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Saturday, November 29, 2014


CrazyCarl was talking about geothermal energy from salt domes, my brothers', Russ and Brooks, patent and paper on hot salt. CC thought I could use my digital art class to make an illustration of the idea. I looked online and there were a lot of illustrations, papers, graphs, patents besides my brothers'.  It reminded me of swimming in the brine pits.
This painting is only 9" x 12". It is hard to show the buoyancy of swimming in 98% saturated brine.  I've started another painting  36" x 48".
Thinking about hot salt and energy generation.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Walking around the neighborhood Monday, the trees are finally turning!!Texas Fall is pretty tame. (The live oaks stay green through the winter.)

Saturday, November 22, 2014


I sent out PR packets, "For Immediate Release", to all the Central Texas outlets I could find; TV, print, radio. the websites for media listings were a muddle for me but I tried them also. The newspaper, Austin American Statesman, bless them, has listed the OBE exhibit last week, the week before, this week, too! I don't have a TV so I really don't know about that.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


I picked up the sold artworks today.

 I will be picking up the unsold work on Wed. Dec. 3 with assistance from Armando deLara, one of my students. It is peculiar to see these paintings the same size on the computer. The monochrome DAD, is 4" square. MOM'S FLOWERS is 24" x 36". Big difference!


My first attempt at stop-action animation in Digital Art class is so simple compared to clay-mation! Not my cup of tea and I still have difficulty with the simple steps.

Friday, November 14, 2014


I forgot about this painting! Named MOM, 16" x 20". I didn't get it in the show!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


 Stacy, Phoebe, and Ravi on a cold morning at Old Bakery and Emporium.
 That's me and Lynn and Marcie.
 Cards and Flowers by the entrance.
 This painting, LOVE has a nice white wall.
 This painting called 1956 (WEST TEXAS) has some of its studies displayed nearby.
THANK YOU to all who came to the Artist Talk. Thank you to OBE for their hospitality event. At least 15 people showed up and asked questions. Lynn brought flowers!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


In Digital Art I, critique on Thursday, November 13. I'm lacking two projects in "double exposure". Double Exposures were so easy in the days of film, Kodacolor. They were a buggaboo that haunted our vacations and reunions. NOW I am going bonkers trying to imitate that phenomenon.
One successful, so far.

Artist talk on Wednesday. That's like a critique, isn't it? Golda brought me FLOWERS at the reception. I didn't get a photo of Golda OR the Flowers but here is Barbara Bogart with MOM AT NURSING HOME WINDOW.

And here is me and Bobbie with MOM'S FLOWERS, a painting that sold and has a New Home!

Saturday, November 8, 2014


 Gaye and I with the Painting, LIFE. 

Good attendance at the reception last night. It was great to see old friends and New. A fellow student, Golda,  from the digital art class came and brought flowers! Friends I have not seen in years came.  FUN! FUN FEST was going on in Austin also which contributed to traffic.

I will be giving an Artist Talk at 10:15 on Wednesday morning. Come with Questions!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Paintings are all wrapped up for the trip across town. NOT like packing for shipping. Seventeen artworks wrapped. Bedsheets, glassine, bubble wrap and lots of tape plus replacing screweyes with D-rings. Why? They want D-rings. I think it is to keep from damaging other works. But if you stack back to back, front to front, it should all be okay. I didn't get enough D-rings. Oops!


And more with my dog and #1 assistant, Foxy, and an old Self portrait of self screaming. Perfect. 

So I worked on cricket cards to calm down and get perspective.Like Austin Kleon in STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST advises - side projects!