Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Haunting!

Giving Treats Instead of Tricks on Halloween
personal photo

I hope that you are preparing for a fun and safe Halloween. Dressing up, getting together, and swapping stories is so much fun.

We used to have a lot of fun on Halloween at school, when I was teaching. Almost everyone would dress up. In my art classes, we would pull out the acrylic paint and brushes, and do a little face painting with a pumpkin, ghost, bat, or something simple on the cheek for anyone who wanted a decoration. For some, we would paint it on their hand. Some kids really went all out. Everyone was excited about the costume contests.
Several years, we did what I called "reverse trick or treating". We painted little plaster knick knacks and took those over to the local nursing home and hospital. I took a group of kids after school and we passed out the knick knacks and had a short visit with many of the patients. Most were so pleased, just for the company. But, I backed out of the gifts when one resident hoped for a cookie and tried to eat the little object we handed him! (The kids stopped him before the plaster went into his mouth.) We still went to see them, but we took a picture or greeting card that didn't look like something good to eat!
I don't remember that we did anything for Halloween at school when I was a student. It was just another day of school work. But there was excitement in the air as we plotted and planned parties and trick or treating for the night. We had some pretty good times, prowling around all the spooky houses, the cemetery, and the park, and even the big, looming school. Often, we went as a group, without adults. But, if things got to be a little more than what I thought they should be, I left and went home. Like the time when everyone wanted to take the window screens off an old lady's house, and soap them, and put toilet paper around houses. As the boys started taking screens off the dark, scarey house, I left the group and walked home. I told Daddy that I didn't want to get into trouble, as usual.
Sometimes, Walter and his friends would giggle, for days in advance, as they warned me at school that they were going to hang my cats from the flagpole. Daddy didn't like for the cats to be in the house and I wanted to make sure that they were all indoors and locked safely away. That made for a lot of stress for me. All I could think of was how I could protect my pets. The boys found better things to do than to try to round up my cats, I guess, because it never happened.

Here is something that is sort of funny that happened last night in regard to Halloween and ghosts.

My daughter is really interested in ghost hunting and stories, and tv programs about ghosts. Several days ago, I read a little blurb in a news release from the George Bush Library, saying that Robert Schlesinger was going to be here for a talk and book signing for his book, "White House Ghosts". Just in time for Halloween! I sent the information to my daughter and she was exicted about it.
She had refused to take us to see the astronauts, and other interesting people who have come here. But she got excited about a book on ghosts in the White House! She made reservations for the event, and, last night, we had supper early, dressed up, and went to the presentation in the Museum. Friends Crystal, Ronnie, and Becky met us there.
So there we were, stretched out across the third row, Crystal, Joni, Ashton, Becky, Ronnie, and I, and everyone else came in and sat behind us. A computer blip flashed on the movie screen and we thought we would see some projected images. But, I guess they were just turning off the picture they were showing of the horses and section of the Berlin Wall that decorate a part of the courtyard between buildings at the complex.
I remembered hearing about a Schlesinger at the White House, years ago. Arthur L. Schlesinger. So I was surprised when a young man took his place at the podium. This was Arthur L.'s son, Robert, the author.
As he opened his talk, Schlesinger said, "If any of you are expecting to hear any stories of hauntings or of things that go bump in the night, you might want to leave now."
We laughed, along with everyone else. I expected the others in our group to get up and leave, but, to their credit, they sat through the talk and were attentive. Ashton only got squirmey for a few seconds, when he started pulling on a rubber band bracelet they had been given at school for Red Ribbon Week. I felt squirmey, myself. With my Restless Leg Syndrome, I felt like I just had to get up and walk, despite the fact that I was interested in the stories the author was sharing. I just wiggled my toes in my shoes, and managed to sit and listen.
A couple of interesting things were his stories about FDR and his cocktail mixing before he would work on his speeches. And the story about Harry Truman. His speech writers couldn't figure out how to let the real man show through at first. It turned out that he had poor vision and he couldn't read the speeches, unless he got really close to the podium. Then he would look up and try to look out at the audience, and lose his place. Finally, they just wrote him an outline or talking points, and let him just talk and be himself. He did so much better when they quit writing speeches for him.
Schlesinger also talked about the current presidential candidates and their speechwriters. Obama has a staff of speech writers, all extremely young. McCain has one speechwriter who has been friends with McCain for a long while. Schlesinger said that he is surprised that they haven't found a good way to let the real McCain shine through, as they did with Truman in the past. It makes all the difference.
It was interesting to hear that some speechwriters are the ones who really set policy with their speeches, and not the candidate or person for whom they are writing. Some presidents have been very involved in the speech writng process, while others just read what someone else has written. Some have just written their own speeches or made so many changes in editing that the speech is nothing like what was originally written.
He talked of how JFK, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush had edited their speeches, with each having their own style of editing. There was the case of Clinton editing while riding to a place where he was to speak, and having the writer to hold his hot coffee for him. The writer didn't spill the coffee, as he feared, but, on another occasion, Clinton was holding his own coffee cup in his teeth, while editing, and the coffee spilled on his shirt. They had to radio up and down the caravan of cars to find a Secret Service man, the same size as Clinton, so they could exchange shirts. The Secret Service didn't want to let Clinton go into a store to buy a new shirt.
He told of JFK and the famous speech in Berlin, and of FDR's famous speech following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and how they both edited until they arrived at the words that have become so well known. George H.W. Bush would add little notes that indicated things like "Too Ego". He didn't want to sound like he was bragging about himself.
Following the talk, the author signed books at one table, and refreshments were served from another table in the marble rotunda. A crystal punch bowl and cups were at one end of the serving table, while coffee was served from a large silver coffee urn at the opposite end. Cookies were in the center of the table, along with paper napkins stamped with the TAM letters.
We took our refreshments to small tables in front of a display of a map, photos, a signed guitar, and momentos from Iraq, and a huge portrait of former president Bush, along with some of his cabinet members.
One of the workers invited Ashton to come to the Halloween Party at the Library tonight, Halloween. She said they have a lot of candy and treats for the kids, and there will be lots to do. I hope that his mother will take him. It should be a great place for a Halloween party. Things at the Library are always really nice!
After the talk, I answered the question, "What did that have to do with ghosts?" and explained that they meant "Ghost Writers" and memories of the White House of the past-not spooky ghosts and hauntings. I guess that, if we had been smart, we would have done a google search and found out more about the book ahead of time.
Ashton commented that he was afraid that the author would read that whole thick book. I told him that he couldn't read too much of it or people would not need to buy the book. We agreed that some pictures would have brought the stories more to life.
My daughter had wanted to buy a book, until she learned that it wasn't about actual ghosts. However, I think that it might be an interesting book to read. I would like to read more of his stories, especially now that I have read more about his background and the fact that he was present when some of the speechwriters got together. His inside views would make this a really unique perspective. I liked the idea that he realized that those stories should be preserved. And his insider information, as well as his reasearch at many of the presidential libraries, would make this a very important historical book.
I have to laugh when thinking about the "trick" that turned into an educational "treat".
The others in the party said that they would like to go to more things like that. They do have interesting events and impressive speakers at the Library.
I felt like we should have at least made an effort to meet the author. And felt bad that we didn't. But I knew that we weren't going to buy a book. I'm still trying to finish the Robert E. Lee biography, a very thick book, that I started over 10 years ago! It's interesting, but I cannot stay awake to read much of it at a time. Instead, I have opted for shorter books and art magazines. (One of these days, I am going to finish that book!)
I firmly believe in exposing youngsters to all these many opportunites to meet famous people, and see all the presentations that are possible today. I remember those opportunities so much more than all the ordinary classroom things that we did as students. We didn't have very many of those opportunities. I'm still amazed at the history that we heard of through the radio, movies, newsreels, and a few visits from people like Jinx Falkenburg and Tex McCrary, and LBJ.

Here are some links. I will put those in my sidebar so you can find them any time.
Robert Schlesinger, "White House Ghosts"
George Bush Library

For anyone interested in ghosts, ghost hunting, etc., there is going to be an event at the Wooden Spoon on Main Street in Calvert November 1. Lots of ghost stories and experiences there.

This year, we are hearing warnings about some candy possibly being contaminated with Melamine. We are told to read our labels and beware of candy with ingrediants from or that are manufactured in China. I read my labels, but you cannot tell where things are manufactured. Just where they are distributed from. I haven't heard anything this year, as we have in the past, about taking your treats to a hospital to be x-rayed, to make sure there are no razor blades, glass, or needles in them. Maybe it is best to make your own treats, with your own ingrediants.
I want to see clear USA labels on everything!

Happy "Spooking" or "Haunting" tonight!
Be Safe!
I aplogize for not getting a post on sooner. I've made a slide show of some of the things that we have done, art wise, lately, but I haven't been able to get them to add to my blog. I've written back and forth to their tech support, and, hopefully, their latest suggestion will work. They changed their site, after I figured out how to do this their old way! So, I'm having to figure it out all over again. Sometimes that takes me a while.
Hopefully, unless the computer starts acting up again, I will get some of those pictures on, tomorrow. I just had to share a bit of Halloween with you today!

Learning Face Painting


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Plein Aire Painting Workshop in Calvert

Plein Aire Painters
Mud Creek Pottery
Photo by Sonny Moss
Back row, left to right: Sonny Moss, Calvert; Cecelia Heinrich, Bryan; Charles Smith, Houston; Judy Weger, Caldwell; Judy Strzinek, North Richland Hills; Becky Luther, Bryan; and Georgeanne Muse, Hearne.
Front row, left to right: Judy Elliott, Franklin; Nancy Holder, Temple; V....Vaughan, Round Rock; Mary Waldson, Gause; and Barbara Conitz, Port Lavaca.
We had a great time plein aire painting in Calvert last Saturday.
The above photo shows our group in the afternoon, gathered at Mud Creek Pottery for a short lesson on drawing and composition basics. This information precluded going out on Main Street to paint buildings.
I have more photos to post and will probably do those as a slide show.
Go to Virginia Vaughan's blog to see the paintings that she did as she demonstrated and taught during the day long workshop. .
I think that everyone enjoyed our area and the experience. We plan to do it again. The tentative date is Saturday February 28. So mark your calendar and think about joining us.
More on the workshop in the next post.
Saturday is the big 20th World Wide Sketch Crawl day. I hope that, wherever you are, you will spend a little time drawing your surroundings, and let us know what you did, post on the sketch crawl website, , your own blog or website, or join us in Bryan or Calvert, if you are local. If you live in another community, maybe you would be interested in starting a group there to join in the Sketch Crawl. I just checked out their site and, at this point, they have people registered in 34 different cities outside the United States, and 48 cities in the U.S. I'm anxious to see what everyone does.
Remember, this is for everyone, everywhere, and it's free. Students, adults, children, families, groups, or individuals. All skill levels. All media. All day or a few minutes. Just record your surroundings through art, then share your experiences and your work online.
Locally, we are officially starting about 8:30 a.m. at the Frame Gallery in downtown Bryan, or, in Calvert, Mud Creek Pottery. You can start earlier if you want. You can work with a group, or alone.
If you are in another community, you can work there and even start your own group. Or, if you are close, you can join us in Bryan or Calvert. Just bring a chair or something to sit on, if you need one, and your sketching materials, personal items you will need for the day. Your only cost will be whatever you want to spend on food, snacks, or items you wish to purchase. It may be cool early, so you may need a jacket or sweater. Later, it is supposed to be another beautiful day here.
Let me know if you need more information.
Let's get out there and draw the Brazos Valley, or wherever you are!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Happy Birthday, Joni!

Grandpa's Birthday
Family Photo
I have to say a big Happy Birthday to my daughter, today. The photo above shows her with her great-grandfather at one of his birthday parties. This one was held at a family picnic and fishing area on T.J. Smith's Lake Place north of Calvert. (Smith and Emil were friends from boyhood and became brothers in law and business partners.) Emil lived to be 96 and this was his 92nd Birthday. I selected this photo with wishes for a long, healthy happy life for my daughter, like her great-grandfather , his father, and his sister had.
This time of day, 41 years ago, I was begging for the ether that I had selected, and trying to kick the doctor in the face because he would not listen to me! They wouldn't give me anything so I decided to just hold my breath and stop breathing until I could pass out or die. I did pass out.
Sometime later in my room, the nurse woke me while putting a blue wristband on me. They said that I had a boy. I went back to sleep. Later, they woke me when putting a pink wristband on me. Now, they said that I had a girl. It seems that my roommate had a boy a few minutes before I had a girl. I would wonder if I had the right baby, but she looked like me.
Later, they told me that they wouldn't give me gas because she was turned wrong. In the process, I pulled a muscle in my leg, trying to get the doctor's attention! Had to stay in the hospital longer and could barely walk for quite a while.
She was a stubborn little thing, not in a hurry to be born, for sure. A typical Libra, at times.
It seems like only yesterday, but, now she is all grown up with children of her own.
Wishing you many happy returns, Joni, with many more to grow on!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Pretty Ladies At Tea

Pretty Ladies at Tea
This one is for Olivia, who likes pretty ladies and princesses.
Afternoon sun on a clear October day cast dappled shadows across white columns and lush green lawns in Calvert. White tables and folding chairs were placed on the back lawn of the old Barton home, across the street from the park. Ladies and gentlemen, dressed in their Victorian finery, enjoyed tea served under a clear blue sky. The post Civil War brick home with its wide porches and large white columns, provided a perfect background for the Victorian Tea, an annual event in Calvert.
Ladies chatting beneath an ancient oak tree after the tea were reminiscent of scenes from "Gone With The Wind". Did ladies from the original Barton family also share the same secrets or gossip beneath the same trees as the ladies of today? What were they talking about? Were they comfortable in their dresses and all those petticoats, corsets, and high topped boots?
Isn't it nice to think of a time when you could walk in the grass and all you had to worry about was a few red ant beds and horned toads-no fire ants!
If you missed the Tea, Gala, and street fair this year, plan on going next year. They will also have a tour of homes in Calvert at Christmas and in the spring. It isn't often that you get to see scenes like this, or have a chance to dress this way yourself.
I hope that you will join us in Calvert for the Plein Aire Painting Workshop with Virginia Vaughan or , Saturday October 18.
Officially, we start at 8 a.m. at Mud Creek Pottery on Main Street.
Participants have the option of getting an early start by watching Vaughan do a painting demonstration at sunrise, 7:07 a.m. There will be no instruction at that time. Just watching Vaughan paint, and enjoying delicious Zamykal kolaches. If anyone wants to paint with her, they can join in and start setting up about 30 minutes before time. We won't select the location until late Friday, so, if you plan to attend, we will need to give you numbers to call to tell you where we will be.
After the demo, there will be instruction, painting on location, and the "famous Chicken Clinic".
If the weather turns bad, we can paint in the studio at Mud Creek Pottery.
This time of year, the temperatures are a bit cooler, so you might want to bring along a jacket, especially for the early morning demo. Be prepared. After all, this is Texas.
For a supply list, to register, or for more information, contact Cecelia at or contact Sonny at Mud Creek Pottery in Calvert.
Hope to see you there!
20th World Wide Sketch Crawl
Saturday October 25
World Wide
All ages, all skill levels, all media, groups or individuals
Go out and draw your surroundings
Join us in Bryan or Calvert, or start a group in your own community
Let's Draw The Brazos Valley!
In Calvert, contact Sonny Moss at Mud Creek Pottery
In Bryan, contact Greta Watkins at the Frame Gallery
or, for more information, contact Cecelia at

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Victorian Tea, Gala, and Street Fair in Calvert

Fan & Apron
pencil sketch
10" x 15"
Her fan hid an impish grin, but her eyes gave her away as she looked at her mother.
"Look! I'm a grown up lady with a fan!"
Her mother rested from her duties selling kolaches inside the building, at a table on the sidewalk. She brushed her hair back with her hand as a gentle breeze tousled the brown strands.
Barbara and I sat on a bench beside the kolache shop, ready to do a little sketching, and talking with the visitors to town. We waited for our cousin from Austin to join us.
What to draw. So many things. So many memories. As I opened my sketchbook, I spotted the little girl looking over a folding fan and her mother, dressed in a long dress with a white ruffled apron. I liked the way the fabric draped in that apron and the way that the woman's fingers moved through her hair.
The little girl quickly left and I had only started the fan! So, I had to work from memory. The mother went in and out of the shop, but sat long enough for me to get part of the pose, and a photo that I could work from later.
I intended to do just a light sketch on watercolor paper, that I could use watercolors on later. I ended up spending most of my time trying to remember the pose. I added the buildings later, and those were more ficticious. For a finished picture, I would need to look at my photos. This time, I was just working from memory.
First Baptist Church in Calvert is having their Homecoming tomorrow, celebrating their 139th year.
If you are in the area, and looking for art supplies for the Plein Aire Painting Workshop in Calvert Saturday, you might look at Michael's in College Station. They are in the Gateway Shopping Center, across from Scott & White and near the Texas Road House and the east bypass. They were kind enough to keep a supply list for us. But, you do have to ask at the register for it. It is a courtesy to us who might need supplies and don't have our list with us.
Have you signed up for the Plein Aire Painting Workshop in Calvert, yet?
Come and bring a friend!
Saturday October 18
sunrise to sunset
Pass the information on to someone who might be interested.
See the top of my sidebar.
Contact Cecelia at for a supply list and more information.
Hope to see you there!
Are you getting your group together or making plans to participate in
the 20th World Wide Sketch Crawl
Saturday Oct. 25
You can join people in Calvert or Bryan, or start your own group in your own community. Or work alone.
Greta Watkins at the Frame Gallery in Bryan or Sonny Moss at Mud Creek Pottery in Calvert.
Have you seen the Brazos Valley Art League Juried Show at the P. David Romei Art Center in College Station? There is more information on their website which is on my sidebar.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Imagine A Gunfighter

Gunfighter on the Streets of Calvert
Imagine how it was, on the streets of Calvert, back in the times when cowboys and sheriffs or city marshalls, took their long, careful walks, back and forth on the same brick sidewalks that we walk on today. Squinting, searching for any signs of problems.
Think of ladies in sweeping long skirts, carrying a parasol and a drawstring bag, and wearing a bonnet on their heads, almost floating over the sidewalks as they moved from store to store.
Picture children in elaborate clothes, miniature adults, wearing high topped shoes or boots, hanging onto a hat, or standing on the base of a light pole, impatiently waiting on a friend or a grownup.
Can you see the time when horses and wagons rattled and clopped on dirt and brick streets of Calvert, then parked while the shopped on Main Street?
"It looks like 'Gone With The Wind'!" one visitor said as she spotted ladies in their finery on the lawn of the old Barton House in Calvert during the Victorian Tea, Gala, and Street Fair in Calvert last Saturday.
The above photo is of a gunfighter from "Cow Town" (Ft. Worth, that is!) , part of a reenactment group that walked Main Street.
I stopped by Mud Creek Pottery to talk to Sonny about the Plein Aire Painting Workshop Saturday Oct. 18th. We're hoping for a good turnout when Virginia Vaughan comes to Calvert to do the first ever Plein Aire Painting Workshop there. Sonny was all dressed up for the day as an iron monger.
Barbara and I had lunch at the Wooden Spoon where we visited with Rita and her coworker. Barbara had already painted the old Salazar's Garage building before I got to town. We then went over to Zamykal Kolache Shop where we sat on a bench to sketch for a little while. A caricature artist from Houston, Eva Myles, was set up on the opposite side of the shop, doing portraits.
Larry, from the antique shop next door, passed by, wearing a flowing black cape and tall black boots.
Further down the street, there were more booths set up with all kinds of wares, and people strolled the streets in their Victorian costumes.
We were joined by a cousin, Melanie, a native of Louisiana, but now living in Austin, and her two beautiful daughters, Olivia and Emma. This, of course, called for an auto tour of Calvert, to locate the old family homes and share stories.
The day ended with supper at the Dixie Cafe in Hearne. We all went our separate ways to Bryan, Austin, and Calvert.
I had hoped that we would get to see people in the park for the gala, dressed in their Victorian clothing, dancing, and having a big time.
I only did one sketch during the afternoon, and Barbara did several pen and ink sketches. I worked a bit large, on watercolor paper, thinking I would do this picture in watercolors, eventually. But I did take some photos that I will put into a slide show, probably. One thing that I need to remember to do is to get pictures of us sketching!
It was a beautiful day to be out and a great day for the Victorian event.
Some people remarked about how hot the ladies must be in all those clothes. However, I experienced, in my Pilgrimage dresses, that they were very cool in hot weather, with a breeze blowing up my skirt! And we wore a lot of those corsets, petticoats, merry widows, stockings, girdles, and all that, when I was college age. It wasn't so bad. Girdles and stockings were bad because they made heat rash, in the very hot days. And all the shoes made blisters, being made of very stiff leather and not fitting well. The dresses were also warm in the winter, depending on the fabric.
If you didn't get to go this year, make plans for next year. And, coming up, there is the Christmas Tour of Homes.
We picked up a flyer in the Wooden Spoon for a Ghost Type of Experience, to be held there November 1. That should prove to be very interesting.
Kyle told me about the First Baptist Church in Calvert Homecoming Sunday. They are observing their 139th year.
Pass the information on about the Plein Aire Painting Workshop Saturday Oct.25. Come, and bring a friend! There is so much to paint in Calvert!
Look at the top of my page, on the sidebar, to find out more. To see her work, go to her website at
We would like to get reservations in by October 13th, with a deposit of half-$40. The balance to be paid at the workshop.
Virgina works primarily in oils, but other media such as watercolors or acrylics are also welcome. She is an experienced artist and teacher. All skill levels are welcome. Contact Cecelia at for a supply list and information. Or Sonny at Mud Creek Pottery in Calvert.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Foxes and The Tree

Foxes and the Tree
30" x 40"
Acrylics on Vellum
The moon was still up in the west while the sun was rising in the east as I drove to work on highway 6. On this particular morning, as I passed by "the tree", there seemed to be a family of foxes romping through the grass. Their brown backs and tails arched almost like waves as they ran across the field. The stump from the tree's "friend" was still visable. The red wooden gate that opened to the pasture was colorful and welcoming against the golden color of the fall grass.
Years ago, there were two trees left on this hill. We used to drive past on our way between Bryan and Hearne, after the new highway was completed. Prior to the new highway, the road passed a little to the east in front of an old fashioned filling station, then curved back to go across a creek bottom and under the railroad bridge. After some bad wrecks, the highway department decided to straighten out some curves in highway 6, which then took us closer to the tree on the hill.
We were surprised when we saw that one tree had been struck by lightning. The stump remained and the burned tree lay across it for years. Eventually, the burned tree disappeared and the stump shrunk into the grass. But that one tree remained.
"The Tree" became a landmark to watch as I drove back and forth to work, home, shopping. "Where are you?" My daughter would ask on the cell phone. "I'm just coming to the tree," I would answer.
The tree looked like it was stretching, or about to run or dance. Sometimes it seemed sad, there, all alone, without a friend. (If you ever watch Bob Ross or William Alexander paint, you will see that they add a tree, then give it a "friend".) Sometimes, it seemed weak and about to die in times of drought. There were times when it appeared to be fearful, when grass and forest fires threatened, especially from the railroad just across the highway, or from passing cars that threw out cigarettes.
I imagine that, once, this land was covered with trees, like the land below the hill before someone wanted more pasture land, or the railroad and highway came through. I wonder who decided which tree to leave and why. I'm sure that they never would have guessed that their decision to leave that tree would bring attention and pleasure to people in our time.
I passed by this tree so much that I made a little rhyme to pass the time and to help me to relax a bit.
"Good Morning, Tree!
Watch after me.
And be my friend.
I surely need a friend today!"
And going home,
"Goodnight, Tree!
I'm going home now.
Keep your roots deep
And your branches strong."
That's all there was time for as I whizzed past. But, it made me laugh, sometimes. I guess it was therapeutic.
We debated about what kind of tree it is. I always thought it was an oak tree. But a bus driver when we were on a field trip, told me that she thought it is a pecan tree. I never was close enough to it to look at the leaves.
Now, the red gate is gone, replaced by a metal one. A huge metal barn of a building by the railroad tracks has been built, spoiling the view across the highway from the tree. I just try to look toward the tree and not at that ugly building when we drive past. Some kind of company built it and bulldozed the land there. The old fillling station could still be seen, from the back, as it was at the fork of the old and new highway. An old house was behind the station, further up the hill. For years, trees and vines pushed the old house over, and sometimes covered it. I couldn't see them the last trip there and hope that they haven't been bulldozed, too. At least, I do have photos, and memories of them.
In the spring, the hill is covered with Bluebonnets, followed by Indian Paintbrushes, then Black Eyed Susans and tiny white and blue flowers that are common, but I don't know the names. Soon after the yellow flowers, the Highway Department and landowners mow before everything is too dry, in case of wildfires. This time of year, the grass is still green, cattle graze on the hill, while the 18 wheelers and other traffic race past on the curve. Sometimes loads in the trucks shift as trucks navigate the hill and the curve, and over the trucks go.
This size painting is a small one, to me. I really prefer to work large. To others, it would appear to be huge at 30" x 40".
I've done this tree several sizes, in different media from memory and from photos.
When you are rushing between Bryan and Hearne, take a little time to notice "The Tree". Smile and say "Hello" or "Goodnight". I'll bet that you will soon pay attention to more trees and landscape, and it will put you in a little better mood.
Entries for the Brazos Valley Art League Fall Juried Show
are due at the P. David Romei Art Center tomorrow from 10-2.
Judging is Oct. 4 followed by the opening reception
See their website at
First Friday in Downtown Bryan
Friday Oct. 3
Art, Music, Entertainment, A movie, Fun, Food
Sign Up For
Plein Aire Painting Workshop in Calvert
with Virginia Vaughan
Saturday Oct. 18
Deposit due Oct. 11
Plan to Participate in the
20th World Wide Sketch Crawl
Saturday October 25
the Victorian Tea, Gala, and Street Fair
in Calvert
Saturday October 4.
Click on the link in my sidebar for pictures and information.