The Virtues, or angels I’ve been painting lately

(I won’t even mention about being gone a while,I always feel like mentioning it will make me update more often…but it doesn’t. It’s like whenever I’m trying to lose weight and someone says that it looks like I’ve dropped a few pounds and I instantaneously gain five pound before I can either deflect the compliment or say thank you. Some things are just better let unsaid or unthought…or whatever.)

But anyway.

I started painting a fairy series during January and left them to start the stuff for the 80’s show. I imagined that I would pick up fairies again after I finished with that but ….I had a sudden urge to paint angels. The virtues or my take on the Virtues to be more specific.

Angel for broken heartsI painted this one first  and she’s a mixed media of collaged paper and acrylics. I call her angel of the broken hearts. Not sure I’m 100% happy with her face which was inspired by a very famous photo but that I’m just not sure about for now. Sometimes I just have to let things sit before I know what to do.

angel of GraceThis is my angel of Grace. Again she is made of collaged papers and acrylic and slightly based on a certain favorite actress of mine. I don’t like to say who because I’m a bit of a Frankenstein in that I will borrow eyes that I like from someone or a lip or a face shape,but I don’t like to base anything on someone completely and I try to work from memory as much as possible,it’s funner to see what I end up with that way. (But she may have had breakfast in a jewelry store once. )

Ariel, angel protector of animalsThis is my angel in progress. I’ve used no faces for inspiration at all on this one. She’s going to be my Ariel,angel of animals and nature and I have loads to do on her still. I find myself wanting to use watercolors again but I would really like to finish her before starting anything new!

Do you ever have trouble finishing an idea/project?

Our #1980’s themed #Art show

We recently had a  1980’s themed art show at our studio/gallery.

It has a lot of fun(can you imagine sharing 1980’s music and culture with two kids from this generation? They thought it was pretty rad.) but it was also a little stressful.80's show jonathan

I imagine all art shows are stressful but we only gave ourselves a little over three weeks to get a show’s worth of work done and to try and promote it. We will be having another themed show in the future but we will give ourselves a lot more time to get the work done for it!

Maybe two or three months.

My husband was able to paint twenty one paintings for the show and some of these were pretty big. I painted ten if you count my ACEO sized paintings too.

1980 art show  lydia puente harris

We have kids and it’s not like we can still stay up all night and still function like we used to do. So I thought everything turned out pretty good,considering.

We will have most of the art up all month but my husband plans to try and sell what doesn’t get bought locally online so not all of the pieces may make it for the entire month.(By month I mean until March the 19th.We tend to change out our paintings in time for our city’s art walk night.)

I plan to film our exhibit today so people not able to go to our gallery can enjoy it too. But for now I’ll share a video that Jonathan made of himself painting his  “Let’s Dance” David Bowie.

All in all I would call the show a success. We’ve had more people come to visit our gallery this month,I sold two of my 80’s themed ACEOs and Jonathan has already sold his Micheal Jackson painting,”Billie Jean” to a really awesome lady(and new friend). We have also had some interest in other paintings so hopefully our art will  find new homes that will love them.

jon his guns and christine

We will be selling artwork through eBay for pieces that do not sell locally:

Jonathan’s eBay link.

My ebay link.

Our Facebook page for the studio.

#29faces starts again today :) #Art

Today is February first and while others might have the super bowl or thoughts of Valentine’s Day approaching…I’m excited to start 29 faces again.:)

Because I did okay with 30 ACEO challenge and the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge last month but horribly at posting what I worked on-I will update about that soon.

This was my first face for February:


It’s called Red and a tribute to Red Riding Hood.

I’m part of a selling ACEOs on Ebay  group on Facebook and we were challenged to make a card that portrayed our favorite childhood stories. I had many favorites growing up but for the challenge I went with Red.

I always thought she had a heck of a lot of spunk for a kid who’s grandma just got eaten by a wolf. (Just sayin.)

I’m having trouble making buttons show up on my sidebar for some reason but you can find out more about 29 faces and the artists taking part by clicking this one:

29 faces

Art auction!!!!

Once again the Twisted Ruby Red Collective on Facebook is having an auction. I have three pieces up,starting at lower prices than I usually offer them. These are all originals and all acrylics. There were many themes to chose from for this auction and I picked three pieces of my artwork to go with of them.

I have the Edgar Allen Poe painting, Mad World that I created for the last 29 faces and 30 paintings in 30 days:

mad world

It was done in acrylics and is on 8×10 Strathmore watercolor paper.

Starting bid is $20 and Buy it now for the piece is $30. S&H is $2 standard shipping in the US,$6 International. It does not come framed. This was for the wild card theme.

This is my Munsters in Love ACEO. It’s for the Valentine theme;


It’s acrylics and Prisma pencil on Strathmore Mixed Media card,2.5 x 3.5 inches.

Created for this month’s 30 ACEOS in 30 Days, the

Starting bid is $.99,BIN is $6 S&H is free in the US,$3 Internationally

Last piece up for sale is for The Tim Burton inspired theme:

Johnny as Wonka is 8 x 10 on watercolor paper done in acrylics.

wonkaStarting bid is $20,BIN is $30. S&H is $@ Standard Us,$6 International.


Once again if you are interested in any of these pieces you must bid on the Facebook page.

There is seriously a lot of awesome art up for grabs. 🙂

Bubble Pop Princess or a Painting of the kid’s toys

My kids always leave these cool little scenes from playing with their toys on our kitchen table or on the sofa …in the bath tub or in front of the front door. When I’m not annoyed that I just tripped over something(again) these scenes usually make me pause and smile. I finished painting such a scene earlier this month but never showed the finished product.

This is Bubble Pop Princess(which makes me think of Gwen Stefani for some reason?)

pop princess bubble girlShe is an 16 x 20 canvas,done in acrylics and she is currently hanging in our studio/gallery.

I noticed that the topic for Illustration Friday this week was toys and so I thought it might be the perfect time to share her. I may have taken more photos recently that I plan to paint in this style soon. 🙂 They’re a lot of fun to do!



Thanks for coming by to visit.

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust art

I was kind of a weird kid growing up.

Shocking, I know.


Because here’s the thing, when you’re raised in a household where the only music that you’re allowed to listen to is Gospel music and if you’re lucky Elvis singing Gospel music and then you’re grandma starts watching you after school and she lets you watch MTV to your little musically depraved heart’s content…well,stuff happens.

When I was a kid MTV still played music videos but those hours that I was at my grandma’s house they were playing older music videos. Because of this I developed a lifelong love affair with Pat Benatar and David Bowie. (Thank you Grandma Maria.

David Bowie was actually my first big crush. (I’ve said this a lot of times in a lot of places. There’s really no reason for me to keep saying it…it’s just that it annoys the heck out of my husband for some reason and that makes me giggle.)


I’ve made a Ziggy Stardust ACEO and it’s currently listed on ebay right now for the Nibblefest Auction contest. It’s a very cool thing where lots of talented phenomenal artists list their artwork in seven day listings starting at the price of  .99 ,whoever’s piece ends on the highest price wins the contest. They graciously let me play along.:)

This month’s theme was the third letter of your name and as mine is D my mind automatically went to David. (You should definitely check out all of the awesome listings!)

You can find David here and there’s a link on my listing that will take to to the other artwork that was created this month.

P.S- I have not been posting 30 paintings 30 days as I should be doing but this one counts towards that,okay?

Our new studio/gallery in Texas!!!!

DSC_0157I mentioned us getting a space to work in in my last post…that I posted 100 years ago,but I haven’t really shared anything about that since then.

It’s a great space. It has such a nice vibe to it. It’s just warm and that ceiling! I love it. Which is good because I will be using it to work in.

The first thing that my husband did was to paint all the walls a bright white. I resisted this idea at first. My family has a love affair with every shade of the turquoise blues (we get it from my father)and the room looked nice with the silver and this shade of blue I thought. A nice little jewel box.

But he was adamant that the paintings would really pop against a white background and he was right.

Especially his paintings with all of their awesome use of color. I think it makes the ceiling look shiner too.

art gallery texas

We made sure to be open for our city’s 5-9 art walk but we only made it just in time. Jon was literally hanging the last painting at 5:00 pm! Unfortunately or maybe fortunately…we didn’t get a whole lot of traffic.

It’s not like I was really surprised, I did not really promote it because we plan to do a grand opening next month. We wanted to get a feel for what being open to the public would be like. Our family and our friends were there and we really appreciated it. We also had some new people come by and one wants to come back and possible purchase a painting!

DSC_0170We keep saying this to ourselves but the spot really was a blessing. It’s a lovely part of town and I love having such a wonderful space to show our art in and to work in! We’re close to the art museum, the Michelle Cuevas studio she does really great paintings,pastel work and pottery and Vino Dipinte where they do painting classes and feature awesome art. It’s like a really cool new art spot!

I have plans to get the word out for next month and possibly get more people in. And we’re also toying with the idea of getting on  the map for the art walk. (How can people see you if they don’t know you are there, right?)

We plan on having snacks out for every art walk and being open on Saturday from 10-3.

nibbles and drinksWe’re not sure on hours for the rest of the week yet but I’ve been trying to be in from 10 -3 working on new stuff and I’m fine with people popping in then. We plan to have a theme and changing our paintings out every month. Okay, Jonathan plans on changing his paintings out every month…I will have at least five new paintings out.:) He’s more prolific than I am! So if you are near San Angelo please come by and see us.

JSH Art Studio/Gallery

520 Orient street

San Angelo,Texas 76903

Our Facebook page is a great way to keep up with our new shows,hours etc. :

And I update a lot on my personal Facebook page:

My husband’s Facebook page is here: