13" x 19" pastel

on archival paper

© Lindy Cook Severns

custom, conservation framed

under non-reflective museum glass

$2500   SOLD 7/19

Precious things passed down from my grandmothers-


My two grandmothers and my great grandma bequeathed me their common love of flower gardening and lovely things. They handed down the etched glass vase, the sterling serving spoon and the lace mat in this still life, a legacy of love and loveliness.

My still life paintings are rare. I created this one as a change of pace from my usual landscapes.

*framed outer dimensions: 25" x 19" x 2"  


Fort Davis, Texas



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A still life should hold a subtle story.

I chose objects that, when arranged together, have a meaning beyond their own.


When she'd pot a blooming plant, my great-grandmother liked to include a nail or shavings from a railroad spike to add iron to the soil. Wondering what she might've used, had she lived on a ranch, I slipped a rusty horseshoe into my composition. My city grandmother would dig in her formal rose bed using any handy tool: this usually meant shuffling dirt with a sterling serving spoon. My other grandma, a simple, tidy lady, potted her plants on brown paper grocery bags, indoors or out. All three loved lace, etched glass, and color.

I composed and painted this pastel in my studio, finishing it except for the rose and for detailing the glass and lace. Those final touches, I saved to show the artists in my advanced pastel painting class. As I finished painting in the tiny holes in the lace and colors in the rose, I explained to my adult students that it doesn't matter whether you're painting a tree or a rose or a face-- as an artist, you must decide what you want to say to the viewer, then let your fingers follow your thoughts across your canvas.

Here I'm saying, Thank You, three special ladies, for showing me beauty, for teaching me that getting your hands dirty is as much form of loveliness as tatting lace, and for allowing a few extraordinary surprises, like horseshoes, to enter daily life.



Big Bend Artist

Old Spanish Trail Studio

Big Bend Artist Lindy Cook Severns, a seventh generation Texan,  paints real places in the wild American west, the high desert ranch lands of Far West Texas and Big Bend country.  Lindy's paintings hang in most every state in the USA, and in collections in England, Australia, Germany and Canada.  The pastel landscape artist | oil painter is among 35 artists selected for inclusion in the definitive book TEXAS TRADITIONS, CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS OF THE LONE STAR STATE, Michael Duty and Susan Hallsten McGarry, 2010.

Featured in the national 2016 PBS documentary WESTERN PERSPECTIVE, the southwest landscape painter lives on a working ranch in the Davis Mountains near Ft Davis and Marfa with husband Jim, a stubbornly affectionate rescued terrier and a cranky African Grey parrot who passionately loves art.  Her studio sits across the road from Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum, where Lindy is the Artist-In-Residence.

Lindy Cook Severns  Art   |     Old Spanish Trail Studio     |    PO Box  2167    |    401 Crow's Nest Road    |    Fort Davis, TX    |     79734 
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