My Muse

My Muse

Thursday, August 30, 2012


 The Causeway. Still in progress. Sophie was beside me at the studio sleeping as I painted then she stretched, opened her eyes, then wanted to go out back. She has a way of telling me she wants something. It will either be standing and staring at me, telepathy with the other Labs, or taps her paw on something that will make noise. If that should fail, my leg.  I got the "tap".

A good thing as I watched her walk and realized I need to fix the Labs leg again in the painting. Good girl Soph! That's why she gets the good treats!!

Hopefully it can get finished tomorrow along with a few more commission pieces. :-)

Hope you like this. Painting Across America...(but still in Florida)  8" x10' Stretched canvas

Monday, August 27, 2012


SOLD Thank you!!!!
Perfect for a small wall or placed on an easel.  I know I want original art on our RV when we get going.
Golden Open Acrylic on stretched canvas square

4" x 4" x .05" painted on all sides.
  $35.00 plus 3.00 S&H 
(If it comes up more on shipping I will refund)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

New Title, New Art, Ad Sense and a New Club

As I sit here watching the rain fall and listen to Sophie snore, I changed a few things on my blog. Not sure how long I will have Ad Sense or I need to figure how to minimize ads, lol. They just pop up in strange places.

A dear friend, Michael, suggested I name my journey :"A Sojourn For Sophie" since she will always be with me. I liked that.  Years ago I had a friend Medium do a reading for her and he said she's been in my "Lives' many times and always a black dog.  I knew that.

I added a "Painting America Club" . $50.00 for one year with fun things. Check out the info in the box ,top right corner of this blog.

Ok..time to do more laundry and some art. The hurricane isn't near us here on the east coast but we get spirts of rain every so often and more tomorrow!!

See you tomorrow!!! Stay safe.

Monday, August 20, 2012


So it's a start!! Purchased the domain name and now have my camera with me at all times.  I figure I need to show the Universe I'm serious so it can do it's magic!!

Yesterday we drove up to Ormond Beach to collect my artwork that was hanging at the Ormond Memorial Museum for the Dog Days of Summer. The Museum said the crowds were plentiful. It poured raining when we arrived so it was a run in and a quick run back out. I am still honored to have exhibited there.

On the way up we took Rt 1. It's somewhat parallel to Rt 95 and so much more scenic. Stopping at a red light a truck pulled up  beside us and then forward. The end result is my 6 x 8 Golden Open Acrylic painting called "Road Trip". #1 in my Painting Across America voyage.

$125.00 with a lovely frame to boot!! Ready to hang.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


 To start Sophie is doing ok. I am grateful everyday.

 We went yesterday to look at large Rv;'s and as we were leaving, Larry the owner, said he'd like to see my art work and maybe I could hang it in his office for sale. Well, I'm all over that today. Those RV walls look a little bare so today I did a small 6x8 acrylic and framed it to bring over for him to see. My idea? Small affordable framed, or not, art pieces for RV'ers.

Here is my first offering. I needs a Lab.

Then the other day I finished a 20" x 20" acrylic on canvas...with Lab!!!

This piece will be framed and if interested please contact me at  $725.00 including shipping.

Thanks for stopping by,  Warmly, Sheila!!!

Monday, August 6, 2012


 Yes I did..also a friend.  Today Soph and I drove to the studio when a friend popped in to say she was bringing small canvases to goodwill, would I be interested in them? They are all under 10 x 10 and perfect for Plein air. At one time I counted over 40. I am doing a happy dance today. Sophie was peppy and happy and then the angel with a big container of canvases appeared.

Tonight I have a new student coming to sit in the class since we are finishing a painting started last week. He will start the new session next week. Wow. Is that all?? Oh no. A small paper from Tampa left a message on my phone wanting to talk about the article in the paper on Saturday of Sophie and I.

Things are starting to happen so I need to lift my feet up and go with it. So many times I want to apply brakes but not now.

Found a great site on the internet Fun Stuff about RV-ing and now Roger is excited.  Seriously, look at 5th wheels. Some have kitchen islands! Roger's dream as he is a fantastic chef!!!

Ok..need to feed the kids before I take off for class.  I am working on a paintng at the studio and hopefully it will be completed tomorrow!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012


I just posted this to my wordpress blog. I am so lax on that and it's connected to Kindle. Egads.  Anyway, this is a part of it to let you know what is happening. Sophie is still fighting. She knows I give her the meds and now she won't take anything from me. Roger has to do it.  You would think I was trying to poison her. To her I may just be doing that. sigh. She still likes to come with me to the studio and sulks if she's left behind. Our vet thinks that is what's keeping her going. :-) My Muse.

"I wonder what the Universe has for us. Sophie is my Muse, the reason I paint Labs. What do I do when she goes? After the torrent of tears I stopped and needed to be her “mum”. She’s here doing well. I take her to my studio daily which she loves to do.

We had an article written this past week about us which was fun. It.s about Sophie!

Florida Today Article about Sophie and me.

My goals? Now, to become a damn good plein air artist, get rid of all the “stuff”, buy an RV and travel with Roger, Sammy and Ozzie. I’ll still do Lab and dog commissions but I’m feeling a change coming on.

We have a goal of a year.  So I guess this blog now will be the daily paintings and ruminations of getting ready to live a simple life and painting my way across America.

When we moved to Florida, we had no jobs, no savings. Just enough after the sale of our condo to buy this house. Roger got a job on the last day of the month and our first mortgage payment was due. With everyone else, the economy going down took us with it putting our house underwater.  Fergus illness last year set us back a bit more but we always believe that the Universe (God) gives us what we need when we need it.

So we “put it out there” and I have new students coming for classes and a commission to paint a mural in a bathroom.  It’s in the works! We just have to keep the faith. Now I understand what my mother meant.

I search and research RV’s every day. We have no savings, no retirement, so the Universe has it’s work cut out. LOL. Do I believe we can do this..YES!!!

If you have any input let me know.

Back to read about living a free life on the road!!!!