new little rock treats.

i just returned from a quick business trip to little rock, where i dropped of a nice bushel of creative goods. box turtle now has a slew of HANDGUNS shirts for men & women (snap ups, button downs, breezy long sleeves and more), tights, gunsies, and kitchen towels. on top of that, gallery 26 now has some new colorful illustrations. these make great gifts for a friend (or yourself) so go on in and take a look!

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15 candles.

the opening at the gallery 26 last night was a big success. many of gallery 26’s friends and supporters came by to listen, taste, sip, talk & view. renee and daniel do a great job with the gallery and i feel very fortunate to have been a part of the 15th anniversary event.

gallery 26 opening

gallery 26 is celebrating their 15th anniversary on saturday, march 20, from 7-10 pm. i feel fortunate to be paired up with such skilled artists for the opening: kevin kresse, steven wise, jeff waddle and myself. you know you want to come.

here’s one of the pieces that will be hanging. i’m getting kind of attached to it …

"fortune teller - mary etta's saint of tomorrow"
"fortune teller - mary etta's saint of tomorrow"

the work is from my “southern stash” series. i’ll post a lil gallery in a day or two. a sneak preview. ooh!

calvin cool-it.

my great aunt lived in roseville arkansas – according to dad it was supposed to be the capitol of arkansas at one point in time. when she passed away, the house went to my mother, who rented it out for several years. the house was the oldest in logan county. after a destructive family left the house a complete wreck (unbeknownst to my parents), it ended up covered in foliage and falling apart. it’s kind of sad. i remember shooting at rats with a bb gun in the old shed (where i learned shooting at animals doesn’t make me feel good), exploring under the house and finding secret worlds in the shrubbery.

growing up, i had a couple of dreams about the house. all i remember from them was a preacher and a bathroom in the house that had a big claw-foot tub (which someone broke in and stole when the family left it abandoned). i told my parents about the dream, and apparently, a preacher lived there a long time ago. and the tub did exist. kinda strange. my parents have a lot of memorabelia from there, including a big stack of publications from about 1900 – 1910. the edges are a little worn but other than that they’re pretty much awesome.

this is a gun print with little animal illustrations i did on an old article written by calvin coolidge (when he was v.p.). it was purchased at the 2009 gallery 26 christmas sale. it’s nice to look at someone’s artwork and pull your own story from it, too.

i neglected to photograph the piece before it sold, but was able to contact the buyer for an image.
here it is in its new home:

the piece is about 12" long. i love this little piano. a perfect fit!

prickly triptych

"prickly triptych" : currently for sale at gallery 26 in little rock
"prickly triptych" : currently for sale at gallery 26 in little rock

driving down a back road near variadero, new mexico, there were lots of photo stops.
driving down a back road near variadero, new mexico, there were lots of photo stops.

outside a little native american shop, ran by a several great folks, that sold lots of good things to put in paintings ...
outside a little native american shop, ran by a several great folks, that sold lots of good things to put in paintings …