saturday, where one does all kind of things one does not do during the week:)
      Cathy, just dive in and start painting by hand! That is the quickest way to learn and get over your fear. Just a warning: watercolor is the hardest. But with pastel, acrylic, or oil medium, you just paint over your mistake:) And there’s the garbage bin – when it doesn’t turn out, haha.Yeah, am not looking forward to the summer, it’s too hot without an air conditioner, so we have to fix that thing beforehand.Jesh

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    1. Hello Fi – yes, this week it’s nice weather during the day. At night though it still cools off at least 20 degrees (I can just see you grinning – I know we are wimps!)

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  13. Beautiful pictures ans paintings !
    Thank´s for linking to my challenge.
    Warm regards
    Juttq

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    1. Thank you Jutta. Wasn’t that a coincidence that you as well as I showed a painting in our post? Love when that happens:) Have a nice weekend! Jesh

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  14. Dearest Jesh,
    Exactly like you mention: shift your focus on something else…
    I’ve been very busy and still for a couple of days for writing the Switzerland story for my Pieter. Mushroom friends and quite some memoirs to write about. So happy for having tackled the research and now the stories written. Two small ones, and done. Makes Pieter happy and me proud.
    Memories are a cushion for old age and yes, always shifting your focus on something positive and productive!!!
    Big hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Marriette, you are one of the very few people in blogland (I know) who does these huge projects, not becasue you “have to” but for the fun of it. My sense is that you don’t uickly get discouraged, haha. In what form are you going to publish your Switserland story?
      Yes, it has warmed up, although the night temps.. are very unpredicatable. But the afternoon temps. have been much warmer than withe a ice storm a few weeks ago. Have a lovely sunny weekend! Jesh

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    2. Jesh, on my blog, I not only publish our writing which is listed as university textbooks at booksellers, but also P.J.C. Vedder’s Memoirs. Those are stories about dear scientific friends in the mushroom friends that we cherished and want to save. Some of them are no longer with us but their offspring often is very grateful for us having done so. That is the reward for all the work and both of us have never been selfish! No trying to discourage both of us would not fly… we know what we want and we see it through; all the way!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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