Last painting class for a while


Painted this in my acrylics class. We had our last class for a while on Thursday. No more until September.


Next week am starting a series of meal prep posts on The Helpful Blogger. Stop by if you’re interested.

Also, this week I started The Helpful Blogger 100-Day Food and Movement Project. Today is my day 5.

The boys are fine. We are watching for the rain from Alberto… Other than that it’s Easy Like Sunday over here and we’re participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat On My Head blog.

Here’s our selfie…

Have a great day…

hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles, and Lou

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Knuckles has a new portrait…

Good morning….

Knuckles has been counting the minutes until he is allowed to show you his new portrait. Gwenn Seemel, a friend of mine, did it and we think it is spectacular.  It’s a drawing with pens and it has captured Knuckles’ spirit perfectly….

Here it is….

Fantastic, right?  Drop by and see her other work. She paints in acrylics and I am just fascinated by her technique…  So alive.  You’ll find Gwenn at 

We are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog and are using this drawing as our selfie today.  We hope you’ll join in.

Have a great day.

hugs, Lou. Bugsy, and Knuckles


P.S…..  And… remember you’re always welcome to visit Lou’s other blog if you’re interested in plant-based eating… it’s The Helpful Blogger

Last week we talked about nutritional yeast, benefits of walking, and healthy versus not so healthy vegan eating.

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It’s the Merry Month of May

Sorry we weren’t around last week… or were we…? MOL! Don’t even know.

I do know that we are here today.

Been busy with The Helpful Blogger We finished the Eating The Rainbow posts and had a book giveaway. Thanks to everyone who dropped by.

Have worked in a little bit of painting too. This one is an abstract from class. It was such fun to do — such a different technique. Haven’t named it …. Leave a title in the comments if something comes to mind.

The week before, I did this portrait of the girls. Think I’ll name this one Best Friends. I still need to do some work on the background…

We are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog. Join in.

This week… Knuckles playing hide and seek… Where’s Knuckles?

Have a great week everybody.

hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and Lou.

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Book Giveaway this week.

photo by Suzanne Clements

We’re having a book giveaway today through Thursday on The Helpful Blogger, and I didn’t want you all to miss out.  I’ve posted a book review and the instructions for the giveaway over there.  The book is EAT TO LIVE by Joel Fuhrman, MD.  It’s a wonderful and useful book, packed with info on nutrition, what to eat to stay healthy and even reverse some diseases, and info on weight management, too. Hope you’ll take a look.

Art This Week

Here’s what I painted in class this week… Yikes. To me, it looks like a river filled with debris – albeit,  debris of pretty colors.  I’m going to carve out some time to have another go at it this week.  I’ll show you the results, if they are show-worthy.

Also, I have completely refurbished by on-line gallery.  Right now there are only three paintings – or maybe four – in it. I plan to post a painting a day for a while.  It’s at Daily Paintworks .  Have a look if you have time.


Bugsy and Knuckles have been busy too.  They seem to think they are in charge of my desk now that I’m writing and working on the big computer more.  They do demand their space.  They are pretty good at managing my time and egging me into taking a break or two (or ten) during the day.

We are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog.  Please join in.  Here’s their selfie for today…

Have a great week everybuddy…

hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and Lou

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This and That on Sunday…

It seems to me…

… there’s a book in this wonderful place where I live.  There are some great characters living here and if I write it, I’ll call it Life at the Home…  Stay tuned for that.

For you bird lovers… and I know that many of you are because you tune into Bird TV everyday.  Anyway, we discovered there are a couple of crows nests in the tree out front (this painting is not a crow… MOL) and there were hatched egg shells on the ground. Did you know their eggs look very similar to robins’ eggs, just a whole lot bigger?

No pics of the babies or anything. But, next year, We’ll watch for them.

In class this week…

… painted a picture of turtle hatchlings stumbling over each other on their race from the nest to the ocean.  I’m hoping to show it to you next week.  It still needs more work and my little turtles sadly looked more like cockroaches than turtles.  They will magically transform themselves into cute, scurrying turtles this week… at least I hope they do.

I’m taking acrylic painting with Frits Van Eeden.  He just returned from the Netherlands where he lives part of the year.  He had a great show there of 50 of his paintings.  Here’s a video if you’re interested….  It’s in his first language, but thought you might enjoy the art.

The Helpful Blogger update…

…next week (Friday), I’ll be posting my first book giveaway on

For the first book, I’m giving away an autographed copy of Eat to Live  by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  It’s a great book for weight loss or just good nutrition information.  To participate, just stop by and subscribe to the blog.  There’s a subscription form at the bottom of most pages on The Helpful Blogger.

Sunday Selfie Blog Hop

We are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on my Head blog. Please join in.  Today… it’s Bugsy posing as a paperweight.

Have a great day….

hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and Lou

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Easter by ourselves… fun with food, paintings for sale, and writing all the time.

It seems to me….

I hope everyone had a great Easter last weekend.  I did, or at least I thought I did until I was told that I didn’t.  So, here’s what I mean…  The boys and I didn’t have any plans for Easter.  That was fine with us and we stayed home and did our own thing… that means the big EASY to the boys. Well, the following day, I ran into a friend, asked how Easter was and she said, “What’d you do?  Just stay home by yourself, doing nothing?” It was the tone you needed to hear as if there could be nothing worse than my own company.

Living alone is a challenge at times, but the up side is that you can do what you want, when you want.  I don’t sit around feeling sorry for myself. Instead, I usually try to make the most of every day.  It seems to me that people should not pre-judge someone else’s life.  There, I feel better. Thanks for listening.


So, another fun week on the new blog.  I’m writing, writing, writing all the time. Here’s a picture of the food stylings you are missing if you haven’t dropped by.  If you did drop by this week,  thanks so much.

This past week on The Helpful Blogger I talked about The Four Faces of Eating, I Eat Plants – What do you eat?, and on the Oh Yum page I posted Oh Yum: Wheatberry and Sauerkraut Salad.  You’ll find all of them at The Helpful Blogger.


I’m downsizing… HA!!!…  aren’t I always?  Gonna post one painting per week for a special sale price…  This one is 6″ x 6″ and is acrylic on gessobord.  It is ready to frame.  The price is $36 with free shipping and handling in the continental US.  If interested… leave a comment or email me at lou at lou belcher dot com.  It’d make a nice Mother’s Day gift.


The Boys

The boys are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on my Head blog.  Instead of a regular Selfie… we’re posting this cartoon from years ago.  We are cool cats, right? Well, we’re posting this in honor of Caren Gittleman and Cody. They blogged about children’s books and ours was one of them.  Thanks Caren and Cody. Take a look…  at Cat Chat with Caren and Cody 

Have a great day everybuddy.

hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and Lou

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Productivity… gotta love it!

It’s been a productive week. I got rid of the feeling that my creativity was blocked and have started slinging some paint around again; I opened the new blog; and the boys got their required 22 hours of sleep per day. So a great time was had by all.

First, in the art world, I have a few pieces finished and will be deciding where to hang them in cyberspace this week. Here’s one. You’ve probably seen it before. Can’t remember… but George The Goat makes me smile.

180202 George

This week on the Helpful Blogger is a Welcome Message and I’ve started a five-part series on different ways to transition to a vegan or plant-based diet.


Chia Seed Drinks

I hope you’ll drop by and check it out… (there’s a form on each page to sign up to receive a notice when I post… Please give it a look. Check RSS on the form if you want to receive just notices when I blog or check RSS and Announcements if you want to receive notices of posts as well as other announcements, such as give-aways, etc. )

Great food to look at too… The Helpful Blogger

Today we are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog. Here’s Knuckles, the painter’s assistant.


Have a great day.

hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and Lou

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