December 16, 2017

Monthly Archives: September 2014

Dog on Monday: Garcia

Pampered poodle Garcia

Today’s Dog on Monday is Gucci-poochie Garcia.  This petite poodle enjoys splitting his time between homes in Houston and Galveston.  Garcia’s people are Graham Gemoets and Robert Iris, the masterminds behind fabulous Butter & Co. Catering. The little lamb has been the subject of a couple original Troy Broussard pet portraits, one for each house … Butter & Company

An Ornament in Houston by James Surls

"Tree & Three Flowers" by James Surls, Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas

Have you wondered about the monumental floral sculpture that went up in April on the 2700 block of Kirby Drive in Houston? The 38-feet high sculpture is “Tree & Three Flowers” by the legendary James Surls. The artwork, like examples that can be found on Park Avenue in Manhattan or Sunset Boulevard in LA, is bronze and stainless-steel and was commissioned by the Upper Kirby District. The $850,000 price tag, which includes the cost of installation, was paid for partially by funds raised by UK and by the City of Houston’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone fund. And this public work …continue reading

House of Lies

House of Pies, Houston

So I was having a cosmetic procedure performed on my car at Mr. CarWash in Houston’s sparkling Upper Kirby District. The tech asked for 45 minutes which was perfect timing for me to do lunch. In October 2011, Houston was abuzz with the news that House of Pies burned and the local media lamented that families would go without pies on Thanksgiving. Given that House of Pies re-opened a few months prior and was next door, I decided to check it out. My waitress was friendly enough and I ordered my usual three different drinks, a salad, and the liver …continue reading

Dog on Monday: Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt, Jack Russell Terrier

Django Reinhardt from Lake Charles is an 11 year old Jack Russell Terrier.  He’s a real hell raiser too.  He likes to play in the back yard, bark at squirrels, and travel with his person Terry Donovan. Here his picture is snapped on his favorite patio chair while surveying his kingdom.  And he does live a king’s life… in a way he is lawless. This one time while visiting me he was running amuck, up and down the streets and through yards.  As his mom and I settled in with a glass of wine we heard a ruckus beneath the …continue reading

Pedicures and Guys

Sketch of my Foot, Troy Broussard

It is not unusual in a major city like Houston to see guys in a pedicure chair. Two days ago I took a long break and had a manicure & pedicure. What was a bit unexpected was that every patron in the salon was male. But I’m not totally surprised. Men spend a lot of money on clothing, shoes, watches, hair, and spend a lot of time at the gym. There is no point in wearing nice suits if your cuticles look like weasels have been gnawing them. And don’t get me started again on fugly feet in flip flops …continue reading

More on Rembrandt, like where to see one…

Portrait of a Young Woman by Rembrandt van Rijn, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, photo Google Art Project (public domain)

It is not an easy feat to eyeball an original Rembrandt. (Recommended reading: Troysart “And then to Rembrandt’s House” September 18, 2014.) Oil paintings by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) are so rare that only the best museums count one amongst the permanent collection. For decades (since 1977) the only Rembrandt painting that I know of on public display in Texas was housed at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. “Bust of a Young Jew” 1663, oil on canvas, is considered a character study rather than a portrait commissioned by an individual. The artist captures the sitter in a …continue reading

And then to Rembrandt’s House

Rembrandt Harmeszoon van Rijn self-portrait, National Gallery, UK

I was so grateful to make it back to my hotel suite in Amsterdam after the journey to the Otterlo. (Recommended background: TroysArt “That trip to the Kroller-Muller Museum”, September 17, 2014.)  I crawled into bed and thought I was dying. Thankfully my impending death was not holding travelling companion Michael Anderson (aka Manderson) back from exploring the nightlife for which Amsterdam is famous. The next morning Manderson was packing a bag. “I’m headed to The Hague,” he announced with boundless enthusiasm. “Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring is at Mauritshuis. Sure you don’t want to go?” I begged to die …continue reading

That trip to the Kroller-Muller Museum

The Clown by Auguste Renoir, 1868, Kroller-Muller Museum

A few years back while touring the Netherlands with fellow artist Michael Anderson (aka Manderson) he suggested that we visit the Kroller-Muller Museum. I had never heard of it, but I’ve never turned down a museum. The Kroller-Muller is located near Otterlo in the middle of the National Park de Hoge Veluwe, a 5,500 hectare area created in the last Ice Age with alternating woodlands, prairie, and sand dunes. Crazy rich Helene Kroller-Muller was one of the first major collectors to recognize Vincent van Gogh’s genius. In 1909 her husband Anton Kroller created the park and in 1935 she donated …continue reading