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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.

Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 BOOKPLATE - "JOURNEY"

"Journey"
8" x 10" Stippled Ink Drawing on Crescent Mat Board

Here it is - my 2012 bookplate.  This year's drawing was inspired from our spectacular trip to the West Coast this past summer.  I try to create my annual bookplate drawing to represent something significant from that year.  I work on these drawings during class while my students are creating their personal, ink drawings. 

I selected the images in this drawing for their symbolism.  I am a lifelong resident of the Oklahoma Panhandle and being a child of the high plains means I don't have much knowledge about seashells.  I love collecting them when we visit a beach but it wasn't until I decided to use them in my drawing that I discovered that each shell form and color is determined by the travels of the mollusk it protected.  Each seashell is different and represents the location, diet and journey it enjoyed or endured.  I think these shells symbolize where we have been.

I love compass and clock faces.  Last year's bookplate drawing was clock faces so a compass was right in line with what I had studied.  I intentionally configured each compass to be pointing a different direction.  I thought they would serve as a symbol for the choices we have in where we are going.

Finally I added a vintage map complete with a tall ship, navigation star and longitude and latitude.  The map doesn't depict any actual place.  I then decide to add the names of all my family members (including two new grand babies coming in February) in teeny-tiny print around the map.




Each year I create my stipple piece using only an 005 black ink pen.  Here is the pen I use.  The tip is almost as small as a human hair and gives me tiny little marks.  I love using this size of pen because it gives me control over my details.  It also means that a piece this size has well over a million dots.

I have already scanned this piece, created personalized book labels for my friends and family.  I think this is the tenth bookplate, ink drawing I've created.

Friday, December 14, 2012

PERSONALIZED WATERCOLOR FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER

It has been a long time since I created a watercolor painting as a new baby gift. This one is pretty special.

It is for my new granddaughter Berkley who is scheduled to arrive sometime in February. She is the first child of my oldest daughter Kiley and her husband Aaron. What makes Berkley even more special than other babies is that Kiley has had multiple miscarriages and had been told she would never carry a baby to term. She has had complications along the way this time but both she and the baby are doing well. It is a miracle for our entire family.

You may notice that I didn't spare lots of sparkles and bright color on this piece. My Kiley sparkles herself and I am one, excited grandmother.

I have another grandchild due two weeks following Berkley but my middle daughter and her husband are not going to discover the gender until birth. I will have the joy of another watercolor then.



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MY FIRST IPAD SKETCHES

My Christmas present from my husband is a new IPad. I am in LOVE (with both the IPad and my husband). I immediately downloaded a number of drawing apps. I've wanted to try my hand at this new medium sinceI first discovered it.

Here are my first sketching attempts.



Saturday, December 08, 2012

NEW AIRPLANE & HELICOPTER DICTIONARY DRAWINGS


"Airplane"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
Original SOLD - Prints Available via Etsy

"Helicopter"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
Original SOLD - Prints Available via Etsy

It has be an interesting experience discovering what is popular with art patrons.  My drawings of vintage airplanes and trains have really been loved and I've had numerous requests to create a helicopter drawing.  A good friend recently commissioned me to create a helicopter as a Christmas gift so it is now a part of my series.  All in all, I have now completed an inventory of 72 dictionary drawings including these two.

One of the things I enjoy most about these drawings is how vintage they look and feel.  The dictionary pages are over 50 years old and I distress them more with ink and watercolor washes.  But I really strive to create an drawing that is like an illustration from an old book.  I use sepia ink and very specific colors of pastels and colored pencils to give it an old but familiar look.

I am off to post these on Pinterest and make prints available on my Etsy store at www.Etsy.com/shop/flyingshoes 

Friday, December 07, 2012

MY FAVORITE WATERCOLOR BRUSH


As a high school art teacher I am always snooping around for new art supplies and techniques.  A few months ago I stumbled onto a watercolor brush that has a water depository in the handle.  I bought a couple of different brands in different price ranges when I had a chance and I am TOTALLY in love.

I was concerned that the brush fibers might mildew if left damp for very long, that it might leak and I was also concerned about the quality of the brush tip (whether it would hold it's shape or be too soft or hard).  Not a one of these problems has happened and I've used the heck outta the Sakura Koi brush.  I love the ease of using this brush for the lettering on my dictionary drawing series.



I think these brushes would be ideal for watercolorist who likes to travel but hates hauling around water containers.  I have to admit that I don't switch around my color palette that often but when I needed to, the brush washes easily in water.  To dampen the brush you just lightly squeeze the barrel of the brush handle.

Here's a resource if you are interested: