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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.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Little Sunflower Works

"Teacup & Saucer" SOLD
I have more fun doing these little still lifes. I am curious to see if anyone finds them interesting.

We are home from a quick trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico to celebrate the end of another school year. The Sunflower Festival is in less than a week so I am busy finishing up my artwork and just starting the job of framing everything.


"The Fourth Street Elevator"


This old elevator sits just down the street from my home by the railroad tracks. I especially enjoy it when it reflects the light from a vivid, Panhandle sunset.



Monday, May 18, 2009

"Three Onions on Blue"

End of the school year has been particularly busy so the easel has been gathering dust. Here is the latest little still life pastel. I bought these onions some time ago with a number of other veggies ready to paint away. The onions are about the only things that haven't been tossed or eaten. I've got three Oklahoma sunsets about finished so things are working out for the Sunflower Festival Show.

Michael and I were tickled to see the banner has been hung on mainstreet. Mine looks good!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Costner Mailboxes

We frequently pass this family of mailboxes on our way to and from the local radio station where Michael works on weekends and during the summer. They are located at the end of Guymon's East street in front of the Costner's home. At one time this was a rural farmhouse but now the town has creeped up around the house. I have always been entertained by the individual personalities of this weathered, little group. The Costner clan has always claimed to be closely related to the actor, Kevin Costner.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL STREET BANNER

My littlest fan, my grandson Tate was fascinated with the painting. Tate, his mother and two aunts paid me a visit while I was just about finished with the banner for the Sunflower Art, Food and Wine Festival scheduled for June 6th. The local gallery sponsoring the event ordered twenty, canvas banners and invited local artists to each paint them. The banners are to be hung from the light poles on mainstreet before and during the festival.

The painting area of the banner is 24" x 49" inches. I decided to do the obvious choice of sunflowers. I bought a little bouquet of flowers at Wal-Mart which included a pretty wilted sunflower and then gathered up some artificial sunflowers I use in still lifes in my classroom. I created a swirled portal around the sunflowers and outlined the finished work in dark violet. I debated about adding the little heart in the center thinking it might be a little too cutesy.



The banner had to be sealed with gloss medium since it will hang outside in Oklahoma Panhandle weather for a few weeks. The finished banners will be auctioned during the festival. I am really anxious to see what my friends and former students do with their banners. I have reserved a booth at the festival and have ten pieces ready to go with a goal of twenty all together to sell.