Deep in Paint

So, yes, I’ve been absent from the blog for a while. I have been deep in painting and have a whole new painting life.

A couple months ago, I took a 12-week on-line painting class. It concentrated mostly on abstract painting principles and I thought I would apply what I learned to realistic painting. However, I was surprised that as I learned concepts of abstract painting, I began loving it. It’s much more complicated than I realized, but I found it fascinating.

Here are a couple of my latest pieces…

They are 12 x 12 inches and are acrylic and mixed media on cradled board.


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Abstract 0002

I had a really good day yesterday. I painted this on Monday. First, it started as a cityscape, then became a floral, then I just kept applying paint until it was an abstract and I was happy with it. Yesterday morning, I posted it on my Facebook page and before noon I had sold it. What a good day it was.

I just finished reading The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath. Excellent book. I have reviewed it on

Have a great day….

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Sunday – Funday


Here’s my latest painting. This one is 8″ x 8″ x 1.5″ mixed media (acrylic, charcoal, paint sticks) on gallery-wrapped canvas. Just an experiment with the yellow background. I do enjoy flowers… And, I know all you in the north are looking forward to when the flowers are blooming up there again.

Have a great Sunday…

The Boys

Yes, we are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog.

We hope you all have a wonderful day!


Bugsy, Knuckles, and Lou

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Sunday Selfie Blog Hop…

Yes, we are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog.

We hope you all have a wonderful day! Us? We’re getting our easy on!

hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles, and HH (Lou)

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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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