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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.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

IT'S OFFICIAL - SOLO ART SHOW ANNOUNCED


It's official!  The local gallery is starting to advertise my upcoming, solo show.  The Wild Horse Gallery will host an artist reception for me on the evening of October 27th.  I am so excited.

I went to an artist reception this past week at the Wild Horse Gallery and was very impressed with how nice the gallery looked and how professional the show appeared.  They featured the work of a local photographer, Debbie Smith.  Her work is regional and nostalgic images of wheat fields, farm machinery and old buildings.  What made her show stand out to me was the beautiful filters she used and the gorgeous framing/presentation of the photos.  She had even mounted some of the images on old, paned window frames...that really suited her subject matter.

I am having a joyous weekend with my family.  My eldest daughter is here with her family and we are focusing our time with grandchildren.  Two of my daughters are pregnant and expecting babies in February so this is quite a special time.

Kiley and Lindsay "Coming Soon"

When the house quiets back down I'll be back on the easel to prepare new work for the October show.  But for now this grandma best get in the kitchen to start frying some chicken for a big, family dinner.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

GOLD-FISH

 
"Gold-Fish"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
 
Sometimes you do something artistic just to entertain yourself and that's the case with these two guys.  I had originally thought of doing a golf illustration on this page thinking that might be a popular image to sell but I couldn't help myself - gold-fish sounded like more fun.
 
I've always loved the fancy finned gold-fish you sometimes find in the pet section of Walmart.  Who knows, someone else might like them, too.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

TEA


"Tea"
6.5" x 8" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
SOLD

After a couple of months of travel and getting a new school year started, I am finally back on the easel and building drawings for my upcoming solo, art show.  I have collected images, purchased frames and distressed stacks of old pages in preparation for the time when I could dedicated myself to drawing.....so now I'm ready to GO!

Much like the drawing I did about coffee, I added cup stains to this piece for a little extra jazz.  This drawing was done on a book page that is over 60 years old so the paper was extra fragile and brittle.  Distressing old pages only makes them more fragile so these older pages take extra care to draw.  I've learned to plan out each drawing carefully because once I start there is no opportunity to erase or rework any ink or color applications - the paper doesn't hold up to many strokes without tearing or breaking through.  I think the spontaneity of drawing like this makes them even more special.

I've also started lettering the original pieces with watercolors rather than colored pencil like the earlier dictionary drawings.  The delicate paper just won't withstand heavy colored pencil marks.  Meanwhile, the sale of my drawings on Etsy is really picking up.  I've shipped orders all over the United States and am building up new inventory for what I hope are good holiday sales.

I'm off to the studio to draw away my day.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

CLASSROOM ALTERED BOOKS

My students are busting out some amazing, altered books 

Life has been incredibly busy.  My husband and I have traveled constantly for the past two months and school is in full swing. It's been a long time since I've found a moment to post so I thought I'd feature some of my altered book unit.

This is the first time I've taught altered books other than evening workshops.  I've got such a terrific bunch of craft students this year and since they are such a special group I decided to introduce them to altered books.  This unit takes a lot of supplies, equipment and freedom to move around the room.  This group is the most mature and crafty bunch I've ever had take this class and they are producing some terrific pages.

Some of my finished, altered book pages created during demonstrations

I am really challenged to not focus all my creative energy on building altered book pages along with my students.  I typically demonstrate new techniques and then supervise my students as they work and I'm terribly envious that they get to play all hour on their pages.  Altered books are such a creative outlet and will consume my day if I allow myself to get started on a page.

I am gearing up for a solo art show at the end of October.  My local gallery is featuring my dictionary page drawings.  So I'm trying to focus my artistic efforts on building up an inventory of new work for the show.