“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Today is “Never Give Up Day.” The above three paintings were done at Hudson, WI, the year prior to yesterday’s post. It was another competition of plein air artists. I’ve decided to post these today to show you that perseverance is required for the artist who makes his living making art. Each of these beauties is a testimony to Paul’s stick-to-itiveness.

Sitting in the hot sun, or under an umbrella to shade you or prevent your painting from bleeding to death, is often the price you pay for painting outdoors. You never know what’s going to happen from day to day, but you press on in hopes of overcoming the obstacles.

It also happens to be “Bad Poets Day,” so I will spare you my poetry, in honor of the day.


As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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