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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, May 30, 2014

1890's VIOLIN & YACHT

Violin 
Mixed Media Drawing on 5" x 6.5" 1890's Dictionary

Yacht
Mixed Media Drawing on 5" x 6.5" 1890's Dictionary

As I've been building inventory for summer shows I realized that I don't have every letter in the alphabet represented in my work.  I harvested these pages from the beautiful, tiny 1890's dictionary when I discovered a chance to create something for 'V' and 'Y.'  I still have a few more empty alphabet sections in my inventory.  'B' and 'M' are HUGE with lots of bees, butterflies and motorcycles, and movies and magic, etc.

Meeting the public at shows always brings with it lots of interesting suggestions for my work.  I have people ask for all sorts of bizarre and sometimes entertaining images on dictionary pages.  I sometimes have people follow up and actually commission these unusual pages but for the most part, I am enjoying drawing what I want - how I want.  These pages are what I want and I enjoyed drawing them all for myself.

Both of these pieces are now in frames and waiting for the trek to the East Coast at the end of June.  I hope they find a nice home there.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

1948 BROWN BUTTERFLY, FROG & NEST


Butterfly
5" x 8" Dictionary Page

Frog
5" x 8" Dictionary Page

Nest
5" x 8" Dictionary Page

For the longest time, I only drew on a specific, children's dictionary from the 1950's.  I loved the feel of the pages, the simple definitions and the vintage illustrations.  Recently I've discovered I can work on older books and I've found multiple dictionary publishers....who knew?  I thought Websters had the dictionary game all sewed up.

These three drawings were completed in time for the Memorial Day Art Show in OKC.  I was thrilled that this small, brown book would take marks and water media.  The dark color of the pages actually enhanced the colors I chose and made the colors richer and more vibrant.  The book was copyrighted from 1948 and each page is beautiful all by itself.  The cover was barely attached and there were some pretty bent, ripped sections but I found those lovely, too.  I can't wait to explore more work from this special book.


OKLAHOMA HOME

Oklahoma 
HOME 
Mixed Media Drawing on 7.25" x 9" Dictionary Page

Since the first of April I have been working nonstop in my studio preparing for two, enormous art shows in central Oklahoma.  Both shows were a tremendous success and today is really the first day I've had to recover.  I have lots of work waiting to be recorded on my blog and added to my Etsy shop.  I've been so busy producing that I haven't had time to edit, format and post my work.

I created this drawing just before I left for my Memorial Day show in the beautiful Paseo District of Oklahoma City.  This was the second time I had participated in this show - the first just a year ago.  Prior to last year's show, a horrific tornado leveled a significant portion of the area, killing many and devastating the lives of hundreds.  Afterward our entire state and Okies from across the country began wearing symbols of our state as a sign of unity and support for those harmed by the storm.

In preparing for this year's show, that storm was on my mind a great deal.  One of the stories that touched me most was the destruction and death at an elementary school hit directly by the F5 tornado.  As a teacher I was personally affected by the stories of teachers and children who lost their lives and those who heroically survived.  This drawing was my little remembrance of that event.

To my surprise, this drawing drew the most attention during the weekend, art festival.  It was the first drawing to sell and lots of people followed it into my booth.  It is a drawing of the Native American shield, peace pipe (Calumet), Olive branch, Eagle feathers and crosses that adorn our state's flag.  I drew it on the page from a 1950's children's dictionary defining "home."  I love the poetic definition.

I am home again for a little while before I take off for the East coast to hit another circuit of what I hope will continue to be fantastic art shows.  I am home today though in my hometown, in my home state....Oklahoma.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

PASEO ARTS FESTIVAL - OKC


STUDENT VAN'S DESIGN COMPETITION

Vans are popular sneakers (I know sneakers aren't the term anymore but that's what I still call them).  The company hosted a national design competition and here is what my students came up with. 

We were sent four pairs of these expensive shoes and instructed to create original designs on each of the four pairs of shoes.  The contest required that shoes be designed in four different themes, local flavor, sports (board-type sports - not team sports) music and art.  I was proud of our designs and totally blown away by the top finalists.  To see the national finalists (hold on to your hat - these are amazing!) visit their website -  Vans Custom Culture Shoe Design Contest

I required me second, third and fourth year students to make designs on shoe templates we were provided.  My classes then voted for their favorites.  Those students then painted their shoes and we submitted their designs to the company.  One of my students had two designs selected so he asked a friend to help him paint the second pair.

Arhameni's Local Flavor Design

Arhameni's Sports Design

Angel's Music Design

Carli's Art Design
These shoes were my favorite.  They were designed to honor the street artist, Shephard Fairey.  We tried to make contact with Fairey to get his blessing on using his images but could never get through.  I would love to own and wear these.  The students who created the shoes now own them.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS


My Booth at the OKC Festival of the Arts

It is always stressful to prepare and set up at a new art festival.  A lot of the artists who do the circuit of art shows around the country have had more experience and are very familiar with the ins and outs of doing particular shows.  They come in prepared, professional and are smooth operators about prepping their booth and maneuvering the show's unique methods.  

I, on the other hand, stress and stew and worry about my display system, my print inventory, my artwork and how best to sell to the new clientele.  A new show has new rules, sells systems and methods for managing reproductions, etc.  This show managed all the sales and had a central location for customers to purchase reproductions/prints.


The OKC Festival of the Arts is a massive, well established show held in downtown OKC.  OKC has experienced an incredible renaissance so the area is filled with great restaurants and events.  I had no idea how exclusive it was to even get into this show and I was amazed at the constant crowds of people.

The show lasted for a full week which meant I had to take unpaid leave from my classroom in hopes I made enough money.  This was the first show I've done without my husband since we couldn't afford to have both of us docked paychecks.  My sister is a retired school teacher so she spent the week helping me in my booth.  We had a ball together which made the week all that much better. 

The show started each day around noon and went until 9:00 at night.  It was my first show that required I have lighting in my booth for after dark viewing.  The festival provided huge, beautiful tents for us which each housed four artists.  They also provided metal, display panels and lots of hospitality and attention.  

The first day of the show we had to open at 7:30 A.M. so festival patrons and supporters could be the first to meet us and make purchases.  It was a great kick-start to the week and I made five sales to the early crowd of buyers.

The last 3 pieces of art left in my booth

The week was a tremendous success!  I saw former students, visited with old classmates and had friends and family drop by from across the state.  By Friday evening I had sold all but 3 of the 30 framed pieces I brought.  In order to have much in my booth for the weekend, I hung images of my available prints on the display panels with some of those eventually marked "sold out."

This was my first major show of the summer.  I have had three, short weeks to rebuild my inventory, frame it and be ready to return to OKC for Memorial Day weekend.  I hope I can manage with so much going on at school as the year winds down.

Thank you, OKC, for making me welcome and for giving me such a great week.  A HUGE thank you to my sister, Melinda, my husband and my daughters and son-in-laws who helped set up, tear down, package prints and give me a place to stay.  This was truly a family enterprise.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

ROSE

Rose Mixed Media Drawing on Dictionary Page
6" x 9"
Webster's New Student Dictionary - Teacher's Annotated Edition 1964

Early in this series of dictionary drawings, I created a few flowers.  I got the urge to go back and capture a few new floral drawings on some of the new editions I just collected.

This is a great page filled with Rose definitions.  My husband suggested that I start to include the name of the dictionary where I harvested the page.  This page came from a teacher's edition of the Webster's New Student Dictionary.  The book was published in 1964.  I love to repeat my favorite subjects and with so many pages of the same image I think it will help me catalog my work by using the name of the book is drawn from.