Stevie Wonder’s Stunning Announcement! His Trilogy Of Grammy Gold! “Innervisions”, “Songs In The Key Of Life” And “Fulfillingness’ First Finale”!


With the news this week that Legendary Stevie Wonder will be having a kidney transplant later this year, John Rieber celebrates his music..

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Stevie Wonder stunned fans by announcing that he will undergo a kidney transplant later this year.

The 69-year-old music legend disclosed the news to a concert crowd in London on Saturday night, the BBC reported.

He says there is a donor lined up, and the operation will take place in the fall. I will keep everyone updated as the date nears…and I wanted to celebrate his music by focusing on one of the most creative periods in his life!

Celebrating Stevie Wonder’s Trilogy Of Grammy Gold!

One Artist in the 1970’s released three albums in a row – and ALL OF THEM won The Grammy For Album Of The Year!

Who else could have had this run of brilliant music but the visionary Musical Genius Stevie Wonder!

Stevie Wonder is currently tied with Frank Sinatra as the solo artist with the most GRAMMY wins for Album Of The Year with…

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Eat Smart! Eat Healthily!… Recipes, Wacky Diet Corner and some Commonsense…


Another down to earth look at healthy eating with a great way to cook cauliflower, the latest wacky diets and some commonsense tips on being at the top of your game.. head over to Carol Taylor for your weekly motivation..

Retired? No one told me!

Ahhhh…First drink of the day…Oolong green tea…It is quiet and peaceful…Aston has been packed off to school, time to check my e-mail and stuff…and then I write…

I write these posts as a way of focusing my mind on my diet although I have been helped by my smartwatch it focuses me by keeping a track of my steps, heart rate and sleep patterns for me I like it apart from my laptop it is the first personal piece of technology that I own and a good buy…

What helps focus your mind...Do you find it easy sticking to healthy eating? If not …Why not? What drives you is it your health and your families health.?.. Is it because you want to wear the latest clothes and look good?. Is it to attract that special someone? Is it so you can play ball without wheezing with your kids?

I…

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Bikes Bears Brockway


A breath taking and dare devil response to this week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction challenge….there be bears on Brockway Mountain…head over to Annette Rochelle Aben to check it out.

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LOVED the prompt for this week from Carrot Ranch as this very real incident could have cost my husband his life, if not for the quick thinking of our tour guides, Mike & Libby Roland. If you are want to visit the Keweenaw in Michigan, keep in mind that it IS the bear’s country first and you are merely a guest. (it’s better that way)

Michigan Bicycle Touring was escorting us through the Keweenaw that year. Filled with breath taking scenery and the peace one longs for.

Oh, and bears!

I was in the “sag wagon” being hauled to the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in style, my husband was on his bike climbing Brockway Mountain.

That’s when we saw the cubs.

Cubs to the right of us, mamma to the left and Danny behind, unknowingly heading for disaster.

Quickly, we placed ourselves between the bears, opened the sliding…

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Brother Love 10 — A Cut


If you missed Saturday’s episode of Brother Love by Teagan Geneviene, panic ye not… here is the link. There is all kinds of mayhem going on in the tent, Jinx the Magpie is on guard to protect Birdie’s treasure possessions, there could be a revelation about Tammy, and there is some police work to be done… ketchup here…

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Rug with Crow Dan AntionDan Antion got a kick out of finding “Jinx” in this antique rug. It reminded me of the recent July Fourth holiday.

Welcome to the crossroads.

To my friends to the north, I hope you had a lovely Canada Day.  To those in the USA, I hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July and celebrated our precious freedom.  

I appreciate you coming back after my little break last weekend.  

Thanks to Dan Antion of No Facilities for letting me use more of his great photos.

The things that drive today’s installment are:  Magnolia Leaves from Priscilla Bettis, Earthly Bonds from G. P. Cox, and Spaghetti from Jan Twissel

If you need to review a past chapter, click over to A Pause for links.

From last time inChapter 9 — A Hallelujah

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Tammy turned to Brother Love, who apparently…

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Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 134, #SynonymsOnly


This week’s poetry anthology in the form of a recap of submissions for Colleen Chesebro’s weekly Tanka Challenge.. Wonderful poetry… and I am over the moon… to be this week’s poet of the week.. how cool is that.. Please head over to enjoy not just my tanka.. but all the other amazing poems..

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Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines. I’ve updated the printable Poetry Form Cheat Sheet that I give away for signing up to my weekly blog recap newsletter. If any regular challenge participants would like a copy email me using the new email below. I’ll send you a copy. ❤

Join US every Tuesday!

After much thought I’ve come up with a way to take care of the contact form problem. I’ve created an email especially for the challenge. From now on please submit your poetry to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. This will give me a dedicated address to use for your submissions.


Starting Tuesday, July 9th please send to tanakatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com the “Title of your poem,” #Form used, by…

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Thailand…Travel and Traditions…Village Life…Northern Thailand( Essan)

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I hate going to bed with my head filled with depressing news and images… I know the world is not all HEA… but this post is one that is full of happy images, of people who don’t all have every material thing under the sun, but who find joy in village life, and good food… from Carol Taylor’s home in Thailand.

Thailand…Travel and Traditions…Village Life…Northern Thailand( Essan)

Whenever we visit our Thai family’s village on this occasion it was to collect our grandson, he often stays with his brown Nannie ( as he calls her) no racism intended during his school holidays. They live in a little village in the middle of nowhere in Northern Thailand where he has the freedom to climb trees, go fishing or lizard hunting he gets to ride his nan’s scooter as the roads are very quiet and safe all the things boys love without too many rules…They get dirty but so happy…

The shower was a bucket of water or a hose pipe in the early days but now they have a wet room of sorts but still, the tub of water is there …a mixture of the old and new…squat toilets are still the norm in many homes here…A habit I have had to embrace…

We are always made soooo welcome..chairs are bought out and we sit and gradually the whole village comes to see us…Lots of happy smiling faces.

 

head over and enjoy the rest of the post.. it will brighten your day…thanks Sally

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Kindlepreneur- Guest Post by Andrew Joyce…

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If you are an author on Amazon then you should read this guest post from Andrew Joyce on how to maximise your sales… Book marketing is tough enough without taking full advantage of other’s experience and success stories… head over to The Story Reading Ape and make the most of this post.

You would think that after ten years in the writing racket I’d know a little more than I do. Well, then you’d be wrong. Every day is a learning experience. That’s why I’m such an avid fan of The Story Reading Ape, or, as he is affectionately known to his peers, Mr. Ape. Not a day goes by that he does not enlighten us with articles on the many ins-and-outs of self-publishing. Sometimes he’ll even throw in a chuckle or two by posting pictures of cats (ya’all know what I’m talkin’ about).

Anyway, I’m here today to tell you about a few things I recently learned that are going to help me sell more books going forward. Some of the things were known to me, but I was too lazy to delve into them (i.e., research them). Others came as a complete surprise. I’ll tell you what they are and provide links so you can get the particulars. Hey, I can’t do all the work! As mentioned above, I’m an indolent sort.

I’m going to talk about selling books on Amazon because they are the 800-pound gorilla in the room when it comes to selling books. So let’s get to it. Did you know there are things you can do before you even start writing your book that will help sales? Such as using trigger words for your title, subtitle, and book description.

 

Head over to get the full benefit of the post.

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Making Hay, Getting your Blog Promoted, Guests Galore, Music and a Good Laugh.


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts you might have missed here on Smorgasbord.

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Summer arrived finally, and for nearly a week the farming activity has been in overdrive. After the drought and poor harvest last year, the farmers are naturally very keen to get their hay made while the sun shines… This means that getting to town has been a bit slower behind tractors and other harvesting equipment, but nobody really cares as it gives us all a chance to enjoy the scenery.

I have spent my week pleasurably reading through the blogger’s archives who have kindly granted me permission to share their posts. This was an overdue attempt to get to know more about the people who support this blog and to promote them and their blogs. I had no idea that it would create such a wonderful windfall of interesting and entertaining posts. Normally when I issue an invitation to submit posts from the archives I might get 10 to 15 responses.. So far I have 65 bloggers on the list and I am half way through showcasing their posts.

This had me wondering what the difference was between the response. And the answer I believe is natural reticence. It is one thing to put yourself forward and perhaps wonder if your posts are acceptable, and another when someone actually selects posts to share. Whatever the reason, I am grateful, as I have discovered some wonderful posts and in fact am hard pushed to share just four.

It will depend very much on the reason why you write a blog, but one thing I am absolutely sure about is that there those who write blogs should promote themselves far more than they do. Also I do recommend that you open your doors to guests in every form including articles and interviews, as not only does it promote them, but it brings you readers for your own work.

On that subject, and something that I often repeat. For the majority of us our blogs are a full-time or part-time job, even if it is not monetised. If you add up the hours per week or month that you spend writing posts, and sharing them on social media, you will find how they add up.

I have been promoting authors and bloggers now for seven years and whilst delighted to share here and on social media, I do have some tips for those who are guests so that they get the most from the experience.

  1. Answer all comments individually. If people have taken the time to respond to the post then it is only courtesy to respond.
  2. If you are tagged on social media such as Twitter and Facebook with the name of the person who has shared from the post, then it is a good idea to respond and follow that person if you do not already do so.
  3. After a few days, reblog your guest post to your own site, just in case your own readers missed.
  4. Check on the post for a week at least every couple of days if you have not clicked the button that informs you of new comments.
  5. Go through your earlier posts and share again on your own blog. Like me I am sure you will find that your readership has grown year after year, and you have a completely new audience for your work.
  6. And when someone offers you the opportunity to share your work on their site, take them up on it. With me it is just a link needed, but you can also sent complete posts to anyone requesting guests and reach their audience. Great sites that are looking for guests are massive promoters of authors and bloggers – Christopher Graham, The Story Reading Ape, such as this post from Traci Kenworth – https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/07/02/writing-for-yourself-guest-post-by-traci-kenworth/  or Sue Vincent who has a wonderful collection of guest posts: https://scvincent.com/guest-posts/

As an example of how enjoyable an experience it can be as a guest of another blogger…

This week I was the first guest of Patty Fletcher for her new series Author of the Week.. I hope you will head over to read.. and also to sign up to be interviewed.. either answering the questions individually or in essay format.

https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/author-of-the-week

Lecture over… time to share some of the posts you might have missed this week. As always huge thanks to regular contributors who provide such informative and helpful content… and to all of you who have taken the time to visit, like, comment and share.

It is over a year since D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies began writing a Travel Column for Smorgasbord, and as she is up to her hollyhocks in work projects at the moment, I am repeating her first two posts on Cruise ships with part two tomorrow.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-rewind-with-d-g-kaye-cruising-reports-and-tips-part-one-d-g-kaye/

This week my guest is author and poet Joy Lennick. Joy has often entertained us with her tales of her long and very interesting life. Now in her young 80s, she lives with her husband Eric in the warmth of the Spanish sunshine.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sunday-interview-human-in-every-sense-of-the-word-poetry-loyal-senses-by-joy-lennick/

Over the next nine weeks I am going to be sharing a range of music for jazz, pop, rock, country and classical fans. Unlike most music festivals, the sun will always shine, there is not camping or glamping…this week three summer favourites, including this one.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/smorgasbord-summer-music-festival-summer-songs-to-get-you-in-the-mood/

In Touch with the earth.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebro-tuesday-tanka-challenge-in-touch-with-the-earth-by-sally-cronin/

Time for this week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills and this week being July 4th, it is in celebration of Charli’s part of Michigan, and its history. She asked us to check out the micro history of the Keweenaw National Historic Park from the 1840s and write 99 words no more no less about an aspect of that history.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/smorgasbord-short-story-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-escaping-the-famine-by-sally-cronin/

The queen and her new husband are honeymooning for a month, having left her two daughters under the surveillance of the Storyteller.. however, when there is a music festival in town, girls with be girls, even when they are princesses.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/tales-from-the-irish-garden-serialisation-chapter-ten-summer-after-the-festival-by-sally-cronin/

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This is the first post from the archives of writer Sherrey Meyer whose blog is titled Life in the Slow Lane. If you are planning on tracing your family history or bringing together research for a memoir, I am sure you will find this post very helpful. Family History – 5 Ways to Excavate Memories 2015 by Sherrey Meyer

Sherrey Meyer, Blog Owner, Writer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-family-history-5-ways-to-excavate-memories-by-sherrey-meyer/

This is the first of the four posts that I have selected from the archives of author Janet Gogerty about keeping a journal, and the value to us as writers and as we get older.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-journals-into-infinity-by-janet-gogerty/

This is the first post from the archives of author Stevie Turner who has an extensive and eclectic archives and it is easy to get yourself lost in there for an hour or so…Last week Stevie posted a wonderfully entertaining visit to the Download Festival in 2010 Camping Under the Stars and so I decided to share one of Stevie’s early posts from 2014 about another music festival…. Stevie and Sam go to Sonisphere 2014 by Stevie Turner

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-music-stevie-and-sam-go-to-sonisphere-2014-by-stevie-turner/

This is the first post from the archives of Laura M. Bailey who blogs on a number of subjects including history, family, horses, Southern lifestyle and cookery. This post caught my eye as I have been sharing our stories of South Padre Island in Texas in my series set in 1986. 1919: Lost In The Storm (2018) by Laura M. Bailey

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-history-texas-1919-lost-in-the-storm-2018-by-laura-m-bailey/

This is the first post from the archives of children’s author Annabelle Franklin who lives in a lovely part of South Wales. She blogs from the Literate Lurcher..or should I say Millie and Pearl do….Millie has sadly passed away now, but in this post from January 2019 it is clear that she is still very much in the hearts and minds of those she left behind.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-greyhounds-sorry-im-late-2018-by-annabelle-franklin/

This is the first post in this series from the archives of Dolly Aizenman, who not only shares amazing recipes from around the world, but also shares the history behind them.  July 4th – Fireworks on the Beach 2016 by Dolly Aizenman

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-july4th-recipe-for-fireworks-on-the-beach-by-dolly-aizenman/

This is the second post from author Christa Polkinhorn who has been blogging since 2010.. This gave me access to her extensive archives. This post from 2013 is about the research into wine making for Christa’s series set in a vineyard. The Art of Winemaking and Writing by Christa Polkinhorn

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/04/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-art-of-winemaking-and-writing-by-christa-polkinhorn/

This is the second post from the archives of poet Dorinda Duclos…and another poem that made me smile… having met and married in six weeks… we heard the same phrase.. ‘It will never last’… Dorinda celebrates 30 years of marriage in 2015.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/04/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-thirty-years-by-dorinda-duclos/

In this post Sue Vincent reminds us how we tend to breeze through much of our life on auto pilot, missing a great deal of wonderful sights and events in the process.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-green-light-2017-by-sue-vincent/

This is the second post from author Marjorie Mallon (M.J Mallon) and this week I have selected a wonderful short story that Marjorie wrote in response to one of D.Wallace Peach’s monthly speculative fiction prompts which I enjoy participating in too.  The Old Man of Snow and The Snow Snake by M. J. Mallon

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-shortstory-the-old-man-of-snow-and-the-snow-snake-by-m-j-mallon/

This is the second post from Donna W. Hill who has let me loose in her archives. I would say it is a fair bet that you are a writer if you are reading this post. In 2015 Donna explored this form of expression and communication that we have chosen to make such a key part of our lives. Writing: the What & Why of It 2015 by Donna W. Hill

Donna W. Hill in Hazleton, PA from Behind Group of Kids: photo by Rich Hill.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-writing-the-what-why-of-it-2015-by-donna-w-hill/

This is the second post by Bill Hayes who blogs at Matterings of Mind and there is definitely a treasure trove of posts to be found covering many subjects. This week the subject is photography and an exploration of the ‘selfie’. From O’Connell Street to Instagram 2014 by Bill Hayes

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-from-oconnell-street-to-instagram-2014-by-bill-hayes/

This is the second post from Amanda Reilly Sayer and because Amanda has only begun blogging recently, the posts are from 2019. There is plenty to share in poetry, prose and wonderful artwork. I am sure you are going to enjoy. This week Amanda shares her move into working with acrylics for her art. A shifting definition of good work by Amanda Reilly Sayer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-painting-art-a-shifting-definition-of-good-work-by-amanda-reilly-sayer/

New book on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-poetry-photography-my-maine-by-bette-a-stevens/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-books-on-the-shelves-sci-fi-steampunk-short-story-this-could-change-the-world-by-richard-dee/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-jan-sikes-balroop-singh-vashti-quiroz-vega-annika-perry/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-lorinda-j-taylor-d-wallace-peach-and-hugh-w-roberts/

Each of our major organs has its own requirement for nutrients, and you need a varied diet to keep all of them happy. This is true for the heart as well.. and here is a recipe packed with heart healthy ingredients.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-heart-is-only-as-healthy-as-the-food-we-eat-by-sally-cronin/

There are some very good reasons why you feel you need chocolate?  And some are related to your body not getting sufficient nutrients.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/smorgasbord-health-column-what-causes-your-cravings-part-two-need-chocolate-by-sally-cronin/

Escherichia Coli 0157:H7 (E.Coli) – Strong toxin in raw meat and uncooked food

Escherichia Coli is a group of bacteria that normally live in healthy humans and animals. Like any population there are dissidents and in the E.Coli family this particular strain produces a very powerful toxin that leads to severe gastric illness and in some cases has proved fatal. The numbers 0157:H7 distinguish this strain from the other E. Coli bacteria and refer to specific markers on its surface. As this June 2019 report from CNN shows, there are over 95,000 E.Coli 0157:H7 infections reported annually.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/04/smorgasbord-health-column-foodsafety-escherichia-coli-0157h7-e-coli-strong-toxin-in-raw-meat-and-uncooked-food-by-sally-cronin/

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Thanks again for being part of the magic and the fun ….

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – #Painting #Art- A shifting definition of good work by Amanda Reilly Sayer


Welcome to the  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

This is the second post from Amanda Reilly Sayer and because Amanda has only begun blogging recently, the posts are from 2019. There is plenty to share in poetry, prose and wonderful artwork. I am sure you are going to enjoy. This week Amanda shares her move into working with acrylics for her art.

A shifting definition of good work by Amanda Reilly Sayer

Learning to paint with acrylics

My acrylic painting journey began at one of those wine and paint nights, something my husband thought would be fun for us to do as a couple. He was right! After a manageable set of instructions, each of us was encouraged to make a version of the model painting using the blobs of black and primary colors provided. There was no talk of color mixing, no real technique offered besides a caution about order: start from the top with blue fading into red/yellow sunset, next add the blue ocean, end with the black rocks and sailboat silhouette between them. Everyone happily managed their own interpretations, smiles and laughter abundant throughout. Maybe that was the wine! I remember being struck by the individual differences in outcome despite the uniform instructions and materials.

PaintNite 2014 (first acrylic painting)

This PaintNite scene, though not one I wanted to hang at home, found a place in a windowless office I used for part of my work week. It brightened the space and inspired peaceful thoughts, or so I was told by one of my adolescent patients who otherwise did not radiate calm. Despite this decided value, I knew the painting wasn’t particularly ‘good,’ something I mistakenly thought was a byproduct of the medium, not just my lack of skill. Still, I picked up some canvases and acrylic paints on sale at a local craft store. I imagined I’d host a PaintNite with friends or make paintings with my young nephews, ideas that would sit untouched in the corner of my basement, alongside those canvases and acrylic paints.

Years later…

Several years passed, dotted with intermittent watercolor painting, my preferred medium only by habit and lack of experience with any other. Then, my husband, catalyst and longtime supporter of my artistic efforts, gifted me a portable plein air easel. He apparently imagined me on the French countryside, complete with beret and smock, his imagined representation of an artist. And what a lovely way to be envisioned! But he didn’t know that type of easel, which doesn’t adjust to fully horizontal, isn’t ideal for watercolor painting. Although I skipped the beret and smock, I decided to honor the gift by bringing canvas and paints up from the basement, to give acrylics another try on my new easel.

You might wonder whether I thought to research acrylic painting techniques before I began, something that seems obviously wise now. Naively, I thought I knew all there was to know about applying acrylic paint, having had the introductory lesson at PaintNite. I know, I know – hindsight is humbling! In my defense, my art education stopped in middle school. I thought ‘good’ painting was done with either watercolor or oils, a medium off-limits to an amateur, the brush cleaning alone beyond my capacity. It hadn’t occurred to me that acrylic painting, like so many deceptively simple things, can also be complex and render beautiful scenes.

Without expectations, or skill, I set up the easel and started putting paint on canvas, intending to make a rock breakwater, something I’d struggled to master with watercolor paints. No surprise, the rocks were not a success in this painting either. But to my delight, I discovered that with acrylic painting even a dark mistake could be painted over with a lighter color, not really an option with watercolor.

New Medium, July 2018 (2nd acrylic painting)

The final result looked closer to what I considered a ‘good’ painting might look like. It wasn’t great, I knew, but it was better than I’d expected it could be and motivated me to keep playing with this new medium.

So much more to learn…

Since then I’ve made several acrylic paintings of varying quality and have recently decided to learn more about technique and application. There is a lot to learn! It’s tempting to see all the paintings I’ve made to this point as not ‘good’ through the lens of increased knowledge and experience. For example, initially more focused on color and composition, I didn’t realize visible brush strokes might add to, or detract from, a painting. Poor paint coverage is also a thing, which doesn’t affect the gestalt but really makes for a poor quality painting on the close up. This final painting (pictured at the top), my third of the medium, exemplifies both kinds of mistakes.

My definition of a ‘good’ painting has shifted, and will, I suspect, continue to evolve. Still, there is something about this painting, even with the noted imperfections, that keeps me from painting over it. Even that PaintNite painting was beloved by at least one person and was therefore valuable, if primitive in other ways. These paintings remind me that while we can evolve in technique and knowledge, we can also appreciate and honor where we’ve been. We can define ‘good’ broadly.

In other news, although I’ve thus far managed to talk my husband out of the need for an artist’s costume, he occasionally still wonders aloud, “Wouldn’t you like a beret?” Maybe someday I’ll decide that would be a ‘good’ look for me.

©Amanda Reilly Sayer 2019

About Amanda Reilly Sayer

My creative expression is fairly diverse, but I think there is a consistent thread which ultimately examines and encourages personal and artistic growth. The engagement with different art forms keeps me interested and in evolution. I hope my efforts will be meaningful for you too.

At least sometimes, I think we progress by stepping back and looking through different lenses. The contrast between different forms helps me do that, ever challenging me to see beyond the known. Watercolor encourages me to think about layers and transparency, which makes for some interesting effects when applied to acrylic paintings. Photography helps me focus on composition and light. Poetry trains me to be succinct and thoughtful about word choice.

There is always a risk of doing too much, of diluting quality. I may yet specialize. But for now, I’ll continue to aim for progression in process, to work towards ever better results. I hope you’ll join me!

Connect to Amanda

Website: https://amandaart.poetry.blog/about-me-2/
Artwork:
https://amandaart.poetry.blog/painting-gallery/

Thank you to Amanda for allowing me to share the posts from her archives and I hope you will head over and explore for yourself.. Sally.