Another Award For My Blog

Thank you Mizz Winkens for another award!

The award calls for the recipient to share ten little known things about themselves:

1. I was once a licensed disc jockey / radio announcer

2. I’m allergic to bee stings

3. I boarded the wrong train at Naples, Italy and ended up in Rome

4. I boarded the wrong train at Rome and ended up in Verona

5. I’m better at boarding trains and reading maps now

6. I used to drive trucks in Mississippi

7. I like writing stories as much as I do painting

8. Nearly all my paintings have secret messages

9. I wrote my own textbooks when I taught art classes

10. My favorite past-time is sailing

My Blog Received A Lovely Blog Award

"One Lovely Blog Award"

Last month I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Lightningpen. I’m still surprised, delighted and honored.

Here are the rules and my responses for the award:

  • Thank the person who nominated me.

Again, I thank Lightningpen.

  • Share 7 things about me that you may not know.
  1. 15 years ago I co-founded an artists group where I live; it’s still going well.
  2. I once met and spoke with the late actor George Peppard at Cannes. He was smaller than how he appears on TV and the movie screen. Actress Lynda Carter was there and was taller, but that may have been caused by her high-heel shoes.
  3. When I lived in Italy, I discovered that there are Great White Sharks in the Mediterranean Sea. Luckily, that discovery was made on land. 😀
  4. I once owned the first comic book Spider-Man appeared in. My mom threw it away when she redecorated my bedroom.
  5. I played softball in a men’s league for 27 years. The fastest pitcher I ever faced was a woman. She struck out every batter on my team and pitched a no-hitter game. That was the only year women teams were allowed to play in the league.
  6. I met baseball legend Ted Williams when I was 13. Our town’s boat manufacturer made boats that he endorsed. Whenever he came to inspect the boats, he always made time to visit with the neighborhood kids. And no, I never got his autograph, but that was okay. He gave me batting tips that helped me become a better hitter.
  7. I was born on the day and year Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the best-selling “Little House” series of children’s novels, died. She was 90. For those who believe in reincarnation, I do autographs. 😀
  • Nominate 15 bloggers.
  • Notify the nominees that I have done so.
  • Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

Allow Mistakes [painting]

The three paintings shown below are from 1986 when I wanted to show a deer running through a winter landscape. They are painting sketches filled with mistakes I made while learning about deer and the art of painting. Each painting sketch gets better, but they all contain obvious errors that detract from each picture. Fortunately, I was never afraid to make mistakes while I painted, which helped me grow as an artist. After all, making art is a lifelong process of making mistakes.

"Deer Running, Sketch 1"
Deer Running, Sketch 1, Acrylic
"Deer Running, Sketch 2"
Deer Running, Sketch 2, Acrylic
"Deer Running, Sketch 3"
Deer Running, Sketch 3, Acrylic

While mistakes are often blows to the ego, they’re also beautiful learning lessons. And learning art is achieving the knowledge of which mistakes to correct and which ones to keep. Did you know that good paintings are full of wonderful accidents that the artist refused to fix?

TV painter Bob Ross called his mistakes “happy accidents” because they sparked his creativity and urged him to try new methods. As you study your subject and the painting process, you must not worry about the results or be afraid to paint something “ugly.” As you grow, you will learn how to spot errors and mistakes and problems in your art and find solutions for correcting them. There are many how-to books and Internet sites that will teach you. Just look for their banner headlines:


While you paint, learn not to think too much about the result. Set yourself a goal, but don’t force the painting along. When you’re painting, lose yourself in the act of applying a variety of dark and light and big and small brushstrokes of color that tell different stories within the big picture. Painting, like writing or making music, is about emotions and the landscape they create. The result won’t be perfect, but it will be true.

"People Reading Stock Exchange"
People Reading Stock Exchange, Norman Rockwell

No matter what, allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them, like Norman Rockwell did when he mistakenly painted the three-legged boy in this picture of an illustration he did for The Saturday Evening Post. Yes, the boy in the red shirt has three legs. Two with their knees locked, and a third with the knee bent so that he can rest his hand on it. Rockwell was embarrassed, naturally, when the error was printed for the multitude of Post subscribers to see, but he never repeated this mistake in any of his 4,000-plus paintings.

Never stop learning.

Louie and Bruce – Before Cell Phones

1982 was a time before cell phones as we know them now. Most of us were unable to afford the monstrosities at our local electronics store, so we settled for talking to friends on our CB radio in the car or waiting until we got home to use the house phone for the long distance calls. It was fairly common to see someone rushing home for an expectant important call, and it was this behavior I based the following Louie & Bruce cartoon.

"Phone Calls"