I Painted the Pretty Hipster at SpiderHouse

She was at SpiderHouse with a large group of "hipsters"

We had a beautiful, sunny and warm day here in Austin last week. I went to SpiderHouse with Erin Park-Markert, one of my art students, to meet my daughter. We sat out on the patio, right beside this large group of “hipsters”, as my daughter calls them. They had pulled two tables together to accomodate the ever-increasing group. Here is what I noticed about the group:

Well, they reminded me of my own college years.  They appeared self-confident and easy-going: they were not vulnerable. They could smoke and drink too much,with very little consequence.  The air was filled with essence of James Dean.


  1. Posted January 25, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Ah! The features are sharp with a nice, loose feel to everything! A keeper!

  2. Posted January 25, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    After linking to your site and sharing my fascination with what you do with artist friends and others, I had to go back and review your posts. I just flipped through all of them and now I’m a confirmed fan. Thanks for boldly sharing what you do so well. I spend a lot of time in coffee houses, and I’m a curiosity starer, although not an artist, but I can really appreciate your gift and fascination for “guerrilla painting”.

    • Posted January 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Dale.

      Thanks so much for the kind words.I’m super busy right now, but I wanted to respond. When I get a breather, I will go over to namesake.wordpress.com and say “hey”.


  3. Posted January 30, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Wow. That’s all I can say. I just love your painting style. Saw you at Slam Dunks and just had to come over to look around some more.

  4. Posted January 30, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Oh darn my Lazy G Ranch … my regular blog is http://oz-girl.blogspot.com. Lazy G would be my “commercial” blog where I sell my homemade dog treats and cookies…

    Anyways, I’m going to look around some more! 🙂


    • Posted February 2, 2010 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      Hi, Susan.

      Oh, please don’t worry about putting thelazygranch.com as your URL. I went over there, and saw those Valentine, iced sugar cookies for humankind, and oh my – how did you know I was a cookie addict? I wish you the best.


  5. Posted January 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Visiting from Slam Dunks. I’ve spent much time at the Spiderhouse. Have a hard time getting any writing done, however, as often too much to look at.

    • Posted February 2, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      Hi, Julie.
      I just went over to your blog.
      My heart goes out to you.
      “Do not worry; it only causes harm”.


  6. Posted January 31, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Oh, my goodness, this is wonderful. Just found your blog today. I stare at people, also, but with a camera in my hand.

    Blessings and continued joy.

  7. Posted February 4, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    I love: “the air was filled with the essence of James Dean.”

    Now, if I could just breathe a little bit of that in my doubtful moments.”


  8. Posted February 28, 2010 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    I need a ‘Spiderhouse’ here in Hamburg as well. These three paintings is exactly what I love watching your site. But nothing compares to Hannah.

    • Posted February 28, 2010 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      Hi, Max.

      Yes, it would be lovely to paint in other cities.
      Yeah, Hannah was painted from a photograph and in the studio. Different type of painting. But, I do not love doing this type of painting.
      I love to paint “live”.


      • Posted March 2, 2010 at 6:13 am | Permalink

        I know , you prefer short- scenes. That´s what I do with words. Short, on point, people have to think about… hmmm…yes I understand.

      • Posted March 2, 2010 at 6:55 am | Permalink

        Hi, Max.

        I wish that I could read German.

      • Posted March 4, 2010 at 5:06 am | Permalink

        It´s winter here. I don´t use many words. I´m lazy….idle… exspecting spring!

      • Posted March 4, 2010 at 5:16 am | Permalink

        Hey again,
        I use these link for translation:
        It really works ok.
        Here the translation of: Liebe ARD (this is the first german public TV- Station):
        dear editorial staff of the news,
        are you still quite thick? Do you still notice anything or are you really so cynical?
        Gave one 8.8 earthquakes in Chile and your reporter informs to the best broadcasting time that a two-storey car park is broken together and has ‘buried’ 50 cars under himself there! Although there were also dead people, even more as dead cars but identical!
        So so the value of a society calculates himself? You are too stupid in my eyes to make news. What an inhuman reporting!
        DON ‘ T PANIC

  9. Posted February 28, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    You seem to have a preferred palette. It creates a certain mood. Is it due to the locations in which you paint and your choice of subjects, or your interpretation?

    I love it, by the way.

    • Posted March 1, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      Hey, there.

      Actually, my palette is all over the place. Color is my weakness. I’m working on that now.
      In this particular painting, I limited my palette to 2 colors, plus black and white.

  10. Gretchen
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    have you been to bennu? thats where i am always at.

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