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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.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO

There are always lots of different project going on in my classroom and studio.  Some are demonstration pieces that I use when I start new units, some are commissions from customers, some are requests for friends and family and some are just for fun.  Here's a little of what I've been up to this week.

City of Guymon traffic signal box design contest

My community is joining many others to decorate our ugly, metal traffic signal boxes that are installed along our roadways.  I was recently asked to get my students to submit designs for the contest.  This is my demo design on the template I created for them.  I decided to create something that looked like one of those vintage, travel postcards.  I don't think anyone has ever made one of these postcards for our community.  This drawing is done with Sharpie markers and colored pencils.  I am deliberately using everyday media to demonstrate what my students can create with inexpensive art supplies.

A possible children's book

A very dear friend contacted me about creating some illustrations for her children's book.  She has written a story for preschoolers about a lion.  Coming up with an original, cartoon lion was a challenge.  I had no idea there were so many lion characters out there - lots of lions star in children's books.

This was another project I create in front of my students as a teaching tool.  I first did some quick sketches on my ipad to find a unique looking lion.  I find that drawing on my ipad limits my skill and often helps me find a new look.  This character was created with colored pencils and watercolors.  I also came up with a cute stage as the environment for the book.  

I'm not sure where this project might go.  Illustrating children's books is quite a business and very competitive. My friend was pleased which was what I was shooting for.

Stage Props for the musical "Footloose"

My youngest daughter is directing the musical "Footloose" at her school.  It is her first directorial effort as a theater teacher.  She asked if I would come up with a reversible sign that could be used in scenes for a burger joint and a bar-b-Que joint.  These designs will be projected on heavy Styrofoam, painted in acrylic and built on something like a giant Popsicle stick on a stand.  These two designs are not real originals and are mashed up versions of ideas she found online.  It was still fun to draw and color them.  I'm traveling down to help her create the stage sized versions.



So that's some of my week as a happy artist.  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

KNIT

Knit
7" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary Page

I am trying to buckle down and focus more on creating new dictionary art for an upcoming show in Oklahoma City.  I've really enjoyed playing in my studio the past month and even though I've done some work toward the show, I've done a lot of art and craft work just for me.

My classroom right now has a number of different projects stuffed everywhere and I plan to share some of that later.  But now it's time to focus more on the business side of my studio.  Today I answered another request from costumers to create something that celebrates knitting.  I found this perfect page with a tiny illustration and a child's definition of knit.  I set about to encircle both with yarn and needles.

I have actually knitted a little and a few years ago I had to learn how to do it all over again so I could do it onstage for role I was playing at the local community theater.  Since I was busy knitting while performing I long ago discarded the terrible outcome.  I can say that knitting while moving around (in this case singing and dancing) didn't exactly result in perfect knit one, pearl two.

Just for fun - here is a picture of me in character.  Thank you, Dame Edna, for the glasses.



Monday, February 16, 2015

SPARROW

Sparrow
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary

I love drawing birds.  This whole series of dictionary drawings began with a bird and I still enjoy studying and drawing them.

Years ago I planted ivy outside my old house and there are always lots of little sparrows perching and playing in it.  My house cat spends hours sitting in the window watching the birds come and go.  I like to watch, too.  Sparrows are not considered to be very impressive, or important birds but if you take the time, you can see all kinds of personalities and attitudes from them.  I have always liked to take an everyday thing and give it a little glory in a work of art.  So here is my tribute to this little bird.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NAVY

NAVY
Mixed Media Drawing on 5" x 8.5" Antique Dictionary

I have been asked to create a series of dictionary drawings that feature different branches of our armed forces.  I decided the best way to honor the military is to create drawings of their respect seals and emblems.

To start this series I wanted to begin with the one that is closest to my own family.  I have two brother-in-laws who were in the navy.  For this drawing I didn't take too many artistic liberties because the images used are very symbolic and well defined.  


Here is a picture of my family on a naval ship taken a number of years ago.  Gary, Pop and Jim all had a pretty special day together on board while both of my brother-in-laws were on active duty.  I'm very proud of their service.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

PASTEL DEMONSTRATION



Today my students are beginning pastel portraits.  This is my demonstration of skin tones and techniques.  I decided to use a photo of my precious granddaughter, Berkley.  I may have to finish this one.