Tuesday, October 23, 2012

This is what I want.

Had a wonderful, cathartic reaction to getting rid of some paintings that I have had around for many years. Even threw a watercolor out IN the frame! How is that for a spendthrift! Had a fun Saturday in Grapevine. Sold 9. Here is one of them to a long time friend in my Sunday School class. Thanks, Joycelyn. Honored to be hanging with you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Perfectionism-can be a healthy route to trying to be excellent or it can stymie and make us dysfunctional by the thought of it. (I am paraphrasing a Genn writing) When you fail, be practical and go forward. More joy comes from questioning instead of giving pat answers. BE HAPPY YOU HAVE THE PRIVILEGE AND THE HEALTH TO PURSUE. I consider my schooling a privilege. And, I, most probably, will be a student for the rest of my life. Here is a recently done painting:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gearing up for Grapevine, Texas, Lancaster Theater on Main Strree

This coming week end, October 19th and 20th, I will be in the Lancaster Theater in Grapevine, Texas, on Main Street. Friday from 5pm until 9pm and Saturday from 9am-7pm. Might do a demo on Saturday if the traffic slows down. Including an advertisement and a photo of a painting that will be shown. All paintings are out of frame and will be at sacrificial pricing. Last Saturday was a great success with 36 paintings finding new homes. Even sold a couple of abstracts (what? me? abstracts?) done in my starting years.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My 23rd Mentored person, 12 year old Elizabeth Ellis from Garner, Texas

Elizabeth's Dad brought her from Garner, Texas, on 10/10/12 for mentoring program from the Garner ISD gifted and talented. The entire family had to make plans for Elizabeth to be here, such as Becca, 6 year old sister taking the bus by herself to school without Elizabeth, and Daddy driving into Colleyville from Garner, Tex., to deliver and pick up Elizabeth. We looked at gallery, treehouse studio, office, freighting area, drying area, varnishing area, photo area, framing area.  Elizabeth did an upside down drawing, continuous line drawing, timed drawing, and color drawing,  opened a freighting box for me, varnished a painting, did a support, all with confidence.  
Below is a photo of Elizabeth:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Saturday at the Bedford Boys Ranch

I am feeling so much satisfaction at passing on three dozen sketches and some art I did several years ago. Even sold a couple of abstracts! ! ! ! ! that were under glass. Have done one wax painting and that is in a new home. My ballet dancer, done from a live model, that Tony Saladino gave me an award in another city found a new home. My band painting found a new home. My girl climbing into the back of the truck (that precious pig tailed red headed beautiful young girl that I took a couple of hundred photos of in Glen Rose) with the dog looking on-fun photo and fun to paint, is gone. A painting that I did in Argentina and invited a young man to paint along with me on the painting is sold. The weather was so bad. Temp had dropped 40 plus degrees and it was cold and the show was outside. After setting up and warmth of effort had waned I was feeling that cold. Frankie Burget placed a warm jacket on my shoulders. She is Frankie Couch's daughter. The two of them could not have been nicer. Daughter worked at setting up my bin, supplying the technical skills that I didn't have. Really beyond! Bobbie Badger bought me a great hotdog for lunch and bought three of my better paintings. Surprisingly, a couple of portraits of people also departed. Interesting! Anyway, cold weather or not, I ended the day with a very warm heart. Below is a painting that I did at Chase Almonds" place. What I remember of that day is that about 5 of us (including Doug Clark and Claudia Davis) heard a crack of thunder at mid day and headed to a Mexican restaurant for the most delicious time. Am sure we spent three hours of great time together. Some of the by products of painting are priceless. Anyway, this painting was bought by a neighbor down the street and thrilled me to be hanging in their home.