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Deception is everywhere!

I do not buy likes

I came across some interesting information the other day that really ruffled my feathers, so to speak. The information came to me via an email this company sent me about my Instagram account. At first I ignored it but then a few days later, decided to read it and understand what the email was really about. It started off explaining how my account could see exponential growth if I would just follow certain guidelines.

Well, I’m already doing what the email suggested I do and I am not having any luck at gaining “exponential” growth. In fact I’m lucky if I ever get more than 20 likes or 50 views on any given post. In fact its so frustrating I’m ready to close my Instagram account! I see many many accounts with thousands of likes the minute they post! How can this be? I see accounts with 10,000 plus followers and I wonder “why does this account have so many followers when there’s really nothing special about it”? Or I’ll see accounts with ZERO posts and the account is private but they have 5,000+ followers! How can that be?

I’ve been so discouraged by all of this and it really plays a mind trick on me. I’ve even gone so far as to contact Instagram support only to be completely ignored and even punished via shadow banning! Then this adds to my frustration because any new person landing on my page sees I only have 182 followers on a good day and 20 or less likes on a post and it makes them head for the hills!

Well check out what the company that emailed me is all about:


“We make you popular on Instagram!” You can read about this website called Instaswift, HERE

Instaswift offers one the ability to pay for likes and followers, as much or as little as you want. It’s discreet and runs in the background and Instagram will “never find out” according to the website disclaimer.



This makes me so upset I could spit nails! Have any of you wondered about this on Instagram? I have an artist friend on Instagram who is so upset about not gaining followers and likes that she’s taking a four month sabbatical from Instagram.



Go and read this website for yourself. I’ve linked up every photo, of the screen captures from their website. I’m sure this is not the only service out there! I call B.S.!! And for the record I will NOT be one of those who pays for likes and followers. So if you should ever visit me on Instagram and wonder why I have so few followers and likes, it’s because they are genuine and not paid for! The worst thing about this whole thing: Instagram REWARDS those who have a high amount of likes and followers by putting their posts at the forefront of the “TOP” of the list of most seen posts.

So not right! 👎🏻 I just thought I’d share in case you were wondering why you see this phenomenon on Instagram. User beware! ~ Rhonda

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Fall ~ My favorite time of year, but…

Fall is my most favorite of the seasons, but sadly it doesn’t last! Each year is so different. Last year we had lots of rain just before fall, so the colors were spectacular and lasted quite a long time. It was absolutely unreal!

This year we’ve had very little rain and the colors are not as vibrant and the leaves are falling rapidly. The temps got cold sooner than normal, so no Indian Summer this year. Bummer! Here are a few of my favorite images:

Leaves in the Driveway oil painting

This is a 4″x4″ palette knife oil painting titled ” Leaves in the Driveway”. It’s part of my fall decorating each year.


This is a pic from an area on our lake which was the inspiration for this painting:

Bridge at Buttonhook

“The Bridge at Buttonhook” is a 6″x6″ oil on panel.


Aspens in the Fall oil painting

And this is my all time fave! An 8″x10″ oil on canvas titled “Aspens in Fall”

I hope your fall colors are inspiring and delighting you this year! 👍🏻

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Coastal Decor

Coastal Decor

This week I did a bit more work on framing paintings and two of them were from the “White Things Series”, entitled “Anchor 1” and “Anchor 2”.

“Anchor 2”


“Anchor 1”


If you love coastal themed decor, or live by the ocean or on a lake, you may enjoy these two pieces. They are 6”x6” and framed in black with a gold liner. I enjoy painting smaller works for several reasons:

  1. Decorating with smaller works of art allows one to change up the decor anytime, as well as create little groupings or vignettes.

  2. Smaller works are more affordable to own for my clients.

  3. Small paintings are more detailed, which I enjoy. I love adding the details in a piece, as they bring the viewer in close to a painting. I like that!

  4. Small paintings can be packed away for different seasons, and changes in decor. For example, I always use my small 4”x4” seasonal paintings to decorate my home at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I tuck them in amongst the candles and floral decorations and it looks so good!

Decorating Idea


Decorating Idea

You can see two examples here of how one could use these paintings in decorating a space. Pull together your favorite sea shells, candles, architecture books or anything beloved and set up a wonderful grouping in your home or office!


So remember when you may be thinking of buying a smaller painting and you see not such a small price, it takes a certain level of skill to paint small, and it takes more time. With large paintings, comes big brushes, large strokes, loose imagery and paintings that are done more quickly than a small piece. The smaller the painting, the more the detail, the more the detail, the longer the time it takes to create. Small paintings are little gems! These two paintings look great together. If you have a coastal theme going on, well….you know. They can be yours to treasure for generations to come! Click HERE to make them yours.

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“Fly Fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River”

Wow that’s a long tittle! But that’s where this painting was originated so that has to be the title. Right? This one is nearly ready for varnishing, which is the best part because it unifies all the colors and makes them pop!

Fly Fishing

“Fly Fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River” is done in oil and painted on panel. It will be framed in black with a gold liner. It’s the second of a new series called “Reflections”.

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Plein Air Painting

This past weekend we did the last camping trip of the season. The area was gorgeous with all the fall colors! Had warm temps the first two days but the last day the weather changed and became cold and windy. The next day when we were leaving we had to pack up in the rain! 🤪

I had to paint sitting inside the UTV because I forgot the connecting piece to my tripod. (Left it on the camera). It was all good because it protected me somewhat from the cold winds.

Painting beginnings

Here’s the beginning where I’m sketching the scene on a piece of acetate to lay out my composition.


Plein Air Painting

You can see how bundled up I was. Not the most comfortable way to paint!


St. Joe River

And this is the scene I was painting. It’s a part of the St Joe River. I got all my base layers in and took a good amount of reference photos to finish in the studio. All in all a great trip! 😊

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“Lil’ Pumpkins” oil painting

Tis the season for pumpkins! I love decorating the house for fall. The front door has a new fall wreath and now I’m on the hunt for some great big pumpkins! In the mean time, here’s a few bitty pumpkins, painted in oil on 6″x6″ panel.

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Oil Painters of America Summer Online Showcase

Oil Painters of America summer online showcase

The Summer Online Showcase for the Oil Painters of America juried show has been judged. My two entries are on the third line down, the last two images on the far right. I entered my “Gravy Boat” and “Eggs”” still life paintings. My entries didn’t place but I’m pleased that I was a participant. You can view all the entries HERE. There are so many talented artists that it must have been very hard for the judge to make the winning choices! Nice work everyone! Now I need to figure out which paintings to enter in the fall showcase. Any suggestions?