"Iterations 2" an original art piece by Denise Holguin at the Visual Art League of Lewisville

Additional photos by Denise Holguin on exhibit at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville!

I was encouraged to submit additional art pieces in the “Self Portrait” exhibit at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville. It took me awhile to come up with my first submission, “Iterations”. Coming up with additional pieces seemed daunting. But I have a saying: if you’re handed a piece of meat are you going to cook it? Translation: if you’re given an opportunity are you going to take advantage of it or let it go to waste? I’m not only going to cook it, I’ll make multiple meals out of it! Visit the blog to see my additional submissions. Continue reading Additional photos by Denise Holguin on exhibit at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville!

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 2

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 2

I recently purchased a little red autograph book from Curiosities in Dallas.  It belonged to an 8th grader named Ramona Holmes who lived in Paris, Texas in 1946. 

I’ve spent some late nights researching the people and places referenced in the book.  I was also able to cajole my friend Tore into a day trip to Paris for further research.

This post focuses on a favorite teacher…. Continue reading 8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 2

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 - Paris, Texas

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 1

I recently went to my favorite antique store in Dallas (Curiosities) to purchase an autograph book from the 1800s.  But by the time I arrived the book was sold.  Since it’s a long drive – I made the trip worthwhile.  I scoured the store and found a consolation purchase that ended up being an even better gem.  This little red autograph book belonged to Ramona Holmes, a student at J. G. Wooten School, in Paris, Texas.  The autograph book is dated 1946.  Continue reading 8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 1

Empirical Whimsy

Resilience

Just recently I was rummaging through my garage and came upon a bucket of the metal junk I had apparently forgotten to discard.  With the launch of Empirical Whimsy, you can imagine my excitement.  Rediscovered objects!

The s-hook used in this piece is one of the objects removed from the streets of Dallas.  If you want a visual it’s the Walnut Hill / I-35 area of town, near liquor stores and other establishments.

I am absolutely thrilled to have turned pieces of junk into lemonade.  Continue reading Resilience

Betty Bluetiful of Empirical Whimsy

Betty Bluetiful of Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing

– The fanciful story of Betty Bluetiful –

Before Betty started her sales career, she was Elizabeth Florence of Bluemington.  She lived a content life but at the age of 40, she wanted a career change.  In 1956 she responded to an advertisement offering the chance to travel, meet new people and the opportunity to spread a good clean message (ever dear to her heart).  She signed on as a door-to-door saleswoman, selling Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing.  Continue reading Betty Bluetiful of Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing

Empirical Whimsy

I picked this flower just for you!

If you have kids or remember your own childhood, you know that kids tend to yank flowers (often weeds) from the ground and proudly present them to mom.  Their good intentions and exuberance sometimes result in just a petal or maybe just the bud… or in this case, just the stem of the pretty flower!  Continue reading I picked this flower just for you!