The Legend of the Yellow Rose of Texas

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Texana collectibles at Texana Lane

A corral of treasures to be found at Texana Lane, Lockhart, Texas

Happy Yule Y’all!

Hope y’all are enjoying a great kickoff to your holidays this weekend with one of the many events we have going on around Central Texas.  Just check my Event Calendar to find one going on right now.I plan on popping over to the Dickens Christmas in Lockhart this evening and trying out my new Canon Power Shot SX500 IS digital camera on the Christmas lights.

Texana Lane sent their thanks for the mention in last week’s post.  I must say the pleasure was all mine.  Thanks to all y’all for passing on the word and supporting Lane and her lovely gallery/shop.  A great cure for the “Big Box Blues”.

My painting subject this week was the Yellow Rose of Texas and I felt compelled to dig around a bit  on the Texas State Historical Association website and learn both the facts and fiction behind this Texas icon.  I’m not sure if we did, but Texans sure could have invented the Tall Tale and the legend surrounding the “Yellow Rose of Texas” may be one of the tallest.  However I found both myth and history have a lot to teach us about our Texan identity.  Click the TSHA link above to read the full story, at least as it is told today.

Totally Texas Gifts for the holidays!

Totally Texas Gifts for the holidays!

Y’all stay tuned for more Totally Texas Artisans in the coming weeks, as the events heat up, I’ll point out some ‘must sees’ for you along the way.

Enjoy a Totally Texas Holiday season!



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Moonrise on the Ranch No. 1
Created by Cami Perriraz

NOVEMBER!  Can you believe it?  The holidays are just around the corner and fall is in the air.  My evening walks with the dogs are much more pleasant now that the ground isn’t radiating that 100 degree daytime heat.  These digital paintings are a result of one such walk.

Moonrise on the Ranch No. 2
Created by Cami Perriraz

I snapped these shots with my LG Intuition ‘Phablet’ and used it for reference when recreating the image in digital paint using Art Rage Studio Pro 3.5.4.  These two images are available as prints from my Zazzle & Cafe Press shops.  Just follow the links or click on the images to have a look.

Texas Turkey Trot

What’s November without turkeys!  These gobblers were parading down my driveway one afternoon so I grabbed my little HP R507 Photosmart camera and snapped a couple pics.  I then took on the rather labor intensive project of recreating the image as an oil painting using Art Rage Studio Pro 3.5.4.  The result is a very realistic Impressionist style painting.  It is available on 32×32 Gallery Wrapped Canvas through my Zazzle shop.

The holiday Arts & Craft events are in full swing.  The event calendar is full with shopping & family fun available literally every weekend between now and Christmas.  Check out the Event Calendar and get your festive on.

Official Store Greeter for Turquoise Trading Post
6103 Burnet Road @ Koenig Lane Austin, Texas

Speaking of holidays, I want to encourage my readers to take a break from the malls and the big boxes and look around for the local shops and galleries that feature quality art, jewelry and collectibles.  One of my all time favorites is the Turquoise Trading Post in Austin.  The most gorgeous collection of Native American Jewelry I have found.  They have a wide selection of price points, there is truely something for everyone on your list.  They also carry a selection of Southwest style furnishings and accessories, Minnetonka moccasins, clothing, bags, music…I could go on, but I’ll curb my enthusiasm.

To me though, opening the big wooden door at the Turquoise Trading Post is like opening a giant “walk in treasure chest”.

Click the map to get directions to the Turquoise Trading Post

I am still looking for my next Featured Texas Artisan, if you know someone or would like to be featured yourself, drop me a line or complete the Featured Artist Nomination Form.  I’d love to meet you.

Well, that about covers it for now.  Remember “Buy Local and Think Global” and…

Let the HOLLY-DAZE begin!