Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Six months ago, my neighbor started a hobby of raising chickens. My cat Clarence is less than thrilled with them. In my opinion, chicken -watching is great entertainment!
After a longer than expected hiatus, I'm determined to get back to daily art posts. Unfortunately, life sometimes gets in the way of art. Not enough art makes me nervous. Making art is like a nice brain massage.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
All of the deer in this area have their fawns in late March, early May. They are hidden away in the tall grasses and underbrush of the cedar and live oak trees. Now is when they gain the confidence and skill to follow their mothers. They are adorably playful in a Bambi sort of way. I sure hope she grows up healthy. Many of the deer are hit by cars around here. This fawn's mother was hit, just before giving birth. Her back leg is badly dislocated, but she still limps around and takes care of her baby.
Behind this fawn is a giant rosemary bush and blooming garlic aliums. There are very few plants the deer won't eat, and these are them.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
A century plant is a very large agave with sharp, painful needles. They bloom once, then die, leaving rooted starter plants. The stalks are very impressive. They grow quickly to about 20 feet tall. During this time, they look like the Jolly Green Giant's asparagus stalks. I was thrilled to learn recently that the stalks and blooms were used on movie sets as plants on alien planets in the cheesy old movies. Century plants are originally from Mexico, but they are all over the Texas Hill Country. This is my front yard.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I found these rubber fish at the thrift store and had to incorporate them into art. This is a cabinet door painted with acrylic. The fish and glass bubbles are embedded in a thick polyurethane. I suppose this qualifies as both art and craft.
The rubber fish are embedded in thick ENVIROTEX-Lite polyurethane, which give the background a realistic look of water. This art is really sturdy. I think it would look great on a wall near a swimming pool.
Acrylic on masonite. There are two layers here, the flowers above the background. This isn't quite finished, and may never be finished. It's been a great experiment and learning exercise.
The objective of this piece is to show the electrifying energy of springtime flowers.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Six weeks ago, after returning from a trip to Florida, my next door neighbor volunteered to pick me up at Austin Bergstrom Airport. Since my plane was delayed for a couple of hours, she went to a nearby garden center and bought some Rhode Island Red baby chicks (a wild moment of impulse shopping). I had a box full of them at my feet for the drive home.
Who knew chickens are so entertaining? They are about 2 months old now, with most of their adult feathers. I'm so glad I was able to talk my neighbor into building the coop on the opposite side of her house, away from mine. Cluck luck.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
This is the first time this deer has ever made herself this comfortable. She stands in front of my porch, looking at me, waiting for carrots. It's kinda creepy sometimes. I swear she's going to knock on the door one of these days.
This deer is 3 years old and has been coming around here since she was a fawn. Last year she had her first fawn. A week or so ago, she had her second season fawn. I've been calling her Mommy Deerest. I haven't seen the baby yet, but it should be soon. That's when it's time to pay close attention to where I walk. Deer are well-camouflaged, so you don't always see them in the shadows of trees. When there are fawns around, the mothers are very protective and dangerous. They stand on their back legs and hit hard with their front hooves. I should whistle while I walk.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I was commissioned to create a full arm tattoo. I've never designed tattoos, much less an entire arm. It's amazing how intricate the designs can become. This is a rough drawing with approximate proportions.
left - back view
right - side view
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
For more than 30 years I have boated, fished, swam, and explored the Gulf of Mexico. This oil spill is tragic.
Some of the fishes of the Gulf of Mexico include Bonita, Spanish mackerel, blacktip shark, speckled trout, sand trout, kingfish, redfish, gaftop catfish, vermillion snapper, grouper, croaker, ladyfish, skipjack, rockfish, sand trout, wahoo, barracuda, cobia ling, sheepshead, sand shark, pilot fish, dorado dolphin, pompano, yellow fin tuna, tiger shark, flying fish, mullet, snook, nurse shark, red snapper, pinfish, sunfish, blowfish, ribbonfish, flounder, sail fish, jackfish, black drum, white drum, tarpon, marlin, manatee, sea lion, porpoise, sea turtle.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Traveling from Boston to Austin. I'm the person who insists on a window seat and then has to make a few trips to the restroom. And I come back to my seat with a fresh cup of coffee. And then I have to wake up the seat mates to get out again. Shouldn't there be some kind of ejector system built into the middle and window seats so we don't disturb the aisle seat person?
The flight was long enough to sketch and ink this drawing while flying. Luckily, I pencil'd in the colors for later reference. The landscape changed from rolling farmland of Pennsylvania, to wooded mountains of West Virginia and Tennessee.
Friday, May 14, 2010
When the storm rolled in at sunrise, the sky glowed like a fresh bruise. Yellow and orange, deep green and blue. It ominously foreshadowed what came next...lightning and booming thunder all around. The bolts were searing white with electric blue edges. I sat on the porch and sketched this after the power went out. This happens often during storms. Who needs electronic technology when there's Nature's light show?
We have a huge deer population in the Hill Country. For several years I've been feeding and befriending a family. This mother and her yearling come by every day for handouts of carrots, apples, and corn tortillas. She comes up to my porch and peers in the window until I bring food. They are highly entertaining and often downright funny. This deer is pregnant, so it will be interesting to see how she reacts to her ever-present yearling when the fawns arrive. I don't get close enough to touch them, nor do I give them names. But I do love observing them from a few feet away.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Nine years ago I read the Moby Dick novel with rie Anderson performed her multi-media "Songs and Stories of Moby Dick", I attended not once, but twice. First was the kick-off of the tour in Dallas. Months later, a friend and I flew to New York for the final night's performance of the tour. I was hooked on reading about the great whaling era in New England.
So on a recent visit to New Bedford, I could really feel the history of the town. I've dreamt about it too. Ahoy there, Matey!
If you're curious, have a look at Laurie Anderson's website. She has been an ongoing creative inspiration to me for many years.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
This tree is no more than 200 yards from my house. I walk past it and sometimes stop to look at it. I've never climbed it but would definitely have been up there when I was a kid. Back then, I loved making forts and hidden 'secret' places in the woods of Virginia. I revered nature in the early years, as I always will.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Perkins Cove lobster boats. When I was in the 5th and 6th grades, I lived in Virginia. Our American and Virginia history teacher would set aside lecturing of Fridays to let us draw pictures from the history book. For some reason, I feel like I'm back in that class while drawing these New England sketches.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Old Manse house is next to the battle field of the first Revolutionary War encounter in Concord, Massachusetts. This was also a meeting place for Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau.