Cheerful and Colorful Paintings

Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Family Abstract, Acrylic, Blue Mesa Illustrations and Sketchbook Skool is in Session by Arlington Texas Contemporary Artist Nancy Standlee

 Family Abstract 14017 SOLD
Acrylic Abstract with Figures
2 30x40 gallery wrapped panels for a 40x60"

I have been working with a client in Austin to come up with a perfect painting for her home. She has worked closely with me and began by giving me the titles of several of my paintings she really liked, then she had her own choice of colors and ideas. I am very pleased with "our" painting and it will be mailed Friday and I hope she likes it in person. I have never worked this large but find I have enjoyed the process and plan on another large abstract soon. I added some texture paste to the canvas before painting. I have other work available at Daily Paintworks and an affordable ArtByte on how to do a torn paper collage.

Most of you are aware of how I love to take workshops and classes, paint and journal. Welcome to Sketchbook Skool. I've been enrolled in this first 6 weeks class and it will be repeated July 4 and a new one "Seeing" will begin. Yes, I'm already signed up again. If you'd like to read more about it here is the link, with Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene. Other teachers have been Prashant Miranda and Jane LaFazio and tomorrow will be Roz Stendahl and then Tommy Kane. His new book has just come out, An Excuse to Draw, and I got my copy today but I'm not going to eat chips while I'm reading it. I don't want to take a bite out of the corner.

Here is the latest sketchbook page I've added to my Stillman & Birn, 9x12, Beta journal. I had a little trouble multitasking while eating lunch and downloading camera journal photos and instead of a blue corn chip to munch on, in goes my smart card right into my mouth. I bit down and noticed a decidedly different texture. Fortunately I wiped off the crumbs, didn't swallow it, and it worked fine. This is another reason I like to journal to record your life besides helping you learn to draw.
Here are some other journal pages:

Yes my new suitcase does look like it has paint splatters on it. I tied a black and white bandana with diamond design on the handle to help me find it! It's by Travelers Choice.
I got matching here they are. I didn't get them here but this was a good photo. They actually came from Benges Shoe Store, Grand Junction CO.

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May 2014


May and June we are celebrating our Gulf Seafood Festival with a menu developed by guest chef Sharon Hage. It is one of the four festivals Blue Mesa will offer this year, featuring locally sourced products and great Dallas chefs. The menu includes gulf seafood and combines the southern cooking style found on the gulf coast and Blue Mesa's southwest flavor profile. Gulf crab, oysters, red fish (certified responsibly farmed aquaculture) and crawfish are main ingredients in such dishes as cornmeal crusted oyster tacos with jicama slaw, a crawfish mini-adobe pie and fresh redfish with east Texas green tomato pico.

In the over 25 years we have been in business in Dallas, we have never worked with a better chef then Sharon. She shares our vision of simple yet exciting flavor combinations using fresh, high quality ingredients. Working with local farms and their products has always been a key part of the way she cooks. Sharon was chef-owner of York Street restaurant where she cooked our family some of our favorite meals. She is a multiple nominee for the James Beard award and presently a consultant to several restaurant companies, including Blue Mesa.

A special Gulf Festival dinner buffet on Wednesday, May 14 will showcase the whole festival menu and much more. It will be a Gulf Coast version of our legendary Sunday Brunch. The buffet is $15 per person and includes a cash bar featuring the tequila of Olmeca Altos in a blueberry peach margarita.

More sweet potato chips!

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Liz & Jim


Join us Mother's Day weekend Sunday, May 11 - all day brunch from 8am to 8pm. All Locations.

And - also offering Saturday brunch on May 10 from 10am-3pm. Addison, Dallas and Plano locations only.

Limited reservations available. Please call the location you are interested in for more information. For locations and their phone numbers click here.


99-cents for house rocks and frozen margaritas!* The real deal - 14 ounce margaritas. Need we say more?

Monday May 5th - ALL DAY All Locations
* please limit two per guest


Our complimentary reward for this month is the crawfish adobe pie with red chile and chipotle cream sauce from the Gulf Festival. Just print this page and bring it in, or show us this email on your phone. Available with the purchase of any entrée, any time through the month of May.

Not valid in combination with any other offer. One per Chilehead, please.
Expires May 31, 2014.

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Prom, graduation, recruiting event, rehearsal dinner - book a room at one of the restaurants or let us knock your socks off for a catered event. Check out our awesome new catering menus, see some of our customer testimonials, and order online.

Contact a catering expert at one of the restaurants.


This is a new tequila for us. Altos speaks to the location of their distillery, an agave estate in the highlands of Jalisco. One of the few distilleries that use an authentic 2-ton 'tahona', a lava rock wheel used to crush the cooked agave. Agave is cooked in traditional brick ovens and distilled in copper pot stills. Try their silver and reposado in a top shelf and in a blueberry peach margarita.

Every Tuesday a different Olmeca Altos special is featured for $7.
Free Street Taco Bar.

Tuesdays, 5-7PM
All locations


Modeled after our award winning brunch buffet. Chef made-to-order omelets, benedict’s, huevos ranchero, migas, hash and frittatas, fresh made belgian waffles and pancakes, sausage, bacon and sliced ham hash browns and breakfast potatoes, fresh cut fruit, yogurt and oatmeal with toppings bar, bagels and breads with assorted spreads, fresh baked cinnamon rolls, mini muffins and churros.

Monday-Friday, 7am-10am
$9.95 includes coffee, tea, soft drinks, juices
Children 6-10 years - $6.95; children 5 and under are free.


Addison location only
14866 Montfort Drive
(972) 934-0165


Community Night is an opportunity for your school or not-for-profit group to have a great fundraiser at Blue Mesa. We will donate 20% of the sales to your group. Here's how it works. Contact one of our party managers for more info.

Our Tacos for a Cause program donates fifty cents of every Street Taco plate sold to our local charities - Baal Dan, Boys and Girls Club of Arlington, CASA of Collin County, Lena Pope Home, and Operation Kindness. We are especially grateful to all of you who have helped us make a difference in peoples' lives! This program has donated $170,031 to all our charities through March 2014.

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Carol Nelson said...

Love you big abstract commission! It's good when a client can look at your work and pick out pieces that really appeal to them. You get a much better sense of what they like and are looking for.
As usual, I'm envious of your sketch book. How do you find the time????????

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks Carol I'm ready to try another one . Time? Remember I don't do much housework!!