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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, August 23, 2013

MY SUBSTITUTE BIBLE

The Cover of My "Art Class Bible"
or Substitute Guidebook

School is back in full swing and my enrollment has pretty much been established.  It takes a few days for kids to settle in and get situated in their classes.  I've had 15 or maybe more students start and drop my classes already for all sorts of reasons.  Our school is busting at the seams and my classes are full.

I am already planning for a substitute.  It's always rough to leave my classes this early in the school year but I have a very special event starting next week.  So I have been busy building my Art Class Bible of roll sheets, classroom rules and lesson plans.  I built this binder years ago and decorated it with some fun, Mona Lisa art.  I use Mona all over my room.

My husband are blessed beyond belief to get to attend the Telluride Film Festival in fabulous Telluride, Colorado.  Just visiting this gorgeous mountain town in the San Juan Mountains is terrific enough but we are gifted passes to the film festival.  (Thanks to the unbelievable generosity of two former students who host us each year.  Thanks Larry & Mitzi!)  Each year we get to attend world premieres of films and often mingle with the directors and celebrities involved.  I've met and talked to or at least been very near everyone from George Clooney (whom I actually talked to) to Daniel Day Lewis and Sean Penn and James Franco (got my picture with him). Unlike other film premieres this event has no red carpets or velvet ropes.  The stars, directors and audience all coexist in this tiny town which means you can be standing in line for the bathroom and notice Helen Mirren next to you (true story).  I know -  It's an amazing experience and we leave in just a few days.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

BACK TO SCHOOL & WARMING UP WITH SHIRT DRAWINGS

At the beginning of each school year I like to get my advanced students "warmed up" with some drawing studies that hopefully knock out a few summer cobwebs.

I like to alternate subject matter from year to  year and require my students to start with simple compositions and photorealistic drawings.  They then get more innovative as they complete three separate studies of the same subject. This year, my Art 3 and 4 students are using shirts as their subjects.  We are pinning their shirts on my display panels and also using photo references to create their work.
I believe the most important skill I can emphasize with my advanced students is learning to work from direct observation.  So many of my students want the ease of working from photo resources but direct observation artwork is always superior.

I am blessed to have a large classroom to accommodate these big panels in use and then stored during the school day.

It is thrilling to have students who can draw this well.  This student is a senior and he has excellent pencil skills.

Each student had to pin their shirt and take a series of digital photos using a well-placed light source.

This senior wanted to start with a more creative drawing and is using Prismacolor pencils as her media.  She has invented the Spiderman characteristics seen through the ripped shirt.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

TIMELESS - MY LATEST STAMP DESIGN FOR ANNABELLE STAMPS

Very excited that another set of my drawings has made it all the way to Australia and is now in stamp form. The clock and key drawings were some of the first requested for stamp designs and I love the way they look.

To view more and learn about how to purchase the great products at Annabelle Stamps visit http://www.annabellestamps.com/

Thursday, August 08, 2013

ARRIVED IN SALIDA, COLORADO

What a beautiful location for an art festival. I set up my display in the morning along the river. I hope to meet some new friends during the Salida, Colorado Riverside Art Festival this weekend. 

Monday, August 05, 2013

WINE

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

I think this may be the last new drawing for this weekend's art show in Colorado.  I was planning to complete a few larger pieces on old parchment but time is running out.  Doing an art show is so much more than just drawing and creating works of art.  It is also about creating promotional materials like business and show cards, getting a tent and display panels packed which includes all the hanging and price tags supplies.  Then there is the chore of matting and framing work which comes with all sorts of extras.  I think I'd best finish up in the studio and start working on the business of doing a show in a few days.

This piece was great fun to do.  I've been thinking about it for a long time.  I knew I wanted to include a richly colored glass of red wine, a cork and a colorful bottle.  I also knew I wanted to add the wine stains similar to my tea and coffee drawings.

Our recent trip to California included a wine tasting trip to Temecula.  It was a glorious day lead by my nephew who is quite the celebrity chef in Los Angeles.  We visited five different vineyards and actually packed a few bottles to bring back on the plane.
The hills around Temecula, California are covered with vineyards and wineries all featuring tasting rooms and wonderful restaurants.


Each tasting room had it's own personality which in turn, matched the personalities of the wines they sold.  It was a wonderful, relaxing day of eating awesome food and sampling fabulous wines.

BOOK

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

We are a family of book lovers and being teachers, our homes are filled with libraries.  My husband out reads everyone I know so we have stacks of books throughout our house.  With school just around the corner, this drawing seemed to fit.  I may have gone a bit overboard trying to give each book a little personality.  I wanted them to appear to be a bit used and loved but didn't want to identify any particular subject or author.

I'm back from my California trip and busy preparing to leave again in a few days for the big, weekend art show in Salida, Colorado.  I have frames, mats, prints and display stuff piled all over the first story of my home and my upstairs studio is filled with work in all stages of completion.  I hope to have it all organized soon.  That's at least my plan.

Meanwhile, school starts a week from today so I'm also busy cleaning and setting up my classroom.  Each summer our custodial staff seems to take delight in rearranging my furniture and leaving my computers scattered around the room so I have to hunt for the cords and components like Easter eggs.  I spent four hours there yesterday but still have lots to do.  I spend a lot of my summer dreaming up new lessons so I'm anxious to see my students and get them to work.

I am feeling a little overwhelmed but happy, too.  I love the start of school and I am, of course, thrilled to be a part of another big art show.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

LOOKS FAMILIAR

I'm enjoying some vacation time in Southern California. While browsing Pinterest this morning and enjoying my morning coffee, I discovered the drawing on the left.  I think it looks very similar to my drawing on the right. I created my bee drawing about a year and a half ago. I certainly am not the first person to create drawings on book pages but I do create original drawings on repurposed book pages.

After following the source I learned that this drawing was created by a Tennessee art teacher named Katie Strut. She had posted it on her blog as her original drawing along with a variety of creative dictionary drawings by her students. I did a little research and located Katie's Pinterest and other online footprints but never found where she had pinned my Bee drawing. She did have some of my other work saved. 

It is flattering to know others save and use my work but wouldn't it be nice (if actually used) to be credited. I am constantly finding amazing and inspiring art work online and I often get ideas to use in my classroom. However, I believe it is important to credit my source and sometimes even link with the artist for permission. 

I'm not positive Katie reproduced my work but boy, it sure looks familiar. What do you think?