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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.

Friday, June 29, 2012

TRAIN

"Train"
6" x 8" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
Original SOLD - Prints Available

This is another commissioned piece I created especially for a friend.  My customer wanted a vintage looking train drawing to give to his father.  It was an interesting piece to work on this week since our tiny community made international news after a head on collision between two trains happened just outside of town.

The NTSB is still not announcing a definitive cause of the train wreck but early reports seem to indicate some kind of human error lead to two freight trains colliding and killing three of the four personnel on board.  The loan survivor did so by jumping off one of the trains before impact.  The resulting fire took a couple of days to put out and involved fire fighters from three states.  It was quite the event and brought a lot of national attention and interesting professionals into our little town for the week.  After seeing the wreckage first hand it is hard to believe how quickly the tracks were cleared and restored so trains could be up and running once again.

Trains are a vital part of our rural area.  The construction of the railroad determined the layout of the towns across the panhandle.  Towns sprung up every ten miles along the tracks so steam engines could refuel at ten mile intervals.  Grain elevators were also established next to these established stops.




Scenes from the Guymon-Goodwell Train Collision.

Monday, June 25, 2012

FILM

Film
6" x 7.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
Original SOLD - Prints available

My husband and I are big movie lovers.  My husband is such a cinefile that he has a blog dedicated to the Telluride Film Festival which we attend each Labor Day thanks to the generousity of former students.  ( michaelstelluridefilm.blogspot.com )  At Telluride we've had the amazing opportunity to attend movie premieres of films that often go on to win major awards.  The added treat is we get to actually meet and talk to world famous directors and celebrities.  The rest of the year we watch movies constantly and love all types of films from blockbusters to little independent gems.  Right now we are finishing up the entire series of "Alien" films after watching "Prometheus."

This drawing is actually a wedding gift for a special, former student that was commissioned by friends and future in-laws.  The student is also a big film fan and shares our interest.  The vintage camera took some study to complete.

Since school is out and my classroom is currently being waxed and off limits, I had to use my daughter's scanner to digitize this drawing.  Wow!  Her scanner made all the difference in capturing nearly the exact colors of the original.  I was so pleased that my husband ordered me a new home scanner for future artwork.  Hopefully my digital images will now look more like the original works of art.

Friday, June 22, 2012

TRAVEL & WATERMARK

 "Travel"
6" x 7.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionay Page
Original SOLD - Prints Available

Vintage Suitcases are quite the rage for decorating these days and I own a few myself.  I store old photos or keepsakes in some  and I keep a lot of my watercolor supplies in a bright red, old fellow given to me by a former student.  I only have prints of this piece available now.  An fabulous, artist friend bought this framed original at the Sunflower Festival a few weeks ago.  I still thought it deserved to be launch into the web-o-sphere.

Tagging along with my digital postings from now on will be a faint watermark design.  It doesn't appear on the originals or prints but it is now going to appear on all of my digital work on my blog, my etsy store, pinterest postings and wherever else digital artwork is found.  I've discovered I have a lot of fans out there and some sneaky souls have been printing their own personal copies of my work.  (Isn't that flattering?)  So look for it kinda like a little "Where's Waldo?"

I think it's a sign that I've moved into the big leagues, folks.  The advantages of sending my work out into the digital universe far outway any theft of my work. So now comes the time consuming task of editing previous posts with the new watermark but with each edit I think - "Wow, somebody out there really loves me!"

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

SPARROW

"Sparrow"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
Original SOLD - Prints Available

This drawing is the third bird I've drawn on a page from a dictionary.  Although very common, I've always enjoyed sparrows.  I have a small bird feeder set just outside our living room window and sparrows are the usual guests.  They enjoy hopping from branch to branch in the red wood tree next to the window and occasionally quarreling over who gets to perch on the feeder.  My cat and I love watching the show.

Birds have been fun to draw and I've featured them in lots of artwork starting with last winter's, inked bookplate.  I especially enjoy trying to give my birds a little expression without turning them into Disney characters.
My 2011 Bookplate Drawing



The only original bird series, dictionary drawing still available is the crow.  The sparrow and the owl are available only as prints.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

CROW

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

I have always been intrigued by crows.  They are such ordinary birds but I find that they have a great deal of personality.  They are abundant in our part of the world and sometimes are a real nuisance.  Years ago one of our former school counselors had a stuffed crow (taxidermy version of the real thing) that sat on a shelf above her desk.  I've wanted one ever since- strange, but I do.

The original "Crow" drawing is currently available and is framed for $75.00 and can be purchased unframed for $50.00.  Prints are available for $10.00 - all, of course, plus shipping costs.  The original drawing is actually 6" x 8" on the full dictionary page.

Monday, June 18, 2012

LA TIENDA INDIANS




We just returned from five days of playing in wonderful Santa Fe, NM.  Santa Fe is one of our favorite places to be.  We love the art, the music, the history, the people and especially the great food.

While there we have the good fortune of staying at a friend's home in a rural development outside of town.  For years I have been fascinated by a huge installation of painted Native American Indians on plywood near an area shopping center.  No one I've asked had any background about the artwork so after some research I've finally uncovered the story behind these figures.

Seattle artist, Thom Ross, created these intricate paintings with 3 dimensional detail (fringe on the horses, flowing ribbons, attached bead work, etc) because of an old photo he once came across: a 1902 Buffalo Bill Cody and the Wild West Show from Ocean Beach in San Francisco depicting 108 cowboys and Indians. He recreated every figure and installed them on that same beach in 2008. La Tienda (the shopping center) has about 70 of those figures (all Indians and no cowboys) on display for an indeterminate amount of time.

Here is a video which features the artwork.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

REGRET COMMISSION


Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Paper

A good friend asked me to illustrate around a writing he had found for his father for this weekend's Father's Day.  He wasn't sure what he wanted but he liked the look of my dictionary drawings.  Here is my illustration.  I hope he and his father are pleased.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

CAGE


"Cage"
6" x 7.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

I am way behind posting new artwork thanks to a great art show over the weekend.  I am pleased to have sold a lot of originals, prints and walked away with a bunch of terrific commissions.  *Joy*

This little drawing is still available for purchase and is already mounted in a frame for just $75.00.  I have decided to sell unframed originals for $50 and prints for $10. (shipping not included)  So if you see something you like or have an idea you'd like to see  - give me a holler.

Since these dictionary drawings have proven to be popular, I have invested in a few more old dictionaries I've found online.  My favorite are elementary dictionaries that include simple definitions and lots of illustrations on the pages.  Since I have new, used books on the way I can revisit some of my favorite words with new images. 

I am thrilled to have patrons enjoying my work.  I have always loved to draw and I enjoy creating these pieces that look worn, vintage and nostalgic.  They remind me of illustrations in treasured, old, children's books.  I wonder if that's why others find them appealing? 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL 2012


A close-up of one wall of the booth and a table of dictionary page prints


We are exhausted but thrilled with the success of yesterday's art show.  The Sunflower Festival was held all day Saturday on our main street.  We had nice traffic all day and I had my best show ever.  It is always exciting to have others admire and purchase my work. 

My three daughters, two granddaughters and my husband worked the day and my two son-in-laws helped to set up and take down.  It was a real family affair.  My daughters had an adjacent booth where they sold all sorts of beautiful, handmade items and did face painting all day.  They hardly had a break.

I have a number of commissioned, dictionary drawings to work on this week so the benefit of the show will continue for awhile.  My husband was so excited about the success of the day that he has spent this morning researching other shows we might attend.  I did lots of shows when my girls were little and he swore he would never be a part of an art show again.  Yesterday proved to change his mind.

I am resting up today but back in the studio tomorrow!



Me, my granddaughter, Cami and my youngest daughter, Kelsey



Thursday, June 07, 2012

SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL SHOW CARD


A New Showcard

I just finished framing the last piece after my family helped to haul all my display panels and tent awning downtown.  Not much left to do but create some price tags and pack a few odds and ends.

I heard that the festival is expecting quite a bit of participation from food competition, artists and wineries so I am hopeful that we will have some traffic AND some buyers. 

I think I am going to close the studio for the night and try not to dream in sepia tones and stew over little details.  I hope to see you Saturday!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

FAN

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

Time is running out quickly to get work finished for the Sunflower Festival.  I still have a lot of ideas I'd love to reproduce but it takes lots of time to mat and frame then pack these pieces so I'm about to close the creative department of my enterprise and move into the packaging and promotion departments.

The weather forecast for this weekend's outdoor event is looking bleak - high winds and even higher temperatures.  I am plotting how best to tie down my tent awning and secure artwork all framed under with glass.  The weather each day this week has been beautiful, cool with evening showers.  You can count on Panhandle weather to change in an instant so it's always a challenge to plan an outdoor event.


Tuesday, June 05, 2012

WAGON


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

Here is the third in my "transportation" series of dictionary drawings.  I think most folks would agree that there are a lot of memories attached to an old, red wagon.  I myself once owned one of these or I believe it was handed down to me on the farm from my older siblings.

I spent the evening cutting and mounting prints on mat board inside protective sleeves in hopes that someone might purchase a few this weekend.  I am at that stage in preparing for the show that I start doubting the wisdom of investing so much time and money in building a big inventory.  This little show rarely has much traffic, there are high winds forecast for our prairie town (high winds are gail force here) and my Etsy store has not just slowed to a crawl regarding sales - it is on life support.  I've used Etsy and Pinterest as gauges for how popular different drawings might be.....I'm discouraged that I'm no longer the prom queen of the art world.

Okay - that being said, today is a full day of playing with two of my grandchildren and ignoring my studio.  There isn't anything better in my world than a day of play with my buddies.  Tomorrow I'll dive back in to the studio. 

Monday, June 04, 2012

PICKUP


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

"Moving Right Along" as sung by the Muppets seems to be an appropriate tune to go with the flurry of work and the theme of today's pieces.  I adore old pickups.  I want to own a well refurbished, old pickup.  I live in the part of the world where everyone owns and drives some sort of pickup.  So I had to add to my series of dictionary drawings.

I had great fun recreating the rust and wear on this old man.  I wish I could will it to life because I'd love to get to drive around in it.

BICYCLE - NOW WE ARE MOVING!


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

My studio is really productive and I'm moving from one piece to another pressing for this weekend's art show.  I've been producing so many new drawings that I actually depleted my supply of ink pens and had to buy more.  The thin line pens I use dry up rapidly when used on the dry, old paper which has even dryer, slick, washes of ink and watercolor added.

I am battling trying to get quality scans and prints from my recent drawings.  My poor Photo Shop skills and my printer keep producing really yellow colors instead of the pretty sepia tones in the actual work.  I may have to take a class someday but for now - gotta draw!!!!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

DAISY


"Daisy"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on a Distressed, Dictionary Page

My little art studio is filled with stacks of distressed book pages and supplies are scattered everywhere.  The joy of preparing for an art show is that I have an excuse to ignore the dishes, lock myself away for hours doing nothing but art and I end up with a nice inventory of work that follows some sort of theme or style.

*bliss

The backside of preparing for an art show is that the kitchen disappears under stacks of dishes, I start to miss hanging out with my family (especially my grandchildren) and I get to a point where I can't wait to create something just for fun or at least a little different from what I am doing.

*sigh

I have a number of favorite flowers I'd like to reproduce for the show.  I think there are buyers out there that admire and enjoy floral art.  I do.  I've already got some sunflowers framed and plans to do poppies, geraniums and some plants like wheat and sorghum.  Time is ticking with only a week to go before the Sunflower Festival opens.


Friday, June 01, 2012

FREEDOM


"Freedom"
6" x 7.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
Original SOLD - Prints Available

It seemed fitting during Memorial Day to create a dictionary page drawing for the occasion.  I actually started this drawing while family was in the hospital but got to complete it afterwards.  It has a mat and frame waiting on it.

While in a larger town I was able to purchase a number of 12" x 12" frames for my originals in preparation for the upcoming Sunflower Art Festival next week.  I have already sold eight of my originals before the art show even starts so I've been busy planning and building new pages in this series.  I also spent a lot of time in my classroom cutting double mats.  To my shock and dismay, the custodial staff had already started moving my classroom furniture around so they can mop and wax my enormous room.  It took quite a bit of time to clear a path so I could work in my room for the afternoon.  I hope I can hold off the waxing until I finish getting everything framed.

This process has a few steps before I have the fun of actually drawing.  Last night I laid out about twenty new dictionary pages and distressed them with ink and watercolor washes.  After they are dry, I have to iron each page carefully since the old pages are even more fragile and slightly slick after being painted. 

This morning I organized my pages and started drawing away.  I can never predict what images will appeal most to buyers so I'm trying to build an inventory of lots of different subjects.

Time is running short.  The art festival is June 9th.

BANNERS ARE HANGING


This year's Sunflower Festival banners are hanging high above main street Guymon.  I am enjoying that my Painted Lady is on main street under a light pole.  She is getting some attention and hopefully some kind folks will want to take her home next week.

My daughter, Lindsay has a banner up, too.  Her darling banner featured ladybugs and a ladybug patterned border.  It is so cute and really shows off well up in the air in front of our county courthouse.