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"River Terrace © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Bonnie Chapa Art Wins Texas Hill Country Magazine Cover Contest

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Bonnie recently won TexasHillCountry.com‘s Magazine Cover Contest for the 2014 2nd Print and Online Issue with her artwork “River Terrace“.  Her “Gruene Hall Buick 56 Special” was also chosen as one of the top 11 images to be included on a double page spread inside the magazine.  Click the Cover below to see the full online version of the Texas Hill Country Magazine available at most NE Hill Country Chambers of Commerce, Convention and Visitor Bureaus and many other businesses. It will also be delivered to many others in the Hill Country over the next weeks.

The Hippo Hole © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “The Hippo Hole”

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Created from an original photo taken by Bonnie Feaster Chapa summer of 2013, in Leakey, Texas on the Frio River.

The Hippo Hole.

My Nirvana.

My Oasis.

My favorite spot on EARTH!

Every year we go to The Frio River Cabins and this spot is IT!  This is what the Frio River all about for me.

There is a limestone ledge in water on the underside of this cliff and the river at this spot can be as deep as 8-9 feet in the summer.  In the morning, if you go down and stand on the side of the river from this view point, it’s like looking into an aquarium.  You can see every rock, every fish, ever detail of color.  It’s truly magnificent.  This is where my kids jump off, what they call, “cannon ball rock” for hours.  This is where we hang out until dark after all the tubers have gone for the day.  This is where I come up with great ideas and we all dream big dreams.  I believe if you wish your wish in this spot it WILL come true.  THIS spot is where it all began for my art.

This will always be my happy place.  This is my Texas.  This is my Frio River.  🙂

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

The Hippo Hole © 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

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