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 24, 2017

My paintings of dolls offered

Four framed oil paintings, little portraits that have hung with my dolls and their furniture.  Size 5 x7 paintings, simply framed at an over all size of 7 x 9 inches.  As artist I retain copyright to all of my paintings.  These are the originals.  Priced at $170 for the set of four,  including priority mail shipping. I do not mail out of the continental US.   Thank you, email me at joneill816@austin.rr.com  to send personal check, or pay by pay pal to same.  e

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A morning at Enchanted Rock State Park

With the February weather pretending it is March instead,  this warm bright day was perfect to enjoy the park.  Enchanted Rock takes its name from two great rock domes. The climb to the top is ok for cub scouts and up, but not quite something for me these days. I climbed it several times with Jackie years ago.  All of the youngsters in our family love an outing there.

To show me some of the most scenic spots along Sandy Creek through the park today, I had for a guide a friend named Robert Deming.   He is a member of Friends of Enchanted Rock, a group of volunteers who help protect and maintain this great natural area.    Robert was a good sport as I required considerable assistance up and down the creek banks to visit three water falls and a number of spots of quiet beauty.  In my defense,  recent rains had cut deep gashes in many parts of the path and the going was plenty rough.  Robert documented these with his camera as we went along so the uneven spots can be addressed in time for the thousands of tourists who will come soon now.

I am not sure I could haul my painting gear along here to paint. Can you see the heron in the center left above? 

View from the front seat of Vanessa where I parked to paint.  Soon I will have my happy rolling studio out in these hills for blue bonnet season.

Not much color in the park yet, hard to get enough contrast in my painting.  8 x 10 oil on panel

  After Robert went on about his day, I stayed a short time and painted a small oil sketch from the front seat of my car.  The value of this is not how great the little painting is not, but rather how much joy I had being there and doing this.  As ever the story is not about the destination but about the journey.  e

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Painting an early Texas spring.

Just outside my doorway, a white flowering quince is budding out. I have had that plant for many years through several house moves. It sat in front of our Red Cape for a few years.

Weather in the 70's and even 80's has me painting flowers, some home grown and some purchased. If it is this warm now what will we suffer in July?!!

10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas panel    "White Tulips"

Today I am painting from some very disappointing white roses, instead of opening the poor things are turning brown just two days from the store!  I will try to paint a freshness they never really achieved.   e

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