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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, June 12, 2009

Baby Name Watercolors

Now that the festival is over I am catching up on commissions. For years I have created little watercolors as baby gifts and occassionally get a commission to create one for someone else.

This patron wanted the name Emma used and said the nursery was decorated with wooden blocks and owls. I paint the background and then cut-out the images and glue them on so they are 3-D. The little owl on top of the 'A' is my personal favorite.

This watercolor was actually created over a year ago for my grandson, Tate's nursery. My daughter wanted each letter of his name to represent something about him. She has collected Mr. Potato Heads for years, his dad worked for NASA, his young cousins call him Tape and his grandparents think he is the center of the universe all inspired the illustrations.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sunflower Festival Report

Tempertatures were well over a 100 and the wind gusts were so bad that booth tents were more like parachutes but the Sunflower Art, Food and Wine Festival was a tremendous success for me. I hadn't shown my work like this for nearly 25 years and my "comeback" now gives me encouragement to push myself even more.

The last piece I painted, Sunflowers on Red, was the first piece to sell before I even had it hung. Friday night, a friend dealt with me to sell it to a contact outside Topeka, Kansas who saw it on my facebook posting online. Saturday morning, the sunflowers on violet sold to a local Bed and Breakfast. It didn't even have a frame and it almost didn't make the booth! So it was a good event for it's namesake.

Before the day was really underway, the event coordinator who also directs the little gallery which sponsors the event pulled me aside to tell me that "Running Antelope" had sold Friday night as well. "Running Antelope" and "Land They Belong To" were both entered in the People's Choice Competition with festival attendees voting throughout the day. "Running Antelope" has been at home at my daughter's home for over a year and was born as a demonstration piece in my classroom. I was thrilled and shocked to learn it had sold at a very good price. Just that sale alone had more than covered my expenses for the festival.

The rest of the day actually saw small crowds and few serious buyers with the heat and wind wearing everyone down. My banner was one of only three selected for a live auction which was fun to witness even though the proceeds went to the festival. But the one of the final highlights of the day was when "Running Antelope" was announced as winner of the People's Choice award with $500 prize money. I later learned that "Land They Belong To" was a very close second which really was a great surprise since I'd asked family and friends to all vote for "Running Antelope" and had abandoned promoting "Land." To have my two pieces top the competition of many very nice pieces was awesome!

So "Running Antelope" has a new home with an executive of Seaboard originally from North Carolina, the banner now lives with our hospital administrator and I came home with some pride and affirmation that other people appreciate what I love most.

Thank you, everyone, who helped me and made this possible!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Finally Finished

"Sunflowers on Red"

This is the last piece being created for the Sunflower Festival this Saturday. I had a very detailed painting of my great grandfather's homestead outside of El Reno, Oklahoma started but decided I needed to work on something a little less time consuming to finish out my frames. This one went quickly since it comes from a study I did for the main street banner. I just used a different palette for the bright red background. It is larger than most of the other pieces so the scan isn't as sharp and I didn't want to spend oodles of time puzzling multiple scans together.

There are other pieces I haven't posted and I think the scans don't look as vivid as the finished work so I hope folks who view all of this newwork up - close and personal - will be pleased enough to want to take something home.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

"Green Grapes"

This is the next-to-the-last piece created for the festival. Thought it might be smart to create a rendering of grapes since so many vineyards are going to be at the festival for the wine competition. I had some green grapes in the frig and placed them on a green fiesta plate of my mothers. Forgive me, but I went back to purple for the background to harmonize with the green. I've turned the image sideways and think it might work in a frame turned a variety of ways.

"Three Red Apples"

My daughter, Kiley, suggested that I include a little still life of apples since so many women like to decorate with them. I found this plate in the alley behind my house and had to rescue it a few months ago and thought it was time to play with it. After this piece is framed, I only have two more pastels to complete for the show based on the number of frames I invested in. I am entering Running Antelope and Land They Belong To in the viewer's choice competition for the festival this afternoon and those pieces will hang in the gallery during the festival.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Sunflower Landscapes

"Sunflower Field"
Time is running out with only days to go until the Sunflower festival and I am working to complete a half dozen little landscapes featuring regional scenes. SOLD

"The Dumas Sunset"
A few months ago we made a quick trip to see a movie in Amarillo where we enjoyed eating out and shopping. The way home featured a beautiful sunset just South of Dumas, Texas. I didn't take a photo for reference but worked this one from my imagination. The colors were amazing that night and I recall them reflecting from the brush.