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Beach Dog

Today I took Holly to her vet in Galveston to have her shots, then took her for a walk on the beach, and later by the marina where the pelicans hang out – the most salty place on the Island. It was a nice day, though she did not really appear to have missed the beach nor be excessively excited about it. I guess she’s a city dog now. She was, however, very excited about the pelican poop on the wooden planks of the marina. And now she’s tired and will hopefully dream glorious dreams of dead fish.

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Reasons to Buy Wine

There are many reasons to buy wine, but a label featuring a beautiful carousel horse I want to recreate is definitely high priority in my world. Today the weather was absolutely beautiful, and I hosted another party for friends who missed my Halloween gathering. It ended up being very nice, and I absolutely fell in love with the new drink I created: apple cider, vodka, a slice of blood orange, and a cinnamon stick. Also, I have some very exciting plans for Alexander Ross, but I’m not able to reveal them just yet.

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Enchanted Forest

This drawing is inspired by an Instagram account I follow. I’m not sure it goes with my day, though my day was magical in its own way. I got to go to the gym, then bought groceries to make some food for the party I’m throwing tomorrow for my carousel horses, then helped my friend clean up her art studio.

In the evening I had a very special visit in my own gallery: The historical expert who helped me with my current manuscript came by to see my paintings! We had a really nice time chatting and catching up, and we talked, among other things, about the things people on Galveston Island would eat in 1900. Always fun for me to talk about food, of course!

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A Happy Horsie

Today I felt tired after the party, but it was a happy kind of tired. The sun was shining and I had all kinds of positive things to do: I took two paintings to the Children’s Assessment Center, which I’m donating for their Art of Hope event (there’ll be a fabulous party on December 7th). I also early voted in next week’s local elections, but the highlight of my day involved one of my tiny carousel horse paintings. One of Alexander Ross’ little friends went to his new home today. He’s a very lucky horsie who will get to live with two fabulous people! So, now there are only two left, in case you had your eye on them!

Also, I drew a house because I’d like to remind everyone that I’m doing house portrait commissions for the Holidays!

And I’ve been uploading some new art on my Society6 page. Because the Holidays are approaching, and high quality prints and other products make excellent gifts. Speaking of… Look at the beautiful Christmas arrangement my friend brought me! Isn’t it lovely?

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Virgen de Guadalupe

Today I felt very inspired to paint the Virgin of Guadalupe. I decided I needed to do it, although I had an ambitious day planned, with getting ready for tonight’s party, a workout, and other errands. In the end I decided to run the errands tomorrow, and to work out tomorrow too. Instead I painted the Virgin and I made an altar for the dead. I found pictures of loved ones who have passed away, and chose some of their favorite treats (red wine, coffee, some art they would have loved), decorated the table with marigolds and candles, placed pan de muertos on my favorite tray. I hung the Virgin just above, then proceeded to make the pizza spider (sans parmesan cheese or an egg wash, because, oh well…), the dead person, and some other stuff. The party ended up being a lot of fun! I can’t even describe it as I’m still basking in the afterglow of just how fun it was. And guess what? The Virgin of Guadalupe painting sold right away! I guess I need to make more of her. Or simply blow my errands whenever I feel inspired to make stuff – which I do anyway. Perhaps I’m on the right track.

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Boston Terrier Calavera

Halloween is tomorrow and I am making a pizza spider with red dipping sauce, a dead person out of vegetables, a ghost marshmallow dip, and then some. I also bought pan de muerto at HEB, and obviously candy. I’ve set up a nightmare-themed show in the gallery, and a silent auction upstairs. I’m pretty excited, as Halloween is truly a magical time, and I love celebrating it, love the whole veil between life and death being thin, the idea of life and death being so intertwined. I’m afraid it’s going to be very cold tomorrow – this I am not looking forward to. I don’t know if the dead feel as playful when it’s cold out, but hopefully the ofrendas will entice them to come be close to us while we think of them. Hopefully some of them will watch over me as I bake the pizza spider – it’s quite a production and I hope not to mess up its many legs. I already forgot to buy the parmesan cheese that is supposed to make the legs look hairy. Would a non-hairy spider still be acceptable?

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Then There Were Four

Today I made more vintage carousel horses because the world needs more of them. I also found out there is a carousel in Galveston on the Pleasure Pier. I can’t believe I didn’t know that! Now I want to go to the Island even more…

All in all, I had a good day today. I got my workout in, which always makes me happy, I had some great communication with my collectors as I’m getting ready for the Holiday Season, and overall just felt like I was back to my easy breezy self, after the new moon had caused some inner turmoil for the past few days.

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A Different Kind of Carousel Horse

Today I painted a different kind of carousel horse on a small panel. I also took a walk around the Memorial Park loop, which was very nice. As far as Mondays go, it was a pretty good one, although some kind of discontent did creep in at times. I thought a lot about missing the Island, mostly because the weather is so nice right now, but whenever I think of spending a few days there, I usually end up talking myself out if it, the logistics just seem overwhelming.

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Adding Color

Today I added color to Alexander Ross’ little friends, and prepared the wood panels I will apply them to. I also had a three-hour lunch with my friend Paula Hawkins who always makes me feel better about life and art and making a living making art. I delivered the painting she bought from me, the abstract beauty below. And I had a sudden burst of inspiration. I decided to upload the professional picture my photographer friend took of Alexander Ross onto my Society6 page, and guess what? The results are nothing short of magical. You can now have Alexander Ross wallpaper among many other things. Check out my new products! I so love them!

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We All Need Friends

We all need friends, so today I decided to make some little friends for Alexander Ross. They will each get their own wood panel, of course.

In the afternoon I got to go to a wedding that was in the most beautiful fairytale setting, in a restaurant here in Houston I didn’t even know existed. My favorite little redhead came down from Tennessee for the wedding, and I got to see her, if ever so briefly. She brought me a little giraffe. She says she always thinks of me when she sees giraffes. Also, I made friends with a beautiful girl in a mink coat and invited her to my gallery.