Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Just family pictures if you want to skip

This time of school year end has so many special happenings.  My granddaughter Hailey graduated from Texas State University with her major in psychology.   I am so proud of the young woman she is now. She will go on to take a masters in Social work.  It is a joy to watch them all grow up and we hope they will make a difference in our world. Hailey's older brother Jacob  is a young trauma surgeon now.
Hailey with her dad, Carl.  Her mother, my precious daughter in law, was behind the camera on this one.  One of the traditions there is for grads to leap into the Blanco River, heavy gown and all! Carl got a video of that, a real swimming affair with significant current, not just wading.

Last weekend there was a nice dinner at the home of my daughter Beth and her husband Gary. We celebrated mother's day and also Gary's birthday.  I heard from all four of my grown children on that day, and also from several of the grandchildren.  Beth's new kitchen is sparkling white with color notes of Talavera pottery.  She set a 12 foot table in fiesta style and served from the kitchen counters where everyone could make their own ensalada or tacos or fajitas.   Wonderful Tex Mex.

Rooster Cheryl painted is right at home in the kitchen now. 

 Chicken and beef very lean, marinated then grilled by Gary.  Taco seasoned beef in crock pot was tasty too.  Pico de Gallo for those who like it hot.

Learning to eat black beans

Little ones watching

Happy Birthday!

Blue corner cupboard Jack made is behind the toys. 

Beth with Linda

 Bailey is holding her youngest sibling, with her are her friend Cooper and his brother Chance.  
Those trophy belts do not come free. Last night Chance broke bones and partially collapsed a lung ridding a bull at the rodeo.

Four generations
At Cooper's senior prom last week.    Oh My.  (Yes Grandmother,  it is lined all the way.)

Bailey and Cooper with Ruger

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Fredericksburg is a delightful town for artists and art lovers

Depending upon how the dates fall, several art events are clustered more or less tightly at the beginning of each month for me here in Fredericksburg. There is so much to see that I cannot begin to take in even half of it.  What I did manage to enjoy this past several days was a rich experience.

On Thursday night, Die Kunstler, the art club I belong to, hosted as guest artist Tony Pro, Executive Director/Instructor at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio.   Tony has just returned from the annual conference of The Portrait Society of America. For our club demo, Tony chose to paint an oil sketch of Ron Drynan, the husband of one of our members.  I was early enough and lucky enough to get a very close up seat and watched every stroke of this beautiful work! The crowded room was still as we sat enthralled for two hours, and ended in heartfelt applause. Tony spoke often to us as he worked, starting with a few strong directional strokes on which to build the design of his painting. These are phone shots and sometimes the camera was not held steady.

Nora Dempsey introduced our guest.

I sat right in under the lamp! I watched stroke by stroke.

Maryneil Dance and Nora Dempsey with me

Break after an hour

Our viewers had two screens to better see the action. 

 The very beautiful oil sketch.  Tony explained his use of negative space and strong dark passages.

First Friday night is our monthly Art Walk with about 15 Galleries open.  Here are some shots at RS Hanna Gallery's new address on Main Street:
Flowers are part of the art here.

Maryneil Dance in front of some of her work.

A fountain of gardenias!

HOT   Southwest flavors

Cool and sweet here

I enjoy the horses by Lindsey Bittner Graham
More beauties here from Lindsey Bittner Graham

 By Bob Rohm above
John Austin Hanna

John Austin Hanna has been my favorite hill Country Artist for over 35 years!   

Saturday brought an opportunity to watch Barbara Mauldin work her magic.  Imagine soft and pretty cactus!  Barbara can tame it all. 
Barbara begins with a strong basic abstract design. 

Three happy hours spent in an absolutely perfect Spring afternoon!

The painting went home with Barbara for the finishing touches. Just Great.  

Above, another cactus painting by Barbara already hanging in the gallery.

At the other end on the porch of this great early Texas building, now Fredericksburg Art Gallery, Barbara's husband Chuck Mauldin paints a three legged cow, for which we teased him.  Pretty soon it had all four legs and was in line with his many other wonderful  southwestern scenes. 
 Below also by Chuck Mauldin.
Fredericksburg is a sweet place to be in the Spring.  e

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