I’ve always loved Jack Russell Terriers, and even the episode of Sex and the City where Charlotte adopts a very spirited on that almost destroys her apartment didn’t change my mind. They are so adorable! Besides, what’s wrong with having a strong personality? I might have been a Jack Russell myself in a different life.
Anyway, today John sent me a picture of his great grandfather holding two Jack Russell puppies and I thought it was the cutest thing ever and I had to paint it! It’s true that I didn’t know from the beginning what breed the puppies were, but luckily one of our most VIP collectors has Jack Russell Terriers and was able to enlighten us.
Anyway, this was so much fun! I’m really grateful for the fabulous community around my Facebook Live videos. They make me happy every single day! Who would have thought it would be possible to have such fun in the middle of these strange and anxiety-ridden times?
Also, today’s Crazy Good Deal is totally amazing! Y’all don’t want to miss this one!
More research for The Glory Days of Aimée Bonnard! Today it took me to a men’s fragrance called Fougère Royale, which has been around for a very long time and could’ve easily been worn by one the characters in the novel. I love this bit of editing where I add scents and tastes and a bit more texture to the story.
Other than that, it was a quiet day dominated by a long nap. I didn’t update the Crazy Deal of the Day. I decided to give myself a pass on this lazy Sunday, so y’all can still access yesterday’s deal, but I will make sure to post a new one tomorrow.
The inspiration for this year’s 4th of July painting is my dear friend Margo, one of my fashion icons, who once upon a time worked at The Firm, the boutique in Galveston I still dream of at night, and which is mentioned in Storms of Malhado. Margo sold me my very first pair of designer jeans, back when buying luxury fashion was new to me. She’s the first friend I made in Galveston, way before I moved there. Nowadays she works at HEB (for those not from Texas, this is an awesome grocery store who prepared for the pandemic and showed great foresight), which makes her a hero in my book. I really loved the picture she posted the other day, wearing her red bandanna, her cool aviator shades, and her blue mask, with the flag as a background. I thought it was the perfect thing to paint for the 4th of July.
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Did you know Necco Wafers have been around since the mid-1800’s? Neither did I, and in fact I’ve never had one, but some of my favorite viewers on my Facebook Live show said they have fond memories of them. How did I stumble upon such a nostalgic item? I was doing research for my upcoming novel, The Glory Days of Aimée Bonnard, and I wanted to know what type of candy people were eating in 1900. Because it’s more fun to describe the candy than just mention it. One of my top readers for Storms of Malhado said that she could taste and smell the story, and that was one of the best compliments I’ve ever had about my writing. I myself love books where one can imagine the taste and scent of things.
In other news, I baked a flag pie, but it burned a little. Is this a metaphor for 2020? Luckily the Supreme Court protects me (Texas v Johnson, 1989). And I managed not burn the flag pizza I also made. The pie, for all its charred stars is, however, tastier than the pizza. I think tomorrow I will eat the stars for breakfast. Happy 4th! Definitely not going anywhere, though I have some fun online activities planned.
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This really sweet picture of Bobby came up in my Facebook memories today. It’s from two years ago when I was in the Escapist Mentorship Program and painting up a storm for my solo show, The Platform. Bobby, sweet loyal soul that he is, was hanging out in my studio offering moral support. In case you didn’t know it, Bobby is a Scorpio, and Scorpios make great friends.
If you like discussing astrology and are wondering whether it truly applies to English Pointers, you might like the Zoom Book Clubs I’m planning for my new novel, Storms of Malhado – the historical novel everyone is talking about this hurricane season! How about a virtual book club where the book-related questions are things like: Would you date a drug dealer? Do you think horses can descend stairs? Who were you in your previous lives? Is it better to cheat on a spouse or leave a marriage without explanation?
If this virtual book club sparks your interest, check out today’s Crazy Good Deal!
Today my friends sent me a picture of a very cool carousel horse and I painted it during Facebook Live. We decided to name him Beauregard.
In other news, all sorts of groceries arrived out of which I plan to make a solo feast for the 4th of July. And my face mask with my favorite drawing of Holly arrived too.
I’m planning a Zoom party for my most VIP collectors – my Sky Club Elite – and am working on my new manuscript, The Glory Days of Aimée Bonnard, while still trying to promote Storms of Malhado. Also, there’s a brand new Crazy Good Deal for you to enjoy! Make sure you check these out every day!
Much to John’s chagrin, who was hoping I’d paint Nancy swimming, I decided to paint a Tide pod today. Ok, I’ll admit it, I was out of ideas. It was very hot out, and I took a nap in the middle of the day. I was hoping I might dream up something to paint, but I didn’t. Anyway, the Tide pod turned out well. It looks shiny and liquid, and my conversation with John while I was painting it was funny.
Other than the nap, I did some editing of my current manuscript, then spent a lot of time designing a new cover for Waiting for the Storm, the little teaser chapter for Storms of Malhado.
My Matilda face mask arrived from Society6, and that made me really happy.
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I have a picture of my grandma in 1945 (I think she was 23) and I’ve been wanting to paint it for a long time. It didn’t end up looking totally like her, but it’s a good start and was fun to do over Facebook Live.
Other highlights of the day: I continued editing Draft #3 of The Glory Days of Aimée Bonnard, I took a good nap with my little dog, and I made fresh butter biscuits to go with dinner. They’re so very good, and all the folding and refolding of the dough was very meditative. Maybe I want to try making croissants…
Meanwhile the updated cover (both ebook and paperback versions) of The Adventures of Miss Vulpe is live on Amazon and I couldn’t be more pleased with it.
Also, be sure to check out today’s Crazy Good Deal!
Today I drew a little toy car John gave me, and had fun coloring it with markers like a child. I also figured out how to make my Crazy Good Deal page work, so expect to see an exciting opportunity to acquire a piece of art for a steal on it each and every day. I’ll probably be updating these sometime after lunch each day.
I also spent a considerable amount of time designing the paperback cover for The Adventures of Miss Vulpe. Paperback covers are a little harder to make, but I think I did well. The book should be available with its updated look by tomorrow. I’m excited this is done, because it’s a fun book for summer – a quick-paced, entertaining read – and now with the new cover I’ll get to advertise it all over again.
Ok, everyone, I love you, please wear your mask! Wear it in such way that it covers both your mouth and nose (both nostrils!), and while wearing it kindly still stay 6 feet away from others. It’s easy enough, even if it’s hot out. It’s a sign of respect and responsibility and a small inconvenience for the sake of stopping this awful virus.
Today I felt like giving another shoutout to Judge Lina Hildalgo, who has been tirelessly telling Houstonians to stay home and please wear masks when they go out. I saw a picture on her Instagram where she’s wearing a Pride mask, so I had to paint it. No parade this year, no Pride parties. But we can still celebrate in safe socially distant ways. Such as painting Judge Hidalgo wearing a Pride mask over Facebook Live while my wonderful collectors and friends watch.
I ended up not being able to try YouTube Live because my YouTube channel needs 1,000 subscribers in order for me to be able to do so. Y’all, please subscribe to my YouTube channel! I promise to create some fun videos and post them! Meanwhile it was awesome that one of my closest friends, who recently took a Facebook break, was still able to watch me paint live via Facebook Watch. On her TV, no less! So there are ways…
In other news, while some of us are deciding to stay put once again, I thought I’d start a fun new project, a game of sorts. Each day I’ll post a Crazy Good Deal on a special page on this website. It’ll have a “buy now” button and the first person to see it and want it will get it! If nobody snatches the Crazy Good Deal by the end of the day, the item will go into my online store at full retail price.
Also, I think I finally designed a cover for The Adventures of Miss Vulpe that I love love love. What do y’all think? And more importantly, have you read the book yet?