Garden Update and Progress 

Hey blog people! It’s been a bit since I posted but you know… Real life… So I thought I would give a little update on the garden and progress here in our new home.

I’ve always had good luck with growing tomatoes. Which is a very nice treat because I happen to love tomatoes as does my dear hubby. I have five different kinds of heirloom tomatoes growing right now and all of them have given at least some fruit so far. More to come! Way more.

The cucumbers turned yellow… Which I think maybe is supposed to happen… I’m guessing they might be a special kind of cucumber… This was my first try with them and I will be planting more in the shade next time with something to grow into.


My melon seeds took off and are growing all over the place. I planted cantaloupe, honeydew, and I believe there is a watermelon somewhere… We will find out. Lots of flowers so far!


Corn and beans did well here. Peas did not. Each pea plant that survived gave me one pea pod filled with the whimiest peas I’ve ever seen. I think they got too much sun. Gonna plant more soon. The beans did great and are delicious. Still making beans. Corn is coming along. The bottom corn is regular heirloom sweet corn the top is rainbow corn from last Halloween. Excited to see what we get from these.


Here is my pumpkin plant which has made dozens of flowers and keeps getting bigger. I’m praying for at least a couple before Halloween so I can carve them with my kid friends. If not I’ll just have to buy some.


The Aloe Vera that I brought from Washington almost died but it seems to be acclimatizing now. At first they turned black and shriveled up. Now they are perky and green again. Yay! I love Aloe.

Some of the herbs survived the scorching temps and sunshine. A little parsley, basil, dill, mustard, savory, tiny bit of oregano and lots of chives. I’ll be planting more as soon as we stop hitting 100 degrees. Herbs don’t like that. I also look forward to doing more inside once I finish painting, decorating, and organizing the home.


Don’t worry I watered these peppers right after I took this picture. I realized they were thirsty. A few tiny buds are forming. Looking forward to them.


And lastly here are the cats on their first days in the yard respectively. Sir Charles earned his first because he is a good cat. He went out yesterday and loves it. Princess Boo kitty came out this morning and feels the same. I hadn’t let them out since we moved from Olympia (years ago now) because I was afraid if they left the yard they would get hurt or lost. I told them here that as long as they stay in the yard we are good. The first time one gets the wise idea to jump the fence that will be the end of outside privileges. Sometimes I feel like the cat jailer but at least they aren’t pancakes…

Anyways hope everyone is having a beautiful day. Thanks for reading! God Bless you all and keep you in his heart no matter what for ever and ever in Jesus Name! 💙

-Dominique Barrentine

Californian Flowers Walking Dog in the Sunshine

Walking Oy in the sunshine is one of my new favorite things. I recently started trading artist cards so I needed to walk down to the mailbox. So I leashed up my little Chihuahua and we went for a nice walk. Just because it’s nearly 100 degrees outside we aren’t going to stop having fun. So we enjoyed a leisurely pace and saw some lovely Oleanders along the way. I have one happy little hot dog now! 
White, Red and Pink Oleander seems to be constantly blooming around here. It has always been one of my favorite flowers. I find the delicate beauty mixed with its toxic nature to be balanced well. Even when the lovely blooms fade these delicious (or not so) green foliage is pretty to look at year round. Just don’t let your kids or pets eat it and you should be fine! 

-Dominique Barrentine

Ps: if you like emotional stories about strong creative females check out the book, “White Oleander,” one of my all time favorites. 

Paintings Portfolio Post of Recent Works

The following paintings were all completed by your’s truly within the month of May 2016. Upon moving to California I felt a sudden rush of inspiration. I continue to order canvases, painting everything that comes to mind. It feels like a whirlwind of creative energy flows in the breeze that picks up the grain and flowers in the hills.

Selecting which paintings to post today was tricky as I have started way more then I have finished in the last few weeks. At least I am capturing so many ideas to finish as time (and my hands) allow. It’s hot outside and the sun is shining.

Welcome summer and farewell to spring.

This first painting is called “Jazz Garden.” My dear husband helped me name it. When he saw the completed canvas he said to me, “It looks like music.” I agreed, then the name popped into my head. He wants to hang it in the music studio🎶🎵🎶

This  was my second attempt at painting this idea…

This was the first“Flower Tunnel” It’s an abstraction of what it might look like if by some miracle the viewer had shrunk down like Alice from Wonderland. I always loved that idea. I piled layers of acrylic paint on top of greens and blues. Perhaps I many continue to paint this idea several move times

Here is a drawing I did first

Experimenting with abstracted flowers and pointillism has been a common theme in my most recent work. The hills and trees with their natural beauty overwhelm me sometimes. I feel so blessed to live among God’s glorious creation.

“Iris Abstraction”

Our new home ha such beautiful irises. I couldn’t get enough photographs of them on my phone one morning just after they had opened so I decided to paint them. Going more with capturing the essence of the thing as apposed to a realist representation I painted without real planning or self input. I love giving over my hand when painting. It is not me but the creator inside of me…
“Blue Black Space Explosion” may just be a temporary name for this piece in not quite sure yet. I do know that I painting it first upon arrival. Using a rusted nail and dripping paint I hadn’t even unpacked my brushes yet. Even during our busiest seasons we should all remember to try to continue doing those things we love.

I love painting!

I stared painting space inspired pieces last year and I may post some of my first ones soon to add to my online collection of works. I’m looking forward to building from here.

“Untitled, Hot Space Abstraction”

Currently I’m really enjoying mixing my own acrylic paints, selecting colors and like in this one combining flat, iridescent, and neon paints as well. I plan on expanding this collection even further soon. Using multiple canvases like this also has been allowing me to create even larger paintings. Another angle gives you the idea how hanging differently makes this picture pop in various places. I love that most of my paintings couple be hung in a variety of ways changing the look of the art. “Orange Space Abstraction”

Like a fireball planet I created this piece mostly with warm bright yellows and orange, adding in gold for highlight. These have been so fun and I feel passionate about continuing on.

Comments, questions, suggestions, and messages of all kinds are much appreciated. I hope you enjoyed my favorite six paintings I completed in May. Hopefully I will take the time to post more… Perhaps even tomorrow? Who knows?!? I’m so random sometimes. Lol. Anyways

Thanks for reading, Bye✌🏽️

-Dominique Barrentine 

Moving Day Washington to California: Boo and Charlie Cats

 

“Is it time to go yet?” The cats said to their people in unison; they were done with this whole moving thing already. 

“First you pack up all the stuff and clean the whole place, you let all these strangers in and now this?!” They complained looking around the room that has been designated the ‘Cat Room’ for moving day. This area has everything they need but when will it be time to be let out already? 

  

Sir Charles, the male of the pair, sulks into the closet for some privacy. He throws himself down with a plop and begins to tear out the fur on his hind quarters. There is a hotspot on his hips where as a younger barn cat he got into a tussle with a raccoon and ended up with two broken legs. Somewhat crippled he tries to compensate or hide his pain from the others. 

  
Princess Boo Kitty is the most well adjusted. As a ragdoll Siamese cat she tends to have a more relaxed attitude in general. I wouldn’t say she is particularly thrilled but she hasn’t lost any sleep over the matter. Her eyes blink slowly and calmly as she lays out on the ground before her humans. 
“You better not forget us!” The cat says rolling onto her back like a kitten. 

Then every time I leave the room they get into position. Charles in the corner of the closet were he can get some secure shut eye and Boo in her crate. 

  
“I’m ready when you are.” She says each time you open the door. 

  
So far so good. Soon we will be on to other things guys. Just wait until you see the new house. 

-Dominique Barrentine 

Progress on the Moving Process Washington to California 


So things are coming along quite well. Not to say there haven’t been bumps along the way, there has been. Today our house in Washington closed, officially. Yay!

Packing is nearly done and we now have a U-Haul until Sunday. I’m hoping this week we will be attending church in Fairfield at Liberty Church for a second time. I really enjoyed the sermon and worship last time we went. The spirit was in the house.


Unfortunately I pinched a nerve in my neck but it seems to be healing some. Ouchy. What bad timing I always seem to have?! Perhaps it’s just stress. So I try to take a deep breath and slow down my heart.

Perhaps I’ll go draw some more. That always helps. I’ve been taking a bath everyday too since I hurt my neck. The warm water soothes the tension. Taking care of yourself is a very important part of moving!


I’ve made significant progress in the editing stage of my book. As far as spelling and grammar goes I do believe I am nearly there. I have sent out a few copies to friends and family for test reading already as well. The best word I could use to describe it is, “intense.” Looking forward I hope to receive some feedback on my work.


I captured this sequence over the course of my orchids bloom life. I love watching the circle of life unfolding before my eyes. If cared for properly this plant will continue to send up spikes of blooms for many years to come. I hope she survives the move. If they do all the plants will love the extra sunshine!

My neighbor guy gave me these beautiful lilacs. They smell so fragrantly! Maybe I will put a few flowers in my bath. I gifted him these bright sunny daffodils in return. I took pictures over the course of the bloom opening.

 Overall I have many mixed feelings about moving. As much as I’m scared and anxious I am also excited. It will be interesting to see what the next stage in life will bring. I pray to “Make new friends but keep the old ones. One is silver and the other is gold.” Also I pray that God will watch after us on our journey. I am so emotional today but I’m sure everything will be ok. Thankfully my hubby understands me so well, otherwise he might have decided to leave without me! Haha. Anyways, here is to new adventures! 🍸

-Dominique Barrentine

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