Through Those Nacogdoches Pines


This morning I drove to Nacogdoches, TX to deliver Andrew and Ruben to the Ledbetter Gallery at The Cole Art Center. They were both chosen to be part of the, Beyond the Academy: Contemporary Outsider & Expressionist Art exhibit, where they’ll stay until the end of March.

It was just under a four hour drive each way. I didn’t mind though, as it’s a beautiful route. The bright morning sun brought everything into a sharp, crisp focus. The yellow fields brightly contrasted against the cloudless cobalt horizon. Dark silhouettes of leafless trees peppered the fields. Small town Main Streets lined with bright, red brick buildings that stood so proud in the brilliant sun, despite their windows and doorways being shuttered. There were so many things I wanted to stop and photograph – SO many – but I plowed on. I have a mind full of mental photographs instead.

It was my first time to visit Nacogdoches. I had no idea the roads would be lined with massive pine trees as I drew near. Absolutely magnificent, though my photo-taken-while-driving doesn’t really do the scenery any justice. The sun shone through the tall trunks and cast long shadows across the highway, creating an almost hypnotic rhythm when focused on too closely. Next week, when I’m not the one behind the wheel, I’ll try to get some video of it.

At the gallery I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the other artworks in the show. So many wonderful, vibrant and whimsical pieces sat propped against the wall, waiting to be hung. So many amazing Artists! I am absolutely ecstatic and honored to have two of my paintings chosen for this exhibit. I can’t wait to go back for the opening next Thursday to see it all put together and meet the other Artists.

Apart from the awe inspiring, illuminated landscapes and scenery from my drive, today feels like the most beautiful day Austin has seen in quite some time. All that gray, wet weather was really starting to get to me. I’m a sunshine girl. I need sunshine, and I need to be outside as often as possible. I don’t mind the cold; just give me a big, bright, yellow sun overhead and I’m as happy as a clam!

After sitting in the car for 7ish hours, I immediately changed clothes and went for a run as soon as I got home. I needed to 1) be outside, and 2) move. Bopping my fingers on the steering wheel and tapping my left foot along to the beat don’t really count as exercise, unfortunately. After my run I did everything I could to stay outside until the sun finally faded into the horizon. Hopefully tomorrow will be just as bright – I’ve got new panels to build!

I listened to all sorts of music on the drive and sang aloud to almost every song. It’s a good thing it was a solo trip; usually Bessa is the only witness to my vocals. Andrew and Ruben didn’t seem to have any complaints. Below are a few songs that got repeats:

If that one made you too sad, this one will put the pep back in your step 🙂

This song of course came to my mind today while driving through the pines, so I’ve got to list it too:

Hopefully these Spotify links work…



One response to “Through Those Nacogdoches Pines”

  1. Hannah says:

    Great description of East Texas….best of luck ..Miss seeing you..Hannah