Many people aren’t familiar with the Texas Gulf Coast, and to be honest I’m completely okay with that. I love my small town and our uncrowded beaches. I love being able to drive on the beach or bring my dogs to a bonfire. I live in Rockport Texas which is connected to the small nearby town of Fulton. It’s a tiny waterfront community filled with retirees, fisherman, and artists. The sunsets are amazing and the trees are short and bent from constant offshore winds. Our town is often lovingly referred to as “A sleepy little drinking town with a fishing problem”. Quite apropos. We have plenty of places to get your adult beverages and plenty of churches to repent of whatever mess they got you into. Folks here have boats and RV’s, fishing rod and guns, sandals all year, and hairstyles are non-existent (due to the constant wind).
Please don’t come visit and definitely don’t think about moving here. We like it being a small town. Here are some things to convince you to stay right where you are- the nearest Target is 45 minutes away (moms I know you feel me on this one). We don’t have a super HEB, or even a second grocery store.We don’t have any of the other large box stores either, no Lowe’s or Home Depot. Also, we lack any of the major chain restaurants, so if you’re craving Chili’s, IHOP, or Olive Garden prepare for a hefty drive. We have one clothing store that sells normal clothes. The other stores that sell clothing only sell fishing attire, Hawaiian shirts, or “resort wear” as it is popular with the wealthy ladies here on vacation.
Summertime is hot and humid- if you don’t like the feeling of being roasted alive in a heavy wet blanket, you won’t enjoy it. We have mosquitos and bugs all year. It rarely gets below freezing here so bugs are a constant nuisance. This means if you have pets- they have fleas AND ticks. ALL THE TIME. As a community full of retired folks, driving anything close to the speed limit is near impossible, and you can expect them to stop in front of pretty houses and point out the plants in bloom while you’re waiting patiently behind them with no option of going around. When there’s a festival driving patterns in the entire town and next town over are rerouted and disrupted for the parade featuring every single high school student in a 25 mile radius.
This past weekend was Fulton Oysterfest, and I’ve never been despite having lived here for so many years. I went with my friends from Bigfoot Hydrographics to meet with people and discuss ideas for handpainted tumblers. I had no idea it was such a big deal here, but let me tell you I think I saw every person I know in town and a few from Corpus Christi too. It was a great time and I’m sure they’ll keep me busy painting in the coming weeks.
Here are a few pictures to wrap up my weekend and show you a little about our town, but remember…stay right where you are. We’re just fine without any more tourists and please whatever you do, don’t tell anyone else about us either. HGTV does that enough for all of us. If you feel compelled to come this far south prepare to do some drinking, eat some seafood, and don’t forget to support the local artists!
It’s a beautiful day here at the studio. I’ve always loved Texas and days like today remind me why. The birds are singing, the bees are buzzing and I’m over here feeling like Snow White. It’s a rare occasion! But the point of today’s post is to let you know what’s going here at the studio.
First, I will be attending Oysterfest in Fulton, Tx. next weekend (March 3-6). I will be there with Bigfoot Hydrographics working on a very special tumbler. If you’ve never seen a space unicorn, you should come check it out! I would love to say hello or discuss ideas while I’m there so don’t be shy. I’ve never been to Oysterfest so I’m excited to be going for the first time. It’s a pretty big deal and I know we’ll be super busy all weekend.
Second, I’ve had some extra time off from my commission work with Bigfoot to spend some time reflecting on my own art and the direction I wish to go. I have been trying to objectively asses my own work, which is crazy and I don’t recommend it to anyone. The conclusion I’ve come to is this: I am capable of producing multiple styles in multiple media, but that doesn’t mean I should consider all of them as integral pieces in my repertoire. This means I will be paring back and trying to pour my focus into those that I feel BEST reflect where I am as an artist at this stage of life. This, in turn, means that I still have work to do on the website and Facebook page.
Third, and most importantly I am deeply grateful for all the goodness in my life. It’s so easy to get bogged down by the news, friends, or even family. This week has been a lovely reminder that though all may not be right in the world, all is right in MY world and for that I should be thankful. If you’re reading this, I would like to ask you to take a deep breath and picture something in your life that you love. I hope it makes you smile, if it did- I have done what I intended. A smile is a wonderful thing that should be shared- so from this happy momma and her family to you- SMILE!
Ladies and Gentlemen, one and all- the best little arthouse in Texas is officially back on the old interwebz! Please be patient with me as I work to get the website back to its former glory over the coming weeks. The downside to this is that the format and content will change frequently. The good side is that the content will change frequently- so if you come back the chances are you’ll find something new on the site or something that looked a little wonky before is finally fixed.
After a long hiatus, the studio is up and running and quite busy with a new addition. I gave birth to a beautiful little girl on April 10 2015 and now she keeps me company while I work. While, I don’t intend for this blog to be about my kid…tempting, but there are so many other ladies who do that better than me; she is an ever present source of inspiration. So as a result you may read about her from time to time and how she impacts my art. (She is also the reason for the long hiatus and my current sometimes slow progress in my work. Go figure.)
We’ve partnered with a company called Bigfoot Hydrographics based here in Rockport to paint commissioned art on their merchandise. You can see what I’ve been up to so far in the Painted Rambler gallery. It’s been a blast and I’ve been fortunate enough to have pretty free reign in my creative endeavors with them. I encourage you to check out their site and see the other items they have to offer and some pretty neat options for coating just about anything.
I have managed to actually post fairly regularly on the studio Facebook page- which is a huge accomplishment. I may be quite talented when it comes to creating, but I’m a terrible marketer. I know this. I have been working on keeping the Facebook page active and I plan to write a blog here once a week to update on studio happenings or highlight an artist. Who knows…I might even get really crazy and write some art tutorials…Thanks for checking in on me and I hope that you decide to come back and follow along with us here at the best little arthouse in Texas…there is so much more to come.