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Ink & Watercolor and a New Gallery

January 3, 2015


Blue Door, 8x10, ink & watercolor

Blue Door, 8×10, ink & watercolor

I’ve been experimenting with some new work, and having a lot of fun in the process.

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This whimsical storybook art takes me back to my beginnings with pen and ink, but with the addition of watercolor. In addition, Nell and I have been collaborating on some paintings in acrylics with a somewhat fauvist look. They are inspired by the miniature whimsical pieces we developed for markets and festivals.  More about that in a future post.

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We now have work in a gallery in Galveston, Texas.  Affaire d’art is located on Post Office Street in the historic district.  We’re looking forward to working with owners Alicia Boles and Nikki Thompson.

In addition to Affaire d’art, I have gouache paintings displayed for sale at Gen’s Antiques in the historic Heights area of Houston, and another group of paintings displayed in the lobby of Pure Barre, a fitness studio also located in the Houston Heights.

In a couple of days, we will be moving the Mountaineer fifth wheel RV to the Liberty Hill area, a few miles west of Georgetown, Texas. (Austin area) While we will continue to be active at the First Saturday Arts Market in Houston, we also hope to become involved in arts activities in Georgetown. And, of course, we hope to resume our travels.  We’ll keep the fifth wheel trailer parked, to be lived in as a home base, with the intention of doing our traveling in a much smaller motorhome.

We’re really looking forward to seeing what develops in the new year.


Recent Gouache Work

December 10, 2014

I apologize for the down time.  My laptop has been down for a few weeks.  There has been some painting done, however, with some new ones and some being touched up and, possibly, finished.  Here is a sampling:

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The Falls at Brushy Creek, 11×14, Gouache

Brushy Creek runs under I-30 in Round Rock, Texas.  This painting was done from a reference photo.

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San Saba Rocks, 11×14, Gouache

 I’m looking forward to doing a lot more river scenes when we move to the Austin, Texas area.  This was done from a photograph taken while driving in west Texas.

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The Pickup, 11×14, Gouache

A favorite place to watch boat traffic, pelicans and dolphins is Roberts Park in Port Aransas, Texas.  One can sit beside the waterway leading from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Corpus Christi and watch huge ships passing by.  We’ve been fortunate to see some interesting things, including this pickup of a pilot who had brought the tanker out of the port.  Done from a reference photograph; I’m still not sure this one is finished.


Updated website

November 22, 2014

I have revised and updated my WordPress website and, going forward, it will be my primary art showcase.  This blog and the travel blog will remain.  I’ve expanded some of the galleries in the showcase to include examples of watercolor work and pencil sketches.  And to make It easier to get to, it now has its own domain name. Please go and spend some time browsing the galleries at


On Display

November 15, 2014

.pure barre 1It isn’t often you find a young professional who loves traditional landscape paintings enough to decorate her business with them.  A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Dory Blackey had seen a couple of my watercolors on display as part of a show at Public House Heights, a local neighborhood bar and eatery.  Shortly after that, Dory looked us up at the First Saturday Arts Market.  The rest is history. A few days ago, we installed 17 of my gouache landscape paintings at Dory’s new business, Pure Barre- Houston Heights.  It’s not exactly what one expects to see in the entrance hall of a fitness studio.

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Walking into a fitness studio, one would expect to find huge posters of beautiful people working out.  Not here.  Before you reach the actual lobby/reception area, you step into what appears to be a contemporary art gallery. As part of our agreement, Dory has already posted on social media that the paintings are for sale, and that she’s happy to tell you about them.  Why no bold, colorful abstracts, as one would expect from a young person?  According to Dory, she grew up in the kind of countryside that these paintings portray.

pure barre 3 Surrounded by one of the oldest neighborhoods in Houston, this business is representative of the revitalization that is taking place in the Heights. Historic homes are being renovated and new condos are being built. Professionals of all ages are moving in and bringing the area up to date. We are already regulars at the nearby First Saturday Arts Market.  Being displayed in a local business like this gives us another strong link to the area. And we’ve made a delightful new friend.

For Sale

October 27, 2014

As promised, we are making some older art available for purchase at what we believe are very reduced prices.  This first group is a collection of flower drawings, all 8″x10″, with a border.  These are original Prismacolor (colored pencil) drawings and should all be framed under glass, with a mat.

The price of each item here is $60.00, without mat and unframed.  Add $5 per order for shipping & handling.

Purchase will be by PayPal.  If you have purchased from us before, we will consider accepting a check.  If you’re using a credit card, PayPal is the way to go.  Send me an email to (that’s also the email to use for PayPal).  DO NOT pay before contacting me!  That assures that you don’t pay for something that has already been sold.  In the email, simply tell me (by number) which pieces you want to purchase.  We’ll finalize things via return email.

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In case you’re wondering what these will looked like framed, the photo above shows two reproductions, matted and framed and hanging on a brick wall above a fireplace mantle.

So, with all that said, here are the colored pencil flower drawings. Hover your mouse over the image to see its number.

Sale Coming Up

October 24, 2014


Flower 1, 8×10, Colored Pencil

Now that I’ve got my computer back, I’ve got work to do.  Over the next weeks, I’ll be posting some older work for sale. There will be a range of media, including colored pencil, graphite pencil, pen & ink and gouache.  I’ll post it here on this blog.  I’m still agonizing over pricing, but I’ll try to set my ego aside and make it very reasonable.  The object is to sell it and free up storage space in the RV.  The first lot will be a collection of ten colored pencil drawings of individual flowers.  These were done 15 to 20 years ago.  I may have several pieces in one post, but each piece will be sold separately.  Stay tuned.

Recap: October First Saturday Arts Market

October 5, 2014


What a change from a month ago.  It will be short-lived, but the weather yesterday was gorgeous.  Temperatures in the 70s and low 80s, with a light breeze under a clear blue sky.  Couldn’t have asked for a nicer day.

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Photo by Darlene Besier


We continued our focus on the miniature work as well as having larger (8×10) unframed originals available.  The crowd was manageable.  While there were some occasional quiet moments, for the most part it was steady and at times really busy.


Until now, the minis have almost all had Nell’s touch with strong, bold color.  I did a couple in more subdued tones in anticipation that some people might prefer that.  They sold as well, with one lady saying “I’m not a bright color person.”  I’ll probably do more of these.






Nell had produced quite a few of her little signature florals for this market.  Now she has to do more because we sold almost every one of them.  These little gems are very popular everywhere we go.



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Unframed mini paintings were popular yesterday.  A number of 3″x 3 ” like the one on the left above found new homes, and a set of four 2″x 2″ sold as well. These are on stretched canvas and look nice sitting on small easels.

It looked like everyone who passed by was in a good mood (again, beautiful weather) and folks seemed to be in a buying mood. We had a couple of repeat customers who came back looking for companion pieces to framed minis they had purchased before, and a very nice English couple who move their art with them to various places added an 8×10 painting of a snowy Ohio field and trees to their collection.  A little girl came by with her mother and said she keeps her jewelry in the little Treasure Keeper box they bought at White Linen Night in August.  There was a couple who were moving to New York and expected to move into a smaller living environment.  Small art was important to them.  There was the Minimalist who displays very little art, but had to have one of our colorful, tiny pieces, because it made her smile.

Our friend Charlie Buck came by, and it was a delight to meet his family.  We felt bad that we were distracted by the crowd that was keeping us busy.  Charlie has supplied us with the tiles that we’re hoping will become great coasters and trivets.  We think we’re getting close to going into production.

As always, we enjoyed spending the day in the company of potter John Delafield and jeweler Steve Sellers, who were on either side of us.  It was fun to watch their inventory go down throughout the day just as ours did.  We also again sing the praises of Mitchell Cohen, founder, owner and coordinator of First Saturday Arts Market.  He tirelessly promotes this monthly market, brings in great live music and food trucks, and keeps things running smoothly for the artists.  Gen’s Antiques, our next door neighbor has partnered with the Market, allowing the artists a chance to cool off in the summer heat and to use their facilities.  An extra bonus for the Market artists is that Doug at Gen’s displays our art for sale with no commission.  Gen’s Antiques is located at 540 W. 19th Street, Houston, TX, and they are open every day until 7:30 pm.

minis at fsam octWe sold seagulls, colorful roosters and fish, and even cute little bluebirds. The flying pelican on the orange background headed to a beach house along with a framed 5×7 beach painting.


And pigs did fly.  This one sold online before the show, but we took four more to the market, all different, and sold three of them.

This stuff won’t go in the art history books, by any means.  But it’s something we do together, a fun, no-stress way of generating a little income.  We hope to add the coasters and trivets soon, and we’re looking for a convenient way to display just a handful of framed paintings without adding a lot of bulk to the show equipment.  That will give us more depth, with a balance between tiny whimsy and larger, more traditional work.  Our approach to art, like our lifestyle, continues to be a work in progress.

We will be relocating from Houston to the Austin, Texas area in the next few months.  We’ll only be three hours away, so we’ll continue to do the First Saturday Arts Market, even after we move.

It’s a busy time.  Tomorrow, we close on the purchase and take delivery of a 36 foot fifth wheel trailer.  We’ll transfer our belongings and then place our motorhome to be sold on consignment.  We also need to replenish our inventory of small art before the weekend.  We’re scheduled to have a booth set up at the Imperial Sugar Farmers Market next Saturday morning.

We’re having a good time.

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Photo by Darlene Besier




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