Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Would You Accept Flowers From A Loafer?

"Floral III" by Jim Carpenter, Watercolor on Yupo, 26" x 20"

"Talking, sharing ideas and stories with friends old and new, this is the lifeblood of the loafer." 

Day 30 Challenge:  Blogging & Painting & Loafing

For the last four days I have been trying to get this blog post posted, but every day I ran out of time, for all of the talking, story telling, and story listening. On Friday my Irish cousin and his wife arrived on our doorstep on the last leg of a two month road trip covering 8,000 miles. Do you think we had a lot of story telling to do?  The talking stopped only long enough for us to catch our breath between phrases. After they left we went to the movies, then watched a great film at home. On Sunday we went to see a brilliant production of  "The Cripple of Inishmaan" staged by the theatre department at The University Of Florida.  Yesterday, I was writing my blog post when I received an email from my colleague at the co-op saying "I'm stuck in traffic but on my way" and then I looked at the time and realized I had just 2 minutes left before I was to meet her at the parking lot where she was to pick me up for the drive out to the gallery for the meeting. If you have ever been in a co-op and it is anything like mine you know there was a lot of talking going on. In other words, if what Hodgkinson says has any truth to it, these last few days I have been in loafer's paradise!

What a month this has been!


  1. I missed you Jim! It sounds like you have had fun! If these are the flowers, and you are the loafer.. Of course I would accept! You make me want to work up my courage and try to do a floral on yupo. I have never been a girl who is big on pink, but I LOVE your pinks. And purples and greens. Now that your month of Idleness is over, what's next? Looking forward to it already :)

    1. It has been fun on the challenge hasn't it. Yes, do play around with doing a floral on yupo. If you don't like it you can just wet the paper and wipe it all off and begin again - or just wet the paper and start reworking the paint, which is what I did in this painting to get that soft yellow and green in the background. What's next? I am looking forward to that too!

  2. Just started looking Jim, but this is a beauty!