Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Alcohol inks new projects

Sorry, I haven't done encaustics, which is my main art for a long long time.  I miss doing wax and also doing collage work.

It has now been five months since we moved to the country in Texas.  It has been wonderful and it has been a real test of our faith.  Our big beautiful home in McKinney did sell and so I can't go home and then get myself into a grand funk anymore.  No home to go and pull the covers over my head and wonder why in the world we have done this.  Yes, we needed to downsize, but no not into a home that should be on Fixer Upper.  Well, enough of that.  I will depress my own self.  And I am an extremely happy person to be an artist.  Guess I couldn't write music.  Although a certain rock and roll star who bought a lot of my work did ask me one evening to write her next song.  That was hard to answer gently.  I think she was a bit ummm, confused.

I am still doing alcohol ink work.  I love it and I am doing lots of new pieces.  But  I am anxious to move into some other areas.

Here are some new pieces

Hmm, I am sure I should know how to space these, but I don't.
I am planning to do lots of new pieces called "affordable art." My work is affordable, but even more affordable.  I want to do some quick, yet colorful and neat pieces that I can put up on Etsy and sell for around 12.50.  Without mats, etc.  The pieces can be added to a card front OR matted and framed.  Even glued to the front of a small canvas from one of the craft stores. 
Look for them in the twocooltexans store coming soon.  

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Alcohol ink landscapes in pastel

Alcohol inks, pastels and yupo paper.  Yum.  Today I did a landscape usual unusual colors.  I love the way it turned out.

I think it would be so pretty in a girl's room.  I think I will continue to do a few more.  Knowing me, I will revert pretty quickly to florals.

Well, as usual it took me a very very short time to revert back to listing a few things on Etsy.  I do have a love/hate relationship with them.  Being with them since the very beginning, it is so hard to break that habit.  Maybe someday....sigh.......

Hope everyone had a great Christmas.  We had a good one.  We had a teeny bit of snow and that was it.  We are excited about snow in the country.  I am sure if we do, I will take many pictures.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Living in the Country-part 3

More great animals to show you.  We turned left instead of right to get to the highway and found these beauties yesterday.
Then the family on the corner has quite a number of miniature horses and burros, well, maybe they are donkeys.  I am not sure.

And, last but not least.  The other house has a zebra.
Not sure what one does with a zebra.  But okay.  He/she is gorgeous.    We also have a neighbor, who I have not met, who has a very large cage full of peacocks.  Can't get close enough to take pictures, don't want to get shot as a poacher or something.  One day I will get up my nerve and knock on their door.  

So, here we are.  It's fun, we are getting used to it.  Next time, back to art.  

Friday, December 11, 2015

Living in the Country-part 2

Okay, so I was partially raised in New York.  The closest I ever got to a horse, or a goat was in a petting zoo.

The first gorgeous, beautiful animal that I "met" was Trey.  Trey is the biggest horse that even my husband has ever seen.  He is incredible.  What I find odd, being a city girl, is how many of my neighbors have one horse.  Yes, one.  I don't get it.  I never see anybody riding a horse, but so many of my neighbors have one.  Anyway, all horses are beautiful, but Trey is outstanding.  Here is a picture of him.

 Trey lives with a goat named Ricky.  Ricky seems to be an anti social goat.  He won't come over to see me, he just gives me the eyeball thing, like my long haired chihuahua.  One of the neighbors feeds him when his owners are gone and he told me that Ricky head butts him.  
 When we first started looking for land in the country, we did find a gorgeous home close to Tyler Texas.  The house was recently updated, modern, it would have needed no fixing up.  So, we called the realtor and asked if we could put in an offer.  She said yes, we were the first to call.  However, just one little teensy weensy thing.  The home and land came with a donkey.  No discussion, if you bought the house, you got the donkey.  Well, I did a google search and since at that time, we were only looking for a weekend getaway, I could not be a donkey mother.  Evidently, they are quite loving creatures and need a lot of attention......or a friend donkey.  So, we did let that one go.  When I look back on it now, I have a good laugh.

Living in the Country-part 1

This city girl has definitely moved to the country.  The neighbors are awesome...friendly and offer to help.  We love it!!!  But, it is the "critters" that have been such a surprise.  We don't live in a neighborhood as such, but we do have neighbors.  We have animal neighbors that are a surprise every day.  Some we cannot figure out why we see them one day and then not again for many days.  We figure it could be that some of the land owners have grazing property that go way way back from their house and the road so that they move them around.  I am determined to get many pictures to show.  I just now have figured out how to get the camera pictures loaded onto my computer, so things are easier.

Anyhow, we went to the Haverty furniture store in Dallas the other day and the awesome girl who was out "consultant" and I were talking about our move and she said I should blog and write some of the crazy, incredible things that we have come across.  I will write a little every day (hopefully).

First of all, it would seem that people sometimes move away and leave their animals.  We had the pleasure of being part of Sophie"s life for a while.  She was the neighborhood dog who stayed here when this house was sold.  We were absolutely crazy about her but now she is gone.  It seemed that she was a bit of a problem for the new parents and their chickens.  I will say no more.  I wish I had a picture of her, but I don't think I have one that is clear enough to show.  We keep hoping that maybe she will show back up one day. We miss her terribly.  She was a free spirit and went visiting from house to house during the days.  Our animals miss her too.  They still look for her to come up in the back and run in the house when the door is opened.

The guys who delivered some furniture told us that they had delivered couches to a family who had two big dogs on the porch PLUS a deer lying there with a collar on.  They got to pet them all.

But back to the dogs.  The electrician who came said that when he moved onto his land that they found a husky, still in a pen, but with food and water for a time.  He said that the dog is now his best friend.  Good good ending.

Here is a picture of our pond, which we share with The Sullivans behind us.  He comes out and trains his dogs to hunt I guess ducks, by throwing things in the water and the dogs swim and bring them back.

Still getting moved and a few new pieces of art

Well, here we are in December.  Still working on making this major fixer upper at least partially comfortable.  Definitely can see the light at the end of the tunnel, at least for the downstairs.

I have been trying to get my act together so that I can get some work done.  I have to search and search for the things I need to do some art, but I am making progress. I am still doing some alcohol ink paintings because I felt that I needed the least amount of supplies to be able to do a few pieces.

Here are a few that I have done.  They are listed on  I have made the decision to let Etsy go.  After 9 years it was not easy to do.  Artists do not, for the most part, have a place there any more.  Unless you mass produce and don't care so much about one of a kind handmade pieces.
There are still some gorgeous pieces of art there, but they are pretty hard to fine.  The searches are all different and change constantly.  The rules change constantly about what is allowed (commercial stuff, etc.).  I hope I don't cave in somewhere down the line and list again, but I have vowed not to.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Yes, missing again

I know, missing again.  But this time, we have been moving and painting and moving and painting and putting in flooring.

We did move to the country.  It is a home with big possibilities but more work than we could have ever thought. If you have ever watched that awesome show Fixer Upper about The Gaines family from Waco, Texas, who buys homes and pretty much "guts" them and makes a beautiful home.  Well, I wish we had hired them.  But, we didn't.  And we are trying to do all of it ourselves.  There is not one single room that didn't need tons and tons of work.  I will show you some of the pictures of the outside, but I would be so embarrassed to show the inside.

Okay, here goes.  I have some more but have realized that I am too inept about this stuff to move a photo from my ipad to my documents.  So, I will be nostalgic and take some pictures with my camera and post some more later.