Archive for September, 2017

Following Irma

Friday, September 15th, 2017

For those who have been concerned about my well-being during Hurricane Irma’s onslaught in Southwest Florida, I thought I’d post a notice here to let you know that we came through virtually unscathed.  My husband and I were in Wisconsin at the time, so we were well out of harm’s way.  Before leaving Florida, we had closed down our Fort Myers house sufficiently that we incurred only minor damage, most notably the loss of a tree in the front yard and the loss of electrical power for two days.

If you’re interested  in reading about how it has affected my work, you may want to sign up on my email list before my next month’s newsletter, “Around and About,” comes out on October 8.  The newsletter will also include a critique of the painting “Eye on the Horizon” (#170908), shown below.

"Eye on the Horizon" by Charlotte Mertz (#170908, oil on canvas)

“Eye on the Horizon” by Charlotte Mertz (#170908, oil on canvas)

We were extremely fortunate and very grateful to get off so lightly!  We certainly empathize with our neighbors and friends who have incurred much more damage and wish them a rapid recovery as we all begin the process of assessment and cleanup.

Because life has been so up in the air lately, I’m still open to feedback on my previous blog.  Don’t miss your chance to let your voice be heard!

I get the impression that many of you like to know what goes on behind the scenes, including what prompts me to select certain subjects and how I approach the work.  This includes the bumps in the road and lessons I may have learned from those “oops”es along the way.

In the coming months I will try to fulfill your requests, address your suggestions, and focus both the blog and the newsletter more on those topics you have indicated that you’re most interested in.  Please continue to send your feedback, either by email or by commenting directly on the posts.  It really does encourage me to continue writing and helps me to provide the information you’re looking for.  After all, the blog and newsletter are for you, so I want them both to address your interests.

Lucky Seven!

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Seven and a half years of blogging?  Wow!  It’s almost enough to bring on the dreaded seven-year itch.  Do I want to continue?  You bet I do!  But maybe with a difference.  That part is up to you ….

I have been publishing at least two blog entries on my website every month since February 2010.  I always welcome feedback from my readers but would like to hear from more of you to get a better idea of what appeals to you and what doesn’t.  This whole blog is for you, after all, not just about me.  Please take a few minutes and let me know what you think, what you’d like to see more or less of, and what direction you’d like to see my blog take in the future.

Your help would mean a lot to me.  Please copy and paste the following short survey section into an email to me (  Then add your responses before sending it by September 10.  Please use the subject line “2017 BLOG SURVEY” so I can easily separate your valuable responses from the inevitable spam.

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