Arts Insight TV, a Thursday night PBS series, was in my studio filming yesterday. My friend Fujio is a videographer with the show and he pitched me to the producers. They arrived at 1 and I learned that I should not have worn a Game of Thrones shirt that said Mother of Dragons. It seemed perfect given the fact that one of my latest series is called Dragonworks. But a trademark is not good for filming…guess I knew that…. but didn’t connect the dots. After the interview the producer Laura and I spent a lot of time talking about Game of Thrones ad Fujio filmed my studio, art and art car. It should air in Sept or October and it will go on You Tube after that.
I made my first art car, the Piecemobile in 2008. It was a tribute to my passion for quilting and sewing and was made from a 1999 Sebring convertible.
It was ruined in Hurricane Ike, along with most of the stuff in my studio, and the stuff in my husband’s man cave.
The second car was a collaboration between my husband and I. He came up with the idea of the Peace Expedition, using our 1996 Ford Expedition as the base.
The Peace Expedition
AlongCame Spider was next..a Fiat Spider was the base…it never ran worth a cr@p
After that I made my Mustang into an art car
Ginny Eckley and Susan Ennis made it out to see my studio and it was great to hook up with old quilting buddies. We had 2 groups of people come up from Galveston for the night. People came from Spring and Spring Branch and Katy and Friendswood. Mayoral candidate of many times, Ralph Ulrich, spent some time around the pool chatting with old friends.
The art cars that turned out were fabulous (who wouldn’t want to ride around in a giant 12 foot chicken like Smitty Regula’s Hen-a-Tron). Nicole Strine’s mirrored car twinkled, while Deb Elliot Pterodactyl car glittered. My art car Must Tangle is a painted peace vehicle while my husband John’s Peace Expediton lights up the night with rope light and a glowing dome and globes.
The inside gallery showed my newest dragon quilts, and two dragon quilts by Deb Elliott. Some of my glass work and jewelry was on display along with firecracker hats by Erik Kolflat, Terry Brooks, and Kenny Browning. Tisha Browning lent us three watercolors for the evening and installed her “Piece of Fly-Pa-Cat” giant glowing metal butterfly in the main gallery. Kelli Walker’s “Untitled” a mixed media painting, her beaded shawl and her Magpie Chandelier graced the main gallery as well.
The newest art installations for the yard we have commissioned glowed, literally. The Oil Barrel/Water Barrel change colors and give a nice ambience as they flank the residence steps. The giant Richard Cranium installation by Scrap Daddy with fire poi overlooks the pool, the 10 foot goat torch by Kenny Browning lights the back of the garden, while the new Time Ma-Shrine by Joseph Buttle stood by ready to beam prayers into other times and spaces.
Also installed in our yard, are the lighted Magic Mushrooms by Kim and John Ritter. The front gate, ramp and door are by
Dolan Smith. The 30thAnniversary Boat Fender was salvaged by Shay Fyre and Justin Khine, The Dancing Girl at the wooden gate is by Mark David Bradford. Inside the fence are the Horse and Dog on Side of Gallery by Mark David Bradford. Spot the Dog by the quilt studio door is also by him.
The Cement Women in back porch posts of the gallery are the creations of Dolan Smith. He also created the Dome, The Man of 10,000 Nails outside gallery back door and the Pillar by the dome . The Pet Cemetery Wallis is also by Dolan Smith. The Peace Fire Pit Cover was made by metal-smith Christopher Gorman
I appreciate all the artists who lent work for the night and look forward to having other open studio events. Thanks also to my volunteers Christopher Gorman and Shannon Abernathy.
3 lbs beef stew meat
Preheat oven to 325 with rack positioned on bottom third.
Spread meat on paper towels for 20 minutes to dry all excess juice.
Brown in very small batches on high heat in a 6qt Dutch oven, using a small amount of vegetable oil. Remove and drain.
Add vegetable oil as needed and add
1 chopped onion,
2 medium celery sticks
3 cloves garlic minced
1 medium carrot
and cook until softened 5-6 minutes stirring and scraping pot.
Add 1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried chilies
and cook for a minute or two more.
Add one cup red wine to deglaze the pan, raise heat and scrape pan, boil and reduce by half about 5 minutes.
Add 2 1/2 cup homemade vegetable stock and the meat. Cover and place in oven and stew for 1 to 2 hours
Add vegetables stew in oven, cover and simmer until everything is tender …about one hour.
Vegetables: parsnips turnips rutabaga, golden beet, carrot, celery, onions, potatoes.
Use the peelings and ends of parsnips, turnips rutabagas, golden beets, carrots, celery, onions, and add some lettuce if you have it.
Add all to a big pot and cover with water. You can add a ham hock if you are not a vegetarian.
Add cracked pepper and a small amount of salt. You can add thyme and lemons cut in half if you wish or any herb. 1/2 bunch of cilantro is optional but good.
Bring to a simmer slowly and put on lowest setting and cover and cook for a few hours or all day.
Strain out the vegetable stuff and use as a base for vegetable soup or beef stew or it makes beans tasty with some cilantro in the broth.
I am repainting my art car and am writing this so I won’t forget what works for the next time!
This is my current paint job. The yellow and pink are One Shot, the blue is the color of the car. I used painters tape to mask off the areas. I wish I had masked off all the rubber, too. Most of the details were created using Sharpie Paint Pens. They worked great for a few months but eventually faded to white chalk. I Mod Podged them to make them more permanent but that didn’t work. The chalky residue washed off completely with Goof Off. Which is a nice feature if you want to make a new incarnation of your art car often. I used stick on labels to mask off the peace signs and the hearts before painting the car the first, so they are permanent.
Goof Off also works well for cleaning your hands and brushes and any mistakes while wet. I mixed the One Shot 9 parts paint and one part hardener. The paint thickens slightly with the hardener and a skin will form overnight even in a small sealed container like the tiny mason jar I used. Mix the paint with hardener in small quantities that you can use up within a few hours. Wrap your paint brush in plastic wrap if you are taking a short break.
I will post picture when I am finished!
Jill Johnson from originally from Venus Salon in Houston, and now at her own shop on White Oakhttp://bombshellhairshop.com gave me the skinny back in 2008 when I made my first art car.
The first thing you have to do is bleach your hair platinum! Not blonde, not ash, but white as snow is best.
For me with my very dark brown hair with lots of grey, that means 5 one hour sessions of whitening over a week or more.
My hair is stubborn and goes orange, yellow, straw and finally white. The trick here is not to damage your hair. I do it at home but if you don’t have the know how, this part is best handled by a pro.
I usually spend a week as a platinum blonde as it is interesting to see how people treat me as a blonde as opposed to a brunette.
Next comes the color. I have tried many brands of color and love Rage N Color. It is very bright and lasts a long time. Manic Panic is also good but fades faster. But if you want color that really lasts try the new Ion Color Brilliance Brights Semi-Permanent Hair Color in all the bright colors. Warning! This stuff lasts!!!
Pink in all brands fades fastest of all the colors. After that in least fade resistance is purple. Blue lasts fairly well and teal lasts longest.
After years of living in the suburbs, driving a normal grey car and living in a grey house, I love having colorful hair, driving a colorful car and living in a colorful house!
It makes me happy!