Thursday, June 28, 2012

Watercolor Lily

I needed a little something to go into a thank-you note so I got out the watercolors.  The fist one was a nice flower, but the stem didn't look like it was placed right.  If there had been enough paper, I could have added some more flowers and it would have been ok, but as it sits, I didn't care for it.

So I tried again.  This time it was just ugly.  I started too small and enlarging it just made the proportions awkward.  Oh well.

Finally, on the third try, I did one that I'm pleased with.  I put it on Facebook and got lots of "likes" and comments.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Art and Wine at the Griffin School

Linda and I had a fun evening at the Griffin School.  Although my painting doesn't look too much like the Georgia O'keefe one that it was modeled after, I probably had more fun doing mine than she did hers.

There were 10 of us in the class and every canvass looked pretty different when we left.  It was a good evening.  Thoughts of day to day problems went away.  Just me and the bottles of acrylic and the bottle of wine and wondering how a mauve background became burnt orange.  Thank goodness.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sweet Little Landscape

I bought this sweet little landscape at a "living estate sale" last weekend.  It's about 4"x5", oil on masonite.  It's signed "Olva".

It reminds me of my grandfather's farm, near San Antonio.  I can remember his barn full of corn, his chickens, the pond, and the smokehouse.  I loved his homemade sausage.  And my grandmother's cookies and bread pudding, and everything else she cooked.   Those were sweet days.

I'm hoping that I am creating some memories for my grandchildren too, which is why we play Candyland and go to the wading pool and play Jenga and do the Hokie Pokie. 

Today is a good day to build memories.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Last night Martha and the children came over for dinner.  I bought KFC chicken and kept it warm in the electric skillet.  I assembled some brocolli, rice and cheese.  I heated some brown beans.  And had mint chocolate chip ice cream in the freezer.  We had a nice dinner, the tried to compromise on a game to play.  Jack wanted to play poker.  Natalie likes SORRY.  I wanted to play Solar Quest.  Martha suggested dominoes.  Brady opted for Monopoly.                                         
So I broke the tie by choosing the least common denominator - Candyland.    It started slow but after a while it got to be quite fun.  Sometimes the most simple things can be the best.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Red-Orange Flower

This is the rat-tail cactus in my front flower bed.  It is a prolific bloomer and requires very little attention.  To reproduce it, just break off a (very prickly) arm and throw it on top of some dirt.

Below is one of my little quilts that I've sent in to the Art for Alzheimer's Initiative (  It will be sold to raise money for research.  It's tiny, only about 8 x 10 inches.   But sweet.

Texas Spring Oil Painting - Week Five

 It's just temporarily in the frame, as it isn't quite finished.  The flowers need work, I want more rocks beside the stream, and the white frothy ripples need to be added.  But I'm pretty pleased, overall.  This photo is not too good.  When I finish, I'll do better.

I got the frame with a Groupon at Jerry's Artarama.  Their prices are good to begin with, and with a Groupon, they're terrific.  They've had two this spring already, so I'm going to keep my eye out for additional ones.

 I bought a picture at an estate sale last Sunday, by Olva Hollowell, a local artist and teacher who is apparently moving.  The scene is from Padre Island, a place I love to visit.  It was a real steal, $45 for frame and all!

I also bought this tiny little landscape, about 4x5, painted on some kind of board.  I thought it was real sweet and have it on a stand by my TV.

I love estate sales!