Alice In Wonderland Mason,Texas © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Alice In Wonderland, Mason, Texas”

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On our way to the Frio River, one of my favorite places on the way is a stretch through Mason, Tx. This is where I got my “Rattle Rock Road” image on a previous trip over the Summer of 2013. My sister Pee-Wee and I, always want to stop and check out these old antique stores, but they aren’t open or we are so hell bent to get to the Frio, we just don’t stop when they are open. And we have husbands….stop and shop ain’t happening.

The trip to the Frio River September 2013, I had my head buried in my laptop, working on my art and missed this little stretch until all the sudden, my sister and brother and law in the other car we were following, pulled over. Here we were at this store and for the last 150 miles I had been in my digital world. It was like waking up after falling asleep in the car and wondering how you got there. Sure enough, my brother in law said as we bailed out of the car, “Your sister wants to stop here, so here we are!” High five, Pee-Wee!

We go inside and as my sister put it, it was like walking in and seeing this collection of memories. Every corner and every pile was so organized and neatly laid out in this place that feels like it is in the middle of nowhere. The “things” are endless and generations old. I went up to the second floor using the red spiral staircase in the corner, holding on for dear life, because EVERYTHING about this building is old and twisted and out of kilter. Laid out upstairs were long cut scraps of dull carpet like paths over tin tiles nailed to the wood floor where you could see through the cracks down to the first floor. Every step was a snap, crackle, pop.

And then as I headed to the back of the store on the second floor, there was this ramp that led down into more of a twisting maze of memories and treasures lost waiting to be found. Literally, thousands of things and each thing had it’s place and this ramp that led down into the abyss was lit up from underneath and wonky jawed with this crazy jumbled dresser and colorful strips of carpet…and the light through the metal and wood made me stop dead in my tracks. It was like Alice in Wonderland. Every corner was something new and colorful and lit up and in it’s “spot”. And at the top of the ramp, I was in my spot too, if just for a moment, before going down into the rabbit hole, like Alice in Wonderland.

Update as of 11/2/13: People have asked me where this was. I had no idea because I was buried in my laptop and looked up as we pulled into the parking lot and just went in. No clue. So after some digging on the internet and calling around Mason, I finally found out! I spoke with a really nice lady named Brenda at the Fort Mason Outpost Guest House. She knew exactly the place I was talking about, Country Collectibles, right off Tx Hwy 29 on Ft. McKavitt St. in Mason, Tx. I spoke for sometime to Marilin and I knew I definitely had the right place! Stop by and see them sometime, you never know what you are going to find.

Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took in Mason, Texas, September 2013.

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

Alice In Wonderland Mason,Texas © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Alice In Wonderland Mason,Texas © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

De Sol Sobre El Rio Frio © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Del Sol Sobre El Rio Frio”

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On a trip to the Frio River, we went to Leakey, Tx and there you were….hung on a wall outside a little store. Vulnerable.
My first thought, I wondered why someone hasn’t taken my sunshine away. Let it hang there forever as a landmark each time I return, when my skies are gray. You never know dear, how much I love you, De Sol Sobre El Rio Frio. Please don’t take my sunshine away.

Created from an original photo I took in Leakey, Texas, Summer 2012.

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

De Sol Sobre El Rio Frio © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

De Sol Sobre El Rio Frio © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

 

Put A Cork In It © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Put A Cork In It”

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This one is kind of my artistic answer to those who have criticized digital photo manipulation as not being an art form.  Put A Cork In It.  Photo manipulation is form of digital art that involves photography, illustration, and graphic design all at the same time and there are so, so many styles.  Just because it is not traditional paint on a brush hitting the canvas does not mean it isn’t art.  There is a vision there just like when a writer writes a story.  If they type it out on a computer vs. using pen and paper does that mean it is any less of a story?  Of course not.  Creativity has no limit and those unknowns we discover as we create are hard to define.  I see a hint of Monet here, realism in the center with a little bit of pop art all over that cork.  What you may see could be something very different and that is ok, too.  That is one of the many things that makes each of us unique; our vision, our imagination, our creativity, is all our own.

Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took at the Frio River, Summer 2013.

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

Put A Cork In It © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Put A Cork In It © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

I'm A Huge Fan © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “I’m A Huge Fan”

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My husband and I were in Austin, New Years Day 2013, walking down San Jacinto Blvd headed back to our hotel when we crossed the street and there was this long front porch area at the Vince Young Steakhouse. (in the South, my South anyway, anything long and out in front of a building where you can sit is a “front porch”, even at restaurants and businesses).
It was a dull dreary day, the place was closed and all I could think was, “What a great porch!”
The original photograph was all gray tones. In my mind, I could imagine this porch alive, full of people, music, fun…what Austin is all about.
On New Years Day, we all begin again. A new year with new opportunities. The colors on this front porch rise like the sun, actually in reverse, all new and ready to touch your eye. New opportunities, while reflecting on old (the reverse of the color spectrum usually represented with the rising sun). I’m a huge fan of new opportunities, because I can always reflect on where I came from to be where I am at that moment. It’s like going forward while going back, but never staying still.

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

I'm A Huge Fan © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

I’m A Huge Fan © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin I © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin I” Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Giclee Print

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Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took in Leakey, Texas at the Frio River, August 2012.

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

Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin I © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin I © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin II © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin II” Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Giclee Print

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Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took in Leakey, Texas at the Frio River, August 2012.

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

Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin II © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin II © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin III © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin III” Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Giclee Print

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Created from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took in Leakey, Texas at the Frio River, August 2012.

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

Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin III © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Frio River Flamboyan De Jardin III © Bonnie Feaster Chapa