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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.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mother at the Gate

18" x 24" Pastel on Canson Mi Tienes Paper

I started this pastel painting years ago from a photo taken by my sister Melinda. I loved the bright colors of the morning sunrise and vividly remember my mother leaning on the back gate of the white picket fence anytime we drove away. Mother passed away ten years ago in February and I was intensely motivated to finish this piece as the milestone date of her death arrived. But neither Melinda nor I could locate the original photo I was using as a resource. I've stewed and torn my studio apart for weeks but haven't found the missing photo. When caught at home during this weekend's blizzard I pulled out the piece and plowed through finishing it from memory. I had to laugh while I was painting all those pickets. I never thought I'd paint white pickets again.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Seeing Spots Before My Eyes

There is just no end to what these little guys can turn into. These are all little 5 inch diameter pieces but they still take a lot of time to complete with layers of colors stroked into the canvas. I especially love it when they emerge with some personality. Hope you are enjoying watching them come to life!

Seeing Spots - Forks & Feathers

I am coloring away getting as many SunSpots as possible ready for a trip to Texas. I love using feathers and thought trying forks would be fun. The little pink feather was done a long time ago and has been waiting in a shoe box to be shown off.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Little Sun Spots

Here are some of the little 5 inch round Sun Spots that are ready to be packed up and sent to San Antonio to what I hope will be a new home. I use the same process of painting each disk with black gesso then draw the images using colored pencils. These little guys haven't yet been varnished so the colored pencil marks can rub away if handled too much.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Giant Sun Spot

I discovered some Fredrix round canvases a few years ago and started creating what my daughter Kelsey appropriately named Sun Spots. I usually work on 5 inch diameter canvases but this giant guy was created on a 20 inch diameter canvas.

I gesso the canvas with black gesso and then create the image using colored pencils. I have to varnish them in order to keep the colored pencil from easily rubbing away. The rays are anything from ribbons to yellow pencils to forks depending on my mood. This big guy has lots of little, 5 inch brothers and sisters. Now I am itching to order some more big rounds and give him an even bigger family.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Everly Watercolor

I start watercolor units with my students next week so I've hauled out my tubes, paper and brushes and rearranged my classroom so everyone can get to the sinks. My daughter, Lindsay, asked me to create a dimensional watercolor painting for her niece, Everly for her birthday just as I had everything set up. I love doing this large dimensional pieces. I paint and embellish with colored pencils on 200 pound watercolor paper then cut out the little pieces with an X-acto knife. I then apply them around the page using little foam scrapbook adhesive tabs. I've done these for baby gifts for just about everyone in the family. Instead of little cartoon characters I've done in the past, this one just has butterflies, buttons and bows.

Kylie Portrait

The classroom teacher next door to me commissioned a pastel painting of her granddaughter Kylie. This piece was a lot of fun to do. When I first presented the finished work to her she didn't seem all that pleased but later she showed up with it in a gorgeous frame and displayed it in the teacher's lounge for everyone to enjoy.