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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, March 26, 2011

POMEGRANATE ON A PATTERNED SAUCER

I have been dreaming of a colorful pomegranate still life for months and I've also been anxious to paint a little saucer my youngest daughter bought me at a local thrift store.  Today I did both and I'm pretty happy with the outcome.

"Pomegranate on a Patterned Saucer"
8" x 11"
Soft Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper

I am still on a quest to find the perfect violet, soft pastel.  I've bought an assortment of different brands online and at art stores around the Southwest but I still can't locate the creamy, soft, dark color I want.  I used all kinds in this piece.

I plan on completing four more, new pieces in time for my May 1st show.  I've got giant oranges and a sack of bright red chili peppers waiting on me in my refrigerator.  After that - who knows.....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A LITTLE INSPIRATION FROM SANTA FE

 While visiting Santa Fe over Spring Break, I happened to notice a small display in the lobby of the La Fonda Hotel.  A fellow pastel artist had matted some small prints of their work in brightly colored, fabric mats - "What a great idea!"

I am working away on pieces for my May 1st, Taos show but hoping to also participate in our local Sunflower Art Festival the first of June.  I know I can't possibly have enough original inventory and afford enough framing for both events but thanks to my La Fonda discovery I think I might have a solution.

I can make small prints of some of my best pastels, mat them in small fabric mats and sell those for reduced prices at the Sunflower Festival.  At least - that's my plan at the moment.  Here are two preliminary pieces made from prints. 

This is my recent plum pastel matted in bright pink silk.

Here is the same print matted using some painted scraps of dimensional wallpaper I've been saving in my studio.  Both of these pieces are small (only 4.75" x 4" in a 10.5" x 9.5" double mat)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

BROOKS RANGE HUNT

Last October I received a photo from a friend who now lives in Alaska.  She asked if I would paint it as a gift for her husband.  The photo was of a campsite in front of an amazing sky and Alaskan mountain range.  With holidays, directing a play and lots of family obligations, her request has been on the back burner until this weekend.


"Hunt in the Alaskan Brooks Range"
22" x 16"
Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes

I wish my little Canon Power Shot could better capture the correct colors and that my skills on Photoshop could create a better digital image.  But as is usually the case - you need to see it up close and personal.  The horns aren't this yellow and the foreground is colorful but not quite this orange.

Commission work is always a little nerve-racking for me.  I am fearful of pleasing the customer and worry about successfully interpreting what they have in mind - especially when it comes from a specific photo that the customer already cherishes.  I really am anxious for this piece to safely travel all the way to its new home in Alaska and even more anxious to please my friend. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"BLACKBERRIES IN A CUSTARD CUP"

It has been a particularly distressing week in my classroom.  (No real tragedy but a lot of disappointment in how my students are performing.)  I have high expectations for my students and myself and it's challenging not to personally react to apathy or wasted time and talent.

Creative projects have always been an oasis for me whenever I'm upset so these little blackberries were supposed to rescue me from my teacher blues.  Sometimes a painting or drawing creates itself with very little effort but these guys seemed to fight me from start to finish.  Maybe it was my irritation at the end of the school day or maybe capturing black berries on a green background was a big challenge - I don't know.

"Blackberries in a Custard Cup"
7" x 10"
Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper

I am debating whether to frame this piece or not.  So help me out folks.  Tell me what you think.  Composition work?  Shapes and colors interesting?  Would you want to live with it peeking at you from a frame on your wall?

As for this teacher - she's pretty darn happy spring break starts next week.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

"PURPLE PLUMS ON PINK"

I have had "fits" this morning trying to get a good scan of my recent work.  I brought home an old flatbed scanner from my classroom but it did not want to sync with my computer.  Long story - lots of attempts - gave up!

What you see is my even older, smaller, home scanner attempt but at least it captured some of the colors with some degree of accuracy.

"Purple Plums on Pink"
9" x 7.5"
Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper

This is the second in my new series being prepared for The Trading Post Cafe in Taos, NM.  This painting almost painted itself.  It's mat is ready

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

PROUD OF MY STUDENT!

Stefanie Almedia, Senior Guymon High School
Silverware (Fork) Sculpture
"The Way I See It"

Very excited for my senior student, Stefania Almeida, who won one of only eight merit awards at the 22nd Annual Area High School Exhibit in Liberal, Kansas.

Stefanie is an extremely talented young lady and she excels with every type of art she attempts.  She is a highly skilled pastel artist and draws beautifully regardless of the medium.  At the beginning of the year I challenged my Advanced Placement students to create a series of pieces all based on silverware.  Stefanie decided to build a sculpture as a resource for a charcoal drawing.  The drawing was fabulous and the sculpture was really cool.
"In My Dreams"
Charcoal Drawing by Stefanie Almeida

In preparation for the Kansas competition, she decided to rebuild her fork sculpture and enter it along with her original charcoal drawing.  We just learned this morning that the sculpture was selected by the judges as one of the show's top pieces.

It makes my world to have such a terrific student.  Our next goal is to get her some art scholarship money for college.