Monday, February 11, 2019

Sand Globes with Friends

Making Sand Globes is artistic and meditative, but Sand Globes with friends is even better! Thanks for joining me, Jade and Ian.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sand Globe R & D

It's winter and Texas has decided to behave herself and give us a beautiful day. So what did I do? Boogie out to Grenwelge Park to play with sand! Getting a good recipe and better technique. Whatever else happens, I arted today.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Liberty Hill Jam

One of the jam sessions we like to attend is the one at Liberty Hill on the second Saturday of every month. It's a laid-back group and we had quite a turnout this month. The music is mostly old country, a little rock and some bluegrass. We feel very fortunate to be able to play with these experienced musicians.

Friday, January 11, 2019


Doing my research to bring Sand Globes to Llano, and especially LEAF. It was just about to rain, so I brought these home to dry.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ukulele Posse

This is the infamous gang I've been hanging with for the past 4 1/2 years, the Highland Lakes Ukulele Club. Dangerous but way fun. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Art Guild Meeting and Demo

One of the best parts of belonging to the Llano Art Guild and Gallery is the monthly meeting. There's almost always a demo at 10am, a pot luck lunch is served at noon and the business meeting is at 1pm.

Today's guest speaker was Tom Orsak, a nationally recognized painter. He did a class on acrylic painting. We had the highest number of demo participants to date.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Dip Pens

I have read about doing doodles with dip pens and particularly glass pens. They have a smooth and even line and don't wear down like many markers. I was pretty crazy to start so my friend Lynda let me borrow some of her dip pen supplies.

Handwriting is pretty rare in this day and age so lately I've acquired a couple of pen pals. I found you can actually forget how to write! Daily practice is helping quite a bit, but the metal-nib dip pen is tough to learn. Doodling with the pen is fun, though, and it's cool that I'll eventually not be buying any more disposable plastic pens.

You would think that regular printer paper would be just fine for dip pen or fountain pen ink, wouldn't you? Well, then you would be wrong, my friend. Soooooo...I ordered some paper, too. Every hobby you take up needs stuff. I guess I'll be getting some ink, too...

I had a great time watching this video, it's exactly what I'd like to do.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Art Supplies

It's a great thing to have a real art supply store nearby. Calamity & Grace has been open a couple of years and has what you need or can get it. Lots of classes and activities, too. Thank you Valerie Smasal and Marcus Hammons for taking the risk and opening this store in Llano. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Sand Globes

I've been fascinated by Sand Globes ever since I saw them on a Facebook land art page. I looked into it and they appear to have been developed in 2000 by Zack Pine, you can find him here.

I had been unable to make a sand globe in Llano, TX and was getting pretty frustrated. Even at a very small size, they fell apart, perhaps because our soil is decomposed granite. I looked around and found a washed area from the local flooding that appeared to be clay or perhaps some algae. The weather has been very wet lately. I stopped at 4" in diameter-didn't want to press my luck.

With great care and some time I was able to build one. It may be the first one in Grenwelge Park in Llano, home of the Llano Earth Art fest and the World Rockstacking Championship. I was happy with 4" in diameter-didn't want to press my luck.

Update; January 7, 2019 The Sentinels

Update; January 10, 2019 My little family

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Salad Days

On fairly regular occasions my friend Elizabeth invites me to lunch and we build incredible salads. Art you can eat! What's better than that?