Friday, July 22, 2022
We have just returned from Austin, Texas where we have been babysitting our youngest grandchild two year old Maggie, and I am already missing her. Her parents were out of town and her ten year old sister Hannah is away at summer camp.
In the playroom my daughter for about the last four or five years has been framing Hannah’s art projects. I am not trying to say she has any talent, although I think she has an unusual style.
Once she discovered her style she seemed use every color available to her.
She also seems to add a lot of small details.
Although I was surprised by the lack of color in this one.
The tile trivet she gave me for Christmas seemed to be more her style.
As were the custom note cards she did.
I hadn’t seen this one before, but I recognized right away as a ”Hannah”. Seems it had fallen off the wall though and the frame needs repair!
So there you have it. Ms. Hannah’s first art show! Ha!
Hope you are staying cool wherever you are. We returned today to find our air conditioning not working. A repairman is here now. Fingers crossed! It by the way is 102 degrees out…Janey
Monday, July 18, 2022
On my previous post I told you that I was at The National Cowgirl Museum in Ft. Worth for a meeting of my special interest group The Art of Ft. Worth.
One of the spaces on the first floor is where visiting exhibits display their works. Our group was there for a lecture on the art of Bob Wade by Peeler Howell one of the owners of The Campbell Gallery here in Ft.Worth.
Bob Wade (1943-2019) who was famous for several reasons is best known for his technique of taking old black and white postcards, projecting them on to canvas and then colorizing them..
His most famous work is The Thirteen Cowgirls (real ones I might add) which you will find not only on canvas but t-shirts and other memorabilia.
There were many examples of his work in this display but this one caught my eye.This is Dale Evans (1912-2001). Dale was not only famous for being an actress and singer but for being married to the wildly popular cowboy Roy Rogers. Dale and Roy starred in several movies and had their own television show.
If you would like to read more about Bob Wade a very interesting man who was also known as Daddy- O .….go Here
Friday, July 15, 2022
I have done a blog in the past on our excellent Cowgirl Museum here in Ft.Worth. It is second to none since I believe it is the only one! It is not to be missed if you find yourself in Ft.Worth.
The building itself is a work of art in the Art Deco Design.
I was there for a meeting of my special interest group connected to the University where I take classes.
There are all kinds of exhibits of donated cowgirl outfits.One fancier than the next.
or even see if you can stay on a bunking bronco.
The upper floors of the museum have some wonderful paintings of famous cowgirls.
and there are walls with a lifelike video of horses following you around..
As I said the museum is very hands on. I enjoyed this device where you push these circles to decorate the boot.
When you choose a color or design for the boot the color or pattern also changes the walls around you.
So why did my art group meet here? I will post about that soon as this I fear is getting too long! Have a great weekend..
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Hello from hot Texas. We are in the grips on one of the hottest summers on record, so we spend a lot of time indoors in the air conditioning.
I went out early this morning to water my hibiscus. We have two in large pots by our front door and there he was, a tiny little Green Anole Lizard.
Anole Lizards don’t get that large, maybe 6 ins. tops (like the adult one pictured above) but they can change the color of their skin from green to brown to blend in with their environment.
The adults, mainly male have the pinkish throat pouch or fan called it’s dewlap that they blow up when frightened or when trying to attract a mate. We are happy to have the about as they don't eat our plants but do eat pesky insects.
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
In the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Texas on a brick street shaded by tall tees is the Sid Richardson Museum.
Sid Richardson was a wealthy oilman back in the 1930’s who amassed a large collection of western art. Names such as Frederic Remington and Charles Russell adorn the walls along with other western artists of that time.
You may have heard that Richardson was single and left his estate to his only nephew. His nephew in turn left the fortune which had grown considerably to his four sons who are now some of Ft. Worth's wealthiest residents. All four worth over a billion dollars.
Back to the museum. The museum is free and worth a visit when you come to town. This summer they have a monthly event titled "Tea and Talk" where there is a group conversation regarding one piece of art facilitated by a docent. Participants are then invited to stay for a cup of tea, snacks and fellowship.
Today's discussion was regarding a painting by FT Johnson that was painted sometime before the 1920’s titled Trouble for the Pony Express. For those not familiar with what the Pony Express was:
It was a great innovation in mail delivery in 1860. A rider with mail in saddle bags would race west out of Missouri which is in the Midwest headed to California. He would ride as fast as he could go for 75 to 100 miles before handing off the mail relay form to another horse and rider who did the same. Reaching California in record time!
Johnson's painting depicts one of the many hazards along the route. Indian attacks.
We are looking forward to next month's event
Monday, July 4, 2022
I have had a wonderful fun filled day.
Polly had four different tables set up inside and outside of her festively decorated home. The one above she said was reserved for the 65 + crowd. I was hesitant to sit there. .but finally admitted that was indeed my age group 🙄, but first…
the younger set were all decked out and excited about getting to walk in the neighborhood parade.
It was your usual 4th of July parade with kids on bikes, trikes, scooters and in wagons and strollers, many of them bringing along the family pet.
Yes there always seems to be one neighbor that has a vintage car!