Fulton Oysterfest

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!

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Portraits

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(Work In Progress )

I have always had a love/hate relationship with portraits. They’re just tough sometimes, people don’t always love the way they look and this bounces back to the artist as an endless array of “adjustments” and “fixes”. The truth is that your imperfections are what make you look like you. It’s the asymmetry, wrinkles, and blemishes that make you unique and beautiful.

After a very long hiatus I have decided to begin accepting portrait commissions again. I’m really excited for the new challenges to face and friends to be made. So, if you need something really special, something for that person who’s hard to buy for, or just want to capture the moment with your babies before they go and get all grown up- send me a message and let’s put something together! Pricing will be as follows:

3 X 5……….$50.00

5 X 7……….$75.00

8 X 10……..$100.00

11 X 17…….$200.00

*Contact me for pricing on custom or larger sizes.

 

Studio Happenings

 

 

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!