Sunday, February 28, 2010

Project Bluebonnet - Kids and Pets

Boy, I stayed away from this blog so long, I almost forgot how to do it.
Unfortunately for you guys, I happened to remember. I sowwy. I've been so busy trying to eke out a meager ex
istence...well, you know.

The Windows to the Words February Challenge wound up with some delightful submissions which you can view by clicking HERE
Above are two more of my submissions. While I was doing these here in my gallery/studio, I was observed and I picked up some commissions. And these paintings will serve perfectly as examples for obtaining more commissions whenever and wherever I go to paint or display. When I started Windows to the Words Challenge, I purposefully proposed to offer mainly universal themes...something of interest for most folks. That way, what was painted by contributing artists might be used for sales or gifts. WTTW is basically for fun, fellowship and a smidgen of challenge... not for skill development. Kids, animals and nature is the meat and potatoes of WTTW. I enjoy painting Kids, animals and nature...and I enjoy eating meat and potatoes. And I hold fast to the belief, that, if you enjoy doing something, you do well at it...and, if you try painting something new, you can learn wonders about your talent. So paint with joy from the heart, and send your doubts and critics to vacation in Iran. I promise you won't see any city rooftops and taxicabs on WTTW ( Karin...forgive me)
March's WTTW Challenge is a contest (B-b-big prizes!!!!) and it's for the birds...actually the topic is "FOR THE BIRDS". Below is a sample reference photo, but go to WTTW for a
ll the grisly details...and my corny little poem.


A few blogs back, I had the Legend of the Bluebonnet painting and poem I did featured. Well, I went ahead and ordered a bunch of greeting cards with the art on the front and the verse on the inside, left, with envelopes. I made up some headers and got acrylic display stands. I placed some in local shops.

They're gone...but I've ordered another 500. Put in some more shops, antique stores, motels, etc. Point of purchase items....and I have my fingers crossed (and praying) that it will catch on. My goal is to have them in 100+ Texas locations by the end of April. It gets my name "out there", and, in quantity, maybe a bit in the bank. If it works, I'll follow with other art and poetry cards on the "Texas Theme"...the Alamo. Lone Star, San Jacinto, Tejas Indians, ZZ
TOP...Texas institutions. I'll keep ya posted, but if ya want one signed and numbered (who knows...I may be the next Andy Warthog?)
then send a buck and a stamp to me...208 E. Jackson, Burnet, Texas 78611. Shameless, huh? Well take
a look at my piggy bank, below.
And, finally...Burnet is a quiet little town with lots of old folks. LOTS of old folks. In the barber shop, they talk about how rough it was back in the Civil War. Most cars are travelling at half the speed limit in a 20 mph zone. Supermarket specials focus on prune juice and Depends. BUT...BUT..Burnet DOES have its own BIKER BAR!!!! And I have pictured it below....
CYA down the Road........James


  1. Always love your art..I am so glad you did that card with the blue bonnets..I hope your piggy bank gains some weight..LOL..I love the photo of the biker bar...Sounds like a fun place to live..

  2. Congrats on the bluebonnet myth cards selling out; hopefully the next 500 go even quicker! Your sense of humor always brings a smile to my face.

  3. Of course, I want to buy some of the greeting cards - I like to write a little note to friends for whatever occasion arises.

  4. Your artwork is gorgeous!! Good to see you, James!! Feed that bank some of that good down home Texas grub....will ya!!

  5. Thanks for the comments and compliments you all...and I fed the piggy a donut and 47 cents...he looks better already.

  6. You never fail to make me laugh James! Love your posts and your paintings (I have two of my own) and that poor piggy bank!!! Well done on the cards - you've given me ideas mmmmm

  7. Send me a some o' those cards Jim, and I'll send ya some bucks and a can of somethin' for that anemic swine coloured buddy of yours. I'll email my address.

    The kids and pets above are wonderful, and I congratulate you on the commissions.

  8. You always make me smile. Sweet paintings of the kids and pups.

  9. Good luck with your Blue bonnet project James. your artwork and old folks picture with the moving scooters. so cute :)

  10. You are certainly a busy fellow. Glad you remembered about us folks waiting here at this blog so you could come over and visit us.LOL

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