Misty's Bluebonnets © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Misty’s Bluebonnets”

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The Legend of the Bluebonnet

The Texas fields are covered
With a blanket of deep blue.
But for a little Indian girl,
This would not be true.

Texas land was buried and dry.
Rains just would not come.
Indians danced and prayed for rain,
And beat upon their drums.

The Chief made a proclamation.
He appealed to one and all.
A prized possession must be sacrificed
Before the rains would fall.

The Indian camp was silent,
While each person searched his heart.
But when it came to sacrifice,
With possessions they would not part.

Suddenly a little girl stepped forth,
Holding her blue-clad doll.
She placed it in the roaring fire
and raindrops began to fall.

The rain brought forth the grass,
Among its blades, flowers of blue.
To be a sign for all the time
Of a love so pure and true.

~Author Unknown 

Created by Bonnie Feaster Chapa from an original photo Misty Feaster took in Santa Anna, Texas.
Hand signed by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  Art Available At Bonnie Chapa’s Etsy Store Ridin On The Right Side

Misty's Bluebonnets © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Misty’s Bluebonnets © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Shawnee © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Shawnee”

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Shawnee….a reflection of the Shawnee Trail, spirit of the Texas cattlemen, adversity and finding a way.  The old trail may be worn and gone, but a new path can be found.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

How the tick killed the Shawnee Trail, but not the Texas Longhorn or the drive of the Texas cattlemen.  A really interesting story and you can read about it here:  http://www.theshawneetrail.com/history.aspx

Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took in Frisco, Texas, November 2013.
Hand signed by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  Art Available At Bonnie Chapa’s Etsy Store Ridin On The Right Side

Shawnee © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Shawnee © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Day of The Dead Longhorn © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Day Of The Dead Longhorn”

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It was 21 degrees and in our part of Texas, although that does happen and temperatures fluctuate wildly, that day in particular I was out to find “something” I had in my head that only that kind of weather brings.  I was looking for ice and barbed wire.

I found something beyond the barbed wire; a new calf with this Longhorn mama.  She wasn’t as thrilled to see me as I was her.  The cold spell we had came on as a first big freeze so the grass wasn’t completely dead yet and the pasture she was in looked like a quilt.  An icy, colorful grass quilt and there she stood right in the middle of it all protecting her newborn calf.

As she and I stared back at each other, I started to notice exactly why she intimidated me so.  It wasn’t the fact she was a cow (been around plenty), or those long horns, or that she was a new mama ready to trample the life out of me….nope, it was her face.  All that color around her and I saw the markings on her face and it was like a skull.  Respecting her and her calf was a given, but she delivered her intentions well:  “Get in my pasture and it will be The Day of The Dead, girl.”

All the vivid color around her and that stark skull face; 21 degrees outside, with ice and barbed wire inside, all the way down into her soul.

Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took in Troy, Texas December 7, 2013.
Hand signed by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  Art Available At Bonnie Chapa’s Etsy Store Ridin On The Right Side

Day of The Dead Longhorn © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Day of The Dead Longhorn © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

I Like You © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “I Like You”

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I noticed this as I was walking across the South Congress Ave. bridge in Austin on December 31, 2012 and snapped this picture real quick, thinking there was a statement if I ever saw one.
My husband and I were on our way to Threadgill’s to eat.
That day just happens to be our wedding anniversary.
I do like him. Actually, not only do I like him, I love him. A lot.
When I look at this picture, I think of a castle covered in vines, surrounded by a moat in a mythical forest submerged in fairy tales.
A prince and his princess.
It’s the modern day Prince Charming’s graffiti to his Cinderella.
Happily ever after.

An update and a further thought on “I Like You” …. as of 2/26/14 (because the thoughts on these kinds of things sometimes evolve)

Recently, thoughts of “perfect just the way you are” filled my head out of nowhere….. but first, the rest of the story…..

Originally, I threw out this piece and just was not sure about it, although there was something there I knew I liked. Then, my mom kept talking about it. Mentioning it over and over again as one of her favorites that ranked up there with “Cracked Beauty” and I thought, “Well, maybe there is something to this?” Sure enough, it’s well liked by others too, no pun intended.  I create for me first.  From there, when I let it go, it may or may not speak to others and that’s ok…..but….

No telling the pieces I have thrown out that I didn’t “like”, that others may have connected with, or that I may have connected with for that matter.  Don’t we all do that in some way or another?  We are such an instant gratification society sometimes.  I wonder how much we miss and throw out because we didn’t let it sit for a while to realize we really do like it.

In the end, I realized, “I Like You”, though it may have not been perfect in my mind at the time, I “liked” it despite it’s imperfections and finally accepted it for what it was and in turn, found an additional, totally different meaning over time. I may have not been in “love” with it, but I sure did have a strong “like” for it and sometimes a little like can go a whole lot further than a lot of love.

So, back to my first interpretation of this piece…..
If you really think about it, Prince Charming was the one being charmed, not the one doing the charming and Cinderella was a damsel in distress with some serious baggage.

Under the surface, imperfection can be the draw to the like.  Love can be lost in search of perfection.  You never know what you may be missing out on.  If the slipper fits, wear it.

Written by Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took in Austin, Texas December 31, 2012.
Hand signed by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  Art Available At Bonnie Chapa’s Etsy Store Ridin On The Right Side

I Like You © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

I Like You © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Sink Swim Or Soar © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Sink, Swim Or Soar?”

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Here we are a week into 2014 and I sit with some pretty lofty goals for this year and I ask myself, “Bonnie, are you going to sink, swim or soar?”  Safe to bet, my answer is the latter and I plan on doing it with lots of gusto.

As I looked at this picture and worked on it, the gap between the reflection of the trees (those leaves are the river rocks below the surface) and the side of the bank where the ladder is just seemed to get deeper and deeper.  Almost as if you could step off that ladder and make a choice.  The obvious is that there is water there, but what a beautiful sky.  Instead of swimming, why not fly?

As we stand on the edge of the river bank of life ready to make a move, sometimes we have a tendency to hesitate.  If you hesitate too long, you never know what you miss out on, so jump!  Jump and soar as far as your wings will take you.

Here’s to a great year for us all!  2014, bring it on!

Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took at the Frio River, September 2013.
Hand signed by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  Art Available At Bonnie Chapa’s Etsy Store Ridin On The Right Side

Sink Swim Or Soar © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Sink Swim Or Soar © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Texas Girls Vs Two Kayaks © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Texas Girls Vs. Two Kayaks” Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Giclee Print

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Every year we take a family trip to the Frio River, our shangri-la. In our opinion, there is no better river in the great state of Texas. It’s magical. You just have to see it, be in it and sit awhile to understand it. Once you have, the Frio is a part of you forever.
One year, my sister and I left the cabin to get some kayaks from the rental place up the road. We had this little dinky trailer with us and we were on a mission: We were coming back with kayaks come hell or high water.
We get to the rental place and they guy who loads them up thought we were crazy, but our determination convinced him, it could be done. We only had 3-4 miles to drive back to our riverside cabin. Surely, we could make it.
Eventually, we did after nearly getting killed on the side of the road on the way back….mainly because I wanted to stop and take a picture, but that is another story….
When we got back to the cabin, we went to unload the kayaks and there against the Texas hill country backdrop, that is our front yard every year on these trips, was this image.
Bold, bright, in that dinky trailer up against the Texas sky and hills with the Frio behind us waiting for the next adventure. It was an image that made me stop and take notice. Almost nostalgic of the images of surfboards and woodies, but of course, with a Texas river style twist….and, by the way, Texas girls always get the job done!

Created from an original photo I took at the Frio River, Summer 2011.

Limited Edition Print hand signed and numbered by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  20×32 (100), 18×24 (100), 11×14 (open)
Hand signed by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  Art Available At Bonnie Chapa’s Etsy Store Ridin On The Right Side

Texas Girls Vs Two Kayaks © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Texas Girls Vs Two Kayaks © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

River Terrace © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “River Terrace”

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One of our favorite places on the Frio River, River Terrace.  Where our kids jump off the cliffs, the rocks in the river are like smoothed out flat underwater couches and tubers float by to get out at Happy Hollow Grocery Store in Leakey, Tx.  Sitting in the river this day, celebrating my husband’s birthday weekend, we listened to the Texas Rangers Game from our radio bouncing off the canyon walls and had the entire river to ourselves.  It was a good day, great memories!

River Terrace is a great place owned by Frio River Cabins, our home away from home during the summer.  I love these people.  I love this place.

Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took at the Frio River, September 2013.
Hand signed by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  Art Available At Bonnie Chapa’s Etsy Store Ridin On The Right Side

River Terrace © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

River Terrace © Bonnie Feaster Chapa