I have been a huge fan of Sam Larson of Steel Bison for a while now. When he came out with a Texas inspired button pack I knew I needed to get those in my Tumbleweed TexStyles shop. Make sure and check out Sam's awesome artwork in his shop. Follow him on Instagram and Tumblr too. If you love the West. This is your guy.
The finished product in the $5 estate sale find frame
The inspiration ad
So my wife sees an ad for The Arrangement in a magazine and rips it out and says, "hey, can you paint this moth for me?" Eh, maybe. Then she scores a frame with an ugly landscape painting on it for $5. It is a great frame and 4' x 2'. Then I get the question again....."Hey, now that I found a frame, can you paint it?" Thanksgiving break rolls around and I get the pressure put on so I cave in and paint the moth. It actually turned out pretty good. Now we just have to find a place to hang it up. Our house is filled with original art from friends and local artisans.
T. Scott Stromberg's "Sangre de Christo" now hangs in my house!
A few weeks ago Frisco had the ArtSeen tour around town. It is basically a couple of days where artists open up their studios and show off works in progress and an inside look at their work spaces. Some of the highlights were Misty Oliver-Foster's studio. She is a good friend and one of my favorite local artists. She has a really cool converted garage studio. I was also able to pick up a new piece of artwork for our home from another friend, T. Scott Stromberg. It is titled "Sangre de Christo" It has a cool New Mexico vibe! We love it!
I am really happy to announce our brand new website for my shirt company - Tumbleweed TexStyles. If you have been following for a while then you know I started this Texas based apparel company a little over two years ago. It has been a fun ride so far and we hope to continue to move forward! You can check out our new site right here ----> www.tumbleweedtexstyles.com Pass it along to your friends and folks you know from from Texas! Also make sure you follow us on our social media channels. Thanks!! Jeb
Above is a little design work that I did for Chet Garner - AKA "The Daytripper" back in June. He told me it was for a coffee mug and I never really got to see a mock-up or knew what colors Chet would use. Today Chet posted these bad boys in his web store. You can order one right here. A coffee mug is a new one for me.....but I sure am digging how it turned out!
Well folks it was a nice run, but it looks like I will be moving away from selling my photos and art on Etsy. It's a long story that I may share with you at some point. In the meantime, check out my new shop right here! I have listed a few of my Holga prints on there to start. I will add more items in the coming weeks. I'm excited about this new platform and hopefully it will be a smooth transition. I decided to go with Big Cartel for my shop host. So far it seems pretty easy to manage. Add it to your favorites, tell your friends, and let me know your thoughts.
I'm about to start a series of some Texas themed illustrations. These are in the beginning stages and only 4 x 6. I'm using these as my practice ones. I used a Copic pen on watercolor paper. I still need to add lettering / text and watercolors of course. If they turn out cool, I may throw some up on Etsy as postcards and prints. I'll update everyone on the progress in the next few days.
Here is a new Texas design (shocker I know) I did recently that will soon be a Tumbleweed TexStyles tee. It has gotten great response on Instagram. If you are on Instagram, make sure and follow me at @junkytrinket and follow my t-shirt company at @shoptwt Have a good one!!
Chet Garner came to me and wanted a new design for a t-shirt idea that he had in mind. Here is what I came up with for him. Check out Chet's show - The Daytripper He sells our t-shirts in his web store too! I even got to be a model. Ha!
Here is a new logo that we will be using as we move forward. We had Nebraska designer, Joe Horacek of Little Mountain Supply Co. help with the design. We are super excited about it! We should have hats, koozies, stickers, and shirts with the new design on them out soon.
Texas travel guru Chet Garner, host of the hit Texas PBS show, The Daytripper has decided to start selling my hand drawn Texas t-shirts in their web store! We are thrilled about this cool opportunity. Here is a link to their online shop. Check it out!
We have also written more info on this exciting partnership on our Tumbleweed TexStyles blog. If you aren't following us yet.....then what are you waiting for? As Chet would say, "Vaya Con Dios"
I was thrilled to see that the picture I submitted of the Republic of Texas print I bought from Old Try made their blog. They were even nice enough to put in a few nice words for me. If you are Southern, then you will love their stuff!!! Affordable letter press prints. So cool. Here is the blog entry .
Today I took down "Alamo Plaza" from Frisco City Hall. The good news is that the Art In the Atrium show is not over yet. I actually sold it and and needed to get it off the wall before the buyer moves out of town. I replaced it with my new water tower painting "Hometown" The Art In the Atrium show runs through August. So if you are in the Frisco area, stop by and check it out. It is on the first floor near the library entrance.
One of my favorite artists - Randel Plowman has a new book out! I got my copy in the mail yesterday. He is a collage artist that some of you may be familiar with. He is the man behind A Collage A Day. For a long while Randel would post a new collage piece every day and sell them for $25. They became very popular and would usually sell quickly after they were posted. I've been following Randel for a few years now and I've always been blown away by these small collage creations. His new book - The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired is so cool! He shows all the supplies that he uses, techniques, and he even shares some images that can used. I've got many different art books at home and this one is already my favorite! The graphics are awesome! One thing that I thought was really cool was that he actually uses one of his collages that I own in the book! It is titled "Storm" and it is on page 98. How cool is that? If you like mixed media and collage go order this book now, you will not be disappointed!