Getting ready for 30 in 30….


The boards arrived day before yesterday. I’m getting ready to paint 30 paintings in 30 days starting on Thursday, September 1st…  but first….

…let me tell you about life without a phone. The week started out normal enough. Then Monday night my phone froze… then crashed.  I couldn’t turn it all the way on and could not turn it off.  I fiddled with it and did all that I knew to do and nothing worked to unfreeze it.  I knew I was destined for a trip to Verizon.

I slept little as the phone got hotter and hotter and I expected it to burst into flames at any moment.

Tuesday, I was at Verizon when they opened.  The technician knew immediately that it was toast and ordered a new phone to be sent to me overnight.

So by noon on Wednesday, I was in business– except behind. I was surprised to find out how much I use the phone daily. I think I’ve found another area to minimize somewhat.

So 30 in 30…. Yes, that’s 30 paintings in 30 days. To prepare, I ordered 30  6″ x 6″ x 1.5″ cradled boards for the paintings.  As you can see in the picture above, I’m in the process of putting gesso on the boards.

I’m thinking of putting 30 nails in the wall and hanging up the 30 blank boards — easy-peasy to take one down each day, paint it, and hang it up. Could work and will save me from worrying  about the boys practicing  their paw-painting on them.  It all starts on Thursday…. Hope you’ll follow along.

That’s it for now.  Happy Sunday Selfie Blog Hop to all of you.  Join in by dropping by The Cat on My Head blog.

Here we are in this old pic… HH lost all the pics off her phone except some old ones.  She promises we will have a new pic next week.


Have a great day.

Hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles, and HH (Lou)

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Sunday Art update…

Flower 0002 SM  Good morning to all… HH has been painting like crazy this week.  She painted these flowers on a 5″ x 7″ canvas. We think this should be called “Egg-plant”…. or  “Sunny-side up”… in other words, it looks like eggs to us… MOL.

And then she painted the painting below.  This one is “Tulips”.  No doubt about that. This one is 8″ x 10″ on canvas.

Flower 0003 SM

HH is also adding the KittyScapes to her gallery at Daily Paintworks.  Time to sell some paintings to make room for more…. why…..?  Because she’s gonna participate in a 30-Day Challenge in September… so 30 more paintings to hang soon.

We hope you’ve had a good week… Here’s our Sunday Selfie. We are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog…


Sorry you cant see our faces… we are watching a bird on the roof…

Have a great day.

Hugs, Bugsy and Knuckles



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Fitness… has HH ever used that word?

Checkers narrates...

Checkers narrates…

Checkers here…  I know what you’re thinking folks… You just haven’t seen ol’ Checkers T. Mouse for a while.  Believe me, it’s not my fault.  In the move from the old studio to the one here in the condo, I got shut away in a hat box and was just let out the other day.  Rude, right?  Enuff said.

So, I have much to say to catch you up on everything that’s happened in the interim.  So let’s get to it:

First of all, FITNESS

Take a look at this sign:

So, let me tell you the story behind this sign.  HH was halfway to the airport to pick up a friend when she heard that the flight was delayed. Rather than go all the way home, she headed for the health club.

As she entered the parking lot, she noticed a sign in the row farthest from the building. The big sign said ” This Row Reserved for those Dedicated to Fitness.”  So, since it was the only row in the parking lot that was completely empty, she parked there and read her book for 40 minutes.

LOL!!! As I said in the title, have you ever seen HH use the word fitness in any blog post except for the ones about the boys?  No, you have not. And, luckily, she did not get a ticket for parking there without being truly dedicated to fitness (in her heart).

Writing Update

HH is about to finish her book, Before You Write.  Yes, she’s been working on it a long time, but it’s gotta be good with all the work she’s put into it.  It’s full of suggestions and information people need when writing a book…

When will it be out, you ask?  Probably in about 6 more weeks. She’s planning to have it for the book fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in November for sure.

Art This Week…

I’ve started a new flower series. This is the first painting. It’s acrylic and is 8″ x 8″ x 1.5″ on gallery-wrapped canvas.  It’s ready to hang or can sit on a bookshelf.  You can see it and others on Lou’s (HH’s) Daily Paintworks Gallery

DPW Flower 0001

Below is the post card Lou uses for a business card.  I’m putting this here to remember to tell you that Lou is in the process of loading all the KittyScape paintings onto the Daily Paintworks Gallery. When she’s finished, she’s going to have a huge sale for Christmas or whatever reason you might come up with to buy one.


And, here’s a picture of some of the ones she’s uploading…  Gina the Magnificent arranged the pics on the wall… Great job, Gina, and as you can see, Bugsy and Knuckles supervised.

Sunday Selfie

As usual, we are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog.  Please join in.  This week the selfie is not really a selfie, but Bugsy got carried away.

For the first time in history, he jumped onto the shelf above the studio tables.  Never done it before. HH and I discussed it and we figured that his weight loss has made him feel light as a feather, so he decided to fly.

In this pic… it appears that he’s about to jump on Helen’s head… he did not, however, but HH let him figure out his own way down.


That’s it for today…

Have a great week,

hugs, Checkers, Bugsy, Knuckles, and HH (L0u)

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Sunday Selfie and De-stuffing too

Don't fence me in!

Don’t fence me in!

Oh..oh… I almost stalled out on my de-stuffing project. Not in my mind. My mind has made plans daily to de-stuff this area of the condo or that. But, I must admit, it’s been more planning than action lately…


Because de-stuffing is messy. The place gets a whole lot worse before there’s any sign of it getting better. You know, I want it all to be de-stuffed in one day. Doesn’t work that way.

So, in case you are secretly de-stuffing right along with me, I thought I’d give you this list of ways to keep your de-stuffing from de-railing… This is my plan to stay on track.

  1. Don’t look at the big picture. What you do today is enough.
  2. Keep plenty of bags and boxes ready. Once you make a pile of things that must go, don’t slow down the process by not having any way to carry them out.
  3. Delight in the small victories. Don’t wait until the whole place is de-stuffed before rewarding yourself. Give yourself lots of positive feedback along the way.

That’s it…. just 3 things. I’m trying to keep it simple over here; therefore, the list to keep on track has to be minimal too.   I’m off to de-stuff now, but before I do…

Here’s Bugsy and his latest Selfie. We’re participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat On My Head blog.  Join in.



Have a great day.

Hugs, HH (Lou), Bugsy and Knuckles

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Girls’ Day Out

Howdy…. yes, I know it’s Thursday. Turning over a new leaf and will surprise you by posting on days other than Sunday…occasionally.

Just a couple of pieces of art news…

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

First, I won a Special Recognition Award from the Light, Space and Time Exhibit for  Field of Dreams. They said there were over 800 entries, so I was very pleased to receive a nod.

Second… I painted this little piece of cow whimsy this week… It’s called Girls’ Day Out.  You know it’s always great to have a day out with the girls. These three agree… I was going to add earrings to show their glee, but thought their expressions showed their pleasure just fine.

Girls Day OutSM

6″ by 6″ oil on gessobord…  See more at my Daily Paintworks Gallery

Have a great weekend.

best, Lou

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Sunday : A Flower for You and a Selfie too.

Good Morning…. Creatively, life has been booming over here.  Bugsy was thrilled to step on my palette again. This time he hit the black paint with his right front foot.  I almost didn’t catch him before he hit the floor, but I was too quick for him and no footprints to clean up.

He did, however, ruin my shirt.  Black oil paint isn’t easy to remove.  So, we had our session with the bottle of cooking oil to dilute the paint on his paw, and he and I have lived to tell the tale.

Knuckles was not a silent bystander during the uproar.  He was standing on his hind feet the whole time, supervising to make sure I wasn’t hurting Bugs.  Unfortunately, no photos to show of the ordeal. Not a hand to spare…

Despite the calamity, here’s the painting I produced that day.

flower Hancel SM

And here’s a Sunday Selfie of Bugsy created with the leftover black paint he stepped in…

bugsy close

Have a great day everyone… and Join in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hope put on by The Cat on My Head blog.


Bugsy, Knuckles and HH (Lou)

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Who do you see….? Selfie Sunday

I not only have to de-stuff my physical world, but the computer files as well.  This week I spent a little time assessing how big that job is going to be.

While I was poking around, I happened upon this photo of my first 30-Day Challenge. You probably can name many of the cats in this photo… Fortunately, my painting has improved in the three intervening years… but have fun with this and let me know who you see.


We’re using this as our selfie for this week.  Please join in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog.

Have a great week.


Lou, Bugsy and Knuckles

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