When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language..." (Paul Gauguin)

Archive for February, 2008

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Perennial Friends

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Grape Hyacinth

The Grape Hyacinth started blooming this week…next the Iris, and I can’t wait to see the Ornamental Onions again.

6:49 p.m.

Thursday, February 28th, 2008


February 28, 2008, 6:49 p.m.
Amazing sunset tonight.


Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Mockingbird - Lewisville, Texas

This week mating season has started for Mockingbirds in northeast Texas. Mockingbirds mimic over 120 bird calls, and I’m guessing there are a couple of frog calls in the mix too.

Guanacaste Trees

Monday, February 25th, 2008


Guanacaste Trees, Costa Rica - 11 x 14 oil pastels, graphite on paper

Guanacaste Trees, Costa Rican Grasslands, 11H x 14W inches oil pastels on paper. Part of the Paper Places series, all have white double mats and white custom built wood frames with crackle finish, total size 22H x 26W inches.
The unusually wide umbrella-like shape of the trees look cartoonish, but with a few textures I think the issue is resolved now.

Guanacaste trees have such presence! Costa Rica is not well known for its open grasslands, but north-west and central areas of the country flatten out a little, with mountains of rain forests and volcanoes on the horizon. Guanacaste trees look entirely different growing in the rain forest than on the open grasslands.

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The Great Ocean Road

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

The Great Ocean Road, east coast Australia, 11 x 14 Oil pastels and graphite on paper

The Great Ocean Road, east coast Victoria, Australia, 11H x 14W inches oil pastels on paper, framed with 3 inch white double mat, brass title plate, and white wood frame with crackle finish, 22H x 26W inches total size

Creamy white Valentine’s Day rose

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008


One of the creamy white Valentine’s Day roses.

My Valentine’s roses needed a fresh cut and a few petals removed. The landfill sights are sweeter this past week, I bet.
I dried a few of the roses, and adorned the doves nest in the back-door wreath.

Palo Verde tree in bloom at a nursery in Ajijic, Mexico

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Palo Verde tree in bloom at a nursery in Ajijic, Mexico
Palo Verde tree in bloom at a nursery in Ajijic, Mexico


Tuesday, February 12th, 2008


Polypore Fungi - 58 x 41 inches, Acrylics and carved modeling paste $1,500* The acrylics/mixed media painting Polypore Fungi is accepted into VAST Arts 40th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition April 10- May 29, 2008

* The Heart Shapes in Nature photographic series are available as 3 x 4 inch framed prints, matted white or black with black frames – $7.50 each or 3 for $20 at Studio 2600, 2600 Hibernia, Dallas. http://www.studio2600dallas.com/

* The Oil Pastel work Eastern White Pine is showing at the AVAA 32nd Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibit in Arlington, Texas February 15 – March 28, 2008



Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Hey, remind me to buy my wife a card for Valentine’s Day.”

Graphite drawing, scanned and detailed with digital pen.

Fire Ants feeding on sap

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Fire Ants feeding on tree sap - photography - Coppell, Texas

Even if we think nothing is happening…it is. Today I went for a walk through my favorite park in Coppell, and my peripheral vision noticed tiny ant-highways up and down a few trees, so I stood and admired them for a while.

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