Thank you Navasota!

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!

 

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Sweet Pups & One Bad Little Girl

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.

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Then, there is this:

La Petite Merde 18 x 24" Oil on canvas
La Petite Merde
18 x 24″
Oil on canvas

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!
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Just a quick post…

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the studio lately. Here are a few new works.

All are oil on canvas adhered to board. I’ve been experimenting with different canvas techniques this summer, and I’m really enjoying this surface.

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Ice Cream Social 18 x 24″
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Serious News 42 x 18″
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A Biter & A Sucker 18 x 24″

 

Things Are Blooming At The Horlock!

Summer is here and everything is in bloom around the grounds. I want to thank the ladies from the garden club for all of our beautiful blooming flowers and shrubs. We appreciate all that you do!

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African Iris
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Blue Plumbago
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Knockout Rose
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Daylily
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Tea Rose
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Coreopsis
Garlic
Garlic

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 also had some visitors this week! Congratulations to all the winners at our open house!

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Worth, winner of one of out door prizes for the Horlock Open House 2015!


Open House

Our much anticipated open house was yesterday. We want to thank everyone who came out, making it a great day.

The Filling Station made some delicious food, and we enjoyed fabulous music from Mitch White and Friends.885944_957950720917065_5368547573457321599_o

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That’s My Favorite Book!
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Scenes From My Childhood

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I hope everyone had a good time. I want to congratulate our door prize winners, and to thank all the little people who patiently waited for their parents to stop looking at all this boring art.

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Snowbirds 24 x 12″ Oil on canvas

 

If you couldn’t make it to the open house, please stop by Wednesday thru Sundays, 9-6. We’d love to see you!

 

Special Visitors

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.

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Uphill Both Ways
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What To Wear?

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…

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Jello, Mollie, Millie, DeeDee, and Ally.

Everyone had to make the drive from Lafayette right?

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Millie was the only one proud to have her portrait done.
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Mollie, don’t fall for that sweet, innocent face.
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Jello, working for French fries. 
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DeeDee is the baby of the bunch.
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This may be the first time royalty has been in the Horlock House. Ally was the queen of a Mardi Gras parade in 2012.
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This girl needs a cheeseburger from The Filling Station.

The ladies knew to be on their best behavior. After all, it’s not everyday you make a trip to Navasota’s Horlock House.

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Home Sweet Home

This weekend I went home for my father’s 80th birthday. I was sad that I had to miss Dining on Dartmouth, but my poppa only turns 80 once. Not to mention it was Mother’s Day in Mississippi too!

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This beautiful girl came in from Denver. Addie is my eldest. She is working on her own artistic path of creating jewelry, performing aerial yoga, and singing.
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My youngest daughter, Alix, hand wove my mother a basket. She was overjoyed! My mother has been hand caning seats since I was a small child, and she feels like a tradition has been handed down.
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My father (on left). 80 years old and still going strong!
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The best part of my visit…Lula. She still loves me! Here she is on a hand-painted rug I did 7 years ago.

I would also like to give a shout out to my housemates for picking up my gallery shifts. They really helped me out this week!

Now it’s time to get to work in preparation of our open house on May 30th. Hope to see you all then!

That’s My Favorite Book!

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!

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Death In The Afternoon
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Anna Karenina
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Les Miserables

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The Hotel New Hampshire

Bryan Downtown Street and Art Fair

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.

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Again, thanks for a great time!

Turn-It-UpTurn It Up! 6×6″

Party-Time
Party Time 4×5″

Red-BagRed Goes With Everything 6×6″

NanaNana 8×8″

Maneuvers
Maneuvers 5×5″

Determination Determination 8×8″

Big-Night
Big Night 8×8″