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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.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

EYEGLASSES ON DISTRESSED, DICTIONARY PAGE

"Eyeglasses"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

After my mother passed away our family had the overwhelming job of cleaning out her home.  Being the pack-rat I am, I hauled home all sorts of things not knowing what I would do with half of it.  One of the bags contained all types of assorted eyeglasses that had been worn by the family for generations.  (I genetically came by my love of things and my inability to throw things out.)

This bag of eyeglasses has come in quite handy for theater props and some have entertained my grandchildren.  There are a few precious pairs that I treasure that were worn by my mother and father. I also discovered in the bag my very first pair of glasses - a copper metal, cat-eyed style.  At the time, I thought they were the most stunning thing I'd ever owned.  Fortunately I think the only surviving school pictures of me wearing them are hidden under my bed where someday my daughters may find them long after I am gone.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SENIOR PAINTING DONATIONS

Every spring I give my senior Advanced Placement students the opportunity to create a large scale work of art featuring our high school mascot, a Bengal Tiger. Over the years I have had about a dozen students create a giant acrylic painting which hangs in the large space at the front doors or the high school.

I purchased rolls of gessoed canvas which we stretch over specially made, wooden frames.

2012 Senior, Heather Scott is putting on the
finishing touches of her impressive, but smaller
acrylic painting featuring only tiger eyes.  Her painting
was approximately 5' x 12".

2012 Senior, Veronica Jimenez finishing up her
"Paint by Number Tiger" before presenting it to
the principal for part of the art departments
permanent collection of tiger mascot paintings. 
Her painting was measured 6' x 10'.  I didn't realize
that I had also captured another senior "lounging" by her. 
I think that exemplifies some of Veronica's fellow classmates.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

PHONOGRAPH ON DISTRESSED, DICTIONARY PAGE

"Phonograph"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

This is a second, commissioned drawing for a friend.  Selling a piece of artwork is something like selling a child - I'm thrilled someone admires and wants it but really sad to have it go away.

This piece was great fun to create.  I especially love the blue, tulip-like speaker.  For each of these pieces I have tried to limit my color scheme and keep with neutral, muted tones.  The pages look so pretty all together but sadly and fortunately, the family is quickly splitting up.

I best "get on the ball" if I'm going to have many pieces for the art festival.  Quite a few of the originals have new homes but there are still plenty of colorful, quality prints still be adopted.

RADIO ON DISTRESSED, DICTIONARY PAGE

"Radio"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Dictionary Page

The Sunflower Art Festival is less than two weeks away and I'm frantically juggling end of school demands and preparing inventory for the show. Only two more days of the school year remain and my schedule is starting to thin out.  Thanks to End of Instruction Testing most of our high school students have been finished for weeks (in their minds) so it's been challenging to keep my classes motivated.

A fellow teacher asked me to create a dictionary page with a vintage radio.  Her husband collects them and she wanted a piece for their home library.  I have a reproduction of this cathedral radio which I really love and I decided it needed a microphone as a companion.  My husband worked at a radio station for over 25 years so the microphone is a bit of a "tip of the hat" to that.

If you like this piece, please take a look at it's brothers and sisters at my Etsy store etsy.com/shop/flyingshoes or drop by the Sunflower Art, Food and Wine Festival, June 9th in downtown Guymon.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

HAPPY DAY IN ART CLASS

The school year is winding down with only five class days remaining. This time of year means lots of work to inventory, order next year's supplies and motivate students to get their final pieces completed.

One of the projects I do at the conclusion of each school year is to permit my students to paint their choice of subject matter on one of the ceiling tiles in my classroom. I've done this for years. Some student have painted tiles for other teachers so it's going to take a while before I have mine finished. My students always love doing this and I have a wonderful collection of student work hanging above my head.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

SPIDERMAN HERO

My son in law just got his master's degree at the same time he passed the certification tests for school administrators. He absolutely loves the comic book character, Spiderman so as a gift I drew that character on a distressed dictionary page with the word "hero."

Friday, May 11, 2012

COMPLETED 2012 SUNFLOWER ART FESTIVAL BANNER


This year's painted banner is varnished and ready to deliver to the Wild Horse Gallery this morning.  She will hang above our main street from a lighted pole for a few weeks and then be auctioned off as part of the Sunflower Art, Food and Wine Festival on June 9th.

The evolution of this year's painting was interesting and like so many artistic pursuits, started one place and ended another.  I knew I wanted to incorporate a decorative stamp in the design and after the background was completed it begged to have a more delicate image added.  I had also intended to create a more opaque image but I liked the transparent face with the pattern showing through.  It looks a lot like a digital collage created by a computer.

I also liked the three "beats" of pink color in the painting which I hope add some interest and lead the viewer's eye across the piece.  There is a hint of pink in the hair comb, a patch on her cheek (which kinda grabs attention I fear) and then the pink drape around her shoulders.

I'm off to drop her off at the gallery.  I hope folks will come out to the festival June 9th to enjoy some terrific food, wine, live music and BUY SOME ART!  I plan to have a booth featuring prints and originals of my recent dictionary page drawings.  My three daughters are also creating crafts and artwork to sell.  And if you like this year's banner, please place your bid so she will find a good home.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

PROGRESS ON 2012 BANNER


The background is finished and I've decided to take off with a really transparent image inspired from some of the vintage photos I've collected over the years.  I was totally focused on building a western themed piece this year but I just couldn't locate a resource image that struck my fancy.  I think the ornate background will look better with a soft, female portrait.  I hope to let the background show through and use minimal colors.

The banner is supposed to be finished by this weekend so I best get busy!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

COFFEE DRAWING ON DISTRESSED, DICTIONARY PAGE

"Coffee"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

I've been thinking about this dictionary page for a long time so when it came time to draw it seemed to draw itself.  There isn't a lot of fancy ink work on this piece but there is a variety of color.  My favorite part of the piece are the actual rings from coffee cup stains added to the piece (my husband's idea).

TELEPHONE ON DISTRESSED, DICTIONARY PAGE

"Telephone"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

Okay, I may be a bit ambitious to think I can create one of these a day but I'm off to a pretty good start of building an inventory of drawings on dictionary pages. 

I have made quite a few discoveries while drawing these vintage images:  (1) the ink/watercolor washes on the old book pages make them slick so very few drawing mediums stick well and erase easily; (2) It is challenging to get accurate colors from a high resolution scans so I have to "fiddle with" the digital outcomes; and (3) There seems to be quite a few folks out there who have noticed these simple pieces thanks to Pinterest, Etsy and Google searches.




Wednesday, May 02, 2012

SUNFLOWER ON DISTRESSED DICTIONARY PAGE

"Sunflower"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Dictionary Page

I am pushing to complete a drawing a day this month in preparation for the upcoming Sunflower Art, Food and Wine Festival.  I hope to have a variety of drawings, prints and maybe even some reproductions on mounted canvas and wood.  Framing is such an expensive investment so I am looking for creative ways to display and sell my work.

Meanwhile, I am looking for just the right subject for the festival banner. Our community hosts a western celebration this weekend so I might land a great photo of a cowboy during the rodeo and the parade.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY