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It was his eightieth year to heaven and we all gathered in the Moose Hall in the small Central Valley town where Wayne ran a Rodeo every summer for years. He is known all over the area as “Cowboy”. A steady stream of grizzled men in cowboy hats came thru the bar, obtained a drink, and stood in irregular circles congratulating Wayne on making it to eighty. Barbecued beef, macaroni salad, potato salad, and more delicious eats stood on a table but the guys preferred their drinks while we women and children gladly filled our plates.

A lively young couple began an intricate description of the acreage they had just bought to better house their 20 dogs, 13 cats and a few various other animals. Leanne told me she had found a horse tied to Wayne’s fence, abandoned by someone, and so they needed more room for all the animals she had rescued. Her husband, a handsome, genteel man looked askance at this. Wayne interrupted and waved his glass around saying “No one ever tied a horse on my fence!” He looked significantly at Leanne.  She colored and said to me “Oh. I lied to my husband. Actually the horse had been abandoned and was at the pound. I couldn’t bear to leave that poor horse in the pound.”

Giving Don an apology hug, which he accepted graciously, she then dragged out her phone and showed me trays and trays of blueberries on her dinning room table which they were selling and which were grown on their new purchase near Lake Comanche. She and her hubby are now in the blueberry business. “Wow! How much land is devoted to blueberries?” I ask, astonished that they grow in this valley. “I thought they were grown in wet marshes.” She dimpled up and glanced at Don. ” We have one acre and they are bush blueberries, four feet high, and we had no idea we were getting into the blueberry business when we bought this place. It is a steep learning curve and people call all the time and ask us for “our blueberries” as if we knew who they were. Being new owners we don’t know them but they come over and buy 50 lbs and take them home and freeze them. We never intended to be sellers of blueberries, just to have room for all our rescued animals.”

Pebbles, by Mary P. Williams

Pebbles, a drawing by Mary P Williams

I thought of all the horses pastured at Wayne’s ranch and of the one I had drawn a year earlier. He would whistle and Pebbles would gallop over to be fed while I drew. This year, with the drought and no water for pasture, the number of horses had to be reduced since $15 for a bale of hay prevented any profit from boarding horses. Don and Leanne have boarded 4 horses with Wayne and now must move them. Wayne and the guys drifted into a commiseration about the lack of water and the price of hay. All conversation halted as a stunning chocolate cake was brought forth. Singing, laughter, and another round of drinks accompanied servings of this four-layer sugar castle. Happy Birthday to YOU, Mr. Wayne Cummings!!

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The professor, Rey Santiago, introduces himself and announces (with a twinkle in his eye) “Two subjects for your prints are not allowed: ‘No FLOWERS AND No FAIRIES’.” About 30 students glance at each other with unasked questions in their eyes; no Flowers? He continues with explanations of lithography and woodcuts and kinds of paper then sends us off to buy supplies.  Returning to my studio I sit and idly begin to draw on the floor … the old paint covering the floor has left a lovely pattern … so I paint the forbidden flowers on the floor.

No Flowers Per Rey Santiago

No Flowers Per Rey Santiago

Not having painted flowers for years it becomes challenging. When I quit to let the oil paint dry I dedicate the whole exercise to Rey and take a photo of it.  Another semester begins !!

The goal for the Litho students is to produce a series of eight prints with 5 clean (CLEAN !!) prints of each image in the series.  The clean bit is the hard part … everything I touch has fresh ink on it … it is on my clothes, it is on my hands, elbows, the Rives paper I am trying to print on … not being a tidy person is definitely a handicap here.  Here are the results of three weeks of  ‘grit-your-teeth-labour’.  The title is My Feet – Your Feet .  It represents drawings of
the feet of my husband and my feet – intermingled – it is informed by our relationship of twenty years where we often sit near each other to watch TV and prop our bare feet together. Our feet have a tender relationship!

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There are several South Texas College locations contributing to the local art scene. We stopped at the one in McAllen to see the “Au Naturale” show which was lobbying for permission to have live, nude, models in their classes. It seemed like a no-brainer to me … however, there is a conservative atmosphere here and a distinct attitude (disapproval) toward the nude body … despite this, artists here got together and put on a show featuring the undraped body.  Congratulations on the concept! … and here is a wall of drawings.

South Texas College, McAllen "Au Naturale" show

South Texas College, McAllen "Au Naturale" show

Seen together they make my heart sing! Our bodies are sacred … celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of each individual.

South Texas College, McAllen "Au Naturale" show, close up

South Texas College, McAllen "Au Naturale" show, close up

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Paul Veladez

Paul Veladez

An amazing group of palm trees!  The paintings were done on the pages of old books. Paul Veladez picked the pages/words he liked … then painted over and around the words. A page a day.  Assembled as a group each image complements its neighbors.

Paul Veladez "Palm"

Paul Veladez "Palm"

The words on the pages resonate with the palm trees.

Paul Veladez "Palm" close up

Paul Veladez "Palm" close up

The more time the viewer spends looking-reading the more intense the experience becomes.

Paul Veladez "Palm" text

Paul Veladez "Palm" text

Time, travel …

Paul Veladez "by tomorrow ..."

Paul Veladez "By tomorrow ..."

“By tomorrow the stars will have rolled away” … the paper/book had fascinating words overlaid with free, floating palms. Loved it!!

Paul Veladez "Cone Flower"

Paul Veladez "Cone Flower"

Paul Veladez "Venezuelan Animal"

Paul Veladez "Rat"

At the end of every day Paul does one of these mini paintings. If it has been an ordinary day he paints a palm tree … if it has been a bad day he paints a rat … and if it has been a extraordinary day he paints a flower.

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Travis Trapp has an intricate drawing style.  He begins on a small panel and adds and then adds again.

Travis Trapp

Travis Trapp

 

This drawing is 4 feet by 5 feet and growing.

Travis Trapp drawing close-up

Travis Trapp drawing close-up

Here is a detail of the big picture showing how the forms grow and expand.  He explains “it is a free drawing informed by looking at photographs taken using an electron microscope and then extrapolating from there.  It grows from my subconscious mind.”

Travis Trapp painting

Travis Trapp painting

Here is a delightful painting of a boy sitting on an island …unaware of what is behind him. The color is cheerful and in opposition to the content of the painting which is a bit ominous.

Drawing on the inside of Travis' door

Drawing on the inside of Travis' door

Here is a shot of the inside of Travis Trapp’s door… It is 3′ x 5′ … done with a Sharpie.

Travis Trapp "Portrait of Philip K. Dick"

Travis Trapp "Portrait of Philip K. Dick"

As an admirer Of Philip K. Dick, who wrote many science fiction books, Travis did a portrait of him using his own words.

Travis Trapp "Portrait of Philip K. Dick" detail

Travis Trapp "Portrait of Philip K. Dick" detail

The detail shows the words “a pharmacist on Mars”. Not only is the portrait arresting to look at, it is also thought provoking.  By carefully printing the words, (some of which are unreadable, others which are clearly readable) to create the contours of the face, Travis directs our attention to the content of these ground-breaking works.  Bravo!

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Ricardo Benevides

Ricardo Benevides

Ricardo is a teacher and father of twin one-year-old babies … Art?  Who has time for that??  However, he does make time for it and here are the works themselves.

Benevides Drawing

Benevides Drawing

He said “My work deals with violence and the flow of people back and forth over the border we live next to … I draw poor people, prostitutes, beggars, and ordinary folks and try to make a statement about how society treats them.  I have been drawing since I was a child and it comes naturally to me … just something I do.”

Benevides Drawing

Benevides Drawing

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Charcoal, September 20 - 26

Charcoal, September 20 - 26

Moving from canvas to drawing paper deleted the concerns of color.  The images are easily erased so corrections can occur … even repeated corrections as the erasures make the surface of the paper have a glow. The kneaded eraser is as important as the charcoal. These are about Line and Value. The ideal is to make a mark which perfectly expresses the item or idea you are trying to convey … like calligraphy … however!  if the line fails ERASE!
“FREEDOM’S JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE”  —  Janis Joplin song

Closeups:

The Cemetery

The Cemetery

Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal Drawing

The drawing on the 4 foot black paper (below) is titled ” Back to the Future” … it is about the eventual disintegration of this technology strangled culture … and we are all back to living in huts in the forest .. .a huge sunspot could return us to the forest in a minute of time.

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

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