27 February 2010

Old 97's at Winstar Casino - Setlist and All

View from assigned seats....people sitting at an Old 97's show....weird!

View from our spots after we rushed the stage.

Murry in the lights

Setlist from the show....a little ripped as Cory said it was taped down pretty dang good.

Thursday evening Cory and I drove an hour or so across the Red River to see Old 97's. They were playing at Winstar Casino off Exit 1. Which just happens to be like the 4th largest casino in the U.S. or something.....it's huge. The evening began with us checking out our assigned seats around 7 or so. We were escorted by 3 security people into a very large auditorium with 3500 seats and a huge stage at one end. We were greeted by another entire host of security people guarding the VIP section (1st 10 rows). Pretty funny since we were the only ones there at the time. We checked it out and went off to play a few hands at blackjack and walk around until the 8 PM showtime. 8 o'clock rolled around and the show started. It started off weird and uncomfortable. We were standing up on row 10 of this huge arena and everyone in front of us was sitting down. The crowd would clap and yell after each song while sitting in their convention center chairs. The show picked up tremendously about the time they played "King Of All The World" as a few faithful disregarded security and rushed the stage...us included of course. Then this concert got rolling. We were front and center about 6 feet from the band. This was starting to become a good $10 investment. Old 97's played for about an hour and 45 minutes and it was really fun. One highlight was the cover of the Beatles "I'll Cry Instead" ....nice! After the show, Cory jumped on stage or should I say dove on stage to retrieve the setlist while a 60 year old security lady tried to pull him off by the ankles. Cory won that battle and got it. It is now in my possession. We even had a new found friend, Jim buy us a t-shirt as a souvenir after the show. We met Jim at the blackjack table before the show and he decided to go to the concert with us. Thank Jim! Overall, it was a great show and a fun time even after an awkward beginning.
Doreen clip:

23 February 2010

Shout Out Tuesday!

I thought I'd give some shout outs to some of my personal friends here in Frisco and attach some links to their blogs. Pick your poison......Enjoy.

Fishing and fly tying guru - Marcus - Lake Monster Fly

Americana Music expert - Cory - Dusted Juke Check out the Jukebox!

Personal Finance and Money - Phil - PT Money

Extreme Randomness - Ryan - I Spy Something Plaid

Lists and goals - George - The Lister

Texas History Fact: 174 years ago today the Mexican army laid seige on the Alamo.

22 February 2010

Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts Sign - Part 4

The sign is beginning to take shape! I will post this painting again when I am finished. There will be a lot of detail work on this one, but as you can see, the base coats are just about in and hopefully I'll have some time soon to knock it out.

19 February 2010

Iwo Jima Map

Sixty five years ago today the battle of Iwo Jima began. My grandfather, Edward Joseph Matulich II was a marine and fought there. A few months ago my dad gave me a map that my grandfather had brought back with him from his tour in the Pacific. My dad just discovered it after going through some of my grandmother's possessions. It is a hand drawn Japanese map of Iwo Jima on rice paper. I had it framed last weekend and I keep it locked up in the safe when it's not on display. I am very proud to have this historical piece of memorabilia in my possession.....it is very special to me. Tell a veteran thanks!

16 February 2010

Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts - Update Part 3

Overall, I had a great Snow Day / Valentines Day / Presidents Day Weekend. I was actually able to get a few hours of painting in....so that was good. I also was able to finally see the movie Crazy Heart. It was great! I really enjoyed it. I mean how can you go wrong with Ryan Bingham, New Mexico landscape scenes, dive bars, Santa Fe, and a Marfa mention???? The soundtrack is great as well.

As far as the painting goes, I'm still in the process of laying down the base colors. All the detail work will come in after that.

13 February 2010

Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts Sign - Part 2

I've got a sky in and I started the lettering on the Alamo Plaza Hotel sign. This will take a little while since it is so detailed oriented. The painting is progressing well though.

11 February 2010

Alamo Plaza Hotel Sign Update

Well, no school tomorrow here in Dallas. We had 6" of snow or so here at the house. So hello four day weekend! That gives me an excuse to stay up late tonight and work on my new painting. I finished up the lettering on the sign and then I put a little red-orange gesso coating on top. It's a technique I stole from Veronica Funk. Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to get the sky put in there. Of course a snow day means that I have to entertain two small children while mom works in the office.....always a fun task! Wish me luck!

09 February 2010

Lone Star Beer Journal

Here's a cool item I found on Etsy. A Lone Star Beer journal made from a six pack carrier. It's sold here at covertocover.

07 February 2010

New Painting Underway - Alamo Plaza Sign

I started a drawing for a new painting yesterday. I'm going to paint a 24 x 36 image of the Alamo Plaza Hotel sign in Dallas, Texas. I took numerous pictures of the sign a few years ago and just never got around to doing anything with them. After I saw Kim Cadmus Owens show that included a painting of the same sign I took it as well.....a sign. Above is the reference photo I took that I am going to use for the painting. Below that is my first sketch on the canvas getting the major proportions down. I'll keep you posted as I make progress.

05 February 2010

Frisco Grain Elevator - Holga Style

The weather has been awful here in Dallas for weeks. I have been unable to get out and shoot the Holga. I'm halfway through a roll and need to finish it out. I've got a set of color filters now that I'm wanting to try out. Here's a couple of old Holga pics of the local grain elevator I took a few months back. I need some good weather and sunlight!


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