The walls of Cement Loop

The walls of Cement Loop

 This is Mona Lamar's Sketch Board

This is Mona Lamar's Sketch Board

 Texas Road Map  watercolor on saltscrubbed paper  10” x 12.5”  $450

Texas Road Map

watercolor on saltscrubbed paper

10” x 12.5”

$450

 Spirit of the Gulf  Salt Scrubbed Watercolor on Saltscrubbed Paper  12” x 16”  $500

Spirit of the Gulf

Salt Scrubbed Watercolor on Saltscrubbed Paper

12” x 16”

$500

As I approached the end of the causeway, my windshield began to fog from the salt spray. I rolled down my window and breathed it in. I had entered a new world, one of waves and tides and endlessness.
 A Traveler’s Treasure  14” Collar Necklace  Freshwater Pearl, Mother of Pearl (Nacre), Shell  $250

A Traveler’s Treasure

14” Collar Necklace

Freshwater Pearl, Mother of Pearl (Nacre), Shell

$250

I stepped off the boat and ventured down the pier. A man sat at the end, whittling what looked like some kind of Mayan figurine. He was tan and sinewy. Head shaven, he had handsome, chiseled features. He stared at me with a sadness in his eyes. “St. Lucia,” he mumbled. I looked at him head on. It was as if he had been waiting for me. Shivers crept across my skin. “Madame Mason,” I thought he said. He spoke in a slurred Creole. I stared back, confused. “Sorry,” he solemnly responded, “my English is careless.” He cleared his throat. “Madame de la Maison awaits you. She has answers for you.” He nodded toward a thatched house down the dirt road.
 The Mayan Connection - SOLD  14” Collar Necklace  Jade, Prehnite, Feldspar  $275

The Mayan Connection - SOLD

14” Collar Necklace

Jade, Prehnite, Feldspar

$275

 Spirit of New Orleans  14” Collar Necklace  Amethyst, Pineapple Quartz, Feldspar, Black Pearls, Gold, Crystal  $275

Spirit of New Orleans

14” Collar Necklace

Amethyst, Pineapple Quartz, Feldspar, Black Pearls, Gold, Crystal

$275

 Topographic Map of Enchanted Rock  Watercolor on Saltscrubbed Paper  10” x 14”  $500

Topographic Map of Enchanted Rock

Watercolor on Saltscrubbed Paper

10” x 14”

$500

 The Road to Enchantment

The Road to Enchantment

Artist Statement

The day that I sat down to begin writing, ‘Sketches from the Heart of a Texas Artist’, I had received a blaring sign that I was, in fact, in the midst of emotional anguish.  A woman I have the utmost respect for brought to my attention via a text message that I had been behaving in a manner that didn’t represent my best, true, self.  I realized that my intuition and judgment had been so clouded by sadness and anxiety that I wasn’t aware that my spirit was being consumed by grief.  

I was in Austin, sitting in the Schlotzky’s just south of Lady Bird Lake, when I received the text message that both shocked and awakened me.  Through the most graceful and forgiving words, I realized how dark of a place I had been in. I needed to figure out how to get out of it.  With tears rolling down my cheeks, I set my sandwich aside, took my laptop out of my bag and began to type furiously.  I had no idea where my words would take me, but before I knew it, I had written Part I of ‘Sketches from the Heart of a Texas Artist’.  

Finally understanding that I was dealing with something that needed to be addressed through introspection, I dedicated my healing process to writing and illustrating this story.  Each step of this process has led me closer and closer to the light at the end of the tunnel.  I embraced this story head-on and followed my character, Mona Lamar, as she took me on a tumultuous journey toward self actualization.

Each salt scrubbed and hand-painted map in this collection represents a location Mona Lamar is drawn to in her travels as well as the travels’ of the people she encounters.  Each piece of jewelry is inspired by each setting.  Being an influencer in Dallas’s Design District, Mona Lamar pays close attention to the styles and fashions worn by those she connects with throughout her adventures… I invite you to take a step into Mona's world of waves and tides and endlessness.

 My dedication

My dedication

 This is Mona Lamar

This is Mona Lamar

 Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken  14” Collar Necklace  Lace Agate, Quartz with Tourmaline, Quartz with Chloride, Indigo Denim  $250

Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken

14” Collar Necklace

Lace Agate, Quartz with Tourmaline, Quartz with Chloride, Indigo Denim

$250

Leaning against thegallery door, my pencil placed on the hot-pressed paper of my sketchbook, I lightly sketched a conjured vision.

I looked down and saw the limned shape of a Bermuda-rigged sloop, floating in a bay as the sun hung lazily above the horizon. I placed my sketch book back in my bag next to my revolver. I ran apace to my scratched up Passat, lit the engine, and headed south toward the coast.
 Bermuda Rigged Sloop - South Padre Island

Bermuda Rigged Sloop - South Padre Island

 The Caribbean Sea

The Caribbean Sea

 Map of Belize  Salt Scrubbed Watercolor on Saltscrubbed Paper  9 1/2 “ x 13”  $400

Map of Belize

Salt Scrubbed Watercolor on Saltscrubbed Paper

9 1/2 “ x 13”

$400

 Feathered Serpent of Quetzale - Mayan Wall Relief sketch

Feathered Serpent of Quetzale - Mayan Wall Relief sketch

I stood at the corner of Decatur and Conti and took a sip of wine from a plastic cup. Perhaps I could drink through the fear and anxiety. The lacy Pontabla-inspired, cast iron balconies, resting atop the Spanish-influenced galleries of the Quarter trapped the swampy summer heat.
 Statue of the Sacred Heart - Loyola University, New Orleans

Statue of the Sacred Heart - Loyola University, New Orleans

 Audubon Park - New Orleans

Audubon Park - New Orleans

The sky glistened with an aura and once again, I felt a presence luring me. I breathed into this urge and headed west toward Enchanted Rock. I pulled into the nature preserve and parked in the shade of a live oak tree. Hills rolled under the big Texas sky as I communicated with the spirit within me.
    Enchanted Spirit  14” Collar Necklace  Turquoise, Citrine, Crystal  $175

 

Enchanted Spirit

14” Collar Necklace

Turquoise, Citrine, Crystal

$175