Floral Surprise!!!

My youngest daughter came home from work, one day, and told me she might have lined up some work for me. I was like, “What?” (Number One, I had just started painting again. Two, I was not looking for a job! I had one!!! Studio Artist!!!) I proceed to question her about this and find out that the job would take place in Fredericksburg, Texas. I would be painting a floral type mural in their clothing store in the downtown area. (Number three, in my life, I have only worked on and completed about a handful worth of murals. It had been a while since my last mural project…)

We live about an hour and a half away from Fredericksburg, so I was not sure how this would work. The owner, Kate, arranged a place for me to stay and I would not have to commute. It took about three days to complete.

My map (a rough sketch) is on and I start work from right to left. This is mainly a finger painting and the first time I have worked with oils on a mural. Usually they are done in acrylics.

Right about here, Kate walks in and tells me that the store would be opening in two days! I almost fell off the ladder when she announces this. I thought there would be more time and I may have had a panic attack!!!! I wanted to have this complete before she opened…

Starting to kick it in high gear, I work on the mural until 1:00am the second night. (The map went on the first night.)

Day three starts here…

They are starting to bring the store counters and merchandise in. By the early hours of the morning, I have started using my detail brushes and start to see the finish line…

Finished on September 28, 2017.

Because store merchandise has moved in, I am going to show the mural from several view points…

Taking a selfie 🤪

If you are ever in Fredericksburg, drop by Eve Couture and take a pic in front of my mural. It’s a great clothing store and the owner is a sweetheart. If you bring your man along and he is not a fan of shopping, no problem, there is a tv room with sports playing to keep him occupied.

If you get hungry after shopping, eat next door at Der Lindenbaum. It is the best German food and the best restaurant in town. The staff, before closing, brought me coffee because I was working so late. They are wonderful people. They are closed on Tuesdays.

Next up, the Lion… 🦁❤️🎨😃


Summer Vacation 2011 Series- Benini Sculpture Ranch

Inside Johnson City, TX is a very interesting outdoor experience- The Benini Sculpture Ranch. As you drive up to the ranch, there are sculptures on both sides of the road. When you get to the main building, there are many interesting sculptures and paintings inside. More sculptures await you as you continue up to the ranch house. It sits on a hill that has a beautiful view of the surrounding area. I highly recommend seeing this creative adventure. You won’t be disappointed.

Sincerely yours,

Sophie Grumble

Summer Vacation 2011 Series- Cadillac Ranch and The Big Texan

When we go on vacation, we always have to see fun road side attractions. The Cadillac Ranch is in Amarillo, TX. It has ten cars stuck in the ground that you spray paint to your hearts content. We had a load of fun decorating some of the cars. I recommend this experience!

The Big Texan is the home of the 72oz. steak. The deal is to try and eat the whole steak and sides in an hour. If you can achieve this goal, your meal is free. As we were paying our bill, a guy walked in to take the challenge. I wonder if he did it…

Sincerely yours,

Sophie Grumble

Always Hard to Say Goodbye

I was born and raised in Texas, but now I live in Washington State. I love where I live, but there isn’t anything like going back home.

First, my family is there. Seeing them always brings joy to my heart.

Second, our Texas friends always scream for joy when we come around. it is a great welcome every time.

Third, you can walk in any location in Texas and the people will talk to you and greet you with a smile. There is a reason it is known as “the friendly state.”

Fourth, watching the sun rise and set over a Texas sky. In my opinion, it is breathtaking and there is not a sight that equals it.

Fifth, the food! I have enjoyed a lot of Texas BBQ, Tex-Mex, Chicken Fried Steak and Blue Bell ice cream. I have to have these delectable items every trip.

It will be good to get back to Washington State, but a part of my heart will always be in Texas. It is always hard to say goodbye. So, I will say, “Saddle Up!”

Sincerely yours,

Sophie Grumble