- flying shoes art studio
- 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.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
My work will be used on all of the festival's print and electronic publications promoting the event.
These sunflowers have made their third appearance on my blog. I posted them first when they were created for a local miniature show at the Wild Horse Gallery. They showed up a second time a few months later when I donated them to the Circle of Friends cancer support group where they sold to a very dear friend. Now they are going to get to show off again on banners, fliers and websites. Yippee!!!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
My reasoning for putting so many images on my show card is that I hope patrons will see a painting they like and grab a card while they ponder their potential purchase. Taos has an active art market which is one of the reasons I am so thrilled to be showing there - especially a show that lasts from May 1st to July 10th. I hope that these little cards will help boost interest in my work as well as sales. Who knows where my cards may wind up?
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
"P B & J on a Paper Plate"
9.25" x 8.25"
Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper
Drum roll, please! This is my final piece in my Kitchen Counter Series heading to Taos, NM this weekend for my very first Taos show at the Trading Post Cafe & Gallery. I finished it yesterday, just got a scan and have it's frame ready and waiting.
I like to mark the occasion of finishing a series with something special. My last Kitchen Counter Series was concluded with a very fancy still life of strawberries in a silver bowl. This time I thought I'd go the opposite direction and have the finale piece be something everyday, ordinary and loved by nearly everyone. Come on. What's a better comfort food and a true favorite from our childhood than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In fact, I actually ate half of my subject matter before I even started the painting.
So now I'm busy building gallery tags and a new art card for this weekend. I am extremely excited about fulfilling a lifelong dream of showing my artwork in a New Mexico gallery. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me - especially my family and my husband, Michael.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
"Red Grapes in a Glass Bowl"
11" x 8.5"
Soft Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper
I rarely like to revisit a subject but I really enjoyed painting red grapes a years ago and I loved trying to capture a clear, glass container. My first painting of red grapes is no longer in my inventory so I decided to create a new one for my May 1st show.
This is the next-to-last painting for that show. I am away from home for the weekend at the state speech and debate tournament so no painting until next week. All of my new frames have arrived so I'm nearly ready to pack and go.
It's been a wonderful art week for me. My students did incredibly well at their last high school competition, I've sold three paintings - one right after the other and I've had two commissions for personalized watercolors.
One of the highlights of the spring is the annual Art Jubilee Competition and Show held on the campus of Oklahoma Panhandle State University near my home. For the past eleven years I have taken my students to this event to compete against high school art programs from the surrounding five states.
This year my students won our tenth sweepstakes award and brought home our tenth 2-D Best of Show Award. I was thrilled since this was one of the biggest turnouts for the Jubilee in years.
As part of the event, the university hosts workshops for both students and teachers. This year it was a joy to meet and spend time with Oklahoma artist, Carol Beesley. Carol's work has been featured throughout the Southwest. She is currently part of the faculty at the University of Oklahoma.
Carol Beesley and Me
Carol and some of her vivid, Oklahoma landscapes created with oil sticks.
I hope to post some of the exceptional student work entered in the Jubilee soon.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Friday, April 01, 2011
8.25" x 9.5"
Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper
It's been a great art day for flying shoes. I got a call this morning from our local gallery that a large pastel piece I did last February sold last night to an Oklahoma State Senator that was in town for an event. They wanted to let me know about the sale. That really made my day. I had been debating collecting some of the gallery pieces that had been hanging for awhile and bringing them home. I think it's important to rotate inventory after a while. So Glad I didn't do that before this sale.