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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, October 22, 2014

A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING

The wedding we hosted this weekend for our youngest daughter was wonderful.  The bride and groom were glowing, the weather was fabulous and the event was perfect.  We are so grateful to friends and family for helping us pull it off.
I love this photo of the couple standing on the aisle runner I painted for them.  I didn't know until afterwards that our fabulous photographer, Kim Sanders Haynes had captured this shot.

We had never hired a caterer before.  Our kids were so excited to have a popular taco truck cater our event.  It was fun to have the truck park outside the venue and serve our party.  I love, love, love this photo of the bridal party in front of the truck.  Big Truck Tacos is one of the most popular restaurants and taco trucks in our state. The owner is originally from our little town.



It took months to collect the special items we used inside individual cloches (bell jars) used for centerpieces on each reception table and all around the venue.  Since the wedding and reception took place at an old post office we used a postal theme in lots of places.  The letters inside the cloches are reproductions I built of love letters my mother and father had written to each other in the 30's.  The flowers were dried arrangements created from flowers the groom had sent the bride over the past few years.  She saved everyone of the bouquets.

Who doesn't like pie?  Our family made over 100 little jar pies as gifts for our guests.  We also had a full sized pie bar.  

The ceremony took place in a garden outside the post office.  It was a beautiful setting and we were blessed with great weather.

I made all the dried flower corsages and if you look at previous posts you'll see the faux keys I made out of hot glue.  They held up great and looked so good.  I was thrilled to see everything come together.

I believe the success of a wedding is happy bride and groom - the rest doesn't really matter.  All the months of work was totally worth it to see the joy in my daughter's eyes.  She was a magnificent bride and was the queen of the day.  

Thanks for sharing our very special occasion!



Sunday, October 05, 2014

A WEDDING IS ON THE WAY


Our youngest daughter is getting married in two weeks and our entire family has been busy with creating a lot of the decorations, food and all the other piles of stuff necessary for a modern wedding.  I've hauled loads of wedding projects up to my classroom.  I decided it would be fun to share some of the artsy things I'm doing.
Our daughter is getting married in a refurbished, old post office in a small town outside of Oklahoma City.  We are using a postal theme.  I designed a vintage postcard which we will launch after the ceremony on helium balloons. (preaddressed, prestamped in hopes finders will send them back to the couple)   I also decided to paint a larger version of the postcard to lay on the aisle runner just beyond the wedding alter.  I painted it on gesso primed canvas.

The giant postcard is almost done and hanging on one of my classroom bulletin boards so I can "eyeball" the details.  I think the kids intend to frame it and display it somewhere in their home.

We are also using reproductions of the envelopes I've saved from my parent's love letters back in the 1930's.  We made little 7-8 envelope stacks of the old envelopes, tied them with ribbon and will have them as centerpieces on the reception tables under glass cloches/bell jars.  My parents were secretly married for a few weeks and went home to live with their respective parents until they got up the nerve and the money to start their home.  During that time, they wrote sweet letters back and forth to one another and my mother saved them all.  Isn't that a cool touch to use at a wedding at an old post office?

In keeping with the vintage feel of the wedding I also designed a Victorian poster looking invitation which I built on the computer, distressed and punched with a doilies like edge.  I also took the kid's engagement photo, gave it a sepia tone, reduced it's transparency and printed it on see-through vellum.  I used the photo to wrap around the finished invitations.

Finally I created the addresses with a fancy, fun font on the computer and aged all the envelopes before we popped them in the mail.

I've bought all sorts of fun new toys to create things for the wedding.

She is also using a lot of skeleton keys in her decorations and flowers.  I found silicon molds on Etsy and used hot glue to mold about 200 skeleton keys of assorted sizes.  We then spray painted them to look metallic, aged them and have them ready to decorate and build into flower arrangements and corsages.

Whew - there's lots more to share but I'll wait and post some photos of the event.  My three daughters and my sister are all Martha Stewart clones so everyone has their fingerprints somewhere on this special day.

BIGGER WORK ON THE WAY


I am constantly amazed how a simple idea can keep evolving and offer new discoveries.  After two and half years of creating drawings on dictionary pages, you'd think the opportunities for new ideas would dry up but nooooooooo.  

I love the idea of working on larger pages. I push my students all the time to tackle big paintings and drawings because I think they often have greater impact and are really attention getting.   Dictionaries just don't come very big so I've been pretty happy to explore working on large, 12' x 18" reproductions of pages on some really old parchment my local print shop found.  Well, I got the bright idea to try going even bigger and I am so excited to get started after my print shop buddies were able to digitize a dictionary page this big.

Today I prepared a page that is 18" x 24".  It looks enormous compared to my regular 6" x 9" book pages.  This page features the definition for fairy tale which has been one of my favorite drawings to create.  Now I can include all sorts of fairy tale images with plenty of room for them all to fit.

I hope to have this piece ready in time for my upcoming show over Thanksgiving in Albuquerque, NM.  Today I prepared a total of 105 new pages.  I've got plenty of inspiration and ideas so I best be off to the studio to make the magic happen.  

Saturday, October 04, 2014

DESIGN STACK ONLINE PROMOTION




I was thrilled to just get a notification from DesignStack via Twitter that my artwork has been featured on their online artist promotion website.

Design Stack tweets and blog what they believe to be innovative, inspiring and unusual art, illustrations, architecture, design. drawings, paintings and photography from around the world.  I had no idea I had been featured.

What an exciting discovery.  I am really grateful to the friendly folks at DesignStack.  They described me as an American artist with an incredibly positive outlook on things.  I'll take that kind of praise any day.  Check out their page about my work.

Wow.  I am honored.
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