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Exploring Texas

The Rolling Hills of Clifton, Texas

Today we made the day trip into Clifton, Texas to drop off some artwork for the Bosque Museum show. Exploring the back roads in and out of Clifton it is no wonder that Clifton is becoming a popular tourist destination. Clifton is that rare small town gem which seems to offer a little bit of everything for those wishing to leave the stress of city life for a relaxing, fun-filled time in a nostalgic country setting.

As for entertainment, Clifton has been called one of the “100 best small art towns in America,” and is known throughout the south for is its diverse art colony. Clifton is home to the Bosque Art Center, one of the finest community art complexes in the state. The Art Center boasts an impressive permanent collection of art, a live theater, photography exhibits, a multitude of classes, and special offerings.

For the outdoorsman and hunter in the family, Bosque County offers a multitude of wildlife and game ranches teaming with deer, birds, and exotics. The camper and fisherman need look no further than nearby Meridian Lake, Lake Whitney, or the Bosque and Brazos Rivers.

Clifton is only 30 minutes away from Waco and midway between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin at the top of the beautiful Texas Hill Country… Just perfect for a day trip!

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Red-Tailed Hawk Graphite Drawing

Red Tailed Hawk - Graphite Drawing
Red Tailed Hawk – Graphite Drawing

In numerous traditions, the hawk has a strong relationship with the world of the gods. Some of this symbolism has persisted in modern mythology and beliefs.

At the same time, hawks can soar and fly high in the sky. This animal has the power to provide support in gaining a higher level perspective on any issue or project you undertake. When the hawk appears in your life, it’s perhaps time to be less distracted by the details and focus on the higher perspective. Relying on the hawk power, you can see what’s ahead clearly and defy any obstacles that may be on your way.

Growing up in a small ranching area, it was quite common to see the Red Tailed Hawk. So much so, that I never thought much about seeing them soar, hunt in the tall wheat grasses, and perched on a telephone pole along the side of the road.

When my husband and I moved to Texas, they were few and far between. Not only is this when I realized how much I had taken their presence for granted – I realized how much beauty they possess. I was thinking of this one day, while working in Downtown Dallas, in one of the taller buildings. I had a window office, overlooking all of Downtown, including Dallas Fair Park and Big Tex. To my astonishment, a Red Tailed Hawk came soaring in between the tall buildings, equivalent to the 25th Floor, and perched on the window sill of my office. For several weeks, he repeated this – and then one day he was gone…

So when I look upon a Hawk today, I do feel like the Red Tailed Hawk is a symbol of good fortune and good health. And that is what inspired several versions of this drawing. 

This drawing was created with graphite pencils, and pastel (for the eye). Finished size is 8 x 10.

Who Invited the Neighbor?

Who Invited the Neighbor 1
My newest release – which I am very pleased with, is titled “Who Invited the Neighbor?”

Initially when I began this drawing of the three horses, I was more interested in tackling the water caught in the middle of the grassy pasture. But as I moved the horses around, it started to come up with a story all on its own.

 

And, as I know I have experienced before, everyone has that one neighbor who invites himself over for the BBQ and drinks. And no matter how polite you start – no matter how rude you become… the neighbor never gets the hint that its time to leave.

Hope your Labor Day weekend is filled with invited guests only!

Finished drawing is 18×25. Come check it out in person next weekend at the Septemberfest Museum Art Show in Midland, TX. For more info … visit my website, or check out the link for the Museum Show.

Sofie Goes to the Zoo

sofieCome to the Zoo – the Dallas Zoo that is.

In preparation for the first ever Dallas Zoo Art Show, my latest drawing is set to be unveiled. Titled “A Girl Named Sofie” is an 8×10 drawing of a baby giraffe.

If you want to see this drawing, as well as other artists participating in this show, make a day of it!
Mother’s Day weekend is about to get wild with the new Paw Prints Art Show at the Dallas Zoo on May 11-12, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Stroll among tents filled with fine art, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, wood carvings, photography, and hand-crafted jewelry while viewing wildlife in naturalistic settings.
Visit the exhibition area featuring unique paintings created by Dallas Zoo residents through animal enrichment programs. Enjoy live music and relax at the wine patio overlooking the Flamingo Pond. Dine at restaurants and food carts throughout the park.

What’s happening in Dallas-Fort Worth?

The Magic ManWhat’s happening in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex? Come check out the art scene May 4th and 5th in Richardson, Texas!

While you’re at it – come by and say hi! I’ll be there with all of my new artwork, including this new piece of artwork – titled The Magic Man.

Not only do you get to see some really cool artwork, meet some genuinely talented individuals, listen to music for free – you can take the kids and have them get some hands-on experience creating art.

Cottonwood Art Festival is a bi-annual event which features works from the nation’s top visual artists. Located in scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas, this prestigious art show has been a part of Richardson life for over forty years. Admission is free.

When:
Saturday, May 4, 2013: 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, May 5, 2013: 10 am – 6 pm
Where:
Cottonwood Park, centrally located in the metroplex at
1321 W. Belt Line Rd. Richardson, TX

Where have all the Cowboys gone?

ImageTimes change and people get older.

While I know this to be true, what I really see is the difference of generations.

The Cowboy Way – opening up doors for people, showing kindness to others, enjoying the simple things in life. All of these things are common courtesy – and yet they are missing in today’s society.

Is it a failure to teach our children to say thank you (and mean it), to be kind to others (instead of relentlessly ridiculing others), to give back to others (instead of taking it all for yourself).  Has it become so socially unexceptable to punish children, that parents allow anything to go?

This past weekend we were in a restaurant. A child was wandering through the restaurant, visiting with some of the guests at different tables. Apparently his parents were eating within the restaurant. This behavior would have happened once in my family growing up, and we would have all learned the lesson.  

As our society continues to adopt different ideas about raising children, I don’t see how our country can benefit from these ideas. How do we teach our younger generation the values and courtesies we grew up with? Do we put church back in the school? Enforce higher expectations on our teachers at all levels, including college? Ask the media to provide fair and balanced coverage of politics? Hold the media accountable for sensationalizing the horrific crimes that take place at our schools – just for someones 10 minutes of fame?

Chris LeDoux, cowboy songwriter and bareback rodeo champion, had a great outlook on life. Although he achieved mild fame for his popularity, he never let it go to his head. He always gave back to others.  Individually, it seems nearly impossible to change what we see, but as a group of individuals, we can prevent the Cowboy way of life from disappearing in our society.

 

What to do in San Antonio, Texas this weekend…

Why not come and see my graphite artwork, including my new favorite, “Geared Up”

Geared_Up

Date(s): 04/13/2013 – 04/14/2013
Time: Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Village at Stone Oak
22610 US Hwy 281 North
San Antonio, TX 78258
Phone: (210) 481-5688

Free admission

San Antonio Fine Art Festival
http://www.paragonartevents.com/sanantonio/

Event Description
On April 13-14, 2013 the San Antonio Fine Art Festival debuts at the Village at Stone Oak in northern San Antonio. Join us and become part of the start of an annual art tradition. The San Antonio Fine Art Festival brings to the region many of the nation’s most recognized and awarded fine artisans from around Texas, the United States and overseas. Walk amidst an outdoor gallery of exquisite fine art. Showcased will be creations in painting, jewelry, sculpting, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed-media – and more. Each piece is an original creation by a master artisan. Discover that singular piece of artwork to enrich your home, your workplace – most importantly, your life! As you walk the festival and find your interest piqued by specific pieces of art, enjoy the rare opportunity to meet and interact with the artisan that created the pieces. Discover how the artwork was created, the artist inspired and their art form learned. Know that many of these artists have work in the most prestigious private art collections and public institutions in the nation. Artists are available throughout the show. Hours are Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 11-5. The event is held on the grounds of our gracious hosts, the Village at Stone Oak. Admission is free.

Event Categories
Visual Arts – 2D, Visual Arts – 3D, Visual Arts – Photography

Venue Description
Village at Stone Oak is conveniently located on Highway 281 just 3 miles north of Loop 1604 at the intersection of Stone Oak Parkway, 13 minutes north of downtown and 10 miles north of the San Antonio Airport. With nearly 625,000 square feet of shopping, Village at Stone Oak offers a wide variety of traditional retailers such as Super Target, Hobby Lobby, World Market, DSW, as well as many great fashion center stores such as Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, Chico’s, Talbot’s, Jos. A. Banks, American Eagle, and James Avery. Village at Stone Oak is currently home to the first J.Jill’s, Paciugo’s, Home Goods and Designs of the Interior in San Antonio. Convenient, front door parking allows easy access to your favorite stores. Our unique, open-air shopping village environment provides an upscale shopping experience like no other. Sit and relax on the patio and enjoy the tranquil sounds of the nearby waterfall all the while sipping a Starbuck’s or tasting a Paciugo’s gelato.