Monday, November 4, 2013

Roadhouse Arts

Roadhouse Arts

It has been a while since I have posted. Mr. Tabby and I have been hard at work on a grand new adventure (and we were saddened with a death in the family - more on that later).

I, along with Gail Stouffer and Francesca Watson, have rented the old Emporium space in downtown Bulverde and are opening Roadhouse Arts at the end of the year. It will be a studio space, workshop space and a gallery space. The space is full of character; rustic and funky. Above, some of our neighbors have already stopped by to welcome us. Lulu told us that there may be additional neighbors under the floor. The roses have even started blooming since we began tending the small garden space. Mr. Tabby and the other misters have been hard at work painting to get the space spruced up for us.

Stop by the Roadhouse Arts website and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on our progress!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Honorable Mention

This past weekend was the reception for the Fall Juried show at the Bulverde Area Art Center. I entered two encaustic pieces and this painting. This one won an honorable mention. Yea!

Friday, October 11, 2013


It's that time again! Join us for a Saturday full of art and entertainment.
Art281 is on 281 north of San Antonio in the My Place Party Barn. We will be there from 10 - 5.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Happy Fall!

It is finally fall here in south Texas. The cool front inspired me to work on a few Halloween mixed media pieces.

I've been very busy with the "Texas Heat" exhibition and Art281 along with another big project in the works. I haven't been spending much time in the studio. So, when I had some time, I chose to make some fun things!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bulverde Jubilee

This past weekend was the Bulverde Jubilee. The gallery looked great. Larry West came out to do a glass blowing demonstration. It was a busy day!

Thanks to all who came out to see the show and support us! There was a record crowd so many people were able to see the glass art. We even had a few sales for the gallery! I had to veg on the couch and watch football on Sunday to recover. Next up is Art281. Next weekend, I'll have to fire up the kiln again.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Texas Heat Exhibit, Part Two

The Diver

Day Lily Garden
Above are my other two pieces for the Texas Heat exhibition presented by the San Antonio Glass Art Guild and held at the Bulverde Area Art Center. The Diver is more deep glass with images. The necklace is vitreous enamel.

Stop by on Friday to see them in person from 6 - 9!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Texas Heat Exhibit

Last One In

Empty Chair
The San Antonio Glass Art Guild has been hard at work getting the Texas Heat exhibition ready. All of the entries are in, have been juried and delivered. We have twelve artists participating from San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Houston! Friday night is the big reception. Above are two of the pieces that were accepted into the show. They are 8" x 12" x 1" and they are heavy!

Stop by the Bulverde Area Art Center to see the show on Friday from 6 - 9!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New Painting - Summer Shower

Summer Shower
Lisa Meyer

I have gotten things organized enough that I can start making again. This is the latest completed painting. This started as one of the canvases from the Flora Bowley class. It looks nothing like her canvases but it is full of layers and colors and I "just went with it" like she teaches - all of the things that I love. I like to paint outside because I make such a mess. An unexpected summer shower added some cool drips to the painting.

I am really happy with this one. It is now hanging in the house and it might not make it to the gallery...

Monday, July 29, 2013

On the Easel

The pieces that I am doing for Texas Heat are very thick so they are taking days in the kiln to anneal. In the meantime, I've gotten out some of the canvases that I had started a while back and began working on them. These are not done yet but I am quite pleased with them. These both have about twenty layers on them and I love the depth that shows through.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


C has been with us this summer. Her summer job was working in a stable taking care of ten horses. This is the prize stallion of the stables. Her reward for doing such a good job was to get to ride him. She did a fantastic job and he clearly loves her!

Monday, July 22, 2013


After what seems like years of moving, Tangerine Tabby Studio East is now open for business. I've been working on my pieces for Texas Heat this weekend. Which is extremely appropriate because my little AC unit cannot possibly compete with the kiln. Studio East may be beautiful and full of light, but it is positively a sauna right now. Some day, there will be a bigger AC unit. Even so, I absolutely love it!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

More Encaustic with Michelle Belto

Lisa Meyer - Home Three - Encaustic
"Home Three"
Lisa Meyer

I spent another weekend at Wired Designs with Michelle Belto. There was so much that I didn't know! This is what I worked on today.

Now off to the glass studio to work on my "Texas Heat" entries...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

"Texas Heat" Glass Art Exhibition

The San Antonio Glass Art Guild will be holding their first ever exhibition. We are partnering with the Bulverde Area Art Center to showcase Texas artists who use glass. All artists who live in Texas and use glass are invited to enter.

The exhibit title is "Texas Heat", a very appropriate title as we kick off the first weekend of summer. The reception opening will be on September 6th in downtown Bulverde.

The deadline for entries in August 1st, so I'd better get that studio finished...

Monday, June 24, 2013

Encaustics with Michelle Belto

I took a break from the studio project to take an encaustics class with Michelle Belto at Wired Designs. It was the intro class so she gave us the basics. I learned quite few things that I had been missing. What a great day.

The rest of the weekend was spent on the studio project. C helped me to make a shelving unit to hold my small glass pieces. It won't be long now...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Studio Update

The Shop (not a barn nor a studio) is pretty much complete. Mr. Tabby still has some trim work to do but it is now full of stuff - partly his and partly storage. We have determined that with our downsized plan, we have waaay too many science tables. So, if you are interested...

This is what my space is looking like. To the untrained eye, it looks pretty much the same - a space filled with too much stuff. But, it is now only my stuff. The wet area now has tiled walls (well, fake tile board) and there is space for a sink. The white is really making things bright. I have some work to do on the sink. It is a nice stainless one that we got at an auction. It was pretty gross, so that will require a day of "de-gunking".

This weekend, in addition to the sink, I will be working on the wall on the right side where the kilns will go. I have some minor rewiring of a plug to do and then will be putting up some pegboard.

I need to get my kilns up and running because I need to make some things for the "Texas Heat" glass exhibition in September. More on that later...

Friday, June 14, 2013

Lavender and Zinnias

Last weekend, we headed north about 20 miles to the Blanco Lavender Festival. The lavender fields have taken a big hit due to the drought these last few years. We only went to one farm this year - the Wimberly Lavender Farm - and then to the market at the square.

The drive to the farm was beautiful and, as usual, I made Mr. Tabby stop so that I could take some pictures. Below is a picture of an Aronsky Farm field of zinnias. How could I pass by a field like this without a picture?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Gardener's Paradise

As an artist and a gardener, Claude Monet has always been a hero. I was able to stroll around his gardens in Giverny for an afternoon. Mr. Tabby kept asking "Is that going to be a project?"

Monet did have the benefit of a few gardeners and a lot more rain. But, I did get quite a few new ideas and about a thousand iris pictures...

Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day

I hope that you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with family and friends. Take some time to think of those who have lost their lives for our freedom. Mr. Tabby and I just spent a somber afternoon at the American Cemetery in Normandy France. It was an amazing feat to land on that beach knowing the enemy would be firing. Such bravery!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Studio Update

The last few weeks have been a flurry of activity here at the Tabby household. The metal building isn't quite complete, but it is able to hold stuff. It is now full of science tables! Woo hoo, they are out of storage!

Mr. Tabby will finish off the trim and move the stuff out of the garage. And then, it will be my turn! The garage is actually staying pretty cool since we insulated the roof. That leaves me encouraged, because the summers here are brutal.

We did finish one of our many projects. We now have a nice sitting area on the side of the house. The fence was to be temporary as we worked, but I may like it the way it is now. If only I knew a blacksmith with a new shop to make me a beautiful gate...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Casting Class with Nicole

This weekend, I took the Glass Casting class with Nicole Lozano at Wired Designs. I'd been wanting to take it forever, but could never make it work. We learned how to make molds, wax castings and plaster casts. Mine is the one in green. At least four days in the kiln. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

White Wing Dove

This guy was nice enough to pose as he waited for the feeder. He even put on some eyeliner for Sunday brunch. I did tell him to stay in the tree and off the ground. He would make a fine lunch for John Doe if he wondered too close to the ground...

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Barn Raising

Today is the "Barn Raising Party" for Mr. Tabby's new workshop. We finally have permits and a slab!

Pretty much everyone Mr. Tabby knows will be here to help with the latest undertaking. The wonderful brother-in-law could not make the trip, so he sent a helper in John Deere green. Daddy Tabby will be catering with hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone. If you are in the area, feel free to stop by.

My studio will be added on to the garage. The slab will be poured on Monday, but I will have to wait a few months for the walls. Slowly but surely, this piece of land is turning into an artist's haven.

Hopefully, the next post will be a beautiful new metal building ready for welding and blacksmithing projects! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Passing Through...

This time of year, I enjoy watching the visitors that are passing through on their way back up north. The brightly colored goldfinches have been especially plentiful this year.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Batik Iris

Batik Iris
While I was in Las Vegas, there were two rain storms at home. Only a little over an inch, but it made the garden oh so happy! Huey, the scaredy-dog, not so happy...
This Batik Iris was a birthday present from my mom last month. On Sunday, I sat on the deck and listened to the birds chirp and gobble and enjoyed the beautiful quiet - a welcome change from the constant noise and smoke of the casinos. Aah, home...

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Las Vegas and Glass!

I just returned from Las Vegas and the Glasscraft Expo. I was there to assist my friend Gail Stouffer in her four classes. We had a fantastic time. Lots and lots of glass and glass people. And, four days full of playing with glass. I'm exhausted! I'd better go to work this week so I can get some rest. But first, a few things into the kiln...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Studio Time - Encaustic

This weekend, I was able to find a few good hours to spend in the studio. I did some cold working a on a piece that is going with me to Vegas this week. I also did a bit of torch fired enameling for the Vegas trip as well.

Above is an encaustic work that I was able to finish up. I am really enjoying working with encaustics. They give me the depth that I also enjoy in glass. And, they come with instant gratification!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring Blooms

The garden is beginning to come alive again. This is a beautiful Louisiana Iris that has been in the garden for five years without a bloom. Finally!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Happy Spring!

Last week was spring break for us. We had a wonderful week with family. We also spent a lot of time getting the garden ready. Mr. Tabby and his father made this arbor out of cedar that was cleared from the back woods and some old fencing panel stacked by the garage. C and I went to the nursery to get some fragrant flowers to cover the arbor. We went with some jasmine on the left and a Don Juan rose on the right. The arbor is outside our bedroom window, so I am hoping the wonderful fragrance drifts into our room on the warm spring nights. Already, the jasmine is heavenly!

Huey and Lulu offered to be models for the picture. The arbor blocks their cut-through through the garden bed. Other than that, they seems to like it as well.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Slow Night at the Gallery...

Tonight is my night for gallery duty at the Bulverde Area Art Center. It's been a slow night. My only visitors have been a pair of chickens. This one was particularly fond of the purple abstract piece.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


It's that time again. The bluebonnets are starting to bloom! Spring is settling in.

This week is Spring Break for south Texas, so we will be spending some quality time in the garden this week. Things are getting uncovered and set out to rejoice in the sunshine!