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

The Long Road Back

I am sure that anyone that finds this post, especially those that were kind enough to subscribe; have wondered what happened. For myself it has been a long journey of ups & downs. In November & December 2017 I suffered through 2 “DVT’s” (Deep Vein Thrombosis Strokes) one in each month of Nov/Dec 2017, followed three months later in March 2018 by a 1,300 blood sugar. Yes I lived to tell about it, something I am told by my doctors is rare, and with no apparent adverse reactions, except now I am off insulin. The strokes left me with a … Continue reading The Long Road Back

Sojourns From The Past – Gardening

Not all of my posts will be from the past, it just happens that there is a bit more of a learning curve to, than there used to be. I am very fortunate to have my own images for the most part to work with, for myself there is no better way to get past the learning curve than to just get started posting. Actually I had already written this post once today and hit a wrong button and deleted it all, there is an auto save feature that “is supposed” to save your work every couple of seconds! … Continue reading Sojourns From The Past – Gardening


You may be asking yourself, why pick a name like this? I needed a name that could cover a wide & diverse array of topics. Just like i had stated on my home page when writing my first blog of ten years, Heritage Basket Studio; started out as a means of promoting my basketry, seat weaving & hand caning. You will remember or see by going to that blog, it outgrew its name over the years, and grew to encompass a wide array of topics. This time around I needed a name that would do this for the long term, … Continue reading SOJOURNS TODAY – THE GOAL