In general I am usually in a hurry on Sunday morning, this is the main reason for “Silent Sundays”. This morning has really been non hurried (I really wish) it would happen this way more often! I always have loved doing macro photography over the years. I have never been lucky enough to have a dedicated macro lens like the (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens), though I must say, even though I would really like this macro lens, I have been very happy using ( EXT-CD2 Auto Focus Extension Tube Set for Canon EF/EF-S ) along with … Continue reading SEMI-SILENT SUNDAY IN MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY


Believe it not, not all paintings are perfect! Sometimes, you enter the flow state right out of the gate, sadly other times, I may start that way but as the painting progresses, looks great, something just fizzles out. Many times it is a simple fact that I get distracted by other things that need to get done, or you get tired, sometimes, it is wrong color combinations, mixtures, or composition. I paint all of my paintings via, imagination/visualization, I try not to use photographs. When this happens you need to let it go and just move on, and come back … Continue reading WHEN A PAINTING GETS STUCK!


I have been so busy with oil painting and posting paintings I have been working on, I missed the one thing I used to do, photography. I have not actually missed it because I must do it to post about oil painting. I have neglected it in such as it is an art form in its own right. Today I thought that I would post a selection of flowers, which I had taken for my previous blog of ten years, Heritage Basket Studio. The blog is still online and covers a vast array of topics including, art, basketry, seat weaving, … Continue reading FLOWERS TO BRIGHTEN OUR LIVES


Here are this weeks paintings, the first painting is 5×7 inches on cradled masonite panel, the second is 8×10 inches on cradled masonite panel, #1 only has 3 colors, Sap Green, Transparent Red Oxide, Paynes Grey. #2 has the same, plus some Hansa Yellow Light. I really must find a better light source, the painting are not nearly as dark as they appear. Texturing was done in the wet paint with a type of textured or embossed tissue paper. It is amazing to me how my painting style is in a constant stage of flux, always ever evolving. What I … Continue reading SOJOURNS TODAY-EVOLVING STYLES

Sojourns Today in Oil Painting

Sojourns Today for myself covers my many skills and abilities, and the learning curve involved in them all. The mere act of blogging with WordPress for instance has vastly changed since I started in 2009 with “Heritage Basket Studio” when I was a basket weaver & seat weaver/chair caner, of course writing & photography are a major part now as it was then. WordPress and the way you make and edit post is what has changed dramatically, since I had to stop blogging in 2017, now it truly is like starting all over again. Just bear with me as I … Continue reading Sojourns Today in Oil Painting

Photographic Moments from the Past

In trying to get back into blogging, I have been trying to get back to carrying my camera with me all the time, alas life is still filled with good intentions! For myself it is so important with the price of gas steadily creeping upwards, that I try to make all of my trips worthwhile. when you live in rural America you learn from the start growing up that a lot of people live in smaller towns like satellites around larger towns/cities. While there is a grocery store & pharmacy, post office, banks etc. in my town, better sales and … Continue reading Photographic Moments from the Past