Blog All About It Challenge April 2018

Posted May 9, 2018 by Shari in Blog All About It Challenge / 30 Comments


The prompt for this month’s segment of the challenge is ART.

Well, art.  I like it and all- even appreciate it enough to have it on my walls and shelves, visit museums, read and watch shows about artist.  Yep, totally love the stuff especially Impressionist Paintings.

But, am I an artist?  Nope.  I am the last gal picked for a Pictionary partner if you catch my drift.  My artistic work leans more towards words than visuals.  One of my big bucket list dreams is to someday have a novel published that has one of my talented family members doing the cover art for me.

See, I do have artistic blood running in my veins and it goes back at least two generations even if I didn’t get any of it.  I am the child and grandchild of talented painters.  My grandmother won many competitions and sold her art as has my dad to a lesser extent.  That is, he has her talent, just watered down- or so he says.  My brother, actually has this generation’s talent, but he can’t afford to quit his day job and his bent is drawing rather than painting.  You should have seen the margins of his notebooks and textbooks back in school days.  LOL

So, for this month’s prompt, I’m sharing a few pieces of my dad’s art that he would not be happy I’m sharing b/c he does not toot his own horn.  But, as he does not get on the computer at all, he’ll never know….

If you are interested in the details about this challenge hosted by Anna @ HCBS, here is the link:


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


  • Your dad is an amazing painter, even if he says his talent is “watered down”! I had an aunt that could paint, but most of my family is musical. I also have a cousin who is a remarkable photographer.

    • *snort* love your pun there, Tanya. Looks like creativity runs through your family. 🙂

  • Karen

    Oh wow – those are beautiful!

    I’m not much of an artist either – other than a few small crafts.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Oh, yes, I consider crafting as art. Neat that you can do that. I’ll bet its a little relaxing, too.

  • These are beautiful Shari. I love pictures of the sea and beach and bodies of water.

    • Oops, we have Shari’s bio on this one. Actually, its my post. 😉

      I love them, too. So soothing. And he does them in oils so his water can look very different in different lights.

      • Sorry about that. I try to look and see who is posting. He does wonderful work!

        • Nope. Not when I didn’t put my name in the post and it isn’t my bio. No worries. 🙂

  • They are beautiful Sophia. I love pictures of water or the ocean. I can’t think of a single artistic person in my family. Other than my grandmother who made afghans. Well, I did too but can’t even remember how to crochet anymore. Your dad is super talented! I bet your whole family is proud of him.

    • Thank you, Lorna. I find water pictures so soothing.

      Oh yes, crocheting and other crafts are definitely an art form in my book. I toss in folks who can make fabulous food and baked goods or do well with home and garden decor. I think all that stuff is creative and clever. 🙂

      • In that case, my mom was the best down home cook ever.

        • Yep! Cooking is an art. That is fantastic that you had a great cook in your family. Did she pass down any of her recipes to you? I’ll bet they are yummo.

          • Yes actually she did. I still make her meatloaf, her steak and gravy, roast beef dinner, Swiss steak etc. But no one makes it as good as she did.

            • Ahhh, that is fabulous. Ha, nobody makes it like mom. 🙂

  • I love this! Yep, love art myself and I also paint. Your dad is good! Love the colors so much.

    • Ah, thanks, Melissa. I’m glad to benefit from his gift. 🙂

  • These are gorgeous! I had a great aunt who painted beautifully. One of my most treasured items is a painting she did that hung in my grandmother’s home for as long as I can remember. I wish I had even a tiny bit of that talent.

    • Thanks, Carole!
      That’s neat that you were able to keep some of her work. I love family heirlooms. 🙂
      Oh, me, too. Just a smidge of the talent even. LOL

  • shootingstarsmag

    oh wow, your dad is so talented! I wish I had artistic talent, in terms of drawing or painting. Sigh. Ah well, my big creative goal is to publish a book someday so I’ll just focus on that. LOL


    • Thanks, Lauren! Yes, a book is a great artistic talent. 🙂 I love your big goal.

  • Such pretty paintings! I’m not artistic besides with words as well *nods*

    • Appreciate it.

      Oh yes, we can be fellow word artists together. 🙂

  • Oh those are lovely. It’s always interesting seeing how traits are passed down (or not lol) I have that with gardening. My grandparents were/are both incredible with plants and me…nope. Thank you for sharing your dad’s pieces!

    • Yeah, or not. Haha! But, there is always another medium and form like you say. Landscape artists and growers get my envy, too. 🙂

  • Your dad’s pieces are beautiful and soothing. My sister and my daughter are both great artists but the talent totally skipped right past me. I have the gift or writing crappy reviews 🙂

    • I feel you on that one. But we can share the crappy review talent. 🙂

  • RO

    Your dad is quite talented and I’m glad you sneaked them out to share. I have no artistic talent, but I’ve met some bloggers who really have artistic skills in so many ways. Hugs…and Happy Saturday! RO

    • LOL, he would definitely be worked up if he knew I was showcasing some of his work. These are his water-themed ones from a few years back. His favorites to do are old steam trains, old barns, and old cars, but I couldn’t sneak pictures of those. 🙂

  • Those paintings look awesome. That’s too bad the visual artist talent skipped you, but at least you have the artist skill for words :). I used to be quite creative as a kid and always drew a lot, but nowadays I put most of my creative energy in writing my reviews and my blog. I think it’s just a different way of expressing creativity.

    • Thanks, Lola! Yeah, I agree about the word art being our thing rather than the visual. 🙂
      Oh that’s neat that you used to draw. Even if you don’t any more, I’m sure it helps with blog layout and tour kit layout stuff.