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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, 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.