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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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

HAVE ART WILL TRAVEL

Have Art....Will Travel Tour Commences

Today is the day we set out on our big, art adventure.  This is my first attempt to do back-to-back art shows and it's required a lot of planning and a lot of artwork.  Every art show is a gamble - you never know if customers will flock to purchase your work or simply walk on by.  We are spending quite a bit to be able to travel this far and stay on the road this long.  I sure hope we are prepared and successful. (Just breaking even will be a success)

This adventure starts with a day spent driving to Kansas City and then on the Chicago the second night.  We will arrive in Grand Haven on Friday with the show starting Saturday morning.

The only packing disaster was when a box of artwork fell out of the car and broke 6 frames and glass. The artwork survived and fortunately we had extra frames and glass and were able to rebuild everything. 

GRAND HAVEN LIGHT HOUSE

Grand Haven Light House
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Children's Dictionary Page

I am loading up my car and trying to figure out how to fit everything in I need for my big art adventure to the East.  On Friday I set up in beautiful Grand Haven, Michigan along the Eastern shore of Lake Michigan.  I am excited, anxious and a bit panicked - so much to do before I can pull out of my driveway.

I like to include something with some regional flavor in my artwork for each show.  It was easy to settle on doing a dictionary page featuring the local light house found on Grand Haven's shores.  I am thrilled that I will soon be in the area and get to enjoy this sight for myself, for reals.

My husband and I have a lengthy, fabulous trip planned.  I hope to post our adventures as we go.


Friday, June 20, 2014

COFFEE

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

One morning I noticed how bright and amber the morning light was coming over my dining room table.  I wanted to capture that light and decided to include my old, Moka coffee pot.  This pot was given to me from a friend who originally came from Puerto Rico.  She gave me the little, silver coffee maker with a basket filled with all sorts of enticing, unusual foods.

I have to admit, I rarely ever use my Moka coffee maker (it's really more for espresso) but I love how it looks on my kitchen cabinet.  I also occasionally use it in still life displays in my classroom.

MOTORCYCLE

Motorcycle
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Collegiate Dictionary

I have drawn two other motorcycles on dictionary pages and I love capturing some age on the machine.  I discovered this particular bike on a wine tasting tour outside Temeculah, California last summer.  I must have taken a dozen photos of it not sure what the layout of the dictionary page I would create it on might require.

When I draw on a dictionary page, I plan how I will compose the drawing around the definition of the word that inspired the illustration in the first place.  It usually requires a drawing to balance more to the left or to the right since most dictionaries have two columns of definitions running down the page.  I also have to factor into to this left or right composition whether the definition is at the top, center or bottom of the column.  It sounds simple but the challenge is to also fill the space as much as I can.

This particular pose of the motorcycle I photographed worked great.  The handlebars wrapped around the definition and the page's illustration at the top of the left hand column.  It also shows a lot of the engine on the cycle.

I have started watercoloring the defined word where it overlaps the drawn image.  I used to only add the text off the drawing.  It's also a design element to contend with and place in the right spot.  I really like seeing it overlap the picture a tad.

TIGER


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

I think I could draw a tiger face blindfolded with my hands tied behind my back - tigers are our school mascot.  I have been drawing tigers since I was a child and since I now teach at the high school I graduated from, I teach others how to draw them, too.

This is my first, dictionary page drawing of a tiger and he has a lovely frame waiting for him to travel to the East Coast.  If no one claims him there, I imagine there are a few Guymon Tiger fans at home who might like to care for him.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

COMPASS


Compass
5' x 6" Mixed Media Drawing on 1890's Dictionary Page

There are some things I love to draw over and over again.  I love to draw antique compass and I love to draw clocks.  I like the challenge of the detailed dials and I love the whole metaphor of finding our way and measuring our days.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

1960's TIME

1960's Time
Vintage Alarm Clocks Drawn on Distressed, Dictionary Page

I remember when this type of clock was all the rage.  I had one very similar on my night stand most of my life until digital read outs and clocks with built in radios and eventually C.D. players were invented.  Now I hardly use a clock and depend mostly on the alarm on my smart phone.  I found this trio at vintage furniture store and knew they belonged on a dictionary page.

I've been spending long, long, LONG hours in my studio the past five days.  I leave in a week for two art shows back to back starting in Grand Haven, MI and then on to The Berkshires.  I am really excited about traveling to that part of the country but I'm pushing to build enough inventory to do two shows on the road.  I have thirteen pieces in frames and another 40 in various stages of development.

I'm off to treat myself to an evening of junky T.V. shows and to put my feet up.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

CAMERA

Camera
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on High School Dictionary

This drawing of an antique dictionary was created for Santa Fe but didn't end up making the trip.  My Santa Fe gallery requests specific frames that are different from the frames I generally use for art shows.  When I was preparing for my New Mexico trip to restock the gallery, I only ordered eight of their frames.  My gallery owner wanted this drawing but I didn't have enough of her type of frames to include it.

He is now going on our trip to the East.  I spent my morning ordering frames and harvesting new pages to stock my booth at Grand Haven and at the Berkshires. This is my first time to build enough inventory to do two shows back-to-back.  I have a lot to accomplish in a very short time.  Even under the gun and in a rush, I am determined to create high quality work that I'm proud of.

CROW

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

I love crows.  I don't know why but I am fascinated by them.  They have so much personality and I love how the light reflects brilliant colors off of their black, shiny feathers.

Crows are a common bird where we live and I have three fake crows perched on a shelf above me in my studio.  I don't think of them as Halloween birds.  I enjoy them all year long.

This beautiful fellow just made the trip to his new home at the WOW! Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.  He's available for purchase there.  I will be creating another one soon - did I say "I LOVE CROWS!"

Saturday, June 07, 2014

NEW WORK HEADING TO SANTA FE


Packing the car and heading to the incredible city of Santa Fe, NM.  

My gallery has requested new inventory.

Friday, June 06, 2014

POTTERY

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

I am striving to balance my own interests while still building pieces that reflect the area where they are being sold.  I am a huge fan of Santa Fe/Southwest decor and I have always loved Native American pottery.  My house is filled with Native American treasures I inherited from my grandmother.  She taught school on a New Mexico reservation and had a fabulous collection of pottery, rugs, bead work and moccasins.  Since my home is decorated with Southwest themes, my family let me have my grandmother's Native American keepsakes.

I own a couple of very tiny, Hopi pots and have my hard drive filled with photos I've taken of pottery when we travel.  I picked a couple of my favorites for this dictionary page.  I was delighted when I discovered a children's dictionary with a Native American pot illustration on the page so everything came together to create this drawing.

I hope my gallery owner approves and likes this idea and finished product.

DREAM

Dream
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Collegiate Dictionary Page

I am stepping away from building work for New Haven's show and preparing new work to deliver to Santa Fe, NM next week.  My gallery (I LOVE that I get to say that) has sold a number of pieces and has been asking for additional work for the past few months.  I'm finishing up pieces for them, framing and heading to Santa Fe on Monday.


Monday, June 02, 2014

OWL

Owl 
Mixed Media Drawing on 6" x 9" Distressed, Dictionary

I love drawing birds.  Hummingbirds and owls have been popular at art shows so I have created quite a few of these feathered friends.  In my quest to find something different I decided to try my hand at drawing an owl from a side view.

This fellow is long gone but I hope to replace him with another before I head East in a few weeks.  In fact, I have meadowlarks, cardinals, sparrows, finches, hummingbirds and more owls all waiting for me in my studio.  I even have a commission for a penguin.  It's fun to work on these birds because the two windows of my second story, art studio have bird's nests currently occupied by families of birds.  They sing and chirp happily while I work.  It's nice company.