I want to send out a big thank you to The City of Navasota and The Arts Council of Brazos Valley. In the last six months you have welcomed me, and made me feel at home. I am so grateful for the time and space given to me for creating.
I’d like to give an extra special thank you to the City of Navasota employees who were always looking out for us!
Austin will be my new home- just a hop, skip, and a jump away!
In the past few weeks I’ve completed a couple of pet commissions. Both were wedding related. One was for a friend in New Orleans who proposed to his girlfriend. She said ‘yes,’ in case you’re curious (yay!). The other, was a gift for a couple who married last year. I was super excited with the outcome of both.
Then, there is this:
I’m just going to go ahead and admit it, I was a bad little girl. I have friends still bearing the scars of my love on their foreheads. I would throw lizards on my mother while she was in mid conversation with a neighbor. My poor little sister, I’m not even going to go there.
That being said, I’m not going to say this painting is completely autobiographical, but I was very comfortable with the subject matter.
Finally, if you want to get 100 plus ‘likes’ on a Facebook photo, tag the Pinkertons. They attended our reception at The Village Cafe & Art 979 Gallery. A big thank you to all who came out!
Lately I’ve really enjoyed taking a break from my larger works and creating a few small paintings. This is a huge deal, considering the smallest I’d even consider painting before this residency was 36 x 36.” I’m also finding the smaller pieces are less demanding on content. I can be totally whimsical and silly without the pressure of the large canvas.
Then this happened-
For the past two years I have donated a custom pet portrait to a charity in Lafayette, Louisiana, called 232 HELP. A great organization that helps so many people. At the event, people bid on the donations, and the winner of my pet portrait contacts me to arrange for their custom painting. Well I had no idea this was going to happen…
Everyone had to make the drive from Lafayette right?
The ladies knew to be on their best behavior. After all, it’s not everyday you make a trip to Navasota’s Horlock House.
I love books. I love to read them, listen to them, smell them, collect them, and hope to write one in the future.
I also love nostalgia. This includes anything that reminds me of my childhood, or my parents childhood as seen through old photos or told through storytelling.
Another thing I love to do is draw. I have been so caught up with work and life, my free time is usually dedicated to painting. However, here at the residency I have been given the gift of time. I’ve been able to go back to drawing, merging a few of my ‘loves’ into one project.
The combination of the titles with elements from the novels makes them even more of a treasure. I hope you enjoy these little gems. More of them coming soon!
We had a great time this weekend at the Bryan Downtown Street And Art Fair! I’d like to give a huge shout out to Kristy Petty and The Village, the ladies at The Parker Astin Art Center, The Downtown Bryan Association, The Arts Council of Brazos Valley, and everyone else who made this event happen.
We were truly lucky with the weather. The rain held out, and the clouds kept us cool. There was awesome music to listen and dance to, and I met some fabulous folks.
I created some tiny paintings, and displayed a few in my booth. If you didn’t make it out there, you can see them below! All are oil on wood or canvas.