End of summer

A piece of work of the day 33 ~Mermaid Magic ~

Mermaid Magic is the name of a blended essential oil produced by Kayse Williams, the co-founder of Sacred Alchemy Inc.

Kayse and I met in Tucson, Arizona in 2019 for the first time.  I visited her and her partner Gary Fleck seven months later in Arkansas, then shared another sweet time in Sedona last month.  Gary Fleck is (well, it’s not just me of knowing him so) the legendary crystal mining engineer who does crystal cut, polish, and make jewelries from the design.

Kayse produces number of blended essential oils aiming for healing and/or pleasure, all of which holds high frequency and struck me something when I first scented one of her range, named ‘Dolphin Joy’.

When I took Mermaid Magic on my hand first time and scented it, the world of the oil took me into so-called Kayse’s world, which was fantastic and warm, supporting, being embraced with love.  It was literally magic.

The scent was enough to urge me to express how I felt in pastel drawing.

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Rhubarb and Blueberry pie ~ ルバーブとブルーベリーのパイ~

As you know, Rhubarb is very sour vegetables when consume as is, and it is suitable for jam and sauce.
The recipe I followed used Blueberries putting together with diced Rhubarb.This way the filling became milder in sourness, it actually adds nice and pleasant sweetness.  The recipe also used sour cream for the crust, taking over the role of which the eggs and water play.  This has produced a good shortcrust flavor and texture. I baked this twice this summer eventually, and particularly this second bake is made my favorite (in photos below). I am satisfied both with the fillings and the crust which finished better than my first bake.  Rhubarb and Blueberry fillings was made nice ruby sauce and it flowed when you sliced.
It was hard to control my craving to it serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but my friends couple enjoyed with the scoops! 😋

ずいぶん昔、アンナミラーズというパイ専門のカフェに入った時に初めて知った、ルバーブ・パイ。
甘酸っぱい素朴な味がアップルパイと並んで大好きになったけれど、意外にもその後目にする機会はなく。。。
こちらシドニーでも、ルバーブ・パイをお店で目にする事もないし、とりわけルバーブ・パイが好きという人に出逢いませんでした。
でもスーパーでは普通にルバーブが野菜コーナーに並んでいるし、これはいっちょパイを焼いてみようと相成りまして。。
結果、今年の夏は2度ルバーブ・パイを焼きましたが、2度目は特にパイ生地がサクサクにできて大満足。

参考にしたレシピでは、ルバーブにブルーベリーを混ぜて自然な甘みを引き出すのと、パイ生地を卵と水の代わりにサワークリームをバターと小麦粉に混ぜるという内容で、珍しいと思ったのと美味しそうだったのでそれに沿って製作。

焼きあがったパイが覚めるのを待ってからナイフを入れると、ルビー色のソースが艶やかに広がる。

酸味強すぎない控え目な甘さ。
今回体重を気にして、私はナントカ理性で堪えましたが、実際はバニラアイスクリームなどと食べると更に美味しそう。

仲間であっという間にペロリと平らげました。😋

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A piece of work of the day 32

Festive period 2019 was something very unusual for me, because of the months-long bush fires that flamed up in Australia, particularly east coast and south area over the four states.

All graphics and updates cast by the media were of heartbreaking, and the blaze did not set back on New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Temperature on Saturday and Sunday last week soared to record-breaking high, which coincidentally some source was saying, apart from the subject of bush fires, that the earth took the closest position to the sun in her orbit.

This piece below was drawn while watching the circumstances, with the inspiration driven by my sincere wish of rainfalls and / or something good of element of aqua, embrace all of the burned areas and heal them.   Yep, the motif is completely unrelated to the subject, but this is how I could send my love over.

2019年のクリスマスと年越し、そして新年はこれまでのそれとは異なるものでした。

何か月も続く森林火災がまさに31日から元旦にかけて更に一段と被害が広がり、オーストラリア固有の動物や自然、そして幾つもの小さなコミュニティが燃えて無くなってしまいました。

このパステルは「水」と「悦び」に関するエネルギーを想いながらイメージしたものです。

一見、まったく森林火災とは無関係の絵柄ですが、今猛威を振っているその「火」とは違う水を想う事、そして悲しみや怒りに包まれている今の状況に、亡くなった命たちや対峙している命たちに、癒しの時が少しでもやってくるようにという願掛けの思いを込めました。

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Happy 2020 ~ 明けましておめでとうございます ~

Happy new year my WP friends.  Best wishes to you all for 2020 and the next decade.

Sydney missed new years day sunrise.  The beamed summer sun appeared occasionally between overcast, but it was muggy and hot day.

I can not write much at present, but I blessed that I got new years day healthy and safe.

Well, I am going to do more posting in here in 2020.  🙂

明けましておめでとうございます。ここに立ち寄ってくださった皆さんにとりまして、今年とそれに続くこれからの10年が悦びに溢れるものでありますように。今年もどうぞよろしくお願いします。

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A piece of work of the day 31

Belated post for Christmas as it’s gone for the year, but I would still like to express my sincere thanks to all of your support and connections you have been with me on here.

Wish you all have a safe and pleasant holiday.

Here is my recent work for Seasonal greeting cards.

Christmas flower is lovely to see and draw.  I think I will draw it again for next Christmas (and I hope I will draw it lovelier).

クリスマスカード用に描いたポインセチア。

クリスマスを過ぎての投稿ですが、クリスマスの有無に関係なく、お一人おひとりの年末年始が安全で健やかにお迎えできますように、お祈りしています。今年もお世話になりました。

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The grid of the day ~ 雨を意図して ~

With my sincerest wish of rainfalls on us.

Currently Australia, particularly NSW state in where Sydney locate, have been suffering from drought and number of places have been burned down by bush fires.

I naturally and spontaneously picked up blue-based, but also some reminded me of our Mother Earth.

I have something to ‘talk’ about all pieces, but i am happy that my NZ greenstone and crystal from Arkansas joined the rock formation.

雨よ降れ降れ🎵☂️ との願いを込めて組んだグリッドには、自然と青い石が増えたような。

でも同時に地球そのもの、空と大地と水も色に入って来てくれて、有難い。

干ばつと森林火災がまだまだ続く、シドニーとニューサウス・ウェールズ州に水の恵みがもたらされますように。

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A piece of work of the day 29 ~ abstract drawings inspired by the grid ~

Oh again, I do not remember when I did this kind of drawing work last time.

This went for a friend’s birthday.

And the grid I introduced here drove me my drawing finger as it gets (yes, my pastel works are drawn by fingers most of part), actually it went OK to express my love to him.

久しぶりのパステルワークを友人宛の誕生日カードに。どんなものを描こうかとすぐにイメージが湧きませんでしたが、こちらで紹介した今回の 石のグリッド から何となくヒントが得られて、このような一枚になりました。

私の友人への気持ちを色で表現したらこんな感じなのだと、出来上がって改めて思いました。

やはり色は楽しい。

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The crystal grid of the period

This grid of rocks was placed in late October and left it unmoved until now.

I like rocks and minerals to collect and I like playing with them too.  I like making spontaneous grid with the stones picked up randomly.
This layout is one of them in which there are a couple of ‘unusuals’.

Unusual 1.  I have some rose quartz but I usually do not my first choice in playing.
However, for some reasons, I had got my head filled fully in rose quarts pink and gathered all rose quartz I have to place on the table.
I probably needed some graceful energy and rose quartz must be the best rocks holding those soft and graceful energy (in my opinion).

Unusual 2.  I generally keep the stone layouts for several days then deform them, but this one left my regular ‘rock spot’ in my lounge space over a month.

What impression do you have at them?

Do they click some sense in you?
Well, I feel the time to deform comes, I will finally start making a fresh layout with fresh mind tomorrow morning.
石好きな私はその時々の思いつきでクリスタル・グリッドを作り、自宅の居間の片隅に飾っています。このグリッドもその一つ。10月後半に突然柔らかいピンク色のイメージが浮かび、普段あまり選ばれないローズ・クォーツ達を中心に並べてみたものです。
通常であれば、数日でグリッドは解体されるのですが、今回だけは別。結局一月以上飾っていました。
様々なピンク色がありますが、ローズクォーツのそれはとても優しく柔らかいものです。
明日の朝このレイアウトとお別れして、全く違う新しいグリッドを作ることになりそうです。
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