Red Fred

We name all the regular birdy visitors out here…….One of our favorites is Red Fred. A Red-Tailed Hawk. He was so sweet to pose for me today……

acrylic on Arches paper

He just knows that he is cool…


It’s Snowing!!!!!!

We have a precious video of Christopher when it snowed in San Antonio in 1985. He woke up that morning in January and looked out the window. I had put music on the movie and I had forgotten about the original sound track. When I heard his voice saying “It’s snowing” I thought that little sound could melt an iceberg…….I have some great photos that we took those fun days. I will have to look for them. In the meantime, here is my interpretation of Sir Wellington enjoying his toboggan…..He wants to be a star. I just know it !!!!!

don't eat yellow snow....

Let’s hope I can make it happen!

Wine & Art (but mostly wine)

See the itty bitty paintings on the table? No? Well me neither. See the BIG BOLD paintings on the easels! At the sixth annual Wine & Art Festival last week (January 15, 2011) I donated five paintings. Tiny by comparison….and I did not have chance to have them blessed by the Pope! I wonder if this can be done by e-mail or text message. A personal visit would add greatly to the expense, plus I would have to go to confession. I can hear it now. “Yes my dear. Now when was your last confession?” I would stammer and say that it was before my last dentist appointment….but, but…..I prayed my heart out on the plane ride to Rome! “Try to paint something more spiritual” he might advise.

holywatercolor on Arches paper

So what do I paint this week, but more animals! I can see a painting of a Saint in my future. Saint Anthony. Not because the act of reproducing a godly vision is a goodly thing to do.It is because this person was known to love the animals that he is always depicted with.

Señor Tomas with Buzzy

I know just the model for the role.

mini kisses

Saint Tomas !!!!

Hear Me Roar

oil painting of female Bengal Tiger

This rainy, cold weather makes me want to climb the walls. If I had to go out, I would wish that I could stay home, but we did actually go for a quick run. The good thing about being inside the last two days, is that I was able to finish two paintings that have been sitting on the easel…….

I AM SO HAPPY about this !!!!!!!!

worried owl

I was getting worried that I would never finish another painting…..just start new hopeless cases that are destined to embarrass me after I am gone, or my relatives, that is…….Well, at least two are finished. I just might do a little rain dance after all!


300 mm man

The holidays have lasted a long time……..Peyton was here for five weeks!!!!! (Thank you Annie Sturgis for this wonderful photo!)Christopher has been here since Christmas Eve!!!!He has been working hard. We are so proud of him and the way that he represents Groupon.  We had several days of  t-shirt weather, butit’s cold here in San Antonio and it’s time for him to go take care of his snow princess in Chicago…..

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 121 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 502 posts. There were 216 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 82mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 18th with 178 views. The most popular post that day was Rainy Days and Sundays.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,, WordPress Dashboard, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for sulcata tortoise, beefalo, stretched ears, leicalady, and african sulcata tortoise.

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These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Rainy Days and Sundays April 2010
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Ducks Unlimited July 2008
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Eddie’s Missing !!!!! June 2008


Watercolor, Oil And Acrylic Paintings Of Cows By Dana Spring Parish August 2008


Photos of the 2009 Floresville Peanut Festival Parade October 2009

Dog and Pony Show

git along little doggy

The last time Princess Macaroni came out to the ranch, we gave her a hay ride in the wheel barrow. This time, she was a good sport being herded by Pony Boy…..

Hey Macaroni, that's my name too!

Mini Macaroni gave Princess Mac a little love bite. The ponies know just how much they can get away with without being shipped off to France on a platter.

not by the hair on my chinny chin chin

Mesquite Joe is not so worried about his fate. He was walking a thin line……Cactus Jack just follows along in his hoof prints.

I walk the line

My brother BV has a great shot of Mesquite Joe on flickr as well as many awesome subjects. Click here por favor and add them to your gallery.

Miss Piggy was not interested in being sociable. Bedtime is at 4pm no matter who comes to visit! “Next time, bring a pie or cookies, then we’ll talk” she might have said……

Dog Days of Winter

not sure we want to go......

Tina, Dena, BV, the princess, Macaroni and the Labs, Bear and Lil Yellow came out yesterday for a fun photo shoot. It was overcast and a little chilly, but we warmed up fast.

Lil yeller has second thoughts....

Getting through the gate where the ponies are was a little intimidating.

good bye cruel world....

It took a little while to get over the problem of sticker burrs and piles of fresh manure. Good rolling stuff!

follow me, kids

We took the long way around the field to the tank. Yeller had already had a confrontation with Mesquite Joe and we were not anxious to repeat the trama.

Carry me, Mama!

The princess, Mac had not been here since she was a baby. She is STILL a baby!

I like the view from here, Mac says.

Mac’s little legs got tired and she needed a break.

Ahhhh. This is the life!

By the time we reached the tank, Mac was ready to play

this is what you need to do

A little bossy sometimes…..

Let me tell you a little secret

Mac decided the splashing looked like too much fun!We all documented their every move.

If only I had a Canon

BV took some great macro shots that are posted on flick

We all had to protect our cameras from the splash zone.Yeller could do this all dayBear got tired of being dunked under waterAfter swallowing the brackish water and eating a little horse poop, he took a break to eat some grass

tummy not feel so good

It was all and all, a great adventure and they slept like babies all the way home. We can’t wait to do it again!

The Fun Workplace

I thought that we had the perfect place to play around with art and digital photography. We can see the cardinals and other birds right outside the window, as well as our horses and longhorns peering in at us and pleading for breakfast every morning. Just ideal…..I did not see how cluttered and limited the space was until we took everything out and replaced a couch with another drafting table. Tom and I are starting to do our own custom framing. This new layout makes it much easier.What a difference a few changes can make.It is even more inspiring to see these little guys outside the window.