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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.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

SO EXCITED

So excited!  Pageant of the Masters tonight. A former student has arranged VIP tickets to this amazing event in Laguna Beach, CA.   Our tickets include backstage passes to see first hand how the magic happens. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

COFFEE TO GO

Coffee To Go
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

The studio is humming away with stacks of paper just waiting for a drawing.  I have more ideas than time to get them done.  I've wanted to create a go cup of coffee for some time and it was great fun to finally tackle this drawing.  I love a good cup of coffee and I'm a sucker for fancy coffee shops like Starbucks or our inviting, local, coffee shop Urban Bru.

Over a month ago, I grabbed a handful of flavored, coffee creamers from a convenience store along with a few extra lids with this piece in mind.  They have been sitting on my drawing table forever waiting to pose for this piece.

Thanks to finally feeling stronger and being able to work for longer stretches, I got to invent my coffee to go drawing complete with coffee rings on the paper.  It's frame is waiting and then it gets to travel all the way to Colorado.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

MOTORCYCLE REVISTED

Motorcycle
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

If you've ever been to the Rocky Mountains then you know that it is Mecca for motorcycle enthusiasts.  Since my next art show is in a Rocky Mountain town in Colorado, I decided I had to include an original, motorcycle drawing in my booth.

I am not particularly familiar with motorcycles and I've only ridden one a handful of times in my entire life.  I tell my students all the time to draw/paint what is familiar to them.  There is a reason for that.  Trying to capture the reality or even the essence of something you don't personally know is a challenge.  This piece was a big challenge!  I studied and researched and went back to this drawing forever trying to figure out what each part was and how it fit and what it does and on and on.

I knew I wanted an antique, worn bike.  I knew I wanted to use the same color scheme I've come to love for old metal.  But what I didn't really know was motorcycles.  After a lot of brain strain, here is the final drawing.  It was important to me to capture a front, close-up view with a little more interest than a full, side view.  Thankfully I have a number of friends who permitted me to photograph their old bikes.  So this image is something of a mish-mash of different bikes.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WATERCOLOR

Watercolor
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

I loved working on this drawing.  Sometimes a piece is such fun and almost draws itself - it sure was the case with this one.  I thought about using more expensive, tube watercolors as my subjects in the drawing but decided instead to use the everyday sets I give my students.  I still use these sets from time to time myself.

Although this piece is to celebrate watercolor painting, it is completely done with colored pencil and ink.  I thought about adding some watercolor but never put the pencils down long enough to fetch them.

After I letter the original it's going into a frame so it can travel with its siblings to Colorado in a few weeks.

Monday, July 22, 2013

MONDAY MORNING IN THE STUDIO

Only three weeks until the Salida, Colorado Art Show and I've got a stack of work waiting on me in my studio.  I tell my students all the time that one of the best forms of inspiration is a deadline. I'm rolling up my sleeves and diving in.  

Saturday, July 20, 2013

SUMMER 2013


My summer vacation is coming to a close and it hasn't exactly been what I had hoped for.  I've spent five weeks really sick and even after CT Scans and MRI's my doctor isn't completely sure what's going on.  I am feeling better and getting stronger so hopefully I can enjoy an upcoming trip to California that's been in the planning for months.  I also have another, BIG, art festival in Colorado the weekend before we return to school.  Then school.....if I had been this sick while school was in session it would have been terrible.  I rarely miss a day of class and can't imagine leaving a substitute in my room this long.

My husband and family have been so kind and patient and I've greatly appreciated the prayers and concern from neighbors, friends and followers.  I hate that I've lost so many days stuck in bed.  I have struggled to drag myself into my studio and had to redo a few pieces that I started while not well.  I have lots I'd still like to accomplish but many of my summer projects will just have to wait until I have more strength and another stretch of time off work.

Thank you, everyone, for your support and kindness.


Friday, July 19, 2013

MY POPPY STAMP DESIGN IS ANNOUNCED

6" x 8" Poppy Themed, Vinyl Stamp Set

Let's celebrate!!!  My poppy stamp designs for Annabelle Stamps were officially unveiled today and I can finally share them.

A few months ago I was contacted by Annabelle's owner, Andrea.  She had discovered my work and was curious if I might be interested in designing a few stamps for her company all the way in Australia.  I was THRILLED!

Since then I have drawn out a number of things for Andrea but this is the first to actually make it all the way through production to merchandise.  I create fine-line, ink drawings and then Andrea painstakingly modifies them to suit her requirements and adds creative text.

I am sooooo pleased.  This has been a wonderful opportunity and Andrea has been a generous and encouraging guide into the world of making commercial stamps.

Visit her lovely shop http://www.annabellestamps.com/

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

LIGHT

"Light"
4" x 7" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

Here is another little gem drawn on a smaller dictionary page.  I love old things and when I discovered this antique light bulb it begged to be glorified on a page.  The trick of drawing transparent objects is jump in and look for the reflected colors in the glass.  I love lots of color and I keep my color schemes pretty neutral and similar.  My favorite color choices on those old, book pages tend to be grey green and terracotta.  I love how the combination of the red orange and blue green sparkle.  Complimentary color schemes tend to be my favorites.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

LITTLE KEY


"Key"
4" x 7" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

I was recently given a really old, damaged dictionary that is much  smaller than the books I have been using.  I thought it would be fun to create some miniature pages using this old book.  The pages measure only 4" x 7"and are extremely brittle and fragile.  They don't permit me many marks without flaking so I have to plan what I'm going to do. I can only make a few swipes with my pencil.

I love keys of all sorts and I love the metaphor of a key.  This particular key doesn't exist that I know of other than in my imagination.  I also like how the print on the book page is worn off in places from use over the years.


Monday, July 15, 2013

SOME NEW TOYS



As my studio has expanded and my list of shows is growing, I am adding some exciting, new equipment.  My daughters gave me some gift certificates for mother's day and I finally got to use them for some of these purchases....lucky me!  

First I purchased a space-age, paper cutter that does all sorts of tricks.  I package and trim my own prints so this fantastic gizmo will help me do a better job.  It even has it's own light and will cut thicker watercolor papers.  AWESOME!


This new light table was actually a gift from my husband.  I have been using a sheet of glass on my lap with an old lamp on the floor between my knees to trace outlines for hand lettering my drawings.  This fabulous light table is pretty advanced after that process.  I still hand letter my dictionary drawings in watercolor but this sure improves my accuracy.



I am preparing for another big art show in Colorado in a few weeks and I am so happy to have found this trunk to display my prints.  My print inventory has gotten pretty big and customers seem to enjoy riffling through them looking for a subject they enjoy.  This gorgeous, wooden trunk is big enough to accommodate my prints and permit customers space to investigate.  My cat, Wesley seems to approve, too.

Friday, July 12, 2013

QUILT

"Quilt"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
SOLD 
Commission

I am still struggling with little energy and flu-like symptoms but I'm pushing to finish some commission pieces and build up inventory for my show in Colorado next month.  This piece was requested recently and I loved creating it.

My mother was a skilled seamstress and I grew up surrounded by family quilts on our farm.  I have a few of these treasures and I have made a couple myself.  I especially love quilts that were made using discarded, family clothing.  I have a quilt top that was created from my grandfather's work shirts and another built from my father's overalls.  I also have a few closets full of worn out quilts I used to use for crafts.

I'm off to email this image to the customer in hopes that she approves.  Then I am back in the studio working away on more dictionary drawings.  If you like this and any other pieces please visit my Etsy shop for quality prints.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

READ

"Read"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
SOLD 
Commission

I have really been limited the last four weeks with whatever infection has taken over my throat and mastoid.  My wonderful, family doctor has done both an MRI and a CT Scan to thankfully rule out anything major.  I am starting to improve and able to spend more time out of bed and off the couch.

I have had lots of suggestions from friends about new dictionary pages.  I was recently contacted via Facebook to create a page with the definition "Read."  Here it is!  I think it makes perfect sense and I have a companion page "Book" started, too.  I had a lot of fun drawing a variety of old books.  I also got to use some new ink pens that enabled me to do some nice details.

I have less than a month until my next big art festival in Salida, Colorado.  I have a stack of 20 new frames waiting for mats and artwork and lots of new dictionary pages prepped for drawing.  Hopefully my summer will be back on track from now on.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

FOLKLORICA DANCERS

"Folk Dancers"
12" x 18" Pastel Painting on Canson MiTeines Paper

One of the joys of summer is having free time in my studio to do whatever I want.  I am preparing for another big art show in Colorado in early August and I am waiting to hear if I get into a show in New Mexico over Thanksgiving.  Since there is quite a bit of time, I am treating myself to some little projects just for the fun of it.

I love working in pastels.  I like the spontaneity, the rich colors and the way they blend so beautifully.  A few years ago I did a few shows of nothing but still life pastels.  It was great fun and I miss working with them.

This little painting was created from a photo I took of a couple of my high school students who participate in a dancing troupe at our school.  This group is called Alma Folklorica and features beautiful costumes and traditional Mexican/Spanish dances.  They travel all over the country performing.  I really loved seeing them dressed all in white as they slowly swayed and performed a number where they flirted with each other.

I may add a few more touches and put these two in a frame.