Saturday, August 29, 2009

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes....

It's about 1 PM and I just took these photos seconds ago!

You can see how the sun is hidden....this is smoke!

The smoke is from a fire burning near La Canada, CA which is about 25 - 30 miles (as the crow flies) from where we are. We have ash falling in our yard and the sky is eerie. I have a feeling of doom! The sky is a weird golden color but it's very dark. Right now I have to have a lamp on to see what I'm doing! And it's getting darker by the minute. I can only imagine what it must be like closer to the fire. I hope no homes are in danger and no lives are lost.

We switched over to our a/c yesterday to help keep out the smokey smell and it seems to be working pretty good. There's just a light whiff now and then. I haven't been able to concentrate on anything today. This is giving me such a strange feeling.

My journal page is only half done so I'll show that later....maybe tomorrow. For now I have a painting I did yesterday using some of my red rosin paper and black gesso.

I hope wherever you are that you have blue skies....


  1. Praying for you and asking for this to pass quickly and without harm coming to anyone or anything!

  2. You stay safe. I worry for all of you. After my near miss this summer I know the feeling well. Ours was arson or so they say. Take care. Sharon

  3. I love the lady. Stay safe. I have several blogging buddies who posted about the fires today. My SIL is in the Hollywood Hills.

  4. I know what you mean about it being eerie Janet--when we had the terrible bushfires here in Canberra in 2003 it was awful we had black skies and orange as well and the smell--yuk.
    Take care my friend.

  5. Definately a very eerie feeling with a fire close by. We had the fires come to within 2km of us last summer and it was frightening. I will keep you in my prayers that you all stay safe.

    On a lighter note, I LOVE your journal page. I have a thing about faces/portraits done in unusual colours. Wonderful...must be a fantastic journal.

    Jacky xox

  6. oh i love that girl, i just love her, the colour, I am going to home depot tommorow for the rosin paper

  7. I love your painting too!

    That sky brings scary memories rushing in...saw some redness in the sunset tonight...

    SDG&E plans to cut power in the back country this year during extreme conditions...I hope it works.

  8. Oh, Janet, that must be so scary. I think I would have a feeling of doom too. I hope that these wildfires are soon defeated.

  9. Hi Janet, Do hope that you are safe and sound over there. Fire is a frightening thing when it gets out of hand. We have had fires in Greece again this year, only a week or two ago. Hope this soon passes.
    I am still reading your blog but have not commented very much lately. Working to hard here so its taking a lot of time just trying to keep up with whats going on.

  10. Janet! Girl I hope you are okay! I love your painting

  11. Oh, that's way worse than we've been getting, and here I was complaining!(I think most of ours is coming from the Hemet/Idyllwild fires, which they're getting contained a little faster, I think). Stay safe! Sending good thoughts your way - and to those firefighters too...

  12. Janet - praying that everyone is safe and the fire is out soon. How unsettling it must be to be so close. Love the lady and I am going to have to look into that red rosin paper.

  13. Anonymous12:20 PM

    Mom.. your painting is incredible! So ethereal.. and her eyes are so full of bliss and wisdom! I absolutely love it!

  14. Hey! :) Thanks for coming by classmate! :) I love Mystele...she is the best!

    By the way...this painting rocks!! :)


    Nice to meet you!


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