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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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014 BOOKPLATE "LOVE LETTERS"

"Love Letters"
11.5" x 14.5" Stippled Ink Drawing on 120lb White, Sulphite Paper

Every year I create an original, stippled, ink drawing while my students work on their ink assignments.  I attempt to commemorate an important event or experience with these year end drawings.  This year's drawing is finally completed and I will now reproduce it on personalized, adhesive labels for use as bookplate gifts for friends, family and coworkers.

This year has been wonderful in many ways.  I have had lots of fabulous adventures but one of the major events of the year was the wedding of our youngest daughter.  We used lots of sentimental touches at her wedding which was held at a former post office.  One of the special decorations was built using letters my parents had written back and forth to each other in the 1930's.  I reproduced the treasured envelopes my mother had kept, tied them up with ribbons and displayed them under glass cloches.

I knew I wanted to use these letters in my 2014 bookplate.  A few weeks ago I gathered some vintage keepsakes, pictures of my mother and father and laid them out with the letters.  I was shocked to discover that I even had my parent's wedding license in a box I'd kept after my mother passed away.  I also had a pair of my mother's old eyeglasses.

It was very emotional to build this drawing.  It is created with millions of tiny dots so it took an enormous amount of time to complete.  I was surprised to find myself feeling so close to my father as I rewrote his letters trying to replicate his handwriting.  My father passed away when I was 19 so it was bittersweet to follow each stroke he made on the page.

My parents eloped to nearby Tucumcari, NM to marry.  It was right at the beginning of the depression and the dust bowl which ravaged our Oklahoma prairies.  My parents returned to live separately with their parents until they could make their home on the family farm.  They were brave, courageous people who didn't just save the farm but lived out their lives working that land.  My siblings and I still own the farm together as tribute to their hard work during difficult times.


I chose to use three photographs of my parents each taken over a period of time.  Since the actual drawing is pretty small, it was a challenge to recreate the photos with much detail


I only edited a few things from my Father's letters - not because they were in any way juicy but I wanted to include special passages and sentiment.  I tried to replicate my Father's handwriting the best I could with the limitations of making only stippled/dot marks.



I included a few keepsake items in the drawing.  These are my mother's old eyeglasses plus the fountain pen we used for my daughter's wedding guest book and one of the vintage keys we also used at my daughter's wedding.  The old pocket watch has it's time set to 10:10 which is my husband's birthday.  With a drawing dedicated to love I just had to have him in there somewhere.

After working on the piece for a few days I also decided to include a vintage wallpaper looking background.  With the challenge of creating so many white paper subjects (which was a challenge by the way) I thought the piece needed a little more jazz.

With the completion of this piece I am closing up my studio for the holidays.  Thank you to everyone who is following me, admiring my work and visiting my online shop.  It has been a wonderful year and I am grateful for the success of my studio, the blessing of being a working artist and for my wonderful family.  Have a terrific holiday season, my friends.


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

WOW! GALLERY LAUNCHES THEIR WEBSITE





I am pleased as punch to be represented in Santa Fe, New Mexico by the beautiful WOW! Gallery.  It's a tiny little space a block and half from the famous plaza district.  The owner/artist, Jessica is a fabulous friend who has become a great advisor and advocate.

Jessica recently launched the galleries website and I am excited to share it with you all.


Visit the site here

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 BOOKPLATE BEGINS

Family Keepsakes

Each November I create a stipple ink drawing which I turn into adhesive, personalized bookplates for family and friends.  With the Thanksgiving art show and our daughter's fall wedding, I am behind getting this project started.

I love creating a drawing that has some significance and represents an event or experience from the previous year.  I've known for months what I wanted to use for this year's bookplate and I've been so anxious to finish up my series of dictionary drawings so I could start.  I've had all these items sitting on my desk waiting to go and it's been kinda like waiting on dessert....I am so excited to start.

I discovered love letters written back and forth between my parents when they first married in the 1930's.  I had all the letters out and used them as decorations during our daughter's wedding.  I knew I wanted to use those letters in this year's bookplate.

My mother kept everything and while cleaning out her farmhouse, my sisters and I finally just piled keepsakes in boxes to sort through later.  To my surprised I discovered that I had my parent's original marriage license, too.

So with the big wedding in our family this past year I am combining all sorts of family keepsakes for this year's bookplate.


Starting to Stipple

Creating all these letters will be quite a challenge but a personal challenge is part of what I seek when doing these annual bookplates.  I love the textures, colors and sentimentality of these precious letters.

Well, I'm off to stipple away.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

JUMBO FAIRY TALE

Fairy Tale
18" x 24" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Parchment

This drawing has been in my head for months.  I knew I wanted to challenge myself to create a jumbo sized drawing on a digitized dictionary page and I knew I wanted to attempt to use images from some of my favorite, childhood fairy tales....here is the result.

It's a busy piece with lots to look at..."There's a lot going on" is the phrase I hear used to describe artwork like this.  Because the surface is so large, it permitted me to draw a lot of stuff.  There were also lots of challenges.

I worked on this piece off and on in my classroom with my students watching.  Many of them had no fairy tale references outside of Disney movies.  I explained to them that the Brother's Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson were my favorite fairy tale story tellers.  These images came out of my head and were born a long time ago when I was a child.  It took quite a bit of effort to let them pop out of those memories and not be influenced from other images around me.

Because the text on the page already creates a busy space it is a trick to arrange my characters.  I deliberately want specific words to show through.  I also don't care a bit about the proportions from one image as it relates to the other.  The Nightingale's cage (I LOVE that story) can be big and the Princess and the Pea's bed can be small....it doesn't matter.  It's kinda like they are all spinning around in my head anyway.

I have a frame waiting for this drawing and plan to feature it in my booth this week in Albuquerque.  I'm going to have a pretty hefty price tag on it since it is so big and I'm terribly attached to it.  I put quite a bit of my heart into this piece and I'm fine if it comes home and lives with me for awhile. I also don't know if I'll have print available of it since it doesn't translate well much smaller.

I love a big challenge and it feels so good to enjoy the finished drawing.  Unfortunately I thought up about a dozen other pieces I'd like to do large.  It's like a disease or chocolate - I just can't stop myself.

Here are some close-ups




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PHARMACIST

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

I am leaving for Albuquerque in a week and I am really excited about going.  Last year I had a couple of people request a pharmacist page so I decided I'd better get one put together.

Every time I visit our local pharmacist (which is pretty often at my age I've noticed)  I enjoy all the varieties of mortar and pestles they have displayed above them.  So I thought those images would work great on this old page.  With those molds I decided to include some of the brightly colored, old bottles I've seen at antique stores.  We are so used to disposing of our little plastic bottles and jars but years ago everything was kept and reused over and over again.

Monday, November 17, 2014

THEATER


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

Our family loves theater.  My husband is our high school speech, debate, theater teacher and we both are active in directing and performing at school, at church and at our local community theater.  All three of our daughters are avid performers and now our grandchildren are getting into the act.  Our youngest daughter teaches theater.

While I was working on this during class one day, one of my students commented that the traditional theater masks are now referred to as "Laugh Now, Cry Later."  I've noticed the masks are popular as tattoos with that saying wrapped around them.  Funny how symbols can change meaning from generation to generation or culture to culture.

Friday, November 14, 2014

ROLLER SKATE

Roller Skate
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary

One of my favorite things is to draw nostalgic images.  As a kid growing up on the rural prairies of Oklahoma, a treat was meeting friends at a local skating rink.  My tribe and I spent lots of Saturdays and special occasions from childhood through our teens skating together.  I wouldn't dare put on a pair of skates these days but my grandchildren still skate from time to time on the same old wooden floor at the local rink.

My mother-in-law still gets out her baton and her skates to enjoy playing with her great grandchildren.  Patt puts us all to shame with her energy and her joy.  I am a happy spectator but she is still so young at heart.  I love this snappy photo of her with pom-poms on her lace up skates.


My Mother-in-law Patricia in her skates

I hope someone discovers this little drawing and that it brings up some happy memories of times spent skating away with no cares in the world.  I can still hear Bobby Darin singing as I endlessly flew around on that big, wooden oval.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

LARGE BOOK


BOOK
8" x 11" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary

A good friend brought me a stack of loose pages from a really old dictionary and I LOVE the pages.  They are extremely fragile so I can't make many marks or get very rich colors on the page but the definitions are wonderful.  I especially love this book page.  It has everything from book to bookish to bookbinding.  There really wasn't space to draw much without covering over a book definition of some sort.  So I just drew what I wanted over the big page.

This piece is part of my new inventory for the Thanksgiving show in Albuquerque.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DOCTOR

"Doctor"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary Page

I'm busy in my studio building new inventory for my upcoming show in Albuquerque, NM.  I have piles of work in progress and am so anxious to get there and enjoy this wonderful show and town.

As I prepare new work, I feel like I am walking a bit of a tight rope between making what I think is quality, fine art and just making work that sells well.  Of course, I want to sell a lot of artwork but I don't want to just make something commercial with no soul.

Since I began working on dictionary pages I have had all sorts of requests - some good, some really strange.  I often think of those little personalized license plates for bikes that you used to find in convenience stores around the country.  People would search and search to find their names.  I made myself a promise that I would not create artwork like that.  I love when someone has a personal connection with something I've created but I don't want the process to be all about making an assembly line of drawings that I'm not personally proud of.



I've made quite a few occupation pages on dictionary pages.  I don't want to just generate every occupation out there in hopes of a sale but I do want to capture a sense of that occupation and it's importance. Hopefully, this piece, "Doctor" accomplishes that goal.

My great grandfather was a country doctor in rural Oklahoma.  I'd like to think this is a bit of a tribute to him.

HEADING TO ALBUQUERQUE



15th Annual Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival

I am really excited and so looking forward to spending a second Thanksgiving in Albuquerque, New Mexico doing this fabulous art show.  Last year my husband and I had a ball at the show and discovered so many wonderful things to see and do in Albuquerque.

For most of my life, my family has traveled to nearby New Mexico.  I grew up visiting Taos and Red River as a child.  As a teenager I first set foot in Santa Fe where my dream of living and showing my art first began.  We visit Northern New Mexico frequently and feel at home there.  If it weren't for our family and grandchildren so close, a terrific old house and jobs we love....we would pack up and move there in a heartbeat.

We live in a such a remote part of the world that it takes a long drive if we ever fly anywhere.  The cheaper rates to fly out of Albuquerque drew our attention a couple of years ago and that was our first time to spend much time there.  Also, after binge watching "Breaking Bad" we were intrigued about the place.

Now we can't wait to get back.  The show is awesome, the town is filled with wonderful restaurants, theater and shopping so we are both itching to go.

If you are anywhere close, please come visit me.  In fact, give me a holler and I'd be glad to get you discounted tickets to the show.  See you there.

Here is a link to the festival:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING

The wedding we hosted this weekend for our youngest daughter was wonderful.  The bride and groom were glowing, the weather was fabulous and the event was perfect.  We are so grateful to friends and family for helping us pull it off.
I love this photo of the couple standing on the aisle runner I painted for them.  I didn't know until afterwards that our fabulous photographer, Kim Sanders Haynes had captured this shot.

We had never hired a caterer before.  Our kids were so excited to have a popular taco truck cater our event.  It was fun to have the truck park outside the venue and serve our party.  I love, love, love this photo of the bridal party in front of the truck.  Big Truck Tacos is one of the most popular restaurants and taco trucks in our state. The owner is originally from our little town.



It took months to collect the special items we used inside individual cloches (bell jars) used for centerpieces on each reception table and all around the venue.  Since the wedding and reception took place at an old post office we used a postal theme in lots of places.  The letters inside the cloches are reproductions I built of love letters my mother and father had written to each other in the 30's.  The flowers were dried arrangements created from flowers the groom had sent the bride over the past few years.  She saved everyone of the bouquets.

Who doesn't like pie?  Our family made over 100 little jar pies as gifts for our guests.  We also had a full sized pie bar.  

The ceremony took place in a garden outside the post office.  It was a beautiful setting and we were blessed with great weather.

I made all the dried flower corsages and if you look at previous posts you'll see the faux keys I made out of hot glue.  They held up great and looked so good.  I was thrilled to see everything come together.

I believe the success of a wedding is happy bride and groom - the rest doesn't really matter.  All the months of work was totally worth it to see the joy in my daughter's eyes.  She was a magnificent bride and was the queen of the day.  

Thanks for sharing our very special occasion!



Sunday, October 05, 2014

A WEDDING IS ON THE WAY


Our youngest daughter is getting married in two weeks and our entire family has been busy with creating a lot of the decorations, food and all the other piles of stuff necessary for a modern wedding.  I've hauled loads of wedding projects up to my classroom.  I decided it would be fun to share some of the artsy things I'm doing.
Our daughter is getting married in a refurbished, old post office in a small town outside of Oklahoma City.  We are using a postal theme.  I designed a vintage postcard which we will launch after the ceremony on helium balloons. (preaddressed, prestamped in hopes finders will send them back to the couple)   I also decided to paint a larger version of the postcard to lay on the aisle runner just beyond the wedding alter.  I painted it on gesso primed canvas.

The giant postcard is almost done and hanging on one of my classroom bulletin boards so I can "eyeball" the details.  I think the kids intend to frame it and display it somewhere in their home.

We are also using reproductions of the envelopes I've saved from my parent's love letters back in the 1930's.  We made little 7-8 envelope stacks of the old envelopes, tied them with ribbon and will have them as centerpieces on the reception tables under glass cloches/bell jars.  My parents were secretly married for a few weeks and went home to live with their respective parents until they got up the nerve and the money to start their home.  During that time, they wrote sweet letters back and forth to one another and my mother saved them all.  Isn't that a cool touch to use at a wedding at an old post office?

In keeping with the vintage feel of the wedding I also designed a Victorian poster looking invitation which I built on the computer, distressed and punched with a doilies like edge.  I also took the kid's engagement photo, gave it a sepia tone, reduced it's transparency and printed it on see-through vellum.  I used the photo to wrap around the finished invitations.

Finally I created the addresses with a fancy, fun font on the computer and aged all the envelopes before we popped them in the mail.

I've bought all sorts of fun new toys to create things for the wedding.

She is also using a lot of skeleton keys in her decorations and flowers.  I found silicon molds on Etsy and used hot glue to mold about 200 skeleton keys of assorted sizes.  We then spray painted them to look metallic, aged them and have them ready to decorate and build into flower arrangements and corsages.

Whew - there's lots more to share but I'll wait and post some photos of the event.  My three daughters and my sister are all Martha Stewart clones so everyone has their fingerprints somewhere on this special day.

BIGGER WORK ON THE WAY


I am constantly amazed how a simple idea can keep evolving and offer new discoveries.  After two and half years of creating drawings on dictionary pages, you'd think the opportunities for new ideas would dry up but nooooooooo.  

I love the idea of working on larger pages. I push my students all the time to tackle big paintings and drawings because I think they often have greater impact and are really attention getting.   Dictionaries just don't come very big so I've been pretty happy to explore working on large, 12' x 18" reproductions of pages on some really old parchment my local print shop found.  Well, I got the bright idea to try going even bigger and I am so excited to get started after my print shop buddies were able to digitize a dictionary page this big.

Today I prepared a page that is 18" x 24".  It looks enormous compared to my regular 6" x 9" book pages.  This page features the definition for fairy tale which has been one of my favorite drawings to create.  Now I can include all sorts of fairy tale images with plenty of room for them all to fit.

I hope to have this piece ready in time for my upcoming show over Thanksgiving in Albuquerque, NM.  Today I prepared a total of 105 new pages.  I've got plenty of inspiration and ideas so I best be off to the studio to make the magic happen.  

Saturday, October 04, 2014

DESIGN STACK ONLINE PROMOTION




I was thrilled to just get a notification from DesignStack via Twitter that my artwork has been featured on their online artist promotion website.

Design Stack tweets and blog what they believe to be innovative, inspiring and unusual art, illustrations, architecture, design. drawings, paintings and photography from around the world.  I had no idea I had been featured.

What an exciting discovery.  I am really grateful to the friendly folks at DesignStack.  They described me as an American artist with an incredibly positive outlook on things.  I'll take that kind of praise any day.  Check out their page about my work.

Wow.  I am honored.
My page posted on DesignStack

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WEAVE

Weave
6.5" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Collegiate Dictionary

This commission came from Santa Fe as a birthday gift for a weaver.  I have to admit this one was tricky and took quite a few photographs before I felt confident to recreate this floor loom.  Like so many challenges - I had no idea there were so many different types of looms and then I had no experience or understanding of how the darn things are threaded.

The customer was pleased.  Thank goodness.

I absolutely love this dictionary page.  I was thrilled when I found a page with so many great weaving references.  This particular book was very old and had string woven along the spine instead of glue.  The left hand margin of the page was very narrow and it took a bit of effort and slow going to get it out of the book.  I like the fact that the page was once "woven" into the book.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

RUN

Run
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Children's Dictionary

Life is CRAZY right now.  I have had a few commissions waiting on me but my life is consumed with teaching and most of all, preparing for my youngest daughter's wedding.  Like so many creative types, I've got to do most of the wedding myself from building the flowers to designing and printing the invitations.  It's been insane but mostly great fun.

This drawing was requested by a customer for his girlfriend.  I had met the man at an art festival last spring.  He sent photos of some of his girlfriend's favorite running shoes but really wanted these vividly colored shoes.  I rarely ever use these colors in my work opting for a more neutral, vintage looking palette.  So it was fun to use paint and pencils that rarely get to come out and play.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

HUNT


Hunt
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Parchment

I've made no secret of saying how nervous commissions make me.  I do a lot of them and each one is a challenge to create then I hold my breath hoping the customer is pleased with the outcome.

This particular commission was requested by a lovely family who met me at an art show.  They asked that I try to capture a beloved, hunting dog, Annie for their father.  I was thrilled when the family sent me a photo of their father with my finished work.  Everyone said it was a wonderful gift. 

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The family sent me a number of photos of their dog and some suggestions of quail they wanted added to the background of their commission.  I have to admit, I was also able to use my own, old dog as a model too.  We just had to put our dog, Madeline, down after 18 years with our family.  It wasn't an easy task even though she was frail, blind and ultimately lost her ability to stand or walk.  She was sweet and loving and I miss her a little everyday.

Our son-in-law hauled her to the vet in his pick-up and carried her in. She wasn't a small bundle. He brought her wrapped up in her bed.  James was all dressed up for work and covered in dog hair but he said he thought such a good dog deserved to die in her own bed.  That meant a lot.  I understand the value of a good dog.  I'm pleased I got to honor Annie.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

PENGUIN

Penguin
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Parchment

This drawing has been on the easel of my studio for nearly a month waiting on me to get it finished.  With the start of school, special travels and most recently - a case of pneumonia, it has gathered some dust.  I don't like to let a piece languish this long and I sure don't like to keep a customer waiting.

An old friend purchased this commission for his mother at the start of the summer so I feel badly that it's taken me weeks to complete.  I actually love working on pieces like this where I get to take creatures and give them a little personality.  I also enjoy finding hidden colors in blacks and whites which I think gives those drab colors some vitality.

Over the summer, I have working on a variety of pieces in my booth during art festivals.  I start everything out with an ink drawing.  From time to time I have people suggest I stop after the ink drawing and not add any color to the work.  Here's what the penguins looked like after I finished drawing them.  I like the look of the ink drawing, too.  I tell my students all the time that a good painting always starts with a strong drawing.

I am finally done with my antibiotic and about to stop my cough syrup (which is wonderful by the way - better than most cocktails) and I am about to feel like myself again.  It's a good thing, too because my studio has stacks of work which need my attention.

NOW REPRESENTED AT THE EARTHEN VESSEL


The Earthen Vessel Gallery in Durango, Colorado

It has been a whirlwind of a summer.  So much has happened and I've been off on so many great adventures.  I am behind on recording my experiences here so I'm gonna try to catch folks up.

One of the things that has happened is that I have been invited and accepted representation at a beautiful art gallery in Durango, Colorado.  While we were recently in Colorado at the Crested Butte art show, we drove down to Durango and dropped off my artwork.  The owner, Valerie, is a close friend of my gallery owner in Santa Fe so thank you, Jessica for promoting my work!

The Earthen Vessel is a beautiful gallery filled with exquisite pottery, clothing and artwork right in the historic district of this amazing town.  Our family has always loved spending time in Durango so to be a part of its thriving art scene is a dream come true.  The Earthen Vessel website


It's exciting and a bit overwhelming to have my work now featured in two such lovely gallery spaces in two towns with established art markets.  I've got to get busy with reports that sales are going well in both locations.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

MEYER GRACE


Meyer Grace
13" x 8" Personalized, Dimensional Watercolor on 200 lb paper

I really don't remember the last time I bought a baby gift.  I generally paint a personalized watercolor for the special babies of friends and family.  My middle daughter has a very tight knit group of friends who have been together since grade school.  Many of them are in their thirties and just now starting their families.  Each of these new babies are very special and very wanted.  Today our community is celebrating baby Meyer Grace Johnson.

This painting is dimensional with lots of little pieces cut out and built up.  I like to paint a colorful background then add layers of painted pieces and embellishments.  The nursery for baby Meyer is pink and gray and I didn't have much else to go on - no theme, just lots of pink.  So I decided to create some funny little black birds and throw in a few cut out flourishes.

Life has been unbelievably crazy.  It has actually been weeks since I've been in my studio.  Today it feels like fall on the prairie and there is even a little moisture falling.  This kind of weather makes me want to create.

I'll try to catch folks up on my adventures and travels.  It's been a wonderful few months and I'm so happy to be back at work in my studio.

Monday, August 18, 2014

FISH & FLIES

Fish & Flies
Mixed Media Drawing on 12" x 18" Antique Parchment

It's been a hectic few weeks.  I've returned from an exciting summer of travels, family time and art shows to start school for my 15th year.

While I was in Crested Butte (which was a lovely experience and a fabulous art show) I met a lot of terrific people.  One awesome gentlemen saw me working on this piece and asked to purchase it unfinished.  I had intended to have it finished before we went to this part of Colorado where fishing is a passion.  He requested I include some freshwater, brown trout and he purchased a variety of fly fishing flies that he enjoys using and asked that I include them in the drawing.

I had a great time creating this piece.  I was fascinated by the variety of flies he provided.  I had never studied fishing flies before and now I have a better understanding of how each one is an intricate piece of art.  I kinda hate that I have to return them with the finished work.

Friday, July 25, 2014

HEADING TO CRESTED BUTTE


Only a week away until I get to end my summer in the beautiful, quaint town of Crested Butte, Colorado.  The art show opens next Friday and runs all weekend along the main street of the town.  I can smell those pine trees and that crisp mountain air - I ready to go!

I did this festival three times over 30 years ago but retired from art shows as my children got bigger.  My daughters actually loved frolicking around vendors during art shows but it became a little too much to manage so I hung up my tent and stopped doing art festivals.

This has been my second year to get back into the art show circuit.  It's been a wonderful experience but I've got to say - doing art shows around the country is a lot of work and requires some strength and endurance.  I am fortunate that my husband is able to be with me for most shows and it takes both of us to set up and man our booth.

I've learned a great deal about the business of doing art shows.  First - it IS a business.  The folks who succeed at this sort of thing put lots of time into creating unique, professional displays, sharp promotional materials and lots and lot and lots of inventory.

Second - it's hard work.  It takes some muscle and patience to pack, set up and tear down all the necessary stuff needed to do a show.  I've found my booth neighbors to generally be helpful, kind folks who will lend a hand and share their knowledge of "the circuit."

I have two more shows scheduled for this year.  I go to Garden City, KS for their annual Tumbleweed Festival August 22-24 and will be back at the Rio Grande Holiday Festival in Albuquerque over Thanksgiving.  I've already been invited back to Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts next spring and accepted their invitation today.

Again, this has been a great experience and I am planning to visit more of the country next year.  Now its time to dust off my school desk and prepare for a new school year.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DRAGONFLY

Dragonflies
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Old Parchment

It's worked out very nicely that I love drawing dragonflies and people seem to love to own them.  I've enjoyed creating all sorts of different ones and its been fun to explore how to arrange them on lots of different pages.

I have quite a few new drawings to post so I decided to share two new dragonflies together.

Dragonflies
7.24" x 9"

This page came from a nearly square format, children's dictionary I have had a ball creating drawings in this book.  I have much more to post but I also have an art show next weekend in beautiful Colorado to pack for.  I am really excited to end my summer there.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SEA HORSE

Sea Horse
7" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Children's Dictionary

I have been having fun creating all sorts of new images on dictionary pages.  Getting work ready for two back-to-back art shows required I have lots of inventory.

I've always been fascinated by sea horses.  When I was a child my teacher had sea horses in an aquarium in our classroom.  They were so interesting and odd.  It was fun to draw their little, spiny bodies and try to capture a little personality in their faces.  I also love this square shaped book where I harvested the page.

I attended a real-life, country, nearly one room school near our farm.  Part of the original building still stands - the gymatorium/cafeteria.  My school was called the Unity School in the Unity Community.  It closed after I finished the 6th grade due to its tiny enrollment.  At one point there were only four students first - eighth grade.  We all attended classes together in one room (the school actually had two classrooms and we would travel back and forth from room to room for different subjects.)

The benefit of attending a tiny school was the personal attention, the opportunity for fabulous field trips and our incredible bus driver/cooks meals (parents would show up to eat just for the amazing food).  Our teacher would often rely on older students to tutor younger ones and we would all listen to lectures and lessons from other grades.  I was able to rush through my lessons and spend lots of time drawing.

Monday, July 14, 2014

ARTIST

Artist
6.5" x 9.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Collegiate Edition of Dictionary

We just returned and unpacked from my Epic trip to New England.  My husband and I set up for two different art shows and then spent a fabulous week in NYC.  We had lots of special adventures I hope to share in the coming days.

During our 4th of July art show in Great Barrington, MA I had the joy of being visited by a fan and fellow art teacher.  It is always amazing to have someone appreciate what you create and take the time to travel to visit with you in person.

I am thrilled that this drawing now belongs to someone who is also a public school art teacher.  Read about her visit on her blog - K's blog.

I did a large scale drawing of art supplies long ago and it has been reposted lots of times around the internet.  I made the mistake of posting it once without the watermark and it pains me that this unprotected image without my name has been used over and over again.  I knew I wanted to create another, smaller version and this is the result of that effort.