Poppies Under The Texas Sky © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Poppies Under The Texas Sky”

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My great grandma, Granny Opal Humphres, had a fascination with poppies. She painted poppies all the time and there was always a tin coffee can with paint thinner and brushes sitting around soaking for the next masterpiece.

I love poppies too. I like to watch their petals, like delicate, almost translucent whispers of color as they flutter like butterfly wings, blowing in the wind.

Spring time in the Texas Hill Country is overwhelming with color. My husband, Frank and I, took a weekend trip to a B&B in Fredericksburg in April 2013 with my sister, her husband and some friends.

When we got to where we were staying I asked my brother in law, “When I start to get close to this area, I get a little flutter, don’t you?” He asked me what that flutter was and I told him, “You know, color flutter, like artsy fartsy flutter.” He quickly said he does not feel “the flutter.” You have to know my 6’5″, loud, crazy, truck loving, oil well drillin’, Louisiana born, crawfish eatin’, junk lovin’, large and in charge brother in law to understand perfectly: nope, he’s not feeling it. If it’s rusted and covered in dirt, he feels it.

“Poppies Under The Texas Sky” is as close as I can get to explaining the flutter. Like petals on a poppy in the wind, the flutter of color makes my heart dance. I think Granny Opal understood completely.

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

Poppies Under The Texas Sky © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Poppies Under The Texas Sky © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Sippin' Tequila And Playin' Our Amigo Guitars © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Sippin’ Tequila And Playin’ Our Amigo Guitars” Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Giclee Print

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Down by the corner, we’re rock stars
Sippin’ tequila and playin’ our amigo guitars……
Flip us a quarter, that monkey will dance
Make it a dollar, he’ll pull down his pants.

Created from a original photo taken by Bonnie Feaster Chapa in San Antonio, Texas at El Mercado – Market Square, December 2011.

Limited Edition Print hand signed and numbered by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  20×32 (100), 18×24 (500), 11×14 (open)

Hand signed by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  Art Available At Bonnie Chapa’s Etsy Store Ridin On The Right Side

Sippin' Tequila And Playin' Our Amigo Guitars © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Sippin’ Tequila And Playin’ Our Amigo Guitars © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

The Day You Were Born © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “The Day You Were Born” Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Giclee Print

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For my great niece Aubreigh Evaire.
The day she was born, there were butterflies everywhere.
She was born with a smile that would melt your heart.
Loved her like a Flutterby from the very start.

Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took in Troy,Texas, November 2012.

Limited Edition Print hand signed and numbered by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  20×32 (100), 18×24 (100), 11×14 (open)

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The Day You Were Born © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

The Day You Were Born © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

San Antonio River Walk, An Original Giclee Print © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “San Antonio River Walk, An Original” Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Giclee Print

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This came from a photo I took on a riverboat tour on the San Antonio river walk. My husband and I went for our 12th wedding anniversary for a few days. The San Antonio river walk around Christmas and New Years is amazing. Lights, lights and more lights. Really, any time of year, but Christmas time? There’s nothing like it.
We were on a barge going down the river under a bridge when I took this picture. This is in the winter time obviously, but it sure didn’t look like it.
It makes me think of France, Paris, river something…somewhere? I guess. I don’t really know, I have never been to Paris, but this is how I imagine it to be in the Spring.
The fact that you can see the word, “Original” on the sign of the Original Mexican Restaurant, tied the whole idea together. Ask any Texan and they will be quick to tell you, San Antonio is an Original kind of place.

Created from an original photo taken by Bonnie Feaster Chapa on the San Antonio River Walk, in San Antonio, Texas, December 2011.

Limited Edition Print hand signed and numbered by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  20×32 (100), 18×24 (100), 11×14 (open)
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San Antonio River Walk, An Original Giclee Print © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

San Antonio River Walk, An Original Giclee Print © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Cracked Beauty © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Cracked Beauty” Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Giclee Print

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“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.”
― Leonard Cohen

Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took in San Antonio, Texas at the San Antonio River Walk, Spring 2013.

Limited Edition Print hand signed and numbered by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  20×32 (100), 18×24 (500), 11×14 (open)

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Cracked Beauty © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Cracked Beauty © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Blue Winged Teal © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Blue Winged Teal” Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Giclee Print

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Have you ever seen a Blue Winged Teal duck? At first glance, it’s nothing like this picture that is for sure. In fact, you can stare at it all day and it will never look like this picture.
My friend Mike is an avid duck hunter. He got a Blue Winged Teal on the Brazos river on one of his duck escapades, took a picture of the “teal” on it’s wings and posted it on Facebook. For his duck hunting friends, I guess it was the rarity of such a find that time of year, but I saw something different, rare in it’s own way.
I recently came back to this picture and worked on it some more. The more I worked, the more I realized the spectrum of colors, not just teal and brown.
When you look at a Blue Winged Teal duck doing what ducks do, you see a glimpse of color under all those brown feathers. It’s when they take flight and you notice, “OMG, look what was under there all that time!”
Kind of like people, you never know what is below the surface. You don’t know what they are capable of and how they can surprise you with their uniqueness hidden from view, until they take flight. And when they do, they can amaze you.

Created with an original photo taken by my very good friend, Michael Cox, on the Brazos River, 2012.

Limited Edition Print hand signed and numbered by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  20×32 (100), 18×24 (500), 11×14 (open)

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Blue Winged Teal © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Blue Winged Teal © Bonnie Feaster Chapa