My blogging almost ended with the election of a new president and the following economic boost. Some call it the Trump bump. It has been all hands on deck for me and my interns.
Happily on the job
Mural at Hi-Ho store in Navasota, Texas
Abbey Linder helps out. She was recently voted the "Best Artist in Navasota." No argument here.
For me, the sweetest form of Worship.
These paintings were done near Union Grove Baptist Church.
High points were a couple of murals for Hi-Ho Shell and Taqueria in Navasota... where I hired Ashton Hall of Lacrosse, Wisconsin to help me lay out the main mural. Ashton had been one of the Horlock Gallery Artists in Residence, and wanted to learn more about doing murals.
Ashton was a great artist's assistant, and in fact a very able, energetic and intelligent co-worker.
Towards the end my talented young neighbor Abbey Linder assisted and provided that second wind to get this tired old man across the finish line. She helped on the signage and also to paint the chuck wagon, which became the talk of the crossroads at HWY 105 and Texas 6.
On bad weather days we worked on a sculpture project... five life-sized wooden horses for a property owner in Washington County.
I called them "Kingdom of the Wind."
The heat and weather really got to me by early summer... can't do these outdoor projects anymore. Thanks to the girls I got these delivered and on budget and on time... but just barely.
Going to stick to the studio easel from here on out... let these young folks pick it up if they want to.
Linda and I plan to relocate in the coming year, closer to our daughter in Temple, to near Belton, Texas. I will be able to paint from my porch.
Going to concentrate on landscape painting... birdwatching... and retire from the "public art' which has been my main focus for twenty years.
Thank you Brazos Valley, for allowing this artist to follow his dream on your walls and in your parks. I believe we have made a mark on each other, and landmarks which will be enjoyed for generations.