Mister and I headed to Round Top this past Friday and had the finest time despite the blustery weather and of course a lack of serious cash for things that I desperately need. Here are a few of said items:
We parked the car after sitting in quite a bit of traffic and from the lot I could see this monster's silhouette coming out of the wall. OUTSTANDING. I have never seen this mount before-- I had a place for him all picked out.
He was perfect. I could have really loved him.
He was $1150.00 and was therefore a tiny bit over the cash I had come with. And Mister doesn't understand need like I do.
The next picture is from a tent that a gentleman had full of Victorian children's caskets.
Questions: 1) How are you so terrible that you get into selling children's caskets? Where is your mother?
2) What are you doing to acquire VINTAGE children's caskets? Where do these vintage children go? How is no one else picking up on this? Should we call someone?
Ever seen an image of your mister and then thought -- that guy is so handsome?? -- I did. What a doll. And then that ship was to die for too, but for $2200.00 I had a real pause. But is could have been divine on my buffet. But the handsome man said NO and in the end he may be better than the ship. Tall, dark & handsome? I'll take it. Left with no boat.
Round Top is not only for the quirky, but for the divine as well. With the proper cash flow, you could indeed outfit an entire home with the gorgeous things found throughout the week. The above piece is an example of just that.
It is only fair to admit that when I did spy a fantastic lucite console from a mildly intoxicated vendor, the mister handed me his cash with no objection whatsoever. It was a good move on everyone's part.
AND I got a big chunk of quartz, a cold Shiner Bock, and a rad (if totally over-played at this point) wooden candle holder that I have replaced all of the bulky containers on my work table with. It has freed up a huge amount of real estate.
Apart from shopping with the masses in the country, I have also completed three Willie as Indian & Cowboy pieces.
Willie as Indian & Cowboy III, I & II
Until I get a shopping cart feature taken care of on this site, you can find all available works and their contact information through a Pinterest Board aptly entitled Available Willies. Go here. And always remember that I am more than happy to customize your Willie to your personal needs.
I'm also announcing that I have once again quit smoking. And I mean it this time.
I had quit for several years, several years ago and just had never gotten around to getting that done again. I have always known that it was dumb, but I do enjoy the enjoyable and I have always looked so cool catcalling & smoking on the corner.
RIP cigarettes. You were my finest friend.
And then Merle died on his 79th birthday and I cried and cried. He was a great songwriter, father to many, and an outlaw of fabulous proportions. We were lucky to have had him.
I include here my favorite Merle song and one that I kind of consider a personal theme. Mama Tried. It just gets no better.
New Willies, New Website, New City, New Job, New Vendor in Austin
The need and desire for Willies continues and I am fantastically grateful. Commissions are challenging & enjoyable and I am constantly coming up with new ideas and of course welcome any and all as well. Below are some of my favorites from the past year.
Clockwise from top left: Willie as Astro, Willie as Ziggy Stardust, Willie with Headdress III, Willie as Tennis Players, Willie as Gambler
You can check out all sorts of fun Willies and other works through my new website www.annegenung.com. I promise to keep it updated with work as I produce and through the blog section I will drone on about works in progress and other assorted things that I am getting into.
I moved to my tenth city and my mother's hometown of Houston, Texas almost one year ago . We have a precious little house and I have been doing my best to explore the city, museums, restaurants, and various dives. It's a beautiful city and it has so much to offer. I could not be happier and I cannot wait to get to some Astro games this Spring & Summer.
Stolen image of Houston skyline with view of artist David Adickes yard
One of the greatest blessings of my new life in Houston is my employment as an Artist's Assistant with Pruitt-Littleton Decorative Artists in the Heights. Not only do I enjoy my work, but I am learning an insane amount and could not possibly adore my employers more. We laugh & laugh and get all bent out of shape about politics.
Merri & Jimmy Littleton are wildly talented and have been in Houston for ten years after leaving New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. That being said, they are well-versed in good food and great fun. I cannot say enough fantastic things about them-- I am honored to be mentored by them and I consider them my very dearest friends.
Please check out their website and you can also follow them on facebook & Instagram.
Pruitt-Littleton Studio in the Houston Heights
Black Sheep Ranch Willies
I'm very proud of my precious friends Casi & Donny Houseman, who have recently opened the coolest store, Black Sheep Ranch, in a converted gas station in Austin, Texas. You can find my Willies there as well as vintage furniture, signage, and all sorts of gifts. I dare you to enter and not walk out with something,
Find them on facebook.
On a sad note, Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest, passed away recently and I have been mourning the soundtrack of my early life in NYC. What a sadness, what a badass. Play it on a loop and always know the importance of a Skypager. xo
I have been busy busy busy between work, my own work, my house, cooking, cocktails, concerts, naps and have delayed an updated website long enough. I promise that this time I am getting it together.
I hope to publish works in progress, assorted trouble I am getting into around my newly adopted city of Houston, and things that I find inspiring & beautiful.
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PS I have stolen the above image off of the internet and feel bad about nothing. Makes me happy to see my old building in DUMBO and this sculpture by Deborah Kass is brilliant.