A New Studio

I’m very excited to be opening up a new studio at the West Loop building near the Galleria. The studio will be open by invitation or appointment only. So sign up to receive invitations for upcoming events. (see Events for more information on the studio)

New Studio Opens

I am joining the Guiton Artists. My new studio will open Saturday, November 8, 2008, from 2:00-8:00pm. The studio is located at 4848 Guiton, Studio 201. Studio hours are by invitation or by appointment only.

The Guiton Artists studios are in the Galleria area, on the northeast corner of the Richmond & 610 Loop intersection. Enter off of Richmond on Guiton (pronounced Guy-ton).

The West Loop building houses various classically trained artists working in representational, impressionist, and expressionist art. There will be an Art Crawl with an open house of the artists’ studios so come and visit! You are invited to stop by. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists and talk directly with them about their work.

Sunday

Seems like Sunday just gets here so fast. Despite walking around with a brace supporting my ankle since Friday, I did pretty good for the weekend. I picked up my frames and delivered the artwork for the HCAA Greater Houston Open where I assisted judge, Peggy Kingsbury, and enjoyed the compy of fellow judge assistants and other volunteers. No ribbons for me this year but several of my friends had their work recognized like (see if I remember) Richard Varela, William Kalwick, Bruce Williamson, Ann Armstrong, Lienchen Lien, Willy Wong…I found some new favorites.

I got to visit my friends Macario Ramirez and Chrissie Dickerson at Casa Ramirez, and met up with Lizbeth Ortiz and Julie Zarate. It was nice to meet Eva and enjoy the Mexican ambiance and Dia de Los Muertos alter set up by Macario for his presentations.

After a nice sea food gumbo at Mardis Gras, I saw an old Avalon movie and snoozed off till morning. After a nice walk in the crisp morning of early fall I finished prepping some prints and am now working on a commission to illustrate the Christmas card for my SocSci buds at Rice University once again this year. If I get lucky with my time, I may even squeeze more work on my new southwest series.

I still have things to put back into the studio since the hurricane, which reminds me of the new bumper sticker I designed for my car window stating “I am Joe the plumber”. I already outsource some services and want to hire help to do all the logistical side of the business so I can focus on the creative but will I be able to do that? Will I be able to grow at the rate I want and my creativity and hard work allows? Doing my own research like Joe himself recommends.

For now, I must get back to work. Although with a nose to the grind stone you can’t see what’s coming sometimes. And one thing I’ve learned is that philosophy is good for the spirit but hard won experience pays the bills.

The Valley

McAllen is a great south Texas town. I had a great visit thanks to Nancy, Annabell, Matt and Ernie of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. I had the great pleasure to be their keynote speaker for the first Green Living Festival. The turnout was tremendous and I wish them the best as they embark on this sustainability journey. I had the opportunity to visit Quinta Mazatlan, a great place to go birding and enjoy Spanish style architecture with a Texas twist. McAllen’s support for the arts is impressive. They have a growing number of music, film, fashion, and art festivals throughout the year. The history is very interesting and surprising with an impressive collection of artifacts and displays at the the Museum of South Texas History just around the corner in Edinburg. The best food and ambiance? Espana!

HCAA Open Show

The Houston Civic Arts Association (HCAA) Greater Houston Open Show is Saturday, October 18. The show opens to the public from 12 Noon to 5pm. HCAA is located at 5202 Bissonnet, in the Bellaire Triangle.

Something New and A Sense of Accomplishment

Today I went looking for new studio space. A couple of possibilities are in the works. After the hurricane I took the opportunity to reorganize my studio at home. I cleared out a lot and retired some old material. Nothing like a clean work space.

I entered my first competition in a while. My goal was to take specific classes and work on production this year. I also managed to participate in several exhibitions along the way, and here I am, and it’s October already.

I’m doing some presentations in the valley so I won’t be able to get back to the easel until Saturday afternoon. I have several canvases waiting for me. I want to get back to work on the new Southwest series. I’m enjoying it. It reminds me of growing up at the ranch with my grandparents, the jersey cows and many adventures while the adults worked.

Finishing a piece is always exciting. Even more exciting to deliver it so I had a high time delivering my submission for the Day of the Dead exhibition. The annual gala is always fun and I get to see several friends too. I’m exhited about this year’s piece–as if a parent could prefer one child over another–it was inspired by my last visit to the pre-Columbian ruins of Monte Alban and Mitla. We’ll see how it does at the auction.

October Event – Thursday, 23

Gala and Silent Auction for Lawndale Art Center’s 21st Annual Dia de Los Muertos. 4912 Main Street, from 7-9pm. View this year’s retablo submission to this fun fundraiser. Be the top bidder to add it to your collection. The exhibition continues through November 8.

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