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Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
I am blessed to live where my grandfather homesteaded, to have three beautiful daughters who are my best friends, to have six delightful grandchildren who live nearby, to be married to my sweetheart of 35 years and to thrill to the special magic of creating my own works of art. I'll never cease to thrill to witnessing new ideas and images come to life from the point of a pencil or splash of a brush. I am blessed.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

TYPE DRAWING

 "Type"
5" x 5" Pen, Colored Pencil & Watercolor on Distressed, Dictionary Page

These little drawings on pages ripped out of an old dictionary I found on a shelf in my classroom have been proving to be very popular.  Close friends have commented on them as I've posted them on my Face book page and I've had some pins from total strangers of the image when I posted it on my Pinterest boards.  Having a little interest has really motivated me to focus my time on building more.

This piece required some technical drawing and study of an old vintage typewriter my husband keeps in his office.  It was once used as a prop in a play we performed and I didn't have the heart to abandon it when the play closed.  I also adore the individual keys so I decided they needed a special focus.

I have had feedback that viewers really like the addition of the digital text on the image.  I've been scanning and adding those with Adobe Photoshop and am toying with the idea of drawing them on the originals.

Here's the original sans text.  My favorite section of the drawing is the how the watercolor played on the paper rolled in the typewriter - I love that happy accident and built it up more using colored pencil.


I've got pages ready to draw teacups, clocks, bumblebee, butterflies and silverware.  This is turning into a really fun and attention-getting series.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

AND I'M OFF!

"Nest"
5" x 5" Watercolor, Ink & Colored Pencil on Old Dictionary Page

I am obsessed with drawing on pages I've torn out of a discarded, library dictionary.  In fact, for a brief time I got the bright idea that I would create 40 dictionary drawings in 40 days as part of Lent - well that ain't happening.  However, I am having a grand time playing on these old pages and I have more ideas than time.

A pastor at our local church gave me a gift card as thanks for painting the scenery for our Christmas nativity and I recently used it to purchase a new brand of colored pencils.  I love trying out different brands and this time I purchased some Derwent Coloursoft pencils - Wow!  I love how these are a strange combination of colored pencil and pastels. They are not as waxy as traditional colored pencils.  I also recently purchased some brown Micron ink pens after seeing a really clever children's book illustrated in watercolor and brown pen.  This little piece included all of those great, new supplies.

Just for fun, I decided to digitally add some text to the piece.  Drawing on dictionary pages isn't anything new and I've discovered a lot of artists do digital prints on vintage papers and sell them.  I thought adding text might be a creative touch to possible prints.  I may even print some out and varnish them on wooden blocks....who knows.  Tell me what you think.




Friday, February 24, 2012

COLORED PENCIL ON OLD DICTIONARY PAGE

"Hummingbird"
5" x 5"
Colored Pencil on Distressed Dictionary Page

I have a collection of old, used dictionaries in my classroom.  This afternoon while my students were finishing up their first colored pencil exercises, I decided to distress a dictionary page and draw something I found described on a random entry.

I snooped around online for the image of a hummingbird and then entertained myself with this drawing.  I may tear out a few more - who knows.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

TIME TO GET TO WORK











"Colorful Me"
Prismacolor Nupastels on 6" x 10" Hahnemuhle Velour Paper

I've been totally focused on directing another murder mystery dinner theater as a fundraiser for our local, emergency youth shelter so there's not been much time spent on my easel.  The show premiered last weekend to sold out audiences and we have two more, sold out shows this coming weekend.  They say never to do a show with children and animals and I wrote a show that included both.  We have everything from singing nuns to spit takes all performed in an old, abandoned hotel lobby just off our main street.  We turned the venue into a working speakeasy filled with silent film stars, gangsters and flappers.  I'm really pleased with the show.

Since the show is up and running I am finally able to return to drawing and painting.  *sigh* It's good to be back!  My students have been busy working on color theory studies, paper mache' mask making and my second year students are creating their first pastel portraits.  My room is filled with pastels so I decided to warm up by doing a quick pastel self portrait/color demo combined.  I also brought a variety of different pastel papers including a tablet of velour papers to show my students.  The velour papers proved to be a joy to work on.  I forgot how rich pastels look on the thick, velour. 

I plan to exhibit at our local, spring art festival and am looking around for other gallery/show possibilities.  It's exciting to turn my focus back to the freedom and bliss of creating my own works of art.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

STARTING PASTEL UNIT IN MY CLASSROOM

Pastel Pencil on 8.5" x 11" Canson Mi-Teintes Paper

I love starting a new unit in my art classes.  My students are always so excited to move on to something new with the belief that a personal masterpiece is on its way.

Today I introduced my second year students to the joys of working with pastels.  I adore pastels.  I love that they involve drawing skills combined with vivid colors and layers of mark making.  Pastels are messy and that's part of the fun.

This year I decided to help my students ease into pastels with a fun exercise.  Long ago I discovered that you can run pastel paper through a computer printer set on a low ink setting and then "color" your image with pastels.  I've used this trick before and my students like starting a challenging new medium on a predrawn page.  This way, they get to play with the new medium without having to worry about drawing out their subject matter (which comes next.)  It takes a few attempts for most people to understand pastel techniques and its also a challenge for beginners to apply color theory.  Students get to practice both in what is a familiar coloring page.

I found a free coloring page of a sun, printed it on light blue Canson paper and turned my students loose to create using soft and hard pastels.  This is my example/demo piece.  I brought my personal pastel supplies so my students could see the variety of brands I like including my set of pastel pencils.