Sunday, December 4, 2011

A full weekend

My new sculpture
13 x  8 x 7
 I finally am back to creating art, working on both sculptures and paintings. One of the sculptures is the longhorn shown above. It is a much larger version of a small longhorn sculpture I did a few years ago. I'm also working on a small horned frog sculpture and a few landscape paintings.
I  went to the radiologist on Friday and got an all clear on my pneumonia and then left to go down to Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country.
A group of blackbuck antelopes.
 As I have said before I love the Texas Hill Country and go every chance I get. This time it was for the opening of the small works show at The Insight Gallery. I have three or four pieces in this show. I was kind of torn because I also had an opening right here in Fort Worth at a brand new gallery, The Gallery in the Alley with my friend Georgia Clarke. This is a two man show and I have a lot of art in it and so would have loved to have been there for it, but I'd already set my mind and heart on Fredericksburg.
The old German cemetery 
 I love the German influence of the region. The language and accent is heard across the town. This weekend there was a Christmas parade and the annual German Christmas Market with ice skating, German foods and gifts.
Deer on a ranch
 The other thing I like about this part of the state is the wildlife. In addition to our native animals like deer and coyotes, there are animals from around the world living here. The most common are deer and antelope from Europe, Africa and Asia. They were originally imported to the large ranches of the region but over time many escaped and have managed to thrive in this area.
Part of the Insight Gallery
 The town was packed as were the galleries, due to all the weekend activities. The Insight was looking great and had large steady crowds all night. They  served egg nog and all sorts of Christmas treats. As always everything was perfect!
Art in the Insight, the smaller bronze sculpture is mine.
 The Insight is in one of the restored stone buildings on Main Street. The building is amazing and really showcases the art well.

One of the floats
 The parade began after 6:00 and consisted of lots of vehicles and floats decorated with Christmas lights, marching bands, representatives of the military, horses, llamas with Christmas lights, and of course Santa Clause. The weather was dreary with light rain but it didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd.
Part of the parade
 The rain lasted through the night and all the next day as I drove back to Fort Worth on Saturday. I did a bit more sculpture on Sunday and it is still raining but after our drought we really need all the rain we can get.


  1. I love the art work against the stone wall! The new sculpture looks great as well!

  2. So glad to hear you are better, Doug!! Love your sculpture and all your photographs. Where is the Gallery in the Alley? I'd like to stop by and see your work.

  3. Thank you both. The Gallery in the Alley is on West Exchange Street, in an alley, in the Stockyards. The art does look great in the Insight Gallery against the old stone walls. I think there is a link on their website to a youtube tour of the gallery.

  4. Glad to see a post from you and to hear you're feeling better. Your sculptures look great in the show! Best of luck for sales.

  5. Congratulations on the shows and your new artwork. I love your sculptures and glad to see you developing new pieces.

  6. very, very good sculpture, Douglas : )