A Tale of Two Paintings

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I usually begin a painting with a very specific idea in mind. That was the case with these blue and gold macaws. I love their bright colors and I wanted to showcase them against something much more muted and...
Horse Dreams

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This painting is called “Horse Dreams.”  I’ve discovered that people sometimes believe that the process of creating art must be mysterious and fanciful.  This seems especially...
Yosemite Here We Come!

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As many of you know, Rachel has been obsessed with painting in recent months. After 15 years as a decorative painter creating murals in people’s houses, she’s now focusing her efforts on much...
In Honor of George

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Some of you might not know that in her spare time Rachel is an artist.  She paints mixed media paintings incorporating two of her favorite things:  animals and patterns.   Her paintings are...
What Are Your Walls Wearing?

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(by Rachel)As a Realtor, I see a whole bunch of walls … lots and lots of walls:  kitchen walls, living area walls, bedroom walls, bathroom walls; you get my drift. And one of the most...
Must Have Tools for Homeowners

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When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need...
The Cost of Deferred Maintenance

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In our business we frequently come across evidence of deferred maintenance: homeowners who postpone addressing home repair issues until it's time to sell. While postponing that repair here or there might seem...
How to Create a Dry Creek Bed

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Does Your Yard Have Shady Areas Where the Grass Won’t Grow?We have a large, lush lot that provides us with endless joy. But there was a roughly 300 sqft section in the back corner that was bare from...
Should I Buy Flood Insurance?

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With last year's flooding in Houston, and periodic downpours that cause many parts of Austin to overflow, it's a natural question to wonder whether or not you need flood insurance.Don't I already have coverage...