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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.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

OWL REVISITED

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

I have noticed owls just about everywhere - not the birds but rather owls in artwork, jewelry, T-shirt, you name it.  I sold my first owl drawing a long time ago and occasionally get a request for a print.  So I decided it was past time to revisit and redraw an owl.

This fellow features an extreme close up and I love the personality that developed in the drawing.  Sometimes a piece draws itself and without even thinking about it, some kind of mood or emotion appears.  I wasn't in a foul mood (a little pun there) while drawing this bird but he sure turned out intense.  I was also trying to instruct my students on how to create different textures in their drawings so it was beneficial to be working on making modeling (squiggly) marks to create the textures of this fella's feathers.

I am so happy that fall is finally arriving in our community and with it comes cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors.  This little guy definitely has a bit of fall color in him.

Monday, September 23, 2013

FIGHT BREAST CANCER

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

I have had this piece in mind for a very long time.  I knew I wanted to create something about breast cancer and I knew I wanted to donate money earned from this artwork to a cancer related organization.  Everything just came together today so I could achieve both goals.

My mother had breast cancer and it ultimately spread and took her life.  My mother in law recently overcame her breast cancer after months of treatment.  I just had my annual mammogram and got my results in the mail today....a good report.

I have donated artwork for auction at our local cancer support fundraiser for a number of years.  This group of active volunteers raise money throughout the year to help with travel expenses and treatment costs for individuals fighting cancer.   We live in a really remote area so cancer patients have to travel hours for chemotherapy and radiation.

Today I found time to start and finish this piece.  I long ago decided to build my cancer themed piece on the word "fight." I also knew I didn't want to create the usual pristine, dainty ribbon but rather wanted to draw a tattered, worn ribbon that looked frayed and battle scarred.  I wanted to express the battle of fighting this insidious disease.

I plan to donate proceeds from the sale of this print and the original artwork directly to my local, cancer support group so that money will help others.  Next week our nation recognizes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our community will come together to give this and other generous gifts for our friends, family and neighbors.  I am very honored to be a part of that effort.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

TROLL

"Troll"
11" x 17" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Parchment

It's been awhile since I've been in my studio working on my dictionary page series so this is the first such drawing I've done in  a long time.  A wonderful, childhood friend of mine commissioned this piece last spring.  He loves to call mean people trolls and he asked that I create an original troll drawing on that particular dictionary page.

I have been a fan of fairy tales since I was a child so I am quite familiar with folklore about trolls.  I know that they are unsavory characters that like to live in caves and under bridges and that they prey on unsuspecting travelers.  My troll has some unusual characteristics like nipple rings (which is a nod to my friend's sense of humor) and a bedraggled vulture as his sidekick.  I wanted him to have some props, too, so that's why I added the alligator skeleton.

One of my favorite parts of the drawing is the Troll's different eyes which I repeated in the vulture.  I've seen this device used in lots of cartoons and illustrations and have always wanted to play with it.

My troll is packaged and ready to travel to his new home in Oklahoma City.  I hope he entertains a lot of folks and makes my friend happy.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

MEETING THE ARTIST/ANIMATOR BILL PLYMPTON

Me & Bill Plympton at the Telluride Film Festival

I am finally unpacked and starting to get back to reality after a thrilling time at the 40th Telluride Film Festival.  I was in the same room with a lot of world famous celebrities and got to attend 11 films - some world premieres.

Visual artists and film makers generally go hand in hand and this year I got to meet and visit with the academy award nominated animator/artist, Bill Plympton.  Bill sees the world in an odd way and his animated shorts are always a bit bizarre.  He shared with me that he is currently working on a short with Salma Hayek Jimenez.  While we visited he drew me his famous cartoon, guide dog.  The drawing is now proudly hanging on the wall of my studio.

Here is a link to Bill's website





Bill Plympton - You Face (1987)