“Spring Border Plants, the Remnants”

“The Remnants”

I had some time to wait for a new pulley belt to arrive, still hours before lunch.

Very satisfying to make a plein air drawing of a tiny landscape whilst the equipment was out of commission.

Perhaps the topography and geography is a bit more varied and interesting seen closer at hand than sitting on a great hulking mowing machine.

My observation /impression of the shaded greens, any spots of emerald, splashes of gold, and coy pink coral changed on the whim of the breeze.

Graphite on paper, ~5.75 x 3.75 in, 14.5 x 9.5 cm.

No photograph but it would be fun as a painting.

Best wishes,



Keeping a Mess from Happening

Keeping a Mess from Happening

Sorting Hat? In the shop?

Nope, but a sort of way to channel detritus, flotsam, and jetsam toward rightful places.

This is my simple way to drop off things from a project that need put back in their place, my “lazy box”.

The idea is to place items or “sorts”, mostly likes with likes in one designated zone.

That goal will see mates to socks with socks, and sockets with sockets all ready to be returned to the tool box or drawer.

Put up remains in the first place but this is the “lazy box” it is finite and in one spot. It is a crutch for me but good shop-floor and visual control.

I have put in the lazy box a few smaller clear containers, zippy bags, and twist ties to make an organized container for containers for “left-overs” processing.

So now a forgetful cleaner and nonneat freak can get a break and avoid being a complete slob and look good for organizing and planning.

All Winners!


06 April 2019

Art Me, What I Find in Opportunity

Art Me, What I Find in Opportunity

Art is the practice of taking those opportunities I get, make the most of them.

I hover over a canvas or sheet of paper like a fledgling bird.

When I launch I sometimes hit a good flap or a few and I fly, and I have flopped too.

Flap to fly, flop to cry–neither is fatal or final.

I have artistic intention, use a design, choose colors, and all the rest but the finished “work” is my own personal discovery, it’s not accountant-like accurate.

Trick is to finish what was started, to avoid too much self-criticism.

Most times my choice for what should go in the bin becomes several someone’s favorite piece.

So out the window with my Art intentions, skill, training, lucky outcomes, and long hours of labor. Nope.

Art, not sales, comes down to personal taste, maker and Art purchaser and a mighty lot of being available to people.

Making opportunity, now there’s Art in it.

Sunshine on you,


21 March 2019

Art Me, Backup Plan

Art Me, Backup Plan

Plans fail because of my assumptions, false aspirations.

Being fragile creatures people may need to take time to heal from what ails us.

Art can be postponed for example, since I am dependent on social structures, like homes or studios and also on commercial connections, like electrical power or warmth.

Backup plans are a feature in any Art activity.

The most direct reason to have a plan is to meet a deadline, being on time, promises kept.

A delay in March may slide into other projects.

Nothing to fear. Simply nimble thinking sometimes with the use of a crutch or candles.

Good plan. Good solution to a challenge.

Best Art to you,

c. Lemuel

05 March 2019

Art Me, Getting In

Art Me, Getting In

I know I don’t know what tastes, preferences, or expectations juries, judges, and the audience want in “their” Art, that which twists their fancy. It’s tough to “get in” their wavelength.

I make sure I know what a client wants, when I have one, which I don’t take often.

I bring Design, diligent work, on point execution, done as promised, on time, I’ve always asked for more up-front, congenial transaction all the way through.

That’s what I deliver, what’s in me.

That’s what juries, judges, and the at-large public want too.

It’s not cheap.

Art on,

c. Lemuel

01 March 2019

Voracious Readers-Get more, Be Better, No Sweat

“How to be a more voracious reader” is a lead line on a news site.

The aim is to use voracious reading to become more successful.

I reckon meaning richer in the bank.

Life-coaching, life-hacking, “you’re not doing it right”, send me the same message, you are a mouth-breather but we made “you look”.

Look away. We’re all okay, there is nothing to see here.

Get some reading material. Read it. Try a different genre. Read many forms of writing.

Get a newspaper habit. Buy or borrow a book. Start a reading group. Teach someone how to read.

You’ll do fine. Keep reading. Maybe you’ll be voracious, if that is even a measurable thing.

Out smart the people who think they can play you.

Read on, you beautiful lovers of reading,

c. Lemuel

27 February 2019