Thursday, December 22, 2011


Victoria's Grandparents were very pleased with this portrait of their Parisian Granddaughter. They plan to give it to the parents of this precious girl on Christmas. The painting is now in France. I do hope the parents like it.

I actually did 2 paintings, one in pastel (above) and one in oil. They chose the pastel. Now I get to play with the oil version a little.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Artists of Texas show at the Dutch Art Gallery, 10233 E. Northwest Hwy #420,  in Dallas starts this weekend, Nov. 4 and runs trough Dec. 31, 2011. See former blog to see what I have in the show.

"Goats in the Field" won best in show at the Victoria Art League's 2011 Fall Show. Yeah me. And "Precious at Sunset" (Precious is the cat's name) got an Honorable Mention in the Pencil, Pastel, Ink catagory.

Monday, September 19, 2011

I painted "Survivor" for the Paws & Claws at Flintrock Falls fundraiser for The Friends of Mrs. P's nonprofit organization ( They raise money, pet food and other services for pets who's owners need a little help to take care of them and to the loveable neighborhood "pet" who prefer living in the wild, so to speak.

"Survivor" was a big ol' Tom cat that would come through the neighborhood where we used to live. You could tell he had had his share of cat fights but there was a gentleness in his eyes. Maybe he was once someone's pet and got lost, then mistreated and just couldn't bring himself to trust humans again.

12x12 pastel

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I will be donating this painting to the Lakeway Library fundraiser on October 2. I did most of it with pallet knife and had fun doing it. A little departure from my pastel work.

"The Regatta, from the Oasis"
oil, 18"x24"

Friday, August 26, 2011

4 Paintings Accepted into the Dutch Art Gallery Show in November

The paintings below have been accepted into "The Spirit of Texas, Artist of Texas Show" at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Nov. 5 - Dec. 31, 2011.  This will be my first showing with the Artist of Texas group.

 Cedar Waxwings on the Nandina, Oil, 24x12
 Cedar Waxwings in the Pyracantha, Oil, 24x12
 In the Spotlight, pastel, 12x24
Matagorda Beach Bird, pastel, 10x18

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Long Hot Summer

I am discovering that during this incredible drought and heat that all of my painting have water in them. And the one that didn't has a misty blue mountain in the background. Several of the artist I paint with have felt like they are slipping into a depression because of lack of energy to paint, but I think it is just this never ending heat. Some day it will rain again and cool down to 70 degrees and all will be well.

 This is a painting of a "The Goat Herders" I did for a fundraiser for Africa's Promise Village. It's a group of former educators who are supporting an orphanage, school and fresh water wells in Arusha, Tanzania. For more info on ATV go to

Aaah! Misty cool "Ironbridge, England". This was where the first iron bridge was built.

"The Teal & Teak Sailboat" is docked in Lake Travis not far from where I live.

"Matagorda Beach Bird" I love mornings and evenings at the coast as much as the birds.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Around Texas

Morning on the Texas Gulf
Pastel 22x28 $2,300.

You can see the town of Matagorda over the marshes on the horizon.

The Bunkhouse Gallery's Presents its

19th Fine Art & Jewelry Exhibition & Sale 

March 19 - 27, 2011

To experience a new environment 
for your group get-together this spring.

It is an extraordinary privilege and pleasure to invite you to this special 19th Bunkhouse Gallery Exhibition & Sale  - it is a culmination of a 12 year tradition begun by ranch owner Dena Wenmohs, who has fostered the growth of art in the Texas Hill Country by converting her ranch into a gallery, instructional school and boarding facility.

Central Texas was still a wild and untamed place when this Bunkhouse was built in 1890 by the Wenmohs family. The inhabitants were know to hide from the Comanche Indians in the cavity of a large Cypress tree. Today that pioneer spirit is rekindled in the works of Hill Country artists with creations as varied as you will see in any major art center. Last year we had over 400 paintings, clay works and jewelry by 34 artists and this year promises to be even better.

In addition to showcasing exceptional art, the Bunkhouse Galley supports a local charitable organization each year. This year, as last, we are sponsoring CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Highland Lakes with raffles, silent auction items and contributions. We were pleased to present a check for over $1000 to this worthy organization last year.

Due to our extraordinary turnout in past years, we have decided to hold the Bunkhouse Exhibition & Sale over two weekends, March 19 & 20 and March 26 & 27, 2011. In addition, The Gallery will be open throughout the week of March 21 - March 25  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We invite you and your group to visit our gallery during that week. If you would like to host your club’s meeting in this unique, fun atmosphere, we would be delighted to have you. We can seat around 30 people. You might play bridge in the Art Barn, bring your lunches and have a book club meeting on the front porch of the old Bunkhouse or under the old Oaks, or hold your Bible class in the Meditation room of the converted smokehouse.

In the meantime, club leaders and visitors are welcome to visit the Bunkhouse Gallery any Tuesday to check out the facilities and enjoy watching the Bunkhouse Gang (10-20 artists on any given Tuesday) work. Make reservations early to participate in this unique opportunity.

Please call if you have questions. We would love to hear from you. We look forward to seeing you at the Bunkhouse Gallery Fine Art & Jewelry Exhibition & Sale!

Linda Wells
Show Chairman, Bunkhouse Gallery

Steppin' Out by Linda Wells
Oil 36x36