Thursday, February 11, 2010

EIGHT GRANDBOYS!!! Flying Moleskins















Boedy Parker Weldon
My youngest daughter, Traci, and her husband, Mark, are both teachers in Louisiana. After Traci got tired of folks referring to her as the Goodyear Blimp, Boedy came along Friday, February 5, weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Both are doing great, but Mark is still in recovery. Traci and Mark are big New Orleans Saints fans, and, as you can see with Boedy's cap...he's one of their newest fans. Actually, I think Traci had his arrival planned so he could watch the Super Bowl. And...you can also see he already loves his Granddad. Yup...EIGHT grandsons...NO granddaughters.


The Flying Moleskins is a sketchbook project originated by Dominique Eichi. Thirteen artists provided their own sketchbook, did an art piece in it, and sent it to the next artist who will do an art and send it on until it returns home to the original artist who will have a priceless keepsake of treasured art from their peer artists. I received Angela Elledge's sketchbook a few weeks ago, and, her theme being PLACES, I did a scene in Acrylics of a portion of my niece and her husband's yard. It depicts two "Bottle Trees" and some other plants and stuff in their yard. Texans have great imaginations for doing stuff with things that nobody else would do (or want to do). Trees...when Texans aren't hanging hoss thieves or people that put beans in their chili, from trees...or crashing their pickups into em...or barbecuing something with trees...they hang bottles on em, naturally. Indian tradition holds that evil spirits are trapped in the bottles. Texas Baptists contend that the evil spirits are in the bottles when they're full. Whatever. Now this sketchbook flies out to Liz Holm, and I'll anxiously await the next one. Great Project!!!

Windows to the Words Art Challenge (click HERE for reference photos) features kids and their pets. The challenge runs til March 1...plenty of time to submit an artwork. Below is another delightful contribution....


Arti Chauhan
11 x 14 Watercolor


14 comments:

  1. Great entry for The Flying Moleskins, James! I'm sure that Angela will be delighted with your work. That tree sure knows how to celebrate.

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  2. Little Boedy is so cute and healthy-looking. The painting is a really good TEXAN scene. Hope you will have a lot of them in the gallery for the Burnet tourists.

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  3. Congratulations, Grandpa! And of course to your daughter and son-in-law! I love the bottle tree; a very neat idea that the Native Americans have with that belief. I like it! I might have to create my very own bottle tree!! And thank you to your sister too; I received my beautiful dichroic cross and it is even lovelier in person than it was in the photo!!

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  4. Wow...... 8 boys well congratulations on the new addition. You can have your own football team when they are older. I love your depiction of Texas.
    Now they (moleskins) should all travel safely.

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  5. Congradulations on the newest grandson! Boedy is one handsome little guy!

    Again, love the painting you did for Angela's book...such a warm and inviting scene!

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  6. Hey James,
    I just left you a comment on the Flying Moleskins blog, I absolutely love your landscape...you're the best...love, love, love the bottle tree and you'll find out when you read my comment there!

    I'm originally from Louisiana...WHO DAT SAINTS (when the Cowboys are not playing)...love Boedy's little fleur de lis cap. He is beautiful and I bet you are some proud Papa. I was the only granddaughter of 7, I bet you'll have a granddaughter one day. Take care.

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  7. Congratulations Grandpa! Boy that Parker bloodline sure is dominant! What a great painting you completed for Dominique. I will look forward to seeing it when it comes my way.

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  8. Congratulations on your new grandson - he is just gorgeous. Great landscape as well!

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  9. Hey, James, congratulations on your new grandson! Also, what a wonderful piece you did for Angela's book - so fun! I love the bottle tree and the cactus.

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  10. Congrats Grandad!!! Love that tree!

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  11. Congrats Mr. James... Grandpa of a baseball team! What's up with the lack of girls in your family...lol! Must be the water....lol!
    Love your new piece!!

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  12. Hi Mr James. Wowee a grandson- congratualtions
    We have been looking at all the cool art work and we love it all!
    love
    tweedles

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  13. Congratulations, James!!! "Who Dat!!" Manon's right - you've got your own team going.
    Great Moleskin's entry, and thanks again...I'm mailing to banji on Monday before it snows again.

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  14. I love the rich colors of the bluebonnets- they make me eager for Spring - beautiful poem James

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