“Iterations” is my debut art piece that is on exhibit at the MCL Grand through the Visual Art League of Lewisville.
The theme for the exhibit is “Self-Portrait”. Not only was I the photographer but I was also the model. Very tricky – especially when I was turning as green as the walls from sitting upside down!
Go see the art piece in person! It’s on exhibit from August 31 – October 30, 2021. Look for the North Display Case. Continue reading “Iterations” an original art piece by Denise Holguin is on exhibition!
I unlocked one of life’s greatest mysteries.
I have been wondering how individuals get their art displayed in exhibitions.
The answer is stunningly easier than I ever fathomed: Join an art league!
When I attended the first meeting of the Visual Art League of Lewisville, themes were reviewed and I sat with a bewildered look on my face. Are there fees? Our art gets displayed…just like that? How many pieces of art can we submit? Does the art have to be hung on a wall?
What strange, mythical world did I stumble in to and how am I fortunate enough to be permitted to join?
I asked questions. And it’s true. Art gets displayed…just like that! Continue reading I joined the Visual Art League of Lewisville
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
I was imbibing a Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino with my friend, Tore Bellis, last Fall. That’s when the spark of creativity hit me: I want to write for Creative Machine Embroidery!
And so I did. Continue reading I am published in Creative Machine Embroidery
Last year my friend Tore Bellis and I took a downtown Dallas walking tour with Jay Cantrell. We started at Pegasus Plaza and admired The Adolphus. I told Tore that someday I hoped to stay there—just for one night. My … Continue reading The Adolphus Hotel sets the standard
Today is my 17 year work anniversary. I celebrated by writing thank you cards to customers ordering my newest design collection, Coffee & Tea by Blue Hair Girl. Among the Dale Carnegie principles I have employed over the years: “Count your blessings – not your troubles”, “do your very best” and “show sincere and honest appreciation”. Continue reading 17 Year Work Anniversary
… and he enjoyed it! ________________________________________ I recently taught my friend Tore Bellis how to machine embroider. This was a fair trade because last year he taught me how to solder electronics. I considered what he might like to stitch … Continue reading A software engineer tries machine embroidery for the first time…
Yesterday I walked in to Dianna’s office minutes (more like seconds) after submitting all my receipts for last month’s credit card expenses. Denise: “Dianna! Did you see?” She of course, had not. It had only been seconds ago. The app … Continue reading Confetti, Balloons & Chocolate
Intro: This is a day-in-the-life post about working late at the office and the results of such effort. I felt foolish for working late to embroider a tunic. The design was almost a two hour commitment to embroider. And there … Continue reading My Work is on the Cover!
I lived, breathed and ate flamingos… in a figurative manner, of course. And as long as I’m writing in an exaggerated way, I became the flamingo. I fully embrace the flamingo lifestyle. That’s the approach I took to develop my … Continue reading Fabulous Flamingos
I sat in church this morning and asked God to fix things. The evening of December 3rd derailed me. I haven’t been interested in anything since that evening. The answer to my prayers was unexpected. I decided I would return … Continue reading My Victorious Return to the LBJ National Grasslands
Earlier this year I spotted the world’s most beautiful broken branch on a secluded dirt road. It just so happened my friend’s vehicle was the ideal size to take the branch home. Why do I need a branch? No idea. … Continue reading Beautiful broken branch
I’m at a loss for words on how to properly introduce today’s guest blogger. She’s the mother of my friend, Alana Jenkins, whom I met a few years ago in dance class. Pamela is a very thoughtful and generous person. I’m very grateful she took the time to share her touching story. What motivates you, Pamela Jenkins? I learned to crochet when I was about six years old. My grandmother taught me how to hold the crochet yarn and hook, and to make a simple chain of loops. I remember tying one end of the chain to a bedroom doorknob, … Continue reading What motivates you, Pamela?
About a month ago, I treated myself to expensive new running shoes and a fancy pair of socks marked with a left and right foot. Before I started my workout on the treadmill I paused to take a photo of my new shoes. I was quite happy with my new purchases and was excited to test the shoes. Maybe the shoes will help me run faster! But then a man interrupted my happiness. He snuck up and got on the treadmill with me. I vehemently told him to get off. He did. Then he asked when I’d start wearing sports bras … Continue reading Old Grouch Lady Protects Others
I received a notice from the HOA to trim the holly bushes. I never enjoyed getting reprimanded as a kid and that hasn’t changed as an adult. But I couldn’t disagree with the HOA. The bushes were unruly. I also … Continue reading Holly Bushes
This week’s “What motivates you?” is provided by my Uncle Pete. He’s the first uncle I asked to participate and I’m really grateful he agreed. He put much care and thought into his response. I think many readers will be … Continue reading What motivates you, Uncle Pete?
A couple weeks ago I featured Grandma answering the question, What motivates you?” The video was in Spanish and as I mentioned, my translation skills aren’t the best. My Uncle Pete stepped up and translated the video for this week’s … Continue reading What motivates you, Grandma? (English Translation)
Today’s post is written by my friend Tore Bellis. He agreed to participate but was concerned he’d give the wrong answer. I reminded him there are no wrong answers – just different points of view. I think you’ll enjoy this … Continue reading What motivates you, Tore?