October 19, 2017

What is a Coravin? Find out at La Griglia…

Cheers from La Griglia; Kristy Phillips & Troy Broussard

Those who know me personally know that on certain days of the week I can be found with one group or another at my favorite neighborhood restaurant and bar La Griglia. Only blocks from my home, I sometimes sit all day at our regular table with friends coming and going—it is like Cheers for us, where everybody knows our names. My friends have congregated there to eat, relax, catch up, gossip, mourn, and celebrate. Recently La Griglia rolled out new wine selections including a Coravin List. And as I have never mentioned this place on my blog (except when the hostess sat the crying …continue reading

There are problems with parking in Galveston

My car with a Galveston parking ticket.

Regular readers know that I have been very kind to Galveston. My posts such as Gung Ho on Galveston or Chasing Ghosts at Hotel Galvez are two examples; type Galveston into TroysArt Search and the plethora of posts pop up. But the recent occurrence of getting a parking ticket has me flummoxed. There are problems with parking in Galveston. We all know that the recent parking situation on the Seawall is ridiculous. In 2012 Galveston instituted a pay-by-phone system and on several occasions it has taken me up to twenty minutes trying to register my car by phone in order, …continue reading

In memory of Mother on her 70th birthday…

2013, meeting Delta Dawn

This is a repost of the blog a year ago celebrating Miss Sandra’s birthday.  Not a day goes by without my thoughts of this wonderful woman who was taken too soon.  Today would have been her 70th birthday.   Note:  Some of the photos and my blog layout did not translate well, so please forgive me.  Search her name on my blog to see the original post as well as the beautiful comments that followed.  August 6th, 2015 – Today would have marked the 69th birthday of my mother Sandra Fay Prather Broussard. This special TroysArt post is dedicated to a life that touched so many and a …continue reading

Easy DIY Cigar Jewelry Boxes

Easy DIY Cigar Jewelry Boxes.

Readers who know me personally know that I have a weakness for cufflinks—I wear them daily. For years I kept my cufflinks in a drawer, some of them had their own individual boxes, some were just loose. But it became a problem rooting through dozens of cufflinks in the morning not only deciding which ones to wear but finding a matching pair. A few years ago I came up with a solution to my cufflink storage and display needs by making easy DIY cigar jewelry boxes, which I also call cufflink keepers. This craft project is so simple, it’s almost …continue reading

Whoever coined “the customer is always right” was an idiot

Done as a principal with Edward J. Perrault Design Associates, a bedroom in Pebble Beach, CA, featuring custom designed furniture with an antique Japanese screen.

It was the one year anniversary of Mother’s death and it was a quiet day at work (as explained in previous posts I do design work for a major American furniture company which also entails assisting any Tom, Dong, or Jugdish who wanders in off the street). Most of the design staff sat around the office that day wondering if the doors were unlocked. And I was grateful to make it through the day with calm and grace. It was also the night of the week that I am key holder charged with locking up. And evenings mid-week are rarely eventful. …continue reading

A Painting Party with John Palmer

John Palmer directs Shannon Watson & Cody Soutar during the Painting Party.

Regular TroysArt readers know how much I adore the blending of art, food, and booze—so it should come as no surprise that I must rave about the June Painting Party with John Palmer. I have known John Palmer since his first showings. (In fact, in the late 90s when I was the designer responsible for the restoration and conversion of the old Southern Pacific Building in downtown Houston into Bayou Lofts, I commissioned some large paintings by John for the lobby.)  Since then I have come to know that anyone who loves art loves John; and anyone who loves a fun guy especially loves this one. John …continue reading

Please DO NOT TOUCH the Art

Study for El Jaleo by John Singer Sargent [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Touch is an instinctive quality to gain information about an object and that ability to perceive sensations through touch gives our brain an abundance of information. It is understandable that the desire to touch is sometimes overwhelming. The colors and textures of a painting in a museum can be as alluring as candy; the urge to possess an actual artifact of history can be innately tempting. But the vast majority of museums on earth require that patrons DO NOT TOUCH the Art. But even with a no touching policy, museum visitors continue to do so, whether by accident, by ignorance, or by sometimes …continue reading

Art in Washington DC

Richard Milhous Nixon by Norman Rockwell, 1968, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; donated to the people of the United States of America by the Richard Nixon Foundation.

I was in Washington DC last week to visit a friend—I had not seen Elizabeth Arledge since we graduated high school, and having never been to DC looked forward to a tour of her stomping ground. When asked what I wanted to see I suggested a couple of monuments and a few wine bars; but I also hoped to see some great museums while there. And boy did we! I was asked upon my return how I liked the art in Washington DC. And I can offer a simile in answer to that inquiry: Art in Washington DC is like walking into …continue reading

Those pesky Pet Peeves (kids in a restaurant bar)

“Messy Child” by Loadmaster (David R. Tribble).

When toying with the idea to compose a post about a pet peeve, I thought not to do it. Seems to me that airing grievances promotes negative energy. But one of those pesky pet peeves (kids in a restaurant bar) reared its ugly head yesterday and I am letting it out into the universe… A peeve is an annoyance or grievance; coupled with the word pet it is something an individual has adopted as particularly distressing. A pet peeve isn’t just something a person finds annoying; a pet peeve is a specific occurrence that bugs him every time. Something that …continue reading

The novel Gone with the Wind

The novel Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

No book has been so absorbed into American culture, especially Southern, than the novel Gone with the Wind. In fact, with over 30 million copies printed, a 2014 Harris Poll found it to be the second favorite book of American readers, behind The Bible. A year ago I made a blog post about a few of my favorite books (TroysArt – A few favorite reads) in which I included Margaret Mitchell’s classic 1936 masterpiece. The story chronicles the struggles of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy Georgian cotton plantation owner, who uses all means at her disposal to claw …continue reading