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The Art of Ray Spitzenberger - Mama

Sunday 24 August 2025 at 05:26 am

Polka Dot Dress Drawings of Mama

My parents tell me that I was drawing realistic sketches since the age of 3, when my first drawing was of the new ringer washing machine my father bought for my mother. We lived in Dime Box, and my mother took my sketch around town to show what her three year old did. I have been sketching and painting ever since. Not too longer after she died, I did a series of realistic sketches of my mother as a tribute to her, but I didn't like them because they did not capture the rather funny, whimsical side of her that I loved so much. So I got the idea of drawing a series of "Mama drawings" that would spoof some of her eccentricity. So, I drew the series with her in the same polka dot dress, although she never owned a polka dot dress. I took the polka dot dress from my favorite photo of my Wendish great grandmother (her grandmother), and drew my mother with that dress on. The polka dot dress drawings are actually caricatures of my mother, but I loved them because they captured her whimsical nature. I am trying to locate all of them and place them together.

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Spitzen-Whittles

Monday 25 April 2016 at 3:35 pm

Ray has introduced a new Spitzenberger genre, Spitzen-Whittles.

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Countdown to Christmas, 2015

Thursday 29 October 2015 at 11:25 pm

In this collection of images created by Ray Spitzenberger called Countdown to Christmas each image changes sightly from one to the next. Originally intended to be 60 slightly different images, Ray tired from one day to the next and finished the project ahead of schedule. Enjoy!

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From the Roaring Twenties!

Saturday 24 October 2015 at 05:28 am Read More

My Children and Grandchildren

Saturday 24 October 2015 at 04:08 am Read More

Mama - Back Then

Saturday 24 October 2015 at 03:24 am Read More

Peggy - My Bride

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When the Waltz was King!

Friday 23 October 2015 at 7:35 pm Read More

Rural Scenes in Texas

Wednesday 30 September 2015 at 02:13 am

About a decade ago I was so intrigued with old, weathered Texas barns that I was moved to do pen and ink sketches of them. My wife and I would drive down the back roads in various parts of Texas, starting with our own area, and take photographs of old weathered barns that seemed to have "character." Then, at home in my studio, I would sketch the barns from the photos. In those days, I sold many an old barn sketch at a delightful place now called Creative Impressions in East Bernard.

Eventually this expanded into photographing and sketching not just barns, but rural scenes in general, as well as doing some in water color. A few of these pieces of rural art were displayed and sold at The Picket Fence in East Bernard. Some of these sketches were also on display and for sale at The Country Rose in Wallis and at The Brenham Fine Arts League Gallery.

Of all the art work I ever did, the old barn sketches were the most popular and even in demand, but I finally just got tired of sketching old barns and have done very few since then.

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Pen, Ink, and Watercolor Paintings of Flowers

Tuesday 25 August 2015 at 07:13 am

My Wendish mother and my Wendish grandmother loved to grow flowers in the yard and cut them and place them on the table in the house. Under their influence, I grew up with a great appreciation of a yard full of flowers and other forms of floral beauty. Unlike the two of them, I did not have a green thumb, but, even at a young age, I had the ability to draw and color flowers of all kinds. Over the years, I have tried to capture some of the breath-taking beauty of flowers by using my favorite technique of combining pen and ink sketching and water-coloring. Here are some of the many "flower" works I have done.

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Pen, Ink, and Watercolor Paintings of Flowers - Geometric Design

Tuesday 25 August 2015 at 06:44 am

My Wendish mother and my Wendish grandmother loved to grow flowers in the yard and cut them and place them on the table in the house. Under their influence, I grew up with a great appreciation of a yard full of flowers and other forms of floral beauty. Unlike the two of them, I did not have a green thumb, but, even at a young age, I had the ability to draw and color flowers of all kinds. Over the years, I have tried to capture some of the breath-taking beauty of flowers by using my favorite technique of combining pen and ink sketching and water-coloring. Here are some of the many "flower" works I have done.

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Pen, Ink, and Watercolor Paintings of Flowers - Japanese Style

Tuesday 25 August 2015 at 06:31 am

My Wendish mother and my Wendish grandmother loved to grow flowers in the yard and cut them and place them on the table in the house. Under their influence, I grew up with a great appreciation of a yard full of flowers and other forms of floral beauty. Unlike the two of them, I did not have a green thumb, but, even at a young age, I had the ability to draw and color flowers of all kinds. Over the years, I have tried to capture some of the breath-taking beauty of flowers by using my favorite technique of combining pen and ink sketching and water-coloring. Here are some of the many "flower" works I have done.

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The Religious Art of Ray Spitzenberger

Monday 24 August 2015 at 06:45 am Read More

Wallis Church

Monday 24 August 2015 at 06:26 am Read More

On the Spree

Monday 24 August 2015 at 06:23 am Read More

New York in Turkey

Monday 24 August 2015 at 06:12 am Read More

Wedding Day

Monday 24 August 2015 at 06:06 am

My daughter on her wedding day in Sengelman Hall, Schulenburg.

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"Well, Hello There!"

Monday 24 August 2015 at 06:01 am

This pen and ink sketch is titled "Well, Hello There" (a drawing of a Baylor co-ed back in the late 1920's). It was on exhibit at the Brenham Fine Arts League until somebody bought it. This is a copy.

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New York Daughter

Monday 24 August 2015 at 05:57 am Read More

Elegant Lady Drawings

Monday 24 August 2015 at 05:39 am

My mother-in-law was a very elegant lady, much more refined than any of the wonderful Wendish women I grew up with. The Wendish ladies wore sun bonnets and dresses sometimes made of flour sacks. After my wife's mother died, we inherited huge stacks of photos of elegant ladies, all in elegant, often formal attire. These were friends or relatives of my mother-in-law and her sister, both having graduated from Baylor. Since my discovery of these photos, I have done dozens and dozens of "elegant ladies" sketches and water color paintings, most based on photos taken in the late 1800's and early 1900's. I continue to do "elegant ladies" sketches, including ones of both my daughters.

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