art on your walls ii

chris at munch on & beyond with clearing i & ii 7 17

Christine with the clearing i & ii 36X12″ acrylic on canvas, 2014. $125 ea or $200 for both

Now showing at Munch on & Beyond!

Stop into this San Antonio plant-based, gluten-free eatery and your tummy will go all yummy!  Yesterday, delivering art, I tried Chris’s vegan lasagna and loved it.

Here you can grab and go, order to go in advance for a party, let’s say, or eat in (one small table that seats six or eight and some comfy sofas).  It’s serve yourself but easy-breezy. You’ll find simple decor, wi-fi, friendly conversation, a nifty, thrifty store on site and local art for sale!

Don’t forget your daily dose of Famous (freshly squeezed) Juice to boost your afternoon energy and to super-anti-oxidize your system, then bring your GLASS bottle back for a discount on your next juice!

If you’re a no-toxins-no-way kind of eater, then this is theeee place in San Antonio for you.

 

 

d. ellis phelps is the authr of Making Room for George (Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press, 2016) and of this blog.  All images are copyrighted unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

 

art on your walls!

Elaine Casitllo with this is how it goes 7 17
Elaine with this is how it goes” 60X48″ acrylic on canvas, 2012
$1,500 (neg)

New art is now showing at Simply Hair with Elaine Castillo and Nancy Ferry.

My stuff really jazzes up the place (they say so, too!).
When you’re in San Antonio, stop by.
Have your hair styled by one of two of SA’s best.
View some art; give it a forever home!
Know anyone who has empty walls begging for art?  Hook me up!
d. ellis phelps is the author of Making Room for George (Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press, 2016) and of this blog.  All images on this blog are copyrighted unless otherwise noted.

“catchment system”

New poem published in Voice de la Luna, Vol. 9 #3, May, 2017, p. 30.  I am sharing my poem published in the May issue of the magazine here but please do check out this San Antonio quarterly magazine of arts and literature and subscribe here!

It’s a steal at only $35 annually that includes four jam packed issues featuring some of San Antonio’s premier poet’s and artist’s work.

water from the downspout via CC Shoshanah

image courtesy of Soshanah via Creative Commons.  Rights reserved.

catchment system

thoughts dangle

hang

from the eaves

need

untangling

~

these:

stacked in corners

in cabinets

on pages

on shelves

—a life

in leaflets

what to do

with what doesn’t’

have place

 

~

 

that transistor radio

we keep in the drawer

in case of nuclear war

 

—all those batteries

a glossy ad

for gutters

we’ve never had

 

~

 

thirty years

—the gush

 

ducked under

gallons      pouring

off the eaves

water

we could have

saved

but didn’t

 

~

 

we needed:

designer lincoln

sprinkler system

augustine

green

granite countertops

slate floors

swimming pool

 

a catchment system

that never happened

or did it

 

~

 

when batteries die

transistors desist

perhaps:

merciful sky

we’ll shower

under the gush

mouths      wide open

drinking

while we can

If you like to read a book in one or two sittings…

george-review-clark-mitchell-kimbrough

double click the screen shot above for a larger, legible view

Making Room for George is the book for you.

 As I’ve explained in a previous post, I created a new edition of Making Room for George this year and I will soon be taking the first edition out of print.  Here I’m continuing with the capture of my 5 star reviews from Amazon so they’ll all be in one convenient place for readers since Amazon is unable to do this for me.

If you’re curious about why I moved my novel from it’s original publisher to the new one, you can read some of that story here.

changing-directions-matt-newman-ccimage used with permission of  Matt Newman via Creative Commons.  Rights reserved. 

 

If you like finding love in unexpected places, look no further.

on-a-rainy-day-hartwig-hkd-via-creative-commonsimage used with permission of Hartwig HKD via Creative Commons.  Rights reserved.  By the way, this is one of my favorite photographers on Flickr!

 

If you have ever cared for an aging loved one, you’ll understand all the conflicting emotions of this strong, female protagonist.

hands-of-87-years-cc-image-byimage used by permission of Gary H. Spielvogel via Creative Commons.  Rights reserved.

 

If you are a #formidableWoman with heart giving your all for your family, KUDOS!   You will really get this book (and muchisimos halos in heaven)!

salinas-grandes-nicaragua-cocinandos-via-cc-by-chiaraimage used with permission of the artist, Chiara via Creative Commons.  Rights reserved.

 

 

Free for kindle unlimited users; $.99 for kindle; $9.99 softcover

 

 

truth or dare: on the writing process, fact v.s. fiction & what’s next

 5 minute Q&A with the audience,Malvern’s Books, Austin, Aug. 11, 2016

  • This is fiction.  Right?
  • Will you write a sequel?
  • How long did it take you to write the book?
  • What are you working on now?

Do you have a question to ask that I didn’t answer here?  For example, if you have read Making Room for George, do you have a question about whether a particular part is fact or fiction?  Ask me.  I’ll tell…or…get the book now! 

It’s free with kindle unlimited.  Then come back and ask me.  You’ll want to.  I promise!

 

“& God forbid; my father-in-law lives in the house!”

reading at Malvern Books, Austin, Aug. 11, 2016

Sixteen minutes of fun for you from my novel, Making Room for George, Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press, 2016.

 

If you liked Olive Kitterage…


You will like Making Room for George

Notice on the screenshot from Amazon above that there are only 6 reviews showing for George

In reality, The book has 23 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 reviews but 16 of them are assiciated with the first edition (Balboa Press, 2013;about to be out of print ) and thus Amazon is unable to link them to my second edition (Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press, 2016). 


So… I am capturing them myself! Isn’t that Super-Indie of me?

This reviewer compares the book to Olive Kitterage and Dinner at the Heartbreak Restaurant. Cool!

Here is what she has to say:

Take this journey. 
(click here to read it on Amazon) 

By sandy foster morrisonon June 30, 2015

I love this woman. Guts and grit, and grace under fire…until a reckoning was due. We know this story. Or know of it as I do from writing my own memoir about life in the Piney Woods. Especially if you share history with East Texas, the sights and sounds, struggles and redemption, ride back on waves of memory stifling as summer heat. My heart felt bruised and I was pissed from the first lines. The tension of small gestures. That particular brand of Texas men. Their unconsciousness. And still the feminine automatically – foolishly? – by nature, holds nurturing space for them to be. And still…the extraordinary power of love seeps up through the cracks in even the meanest of circumstances.
As I read Making Room for George, I was reminded of Dinner at the Heartbreak Restaurant and Olive Kitteridge. George is equally large in creating an immense, aching tension through the small cuts of disappointment. I feel the Bet’s insides…the small diversions…taking the top off flammable circumstance. The sleepless mind on spin cycle. The clueless man. Universal female understanding and automatic, inbred response to clueless men. That sense of entitlement. The wifely service rendered always…no matter. Until a lit match ignites the gasoline spill inside the gut.
This is a love story. But not as you imagine. The reflections shared touched me deeply, and brought me squarely home to myself: “I spent hours swinging in the shade of the elm, under the summer sun. I wrote in my journal, drank iced, herb tea, and tried to think what karmic act, what law of attraction, what principle of Quantum Theory I had set into motion that had shifted my life so dramatically in just three short years.” If you have accepted that change is the only certainty in life, and you are willing to look at yourself honestly, you will feel supported and alive to possibilities as you read this impelling story.

new publications: art & poetry

 

how many painters does it take to change a nation 12X12 in mm on paper 2016

how many painters does it take to change a nation 12X12″ mm on paper, 2016 (c) d. ellis phelps

Voices de la Luna

A San Antonio based, Quarterly Literature & Arts magazine has published this painting and one of the poems I wrote for the  Tupelo Press 30/30 Project in March, 2016.

These two pieces represent the beginnings of an increasingly political bent in my art & writing.  To my surprise, the painting has sold.  So much for trying to “make things pretty” when they are decidedly not.

Here you see the matriarchal warrior goddess questioning:  how many painters does it take to change a nation; how many $ does it take to trump justice.

It is not simply a female leader we need.  It is a compassionate, honest, dignified, just, intelligent leader (of any gender) we need.  & since the populace seems blinded and deceived by drama and captivated by fear, I wonder what kind of cataclysmic event it will take to bring us again to our metaphorical knees or whether All that is Whole and Good and Pure and True will move us to redemption.

How does Great Spirit move in you?  This is how it moves in me:

if 

i had attended

the workshop

i would have missed

this:

visitation of cranes

follow this link to read the rest of the poem in Voices