Two things I painted today: a Virgen de Guadalupe candle – a commission piece that turned out quite well, and an abstract piece that’s most likely still a work in progress. Some good things happened: new collectors and commissions, a nice lunch and quick painting session with Jill Hakala, who’s just returned from Scotland, alsoContinue reading “A Good Day”
…because I saw a Vespa parked in front of Whole Foods. Also, here’s a picture of how colorful my Escapist studio is these days.
This painting is inspired by a photo posted by my friend Dana from The Amsterdamian. I painted it today in my mentor’s studio while he was working on a very beautiful commission. It was a good moment.
Today I painted a butterfly on a zinnia. It’s inspired by something that happens in the book I’m writing, the Galveston ghost story. I got 2,000 words in today, and for that I an grateful. Today was also my fellow Escapist Paula Hawkins’ show and it was magical and fun. I wore a 1970s styleContinue reading “Butterfly”
I awoke to way too much sun. The Island has been robbed of its trees by Ike. The Island is also no longer my place in the world, though it will always be one of the places I love best. But my life is in Houston now. I have a business and collectors and manyContinue reading “Going Back”
In which it’s absolutely too hot to do anything until the evening but in the evening a small dog enjoys the beach a lot. Still, is it wrong to admit I miss Houston?
Let’s not get worried but I’m not quite there yet. The relaxation I was hoping to get from this beach trip is failing to materialize. The sun seems too stark, too bright and blinding. It’s at times like these that I remember how devoid the Island is of trees. It’s not just that, though. It’sContinue reading “In Which I Try to Relax”
Here we are, on the Island. We already took a walk on the beach and through the historic district, saw a very cool Island cat on a porch, and I managed to get a little bit of writing done. Tomorrow my friend and I will rent an umbrella on the beach. I am so excited!
“You’ve both worked very hard,” my friend Dana in Amsterdam said. “You in making all that art, and Holly in putting up with it. You deserve a few days at the beach.” And so we’re Galveston bound tomorrow and very very excited. Meanwhile today was magical too: My friend and I went to see BuddhistContinue reading “Headed for the Beach”
My task today was to take down The Platform, fill in all the holes in the gallery walls, and paint over any blemishes and imperfections so that Paula Hawkins can hang her work tomorrow for the next Escapist solo show. I have to say I found this very zen and pleasing. There’s something really sweetContinue reading “White Walls”