A very non-Texan-like rejection letter…
All y’all who know me are familiar with my conversational style of writing by now I imagine – and I try not to take myself too seriously (sometimes successful — sometimes not so much) so keep that in mind and check this out:
I’ve had my share of “rejection letters” in my life, but this is pretty special. Last December I sent what I thought was an innocuous message to Ride Texas Magazine to see if perhaps we could collaborate. It took almost 5 months for the Publisher to think up the following snide response.
Here’s what I sent them last December:
I’ve been riding / driving the backroads of Texas for years. My first book, Texas As I See It, celebrates the minutiae that makes the Lone Star State great. I’ve been shooting for 4 more planned volumes on Texas – and have most of a Route 66 book in the can.
At a minimum, I think you should interview me on this topic.
And here is today’s response from Valerie Asensio:
Warren — I wish you much success with your photo series. However, I’m confident we’ve covered more of Texas with a team of writers in our 15 years of publication than you conceivably could. Five journalism awards speak to the quality of that coverage.
Your bull-in-a-china-shop approach is a non-starter with me. “Knowwattamean? “
Here’s another opportunity to see my work live, large and in-person.
We will have a small selection of large framed limited edition prints, plus a large collection of matted 16×20 prints on hand. We also have a display of fine art note cards that has been hand-tailored to this event.
We’ll be showing new and archival flora and fauna images in keeping with the Bluebonnet theme, in addition to some of my dramatic manipulations – and some new metalized prints.
Naturally, I will be signing copies of my coffee table book, Texas As I See It.
Stop by booth # 17 and say “Howdy” – or something to that effect. Look for the booth with the large wood banner sign that has “Texas As I See It” burned into the surface.
Ennis Bluebonnet Festival
Saturday and Sunday
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO ENNIS, TEXAS:
From Dallas: South on I- 45, Exit 253 or 251-B.
From Houston and Corsicana: North on I- 45, Exit 249 or 251-B.
From Ft. Worth, Midlothian, Waxahachie: East on US Highway 287, Exit Ennis Business 287.
From Austin, Waco, Hillsboro: North on I- 35E, East on US Highway 287, Exit Ennis Business 287.
From Terrell, Kaufman: South on Texas Highway 34.
From Shreveport, Longview, Tyler: West on I- 20, South on I- 45, Exit 253 or 251-B.
Last week we delivered a dozen large limited editions to the Milan Gallery in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. Milan is an excellent gallery, beautifully arranged and has some amazing artists in their stable. I highly recommend you visit when you’re in Fort Worth.
A word of warning: Sundance is under construction, with some impediments to traffic. However, across the corner from Milan is free valet parking – or, if you prefer to self-park in the lot right across the street, the Milan will validate your ticket.
The collection I have at the Milan is primarily rustic Texas with a couple of exceptions. Some of my newest creations are included in this exhibit, like “Winding Drive” below.
505 Houston St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Remember when you were a child and you’d lay on the grass, staring up at a cloudy sky looking for animal shapes? Why did you stop?
For those of you who appreciate amazing skies and clouds, Texas is your Mecca. If you haven’t gone outside and looked up today, you may well be missing out.
One of the advantages of The Lone Star State is our big (really big) sky. As a result of having no mountains in most of the state, we have an unobstructed view of a vast expanse of sky, which in the Spring and Summer months is frequently scattered with beautiful, fluffy white cumulus clouds (you’ll see lots of these in my gallery). This makes for a stunning vista in most any direction you look.
And then there are the storms… Since we are in Tornado Alley, we get some pretty remarkable weather, which only serves to enhance our skies with cumulonimbus, mammatus, anvil and asperatus clouds that are nothing short of jaw-dropping in many cases.
So for more like the image below, check out my Facebook gallery!
From November 19-December 16, the 2012 Festival of Trees art exhibit can be seen in 2 locations:
Frisco Discovery Center
8004 N. Dallas Pkwy
Frisco, TX 75034
2D Art (Six of my pieces are here)
The Gallery 8680
8680 Main Street
Frisco, TX 75034
This will be a very busy weekend. Join us at these events for bargains on fine art as well as signed copies of Texas As I See It, my coffee table book on The Lone Star State:
Thursday, October 18:
Book Signing, Market Place at Frisco Square 6-8pm
Saturday, October 20:
Artseen Studio Tour from 10-5 – Frisco, Texas
We will have large Limited Edition prints, matted prints and signed copies of my book. Stop by and check us out. The map for all 19 participating studios is here.
Saturday, October 20:
Book signing and spooky art 6-8pm at Ten of Arts in Carrollton
Sunday, October 21:
Artseen Studio Tour from 1-5 - Frisco, Texas