Texas

Lately +

I've officially been living in Texas for 2 years now! Well, 2 years and 2 days if I'm being exact. It's weird being an outsider and moving to a new place and talking with the "natives", hearing about all the cool places in Texas that I never knew about. And here I grew up the next state over and had never heard of "hill country", Buc-ee's, or realized that Big Bend was near the border, or that west Texas is all desert. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that. But yeah, I underestimated the vastness of this state and hope to do some exploring of those said embarrassing things I didn't realize. ALSO! Fun story…the first day I moved here I went grocery shopping at Kroger (also a Texas thing), and if you're familiar with Kroger, you get savings with a Kroger card. Most of the items here are discounted with a Kroger card, and while I was picking out strawberries, a woman around my age came up to me and said "I just moved here from Oklahoma this week and have no idea what this Kroger Plus card is, is that something I need to look into?" and I just smiled and laughed because she was in the exact same position as me, and just moved from the same state…her Tulsa, me OKC. Is this a lame story? I don't know, I kind of like it. It stuck for some reason.

Anyway, I'm writing this post while I'm on hold with the Texas Comptroller (super fun I'm telling you). But moving on, this week has been mostly prep work for future paintings: one large painting of a galaxy girl and several small paintings of just little things I fancy (black butterflies, victorian homes, crystals, etc). I'm also thinking about buying this because it looks super interesting and I'd love to know more about that entire mystical area.

^^ Even when I clean things up my desk is and will always be messy. But that's fine because I kind of like it this way. I'm one of those people who finds things easier in messes, oddly enough. Hey, it works. 

^^ A commission from a few weeks ago. 

^^ Some recent Instagram pics: packing prints to ship off to retailers, drawing a little piece in honor of my 2 year anniversary of being a Texan, finishing touch ups on Luna, and finding the prettiest pink houses in Galveston. 

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^^ I mentioned here that I sent off a few pieces to be in a show in Seattle. The theme is Summer Moon, and all pieces are small. Totally up my alley. The show is at Twilight Gallery and goes till the 28th. If you're in the area, take a look!

^^ For my doughnut lovers, I have "Happiness is a Sprinkle Doughnut" prints (5x5 and 8x8) in the shop. :)

Now I'm off to order more business cards and hopefully get some more painting in. Have a lovely weekend! 

Weekend +

I love biking on overcast mornings in Galveston. The island is pretty quiet during this time of day, and Seawall is calm and not so crowded. 

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I love the vibrant colors of Pleasure Pier against a white overcast sky. 

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We've only lived in Galveston for year, but there's something so comforting and familiar about the scent of saltwater. Not sure why that is, but I love it.  

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Biking by the ever lovely Hotel Galvez. It's such a gorgeous hotel and it's supposedly haunted!

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Passed by a beautiful historic church in the downtown area. Galveston has amazing architecture, I'm always amazed at the detail that goes into these things. 

We also had ArtWalk which is always fun (and super hot). It was a good weekend. I have lots and lots of work in progress paintings piling up, so stayed tuned!