A Bouquet of Brushes…

I love these brushes. I received this set of flat brushes from Artify to try out.. They are super… I tried them this week with this flower sketch. Smooth… I used acrylic paint on canvas and just played around with abstract flowers. The brushes are great if you’re looking for flats… (sizes 1 through 8). They hold lots of paint, but they don’t plop it all down on your painting at once. And not one loose bristle on the entire painting. Easy clean up too.

I also have a new set of watercolor brushes… Beautiful. I’m very pleased with them also…

This is a work in progress, — started, but not finished.

So, that’s what’s happening over here with art…

In addition, I’ve been walking every morning at 6:30 AM… Wish I had started that earlier time sooner. Have seen some beautiful sunrises. It’s very hot and steamy, but they tell me that’s good for me. That might be a story, but I’ll stick with the walking.

Here’s Bugsy’s selfie for the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog…

Have a great day…

Hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and Lou

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You all know that I’ve been aiming, and failing, at minimalism for a couple years now.   Last week my brother sent me a photo of boxes of stuff he had cleaned out.  I responded to his text, “minimalism?” and he responded to mine, “lessism.”  What a great term. Not as threatening and demanding as minimalism.  That’s what I’m shooting for now.  just a little less stuff each week.

I acquired some new paint brushes this week.  They are fantastic. Was going to blog a review of them today, but I’ll wait until I try a few more things with them.  This is the mess I made with them today.

We are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog.  Hope you join in too.

Here’s Bugsy…

Have a great day.

hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles, and Lou

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It seems to me….

that abstract painting is very relaxing… I had fun painting this abstract floral. … I so want a warehouse studio so I can sling paint and not worry about the mess.

We are wishing you an easy Sunday. We, of course, are participating in the. Sunday Selfie Blog hop put on by The Cat On My Head blog.

Here’s Knuckles again…

Have a great day!🐾

hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles, and HH

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Am Writing…

Well, good thing summer is like winter up north. Too hot to spend much time outdoors, so I’m getting lots of work done. In addition to the blogs, I’m working on two books. Want to finish them both for the November book fair in the Eau Gallie Arts District. We’ll see…

David Ignatius said the other day that he was looking forward to the 4th holiday so he could stay home and work on his latest novel. I know what he means.

This week on The Helpful Blogger, I wrote about Superfood: Beans, and SOS: Salt, and in the Oh Yum column… a great taco recipe (thanks to Suzanne…)

Now a little about The Boys… Here’s Knuckles.

Knuckles’ favorite toy…He has had it for a while, but lately he has decided he must have it with him all the time. Ha !!! He drags it into the bedroom at night, and back into the living room in the morning.

Then at times he wears it.

…even as a hat…

Have a great day…

Hugs, Bugsy Knuckles and Lou

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Happy July 1ST

I hope you’re having a great day. We’re into that part of the summer where the day starts off warm but okay, then at 3 or 4pm we have huge torrential rains… steamy after. That’s what you get when you live in paradise…

Now, I’m doing my walk at 6:30 in the morning to beat the heat. And wow, the advantage is that I’m up and going so much earlier.

So, with all that extra time, the flowers above are what I produced this week. When I finished it, I turned around and realized this 6 x 6 painting could be the offspring of the painting I finished last week. HA!

Oh well… At least there is no doubt what my favorite colors are this week.

Just finished writing the blog for TheHelpfulBlogger.com for next week. Am starting a series of posts about superfood. If interested, stop on by.

Here’s our Sunday Selfie for this week. Bugsy is giving you a look at his profile today. We’re participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put in by The Cat On My Head blog. Join in if you want.

Have a great day!

hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles, and Loj

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Flowers everywhere…

This is my latest. It’s millions (almost) of layers of acrylic paint on an 18″ x 24″ gallery-wrapped canvas. This time I just kept painting layer after layer until I reached a point where I thought it was finished. I think I’ll do that with the next painting too… Not so much planning involved… Anyway…. Just have to wire the back and take it down to the gallery.

So, the heat has finally prompted me to move my daily walk to early morning. Today, I walked at 6:30am and enjoyed it much better.

So… The boys are always cool in the air conditioning. They are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog by submitting a photo of Max… Join in…

Here’s a blast from the past. It’s Max, my wonderful cat from years ago, captured in the iconic photo … Meals On Wheels.

Have a great day!


Bugsy, Knuckles and Lou.

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Happy Flowers

I’ve been working on this painting this week… As with most paintings, it had its dark moments when I wasn’t sure I was going to pull it off. But am liking this latest version and it may be finished soon.

This has been one humid week…90% most of the time. We have stuck close to home… The weather has been beautiful though.

Hope you’ve had a great week… This week, Knuckles is participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat On My Head blog.

Here’s his selfie…

Knuckles wasn’t feeling the heat as much as the rest of us… This was taken on Thursday…

Have a great day.

hugs, Knuckles, Bugsy and Lou.

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Okay, now it’s hot

Hot, hot, hot here.  It’s only in the 80s, but the humidity must be high.  I walk every morning; and these days, I’m melting and drinking a jug of water when I return. But, I’m not so much complaining as I’m noting the weather. As long as we’re not having a hurricane and there is nothing to shovel, I’m happy.

Had our last class for a while.  So, here’s my favorite from this series of lessons.


Today is Day 12 of my 100-Day Project.  Always have to have some accountability check going on. This one is not about painting though. I’m recording my food and exercise daily for 100 days to try to establish a sustainable pattern and a GOOD HABIT.  Here’s the definition of habit = a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. Yep! That’s what I’m shooting for.

Another habit I’m establishing is getting back to daily painting.  So…. more paintings to come.

But for now, the boys are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop put on by The Cat on My Head blog.  Come on and join in.  Today, the boys tried to cram their cute little faces into one selfie as close to the camera as possible.  Ha!

Have a great day…

hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and Lou

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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 www.gwennseemel.com 

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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