31 August 2009

Hog Tide - Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Alabama Crimson Tide - Prismacolor Pencil

In the spirit of college football starting this week, I present a colored pencil drawing that I did eight years ago. It won the Collin County, Texas Art Show - Overall Drawing Division five years ago. I won $50. It is the only artwork that I've ever entered in a contest. So I'm one for one. It now hangs in my son's room above his bed. A few of my buddies that are big Arkansas Razorback fans have color copies. This is probably my favorite sports drawing that I've ever done. This one took a while to complete. Let me know if you would like a 12 x 16 giclee print of this drawing. I sell them for $45 each.

28 August 2009

Frisco Water Tower Painting Update

Going back to work this week has really cramped my blogging style. Here is the new painting as of Friday evening. All it needs is a few small touch ups, some weathering, and a varnish coat. By the way all is right in my world as of today......Texas high school football has officially begun. Go out and support your local teams!

25 August 2009

Touchdown Tuesday - Eddie George

Here is an old one I did back in the day....at least 10 years ago. It's an oil pastel painting of former Tennessee Titan running back, Eddie George. I may throw some more football art in the blog as we get close to the start of the season.

23 August 2009

Green Chile Time!

Me and Bobby Flay a few years back at a book signing.

Bagged and ready! Did I get enough? That is the question.....

Buckhorn Tavern green chile cheeseburger

Late August means two things: football is about to start and Hatch green chiles are ready to be harvested. We picked up 6 pounds of roasted green chiles at our local specialty grocery store last week. I spent about 30 minutes taking the charred skins off and bagging them in portion sizes. We use green chiles a lot especially in the fall. There are some awesome recipes that include these chiles. Our favorite side dish is the green chile rice casserole. It goes a little something like this:

1 can cream of celery soup

1 pint of sour cream

1 1/2 c. of instant rice

4-6 oz. of green chiles

shredded cheddar cheese

Spray casserole dish, mix first 4 ingredients, top with cheese, bake at 350 for 3o minutes.

There are also some great green chile stews out there and don't forget the green chile cheeseburger. My boy Bobby Flay and his recipe got beat a few weeks back in a throwdown by the guy at the Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio, New Mexico. My mouth was watering like crazy watching that episode. Look for this episode on the Food Network and record the reruns. I'm gonna give this recipe a whirl once football season gets going.

22 August 2009

Hair bands, mullets, etc. - Def Leppard, Poison, Cheap Trick

Waiting for the encore
Poison busting out "Talk Dirty to Me"

Carrie and I during the show

Last night my wife Carrie and I met up with some friends for the Def Leppard, Poison, and Cheap Trick show at the Superpages.com Center in Dallas. It was a pretty fun time! All these tunes took us back to our high school days. All the bands played their big hits and there was rarely a lull in the playlists. Def Leppard did bust out the " here's one off our new album" but it was only a quick pause in the action. Like most of the shows that I've seen at Superpages.com it was packed and lively! 24 oz. beers were $12. Hahaha....are you kidding me??? I bought a 12 pack of Shiner Smokehaus for $11.99 last week which we worked on in the parking lot before the concert. We had some interesting tailgating neighbors.....but that is a whole story in its self.....funny stuff. Overall, very entertaining and fun show. It was a good end to the summer. Enjoy the power ballad below.

20 August 2009

Mike Leach - Texas Monthly Cover

Looky what arrived in my mailbox today! The one and only Mike Leach on the cover of the great Texas Monthly magazine. This is a really good article. It gives you a sense of what is going on the most innovative college football coach's head. The funny thing is that a lot of it is not football. As a Texas Tech alum, I am very happy to have him as our coach and I am also very excited about the future of our team. Two weeks until college football! Oh yeah, in this same issue of Texas Monthly, they have a great little article about Marfa. You can even take a few video tours on the website.
On some other notes, the painting is just about finished.....just a few minor touch ups and we'll call it done. We're also heading to Def Leppard, Poison, and Cheap Trick tomorrow. I'll be sure and post some good mullet pics from the show.

19 August 2009

Some More Summer Tunes - Ghostland Observatory

Photo by Chad Wadsworth

The last few months I have really gotten into listening to the band Ghostland Observatory. They are definitely in a category of their own. They have a great sound! Heavy beats, techno vibes, and a bunch of funky audio stuff going on. They are a two man show which is unbelievable once you hear them. GO is made up of Aaron and Thomas and both from far West Texas....San Saba and Pecos to be exact. They now call Austin their home. I have downloaded a ton of their music and I've been cranking it up in the studio this summer.....a lot! Check these guys out and see what you think. They're playing in Dallas on Halloween night.....now that may be a show to see.

17 August 2009

David Jonason - California Skies

Marin Hills 24" x 36"

I received my Michael Hollis Fine Art Gallery postcard in the mail last week and I was instantly sucked in. The featured artist is David Jonason. He has a new exhibit called California Skies that is really great. His work has a Cubist feel to it and his use of value is impressive. On his website you will find many architectural paintings of some famous buildings. David captures two of my favorite things: big skies and architecture. What a find!

14 August 2009

Where it's at....

I know you may be getting tired of looking at the progress of this one, but I don't have too much else going on right now. I'll be starting back to work on Monday......summer of JEB officially over. Oh well, sometimes I find I have even more time during the school year to work on mini projects and get ideas for artwork. I am always inspired by my students! As for the painting. I was thinking that I was going to be finished when I got to this point, but I am now thinking that I need to paint in the remaining rings to enhance the shape of the water tower. I'm also throwing around the idea of another transfer, oil pastels, stencils, or running paint. I don't want to over work it though. Oh the decisions.

13 August 2009

Estate Sale Finds - Michael Jordan Posters

Here is the pick up from today's estate sale. I paid $2 each for these gems. I was a big MJ fan growing up, so this was a no-brainer. Back to painting tomorrow. I'm going to try and finish my current painting this weekend.

11 August 2009

Tuesday Tunes - Ben Kweller - Changing Horses

I've been listening to this new Ben Kweller album, Changing Horses a lot this summer. It's got a nice twang element to it. My kids love the song "Fight", and they even know all the words now. Hilarious. If you're not familiar with Ben Kweller maybe this old tune will ring a bell. The album cover above is pretty sweet too if you ask me.

10 August 2009

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08 August 2009

Painting Update and McKinney Historical Run 5K Results

I ran a 5K this morning in McKinney, Texas. I finished 181st out of like 700. My time was 26:36 which I am happy about. The course had a few more hills than I was expecting but overall it wasn't too bad. Above is where I am at with the new painting. We will see where it goes from here. Tonight I will be at an opening for the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco members show. I've got a couple of paintings in the show. The reception is tonight from 6-8. The show will run through August. It's always fun to visit with local artists and see everyone's stuff.

07 August 2009

New Painting - Frisco Water Tower

Wow the 201st post! Who said Junky Trinkets wouldn't make it past 50 posts? Above is my background for my new painting I am working on. I am going to incorporate a lot of the background into the design of the painting. I have the silhouette of the Frisco water tower drawn in and will probably leave it open to the background. I've got some creative ideas planned for the paint around the tower. I'm kind of going to be loosening up a little and try some new things. I have really been inspired by some paintings I saw in the galleries in New York City. I'm very excited about the possibilities for this painting. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

I'll be running a 5K in the morning and I'm looking to beat my time of 27:58 which I ran in my last 5K back in March. I'm feeling good about it, so we will see.

06 August 2009

Marfa NYC

Most everyone who has read this blog before knows my love of Marfa, Texas and the Big Bend region. Well apparently someone else has that love as well but they live in New York City. There is a restaurant in the Lower East Side neighborhood that has a theme of everything Marfa, Texas. Crazy! The name of the restaurant is Marfa NYC. I passed by it and took some pics. They are only open for dinner and we didn't make it down for a taste. The menu looks great! They even serve $6 Lone Star Beer. Maybe those New Yorkers don't know they practically give away the National Beer of Texas down here in Texas. You used to be able to get a 2o pack for like 10 bucks or something. Hopefully Marfa NYC will still be around on my next trip up there.....I'll be sure to drop in for dinner.

04 August 2009

New York City Food

Bleecker St. Pizza slice!

Pommes Frites with ketchup, mayo, and onion sauce

Katz's Reuben with pickled green tomatoes...oh mama!

Lamb gyro....words cannot describe the utter greatness of this!

As most of you know I'm a big food guy. Whenever I travel I research the best places to eat in that particular city. I save Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the DVR and write down the names of the places on the show for future trips. Our trip to New York City was no different. We wanted good pizza, fries, and a Reuben sandwich. We managed to conquer all of those easily in a city that has more restaurants than I've ever seen in my life. They even have four entire city blocks dedicated to restaurant equipment only.....Bowery St. Alright here is the quick rundown of some of the highlights.
Pizza - Bleecker St. Pizza in West Village -voted best pizza in NYC by the Food Network. It was dang good. We also had sushi at a place in West Village called Oyishi, it was cheap and very tasty! We had a Reuben at the famous Katz's Deli in the Lower East side.....it was outstanding. Right after taking that down we walked to Pommes Frites in East Village for some fries. They are served in a cone and have 32 dipping sauces to choose from. We actually met some friends on Friday night that were on their way back from Europe for drinks at Matt's Grill. Seth and I were drinking Saranac Pale Ale, it was really good!! One of my best meals was a lamb gyro from a street vendor down by City Hall. It was unbelievable! We finished the last night off at Rare Bar and Grill in the Village. They had delicious burgers and a chipotle mayo that was just awesome. I know this is a lot to digest in one post. You would have thought I would have gained weight after this trip...but when you walk 4-5 miles a day luckily you burn it off.

03 August 2009

More NYC Pics

The Algonquin Hotel - Our home for 4 days.

The Empire State Building

Fedoras and scarfs seemed to be the hot items with all the street vendors...I fought off temptation....my wife, not so much.

Kings of Leon at the Today Show. I think I like their older stuff better...all in all pretty good.

My favorite Georgia O'Keefe painting ever! and I got to see it in person...pretty cool!

26:19 - After 10 days off, I didn't feel so bad. 5K on Saturday in McKinney!

02 August 2009

New York in Black and White

Men playing a game at the park in Chinatown

Flatiron Building

View of the city from on top of "The Rock"

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

I don't really have the time to go into all the details of our sweet trip to NYC at the moment, but I did decide to post a few of my favorite "artistic style" pics. That means...black in white. Enjoy! Our trip was awesome!


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