Happy Weekend


Here’s yesterday’s painting…

Not a joke. More times than any artist cares to admit, paintings just don’t work out. I used to fret over the failures and try to fix them.

I painted the painting above a couple days ago. It was a group of flowers. Somewhere along the way, it took an ugly turn. Today, I attempted to bring it to life. That didn’t work. When I heard the canvas groaning in disgust, I got out the gesso and painted over it. That’s how it works. Tomorrow a fresh start right over the flowers. No sweat. It’s all just part of the process.

Bugsy and Knuckles are hopping today

We’ve missed the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat On My Head blog for a while. Today we are participating.

Here’s our selfie.

Have a great day!!!

Hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles, and Lou.

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I’m Free…..

It Seems to Me…

Have you ever been on a board.  I’ve been on the  boards of a writer’s group, the condo association, and art leagues.  Usually, I would say that it’s well worth your while. After all, it’s good to give back to the groups that support your work.  HOWEVER, what’s with all the in-fighting? What’s with the, “We’ve always done it this way?”

I just retired from the last of the boards that I’ve been on and I feel liberated.  I’m not one who enjoys confrontation, so it is such a relief. to be free of it, to wake up today and not have to worry about walking on eggshells.  Yes. It feels good.  On to other pursuits.

On the Art front…

I’m taking a collage class on line … It is wonderful, but challenging since I don’t like sticky fingers.  Other that that, I’m having fun with it.  Here’s a recent piece. Whew!!!  All those little pieces of paper…

The Boys

The boys are doing well and send their best.

Have a great day.  Just wanted to touch base.  It’s Friday. Do something super on the weekend.


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Jumpstarting 2019

This piece is the large floral (24″ x 30″) painting. On gallery-wrapped canvas that I completed in the fall workshop I did with Lynn Whipple. The workshop was wonderful. I have a couple more paintings from that 3-day workshop that need some tweaking. I’ll be getting to those soon and will show them to you as I finish them.


I have set some intentions for 2019, but they are general… 1. Write daily 2. Paint daily 3. Eat less 4. Move more. In the past I’ve done detailed lists of resolutions. This year I decided to go simple… So far it’s working fine.

In the writing area, I’m contemplating a memoir. Not because my life is so exciting. Rather, because I’ve learned so things the hard way it may be useful for others to know the lessons I’ve learned. After all, people seemed to like the lessons in Max the Quilt Cat’s book. The Zen of Max. Ha!

The Boys

Bugsy and Knuckles are doing great and are wishing all of you a great weekend.

Here’s Knuckles keeping warm by basking in the light of the lamp. I think he thinks it’s a sun lamp… His favorite spot!

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Whip this up in minutes…

Ha! Just kidding… This recipe actually takes quite a bit of time but is therapeutic to do…

I posted this on The Helpful Blogger yesterday. Thought you might like to see it. You could make a vegan very thankful on Thanksgiving with this dish or make it as a show-stopping side dish.

Anyway… we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.



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Maybe your skin is tighter than mine….

Maybe your skin is tighter than mine — especially around the jowls — but this happened to me Saturday at the book fair……

While sitting there, I worked on the above pen and ink. A lady came by and loved it and said she wanted to buy it. Yay…

At the same time, a photographer from one of the local magazines stopped by and started taking photos. The photographer encouraged me to continue to work on the drawing-she wanted an action shot.

So I did…until… the first lady said, “No, look up.”

“Why?” I asked.

“Because when you look down like that, your face hangs down.”

Yuck! At that pointed, I ended the photo shoot and asked the photographer to delete the photos.

Glad that I’m healthy, but aging is a bit of a pain… When I get up the nerve, I’m going to take a selfie to see how bad it is. For now, (LOL) ignorance is bliss.

Have a great day!

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The Book/Art Fair


Spent today and will spend tomorrow at the Meet the Authors’ Book Fair. Lots of energy throughout the day…

Sold a couple books and hope to sell more tomorrow. All-in-all, the authors said sales of books were down. I took my 30-Day little paintings and was pleased with comments and the response. Sold several of those.

The best part was talking with other writers and friends I hadn’t seen in a while.

The Boys

I won’t be around tomorrow and I’ve missed too mamy of the Sunday Selfie blog hops lately. So popping on tonight to post our selfie. Thanks to the Cat on My Head blog for sponsoring it.

Bugsy found out that playing with two ribbons at once doesn’t always work. He caught them both, but now he can’t move.

Have a great day…

Hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles, and Lou

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Artworks is upon us.


If you’re near Melbourne, Florida, don’t miss the Artworks fine art festival in the Eau Gallie Arts District. It’s a great outdoor festival. It’s on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18.

One of my paintings this week….

I’m having more fun with each floral painting.

Have a 24″ x 30″ started. Will show you progress on that in a few days.


Have you ever tried the Evernote app. If you’re a writer, you’ll love it. I use it to work on blog posts on the phone whenever I have spare time. And it’s fantastic when doing research. You can share articles to it and put them into a notebook for use when you write a post. If you try it, let me know how you like it.

The Boys

The Boys had a bit of trouble adjusting to the time change last weekend. They are doing better now.

More to come…..

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