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Thanksgiving Lunch with the Ragsdale Family

November 11th, 2012

Thanksgiving Lunch with the Ragsdale Family

Nov 27, '09

A few days before Thanksgiving Day, Lorna and I got an invitation from Ralph and Janet to join their family for Thanksgiving lunch at their place in Parker Oaks. Lorna was supposed to be at their place much earlier to help Janet in the preparation. A day before the appointed lunch, Ralph called saying that Lorna didn’t have to come early for Janet, with their help, could handle the preparation. Ralph had to explain that they wanted Lorna to have a rest from her work, since I insisted a bit that Lorna was really planning on coming to help.

Anyway, just the same, we came earlier but everything was almost done, so Lorna could only help them so much. I asked Ralph if I could do a little photography at their backyard forest to which he replied, “It may still take a few minutes before the turkey gets cooked". So I went, where Ralph followed to make sure I was safe from snakes, etc. Soon, he left me to check on the turkey.

I did have fun taking photos although the sun was a little too bright for photography. It wasn’t easy to take photos then because of the thorny and pointed plants, shrubs and grasses, not counting the numerous twigs that could prick my eyes. I got stung by a pointed asterisk looking plant twice, but had to go on photographing the scared squirrel because I shouted when I was stung.

Just before we ate lunch, a deer visited the garden and stayed there for quite a while for Jake, Ty’s dog didn’t bother to bark to send him away. I will upload a video of this rare sight, in a few hours.

Anyway, here are the photos I took on that lovely Thanksgiving lunch with Ralph, Janet and the rest of the family. We thank God for people like them. God bless you, Ralph, Janet and family.

Here's the link to a video titled, "Oh Deer, It's Thanksgiving Day":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZmz347cm6g

(More Images) - -> : http://glenn-studio.artistwebsites.com/art/all/thanksgiving+lunch+with+ralph+janet+family+2009+dec/all

Morning After Last Nyts 2nd Snow In Weatherford TX

November 11th, 2012

Morning After Last Nyts 2nd Snow In Weatherford TX

Hi David dear / Family & Friends:

I had to walk funny this morning taking photos. I had to break the slippery ice with my spiked soccer pair of shoes before I could make the next step. There were areas I could not get to for they were too slippery much like a skating rink.

Well, today is Christmas and Lorna and I intend to just stay at home to get myself feeling better after exposing myself to the cold last night. Took a lot of vitamins and hot green tea with honey given by Janet, with squeezed lemon to mimic the taste of "wassail".

Although I am not feeling too well this morning, I still took photos of the icy surroundings we have to complete this 2nd snow photo documentation. My father used to tell me to finish whatever it was I started. I forgot I wasn't feeling well taking these snow-pix for I enjoyed shooting them immensely. I hope you enjoy viewing them too.

More images: http://glenn-studio.artistwebsites.com/art/all/morning+after+last+nyts+2nd+snow+in+weatherford+tx/all

Snow videos:

First snow-flurries in Weatherford:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S2mGfudahk

2nd Snow in Weatherford, Texas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTZUkud_OHI

Noontime 2nd Snow in Weatherford, TX:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KizS63tklz8

Noontime to Nightime 2nd Snow:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq38ZWQKqP8

Gutenberg Press - Rusty Maisel - Old Manuscripts

November 10th, 2012

Gutenberg Press - Rusty Maisel - Old Manuscripts

More Images: http://glenn-studio.artistwebsites.com/art/all/rusty+maisel+-+printer+historian+artist+friend/all

An 8:30AM call this morning from a dear friend, Ralph, almost broke my heart when I learned that I missed the lecture and demonstration on how the Gutenberg press works at Doss Heritage here in Weatherford TX. It was the last day for the public to witness the press demo and the accompanying exhibit of Rusty's father's collection of old Bibles and other manuscripts. That same afternoon at Lorna’s facility, I was 2 hours before 5:30PM, my usual time to fetch Lorna from her work for almost daily, I get to happily swing my golf club better just because of a wide field right at the back of Lorna’s facility that can accommodate at least 20 full size soccer fields!

On our way back home, Lorna reminded me about going to Walmart to do our grocery for the week. On the way there, even while we were shopping, and after we shopped, I had the feeling that something was amiss. I was not able to figure it until Ralph Ragsdale called me this morning!

I could sense in Ralph’s voice the disappointment of us having missed this rare demonstration much more when he again reminded me that Rusty Maisel would start dismantling the press at Doss Heritage at 10AM for it again conflicted with our portrait taking at Couts Methodist Church!

Anyway, Lorna and I decided to go early at Doss Heritage just to briefly view the press being dismantled. We were really not that early for there we found Ralph Ragsdale and Larry Vanhoozer with their grandkids and some other people talking to Rusty Maisel and others watching the manuscript exhibit.

I was introduced to Rusty only to casually commence the introduction, history and, eventually, as to how the press works. There’s much more to say from our lengthy talk, but perhaps you have better view the photos Lorna, Larry and I took first before we further discuss the rest of our fun viewing and demo of the press at Doss Heritage. By the way, Doss Heritage is one of the best museums Parker County has in Texas. It is the result of the efforts made my Mary Miller, the Peter Pan of Hollywood during her time. She happens to be the mother of Larry Hagman, the mean “JR” we know in a television series we used to watch on television, “Dallas”.

Btw, Lorna and I still made it to the picture taking for the Couts ‘ UMC directory. (to be continued . . . more about this movable type press)

Lunch - Len and Joyce Home

October 28th, 2012

Lunch - Len and Joyce Home

To view all images: http://glenn-studio.artistwebsites.com/featured/-hungry-pastor-tim-2009-glenn-bautista.html

GLENN BAUTISTA
to david

11:33 PM (48 minutes ago)

Dearest David,

I really felt sad that I was not able to connect with you when I tried the second time for you to vid-chat with Pastor Tim and the rest. After that I did not have the chance to connect again since we had to get our own plates, salad, corn, veggies, potato, a piece of meat and apple pie, only to go back to the dining table that was so orderly and beautifully prepared by Joyce - - and Len, I suppose. Unlike there, they do everything here by themselves without the help of house maids. I didn't have the guts to interrupt the guests' animated conversation for picture taking to show you the lovely table then prepared.

Anyway, it really was a casual lunch, for Len and Joyce's close friends from Couts UMC this Christmastime. I got to join them when Len called me about our projected trip to San Antonio, Texas to meet with his pastor friend there and other Filipinos who I may find interesting to interact with going about God's mission here on earth in the field of the visual arts. Len may be a retired Methodist pastor but is still actively involved the Lord's mission.

As usual, the bulk of the conversation, after their own usual exchanges, centered on the three of us. For one, the recent and ongoing eruption of Mayon volcano and how it affects Tess' clan in Legaspi, Bicol, how far Manila is from the eruption, and how safe you are from the eruption and lava flows. Just yesterday, Clent, a member of our Bible study class called Janet just to find out if you are safe from Mayon's eruption. On my way to fetch your mama Lorna, Janet then called me to make sure that you were aware of what's happening, from what they gathered from TV news here in Weatherford.

In no small way are our friends here at Couts UMC really care about the three of us. Their genuine concern for us somehow enhances our stay and Christian life here in Weatherford that has somehow been passed on to you. Your mama Lorna and I just feel so fortunate to have such Christian friends who really care for us.

Yes, maybe, a perfect time is yet set aside for you to meet with them even for a video chat. Although your vid-chat with Len wasn't that audible (your end, because of reception delay), I will still upload it at You Tube tomorrow for you to have an idea of what really transpired this afternoon from our end. I thought, Len and Joyce's place was far from Country Oaks where we live, so I left an hour earlier to make sure I wouldn't miss this lunch with Len and Joyce, Pastor Tim, Butch and Cindy, and Georgia.

In less than 10 minutes, I was already there! Well, Len, after waving at me to come in from the inside had to come out after a while for I didn't notice him at all. Also, I thought I would just wait for the other guests to arrive before letting them know that I was already in front of their beautiful home. Well, I was invited in to be greeted by a beautiful fireplace of which Len was a bit proud of, at the same time apologetic about. Can you guess why? Well, it was digital heat that I could get from the fireplace, an ideal fireplace where anybody can hang precious artwork above without fear of damaging it! It was a video of a fireplace with wood burning, haha. Len even jokingly asked me to come closer to feel the heat, hehe. Well, for one, it really sets the mood, and with quiet Christmas music, how could anything go wrong?

Because I was early, I then started to set my laptop and projector for the powerpoint presentation of your Lolo's Life Ministry as a Methodist Pastor. Of course, with the guests present, I could not help but really appreciate how they reacted to the stories and images of "Tatay and Nanay's" (father & mother) Christian ministry in the Philippines prepared by Ate Necy and me, that also includes you.

Well, just for this afternoon, I can only thank the Lord for the tedious work we had done preparing this still unfinished presentation which bulk still overwhelms me, but that all was not in vain. A lot still transpired when everybody left. Joyce started playing the piano and made me play after. Len, after a few piano pieces, shared with me his photo documentation of the Holy land and authoritatively fed me with its history until your mama Lorna called for me to fetch her from work.

Love you so much and I wish I can really be with you, embrace you and do the usual things we do when we were together especially this time of Christmas. In God's time, things will fall in their proper places as, even now, they continue to unfold beautifully, joyfully beyond our belief. God is good. Let us continue to trust in Him.

Take care always,

dadG

ps: Video: Sorry, David dear / Lunch @ Len & Joyce's Home
(Still being processed by You Tube, but may be visible in a while):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jROpYwx7xE

You may also view the video below at the commentary box, although buffering takes a bit longer than You Tube.


On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 8:59 PM, david bautista wrote:

Hi Dad!

Sorry baka di ko nadinig, or sa tagal, baka naamatay na laptop kasi naka battery ako, kasi naka full charge naman ako so mga 2 hrs un, naka max ang sound ko at nka connect ako, sorry Dad ha.. i am sure there will be another perfect time for me to meet them:) i hope you had a successful presentation and i am looking forward to the stories as to what happened :) i love you so much!

- David


On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 1:05 PM, GLENN BAUTISTA wrote:


Sorry, anak, hindi ako maka connect . . nyt, love you

Paradise - Vanhoozer Farm 2009

October 28th, 2012

Paradise - Vanhoozer Farm 2009

After Larry’s welcome, we proceeded to the barn to meet with Barbara. While waiting for her, we got introduced to several horses at the barn to Lorna’s delight. Barbara took us outside to meet more horses in the open having wider spaces to run around. Not too long from the barn, we headed farther out to tour the farm on Larry’s golf car. Reminded me of my tour of Disneyland in CA when I was much younger. But this was a different tour that I really found fascinating. Things I saw around were of nature, almost untouched by humans. This I thought was really great for my photography. But, as I was with Larry, Barbara and Lorna, I could not just stay behind to really take my time to take a closer look at nature’s beauty, -new growth and decay at the same time, reminding me of Paul Simon’s song, “Leaves that are Green turn to Brown”. We sang a few songs together while enjoying the ride like, “Slow Down, You’re Moving too Fast", and other songs by Simon and Garfunkel. They were surprised that Lorna knew the songs too, being much younger than the three of us. Somehow, I admire Barbara seeing for the first time how a woman can command a horse to obey her while maintaining a very loving and harmonious relationship - - and this horse was big! Lorna too enjoyed herself being with “Bruiser” a huge white pup and a few horses with the guidance both from Larry and Barbara. I was a mere spectator and photographer to what was wonderfully transpiring that late morning. Btw, Lorna and I instantaneously fell in love with "Bruiser", we wanted to bring him home, a huge guard doggie and still yet a pup at that! After a few months, we learned from Larry that "Bruiser" was beaten by a snake but is recuperating quite well.
- - - - -
Our Visit w/ Larry & Barbara / Vanhoozer Farm, Weatherford, Texas

Larry called in Wednesday inviting me to join their family for breakfast, just shortly after we parted from our Bible study with Rusty's group in Hudson Oaks. I couldn't take him up on his invite since I was threshing out a few things with my son, David over video chat and there really was not much time to get our chat done to travel at least 20 miles to Larry's place. His second call came in Saturday around 8:30AM to which Lorna and I readily agreed. We thought that day would just be spent doing what we do in our place, and resting a bit.

Anyway, the rest of the photos featured here, which will come per album since I have taken around 300 digital photos, will tell you the story.Thank you Larry and Barbara for a fun day well spent at your heavenly place here in Weatherford, TX.

And here's a link to the short video Larry and I took: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SKvzHuBUj4

All photos: http://glenn-studio.artistwebsites.com/art/all/paradise+-+vanhoozer+farm/all

Went to See King Tut Again - Denver Museum Colorado

October 28th, 2012

Went to See King Tut Again - Denver Museum Colorado

Images from my Motorola Droid CP

Went to See King Tut Again - Denver Museum / Dec 21, 2010: http://glenn-studio.artistwebsites.com/featured/kingtutcomp-2010-glenn-bautista.html

Sorry, photography was strictly prohibited. I was really sorry myself. They could have allowed photography just so nobody uses flash so as not to expose these rare artifacts to light. Anyway, here's are a few pix just to remind us of our visit at Denver Art Museum. Egyptian art is truly amazing.

Related video links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2nttkjc0dc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnLADVWNjJM&feature=related

Will upload more photos, later, on my visit to Asian, European and Modern Art galleries at Denver Art Museum.

Day After,Glenn Drives to Estes Park, CO video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEX30EZEJUc

Pinoy Jazz Traditions by Richie Quirino

October 27th, 2012

Pinoy Jazz Traditions by Richie Quirino

Here're some sample pages of the second volume of Richie Quirino's Book, "Pinoy Jazz Traditions". Keeping jazz alive, in the Philippines, which has its humble beginnings and sacrifices of those pioneer jazz musicians . . the likes of Angel Pena, Lito Molina, Richie Quirino . . to name a few, is definitely worth the effort. (design/layout-glenn bautista) To view all Pinoy Jazz pages: http://glenn-studio.artistwebsites.com/art/all/pinoy+jazz+traditions+by+richie+quirino/all

The Universe by Glenn A. Bautista

October 27th, 2012

The Universe by Glenn A. Bautista

In this album are artworks I have created, through the years, that have to do with this earth I am stepping on and everything else around it. It includes questions and answers from many sources. I treasure the privilege and the blessing of my physical existence on this part of the universe called Mother Earth – to have the rare opportunity to feel, sense, touch and taste what this physical life can offer. Yet, these physical sensations are nothing to compare with the majestic splendor of what our loving Creator has prepared for us. I thank God with all my heart for the total life experiences I have been blessed with and for the assurance of an everlasting life with Christ Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I am resting on His great promise when He said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you". (John 14:2 - King James Version / KJV)

To view all "Universe" pastels: http://glenn-studio.artistwebsites.com/art/all/the+universe+-+by+glenn/all

Colorado Pastels Thumbnails

October 27th, 2012

Colorado Pastels Thumbnails

A habit since I was a student at UST and UP, before I work on large oils or pastels, I normally do a small sketch (on vellum paper) on the subject at hand just to have an idea as to how my compositions would look like. Here are a few of these sketches I did on landscapes and compositions during our stay in Colorado. These thumbnails or small sketches many times have more spontaneity than the final, bigger artworks, and many times are completely different from the final artwork. However, I find time to further work on these sketches that they end up as final artworks, despite the size. Both the thumbnails and final artworks have their own merit and beauty.

To view all CO thumbnail pastels: http://glenn-studio.artistwebsites.com/art/all/colorado+pastels+-+thumbnails/all

From Pearland to Baytown TX

October 27th, 2012

From Pearland to Baytown TX

Since we moved in last April, 2012 from Pearland, TX, a bit on Fridays, plenty on Saturdays and Sundays, are just about the time I can dedicate to whatever I want to do in Baytown, Texas. And why is this? My wife, Lorna and I are always together going about her work in Baytown and its neighboring places like Dayton, Liberty, Crosby, Wallisville, Anahuac, Winnie, Hankamer, South and West Houston. Initially, driving for several hours, on the freeways and roads inside some few towns in Texas has not been easy. After a while, I began to get used to the same routine, although it slowly changes after a time. By now, I have quite accepted the Toyota RAV4 2010 I now drive as my art studio and office. It is neither small nor big, but is just enough for our needs. I noticed, after a time, that this is a good way to produce artworks and write the books I have always wanted to find time for. Change, I guess, is the reason why I continue to be inspired to paint and write. Lorna and I, most of the time leave our place (Lynn Apartments) in Baytown around seven in the morning and come back home before, or, when it’s already dark. We get tired, yes, but we always feel that we have achieved something for the day, hardly noticing its passing.

Also, driving around Texas for me has become a therapy more than work. We go about our day in a relaxed and fun way trekking different routes, meeting different people and eating at different places and eateries. Sometimes, we catch ourselves longing to have a permanent place to stay and work. But, like I said, we presently enjoy what we are doing until another form of challenge unfolds. We have been here in Baytown, TX for more than three months now and will stay until the end of 2012. However, a brief break from work here in Baytown to a brief rest in the Philippines come October is in the planning stage. As parents, we are firstly excited to be with our son, David, even for a while.

The good Lord continues to guide, protect and provide our needs. Not only our needs, but our son’s needs, as well, who is, at age 25 is almost independent from us. By now, he can already take care of a big portion of his daily needs and hardly needs anything from us. Grace is sufficient, indeed!

By now, I have already produced and published three art books, and a book on the golf swing. I am presently writing a sequel to my first book on the golf swing. This just happened! For there is a need to write about my recent discoveries about the golf swing which, I think, are worth sharing. My passion for the sport of golf, or for the improvement of my golf swing is what pushes me into creativity. Somehow, it leads me into doing a lot of other things too. It leads me to shooting photos and videos, sketching objects, places and ideas to end up finalizing the artworks when we get home. I have always been busy since I came in the US on May 2009. I have produced a hundred twenty pieces of 18”x24” horizontal pastels, a few collages and oils.

Assisting Lorna with her work is always an honor. She deserves to be helped for her work has not been easy and demands a lot from her. The car becomes her instant office answering phone calls, surfing the net and many others, while I drive for her. As a couple, we have truly become one here in the US. This was not the case when we were living in the Philippines, for we had our own activities and preoccupation then, that kept us independent from each other for a while. After this paragraph, I will include photos I have taken with my Motorola Droid Bionic cell phone of the few places we have visited in Baytown, Texas, and the nearby towns around. Enjoy!

To view complete all images: http://glenn-studio.artistwebsites.com/art/all/from+pearland+to+baytown+tx/all

 

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