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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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


I am excited to announce my one and only, fall art show. I will have many new original, dictionary drawings and prints plus my brand new, whimsical and sweet, watercolor greeting cards. 

If you are close, please stop by. 

Tuesday, October 04, 2016


Found time today to finish my first watercolor painting using my new Derwent Inktense Watercolor Blocks.  My review is that these paints are fabulous.  I really like the ink quality and the vivid colors. It's always so much fun to have new toys to play with.

Friday, September 30, 2016


I think every artist out there goes nuts for art supplies.  New art supplies send us over the moon. 

This week I purchased a giant set of Derwent Inktense Blocks and I am in heaven.  I've noticed Inktense being used by lots of folks who craft, make art journals and fellow dictionary artists.  I have a few of the actual pencils but discovered that this fabulous, British company makes their gorgeous, watercolor pencils in a block.  I also found other watercolor enthusiasts were using them like pan watercolors.  I had to have some.

When I first get any new medium, I try to organize my supplies.  I printed out a color chart from Derwent and labeled each of the open stock blocks before the embossed numbers washed away.  Each individual stick has a stock number.  Open stock supplies are available individually and not just in predetermined color sets.  So I wanted to make sure I knew and recorded each color so I could replace that one color if I ran out.  Most quality art supplies are available in open stock so you can buy one color at a time.

I was able to simply dampen the stick in the packaged, foam tray.  I noticed some artists carve or grate their sticks onto a separate palette.  I may change my mind but it seems to work great just to wet them with a damp brush.

I started playing right away and love these watercolors.  The colors are rich and vivid.  Since these have an ink characteristic, the paint sets after it is dry.  Traditional watercolors will come back to life and turn into liquid when they get wet on the paper.  These fabulous paints will be permanent when they dry and don't activate on your paper.  These paints are more like ink washes than watercolor.  That also means they will stain your brushes and be permanently on your brushes if you don't wash them immediately.  They really are a strong stain which is why so many people use them to paint on cotton and silk fabrics.

After a little play time, I got started on a fall pumpkin painting using my new toys.  I am in love. This little gourd may find it's way into my new, greeting card line.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


I get lots of requests for some of my high school art lessons.  This is one of my favorites.  I've included a PDF of this lesson handout for you to copy and use if you'd like.  It's taken me some time to figure out how to include PDF in my blog posts.  I hope to add more soon.

I teach a unit on positive/negative space each fall as a tool to help my students better focus and draw.  I have a number of handouts I use for them to practise turning a positive image into a negative image and I set up a couple of displays for them to draw.  I typically use some children's chairs I've painted white and display them on a black background so the students can clearly see the positive and better study the negative shapes.

The unit test for positive/negative space is drawing a butterfly - one half positive and the other reverse as a negative.  I encourage my students to "invent" their own butterfly using personal images, symbols, text, etc.  My students get to design their butterfly in pencil on plain typing paper or in their sketchbooks.  We use a giant light table in my classroom to trace the designs onto nice, drawing paper to finish their drawings in marker.  They can only use two colors.

Here are some samples of my student's positive/negative butterflies.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Turning watercolor paintings into greeting cards

This past summer I participated in World Watercolor Month.  I painted a different, little watercolor painting every day of the month.  As the month went along, I had friends and family inquire about purchasing some of the paintings.  I wasn't sure what to do with these offers until I noticed how many fellow artists had greeting cards available for sale at fairs and festivals.  So I decided to reproduce my watercolor paintings as greeting cards.

Taking digital images of greeting cards for my online shop

It's taken lots of hours to scan, format and reproduce the most popular paintings as greeting cards.  I have had a successful Etsy shop for prints of my dictionary drawings for years now and knew I didn't want to complicate that shop with something so different so I set about opening a second shop dedicated just to my watercolor greeting cards.

This challenge meant I needed to figure out packaging, shipping and create quality, digital images of the paintings and cards.  I've learned that online sales require great photos and details about what you are selling.

 Painting these pieces was the fun and easy part but building a new sales line on my own and building a new shop is quite the undertaking.  I did lots of research on pricing and studied established card shops and then spent long hours figuring out what I wanted to do.

Each card is individually packaged with an envelope in a protective sleeve
I pushed the button to open my new shop this past weekend.  I only have 8 paintings available as greeting cards but plan to add more as quickly as I can - I have 31 plus paintings to reproduce and more ideas I want to paint.  I package each card individually with a matching envelope inside a sealed, protective sleeve.  I also personally sign and title each card like I would any nice print.  

It's taken a lot of trial and error but I think I have a professional product that will impress both the customer and their recipient.

Here's a link to my new, online shop

I designed my cards so they can be framed and displayed

I also think these pretty cards would be great framed and displayed which makes them special and long lasting.  The archival inks I use guarantee that the image will not fade or change color for over 200 years.  I invested in an expensive printer long ago and it has sure paid off.

I discovered a number of other greeting card artists outsource their card production but I'm determined to do it all myself giving what I hope is a more personal touch.

My first orders for greeting cards are on their way

I'm excited to say that I am shipping out my first two greeting card orders today - only a few days after launching the new shop.  I'm anxious to see how this develops and plan to include the cards in my future art shows.  My first customers got a little extra in their order and a request for feedback about their purchase.  

Friday, September 16, 2016


I have to admit - I've neglected this wonderful, online hangout over the past few months.  Summer was filled with fabulous adventures, travels and art shows.  School began and I have been digging out from under an avalanche of prep with supplies, huge classes and a record budget crisis for education.
I'm so sorry I haven't paid much attention to posting but I promise to do better.

And then there's Telluride - 

One of the highlights of my year is attending the Telluride Film Festival in gorgeous Telluride, Colorado.  Just a trip to this beautiful place would be enough but we spend labor day weekend attending a dozen or more movie premieres.  I can't believe we've been able to do this event year after year - 11 years actually.

This year we got to see and meet the stars of "Sully" (a terrific film everyone should see), "Lala Land" staring the adorable Emma Stone (which was one of my favorites), "Arrival" staring the doll, Amy Adams (also a great film), "Wakefield" with the remarkable Bryan Cranston and I got to breath the same air as Richard Gere who was there with his film "Norman" (which was good but it was RICHARD GERE!  There were lots of other films which should start some serious Oscar buzz in the coming months. 

I don't know if we'll ever get to attend again because it costs a lot of money to stay and purchase passes but who knows - I never dreamed I'd do something like this in the first place.  I'm so grateful to friends and former students who have hosted us the past few years.  Thanks Larry and Mitzi!

So that's a little update about what's been going on with me.  More soon.....I promise.  Thank you to everyone who keeps stopping by.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016


5.5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on 1890's Antique Dictionary

Like a lot of artists, I keep returning to favorite subjects and themes.  I love the history, nostalgia and aesthetic of a bicycle.  Years ago I first drew an old bike in an 1800's edition of a dictionary and the elegant definition described it as "a velocipede propelled by treadles."  I loved that - still do.  I had to do another bicycle drawing but this time decided to do a bike with the distinct, different sizes of wheels that matched those often used in the 1800's.

Monday, August 01, 2016


4.5" x 8" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary

I am busy finishing up new work for my last art show of the summer.  I am sad to see this summer come to an end.  We have traveled from New York City all the way across the country to Oregon.  We have met amazing artists, actors, celebrities and made lots of new friends along the way.

I love this rectangular dictionary and decided to revisit a few subjects I've drawn before.  This time I wanted to create what looks a lot like my very first camera.


I am ending my summer art show circuit with a wonderful show on the historic plaza in Santa Fe, NM.  This show is sponsored as a fundraiser for Girl's Inc.  I am so pleased to help support this wonderful organization and thrilled to be spending a weekend in wonderful Santa Fe.

If you are near, please stop by for a visit!

Sunday, July 31, 2016


I have had a super busy month of July.  We did a fabulous art show in Salem, Oregon and had lots of time with our family and friends.

One of the constants during the month of July was participating in World Watercolor Month with artists from around the globe.  A young man named Charlie O'Shields launched the challenge that artists everywhere should attempt to create 31 watercolors in 31 days.  I thought "Why not?"

Well, why not is that this challenge took a great deal of time and really challenged me to paint solely in a medium I use with a mixed bag of others.  It meant painting everyday and painting while I was going to be traveling long distances during a lot of the month.  But I decided the benefits of the challenge far outweighed these obstacles.

Lots of my artist friends, former and current students signed on too.  Some made it to the finish line and a few dropped out.  I gave myself the added challenge of using a set of cheap $5, children's watercolors so I could travel light and not have to waste my more expensive watercolors on these daily experiments.  I also decided I wanted to paint quickly at the end of each day - only spending about 30 to 60 minutes on a painting start to finish.  I bought an inexpensive, small Cason sketchbook and with only one exception when I left it behind - I did every painting in that spiral sketchbook.

So here is a brief little video of the daily paintings I created with cheap paint on a small, spiral notebook.  I am a little sad the challenge is over but I learned a lot in the experience.  For one, it reminded me of the feelings my students have when I challenge them to create their projects.  It's good to remember the anxiety and pressure of painting/drawing so often.  Another was the importance of sharing and posting one's artwork.  I posted my paintings - warts and all - everyday on Facebook and Instagram.  It was so encouraging to get feedback from people all over the world and it also helped me evaluate what appeals to people, is popular with the public and where I might go with other, more detailed pieces.

All in all I am so grateful for this 31 painting in 31 days challenge.  It's happening again next year so maybe you will join in the adventure.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


5" x 7" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary

I've enjoyed a month long hiatus from creating artwork in my studio.  I've still been busy in my studio but for the past few weeks I've been sorting, cleaning and trying to organize all my art toys.  I love doing lots of different creative projects but it was past time I cleaned and stored my supplies.

This week I started some new drawings to take along with me to my next big art show in Salem, Oregon.  My husband and I plan to leave bright and early Saturday morning for the long drive to the great Northwest.  As I was preparing for the show, I've drawn some new versions of old themes and added a few new subjects like this old tattoo gun and cups of paint.

One of the constants at art shows around the country is all the crowds of inked people.  I think people enjoy the artsy atmosphere of an art show and they want to join in by dressing so their ink shows.  People watching at art shows is incredibly entertaining.  Often the customers far outshine the artists with their creative wardrobes, hair styles and most of all - their tattoos.

I admit I don't have any tattoos myself.  I've never really wanted one and often said, I would only get a tattoo if I could do it myself.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


It's so much fun working my way through the alphabet on the children's old dictionary.

I knew I wanted to draw a vintage looking, crescent moon on the page with includes definitions for moon and moonlight but I wasn't sure what else I wanted to include.  I wanted one more image that started with 'M.'

I considered monkey, mole, magician - nothing really sent me to the moon.  (sorry about that)  Mermaid just sounded the best.  So here she is - basking in the moonlight.