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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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

SEW REVISITED

SEW
9" x 11.75" Mixed Media Drawing on Unabridged Dictionary

As the OKC Festival of the Arts looms closer I am busy creating inventory.  Monet had his haystacks, Degas had his ballerinas and Picasso had his women (lots of women).  I have redrawn some of my most popular work from time to time like any good business woman would do.  It is boring and sometimes even painful to just reproduce a piece exactly after it has sold.  I prefer to change it up a bit and do it a little differently from it's older brothers. My first and second sew drawings are long gone so I've created another but have changed things a bit.

I grew up with sewing and had a mother and two sisters who are extremely gifted seamstresses.  I was active in 4-H during my childhood and sewing competitions were a constant event.  I still enjoy sewing and doing needle work when I find the time.  I am not a real stickler for straight seams and making lined jackets anymore.  I much prefer making puppets and dress-up costumes for my grandchildren (and me).

This piece is on an adult, unabridged dictionary.  That means it has some "colorful" words and definitions.  Who knew that sew and sex would be such happy neighbors.  Using these larger books means I can create more images on a page but its an adventure to build around "adult" words.

Friday, March 28, 2014

WHERE I AM GOING TO BE


My spring and summer is getting very busy.  I have four big shows on my calendar and am waiting to hear back from two more - that's about all I think I can handle in addition to building inventory for two galleries, managing the sale of prints on Etsy and my full time plus job as a high school teacher.

It's competition time in my classroom and today I make a quick drive up to Kansas to pick up student artwork in time to relabel and pack it for a monster competition in a week.  Next week I will be going nuts matting a few hundred pieces of work and trying to prepare for a substitute to take the reins while I travel with my kids.  Also - next week is our school prom and I'm one of the junior class sponsors responsible for building, supervising and tearing down the event....pray for me!

My first big show of the year is only three weeks away.  It's a week long show in downtown Oklahoma City.  I have a lot of new inventory ready but still a ton of work to produce and frame.  I am putting together a lot of prints and designing a different booth display with uniform frames.....whew! That's a lot to do in a very short time.

SHOW #1
You will find me in booth 34D at the Oklahoma Festival of the Arts April 22nd - 27th
The festival provides large tents that are divided into four exhibit spaces for artists.  I am excited to be a part of this enormous festival.  I've attended the show a few times and actually can't believe I am now a part of the festival.

SHOW #2
My second show will take me back to OKC over Memorial Day for the beautiful Paseo Art Festival in the Paseo Arts District.  It is a fabulous area of OKC with a Spanish Mission flare and lots of working art studios, galleries and eclectic shops.  I did this show for the first time last year and loved it.  I am really looking forward to being back.

SHOW #3

I just got word yesterday that I was invited to participate in a show in Grand Haven, Michigan.  This show is the last weekend of June and takes place in a gorgeous little beach community on Lake Michigan. The photos of the area feature light houses and long beaches - pretty different from tumbleweeds and the miles of prairie where I live.   I applied for this show as part of an East coast circuit that would enable my husband and I to travel that direction.  

SHOW #4

Show #4 is scheduled for July 4th in the Berkshires.  I can't wait to spend some time in this resort-like area.  It's just a week after the Michigan show so the challenge is going to be having the right amount of inventory to do two shows back to back.

I hope to meet a lot of new people, make enough sales to make our travels worth while and I'm extremely excited to see some parts of the United States I've never seen.  Come see me if you are close and I'll post when I know if I have any additional show dates.  Meanwhile drop by the WOW! Gallery in Santa Fe, NM or the Wild Horse Gallery in Guymon, OK to see my work.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

COMPUTER WOES


I am not a computer whiz kid.  The darn things weren't around when I was in school so everything I do on a computer I've had to teach myself.  I've become very dependent both in my classroom and in my studio on computers, scanners, digital cameras, etc.  In order to create my prints and have an online presence with my artwork I've needed to use graphics software.

Well, this past month my classroom computer died.  It didn't just sputter and pass away quietly.  With it went hundreds of vital files and all my graphics software.  Thanks to our handy-dandy computer technician (who also happens to be my son-in-law) my files were rescued.  But since my old computer was ancient, all of the software I have learned and used is now outdated.

I now have a slightly used laptop and my son-in-law has equipped it with a mouse, keyboard and monitor which is wonderful since the learning curve on a laptop was about to undo me.  I am now installing new software and trying to teach this old dog new tricks.  


Sunday, March 23, 2014

DRAGONFLY ON 1890'S DICTIONARY PAGE

Dragonfly on 1890's Dictionary Page
5" x 6.5"

I am in love with this old dictionary and I have so many ideas for new drawings.  The pages are beautiful and the definitions are from another world.  This page has the headings Dowry and Drawing-Room and defines a dragonfly as a insectivorous insect: a mosquito hawk.  I think this unique, antique book is going to be cherished for years to come.

Dragonflies have been very good to me.  My first sale in Santa Fe, NM was a dragonfly drawing.  I plan to put this little guy in a lovely frame and find him a new home at the Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City next month.

SPRING SALE

I'M HAVING A SALE!

I've got a bunch of spring and summer art shows coming up so I am having a first-time-ever sale in my online Etsy shop.

All of my dictionary prints are 20% off simply by adding the coupon code BIGSPRINGSALE2014 with your purchase at checkout.  I hope to move a few prints in order to make way for new artwork.

Happy shopping!  This sale ends April 11th!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WOW! GALLERY IN SANTA FE

So excited to finally get some photos of the gallery/shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico that is selling my artwork.  It's a tiny little space called the WOW! Gallery and it is located a block and half from the historic plaza.  I visited the owners during Christmas break and delivered some artwork but haven't been able to go back to see it hanging.

I love the shop's logo.  It is a whimsical font with the dot on ! a red dot.  The red dot is a universal marking placed on sold artwork.  I think that's pretty clever.

My work is in the front wall near the door.  Again, this is a tiny space but IT'S SANTA FE one of the top art markets in the country.  The space is charming and beautiful and suits my dictionary drawings.  I think they have a lovely display with great lighting and exposure.  The store is filled will all sorts of handmade items, sculptures and paintings.

The gallery owners recently contacted me to let me know that some of my artwork has sold.  This has been a life long dream and I am thrilled to be represented in Santa Fe.  I hope to visit soon.

MOTH

Moth
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Parchment

The joy of creating art is entertaining my many interests.  I am fascinated and intrigued by all sorts of odd things and creating my dictionary drawings has given me an excuse to play with many unusual subjects.  
Drawing a page of common moths was a great deal of fun.  I've always thought these insect were beautiful so I wanted to include everyday varieties plus a few showoffs.  In some ways I think these guys are prettier and more interesting than butterflies.  

Growing up in rural Oklahoma, the most common moth is a nuisance.  My mother referred to them as Millers.  There have been seasons when these pests overwhelmed our home and barns.  They would nest in our closets and eat holes in our clothes and leave a nasty dust everywhere they went.  I still thought they were interesting.  I included a Miller in the bottom left of my drawing.

I love the freedom of drawing what I want from time to time.  I keep in mind the potential for selling a piece and I try to focus on creating commercial work for art shows but I still want the joy of drawing and painting for my own satisfaction.  If someone else appreciates or relates to my subject choices - well, then I've found a kindred soul.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

LARGE TIME

"Time"
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Parchment

 It's time again for my studio to start producing work.  I've done a few commissions and created a few projects over the past few months but with two big shows on the horizon it is time to get very busy.

I've wanted to do a large piece featuring vintage looking clocks for a long time.  I never really know how these large drawing will turn out since I basically draw and explore each section at a time.  I like to collect images and then put them together like a puzzle placing them around the text on the page until they find their home.

My first big show of the summer is going to be next month in Oklahoma City.  It is a huge show that has me taking off from my classroom for the first time.  I've had to submit my inventory of prints already since this show has a central artist's market where all reproductions are purchased.  I've never done that before.  It's taken me a lot of planning to know what I want to sell in the way of prints.  Print sales are often my best sellers.

I have stacks of work waiting for me in my studio so I best head back up to my tower in the second story of our home and make some magic.



Wednesday, March 05, 2014

HONEY BEE ON 1890'S BOOK PAGE

Honey Bee
4.5" x 6.25" Mixed Media Drawing on a Distressed, 1890's Edition Dictionary

This drawing is special to me primarily because it is drawn on the page of dictionary from the 1890's - it's on a book printed 124 years ago.  I also love the small dimensions of the page.

As I've picked up steam with my dictionary drawings, friends and relatives have given me all sorts of old dictionaries.  I especially like using elementary dictionaries due to their simple definitions and illustrations but finding used books is becoming more and more of a challenge.


My family gave me a lovely book some time back and I just didn't have the heart to mark in it.  I knew it was old and I was pretty sure the pages were too brittle to stand up to much drawing.  This weekend I was pulling pages to start drawings for my upcoming, summer art shows when I noticed this book and discovered some of the pages were damaged and written across.  I decided to give a page a try.  I loved working on it and hope to build some more drawings.

I had to erase and clean-up the Honey Bee page but I love the fact that I have found a way to preserve a book with this much age and beauty.

The other quandary when creating this drawing was whether to write Honey Bee or Honeybee.  I'm certainly no expert and even the page uses both versions.  After some research I discovered that both are considered correct these days but that most entomologists prefer Honey Bee.  Honey Bee it is!