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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, January 06, 2009

"Flight of Fancy"

Each December I have my second year and advanced students complete pieces in ink. I demonstrate various ink techniques and speciality pens by creating and finishing a piece with them. When finished, these pieces are then reproduced on adhesive labels as personal bookplates for family, friends and coworkers. "Flight of Fancy" was born from some gel medium transfer exploration where I created and layered transparent images in my altered books. When I stumbled on the face over the butterfly I decided to use that image created using stippling. The flourishes in the background were inspired by some stamps I discovered and the bees just seemed to show up. I then journaled my idea of the theme.

"Can't Make-up My Mind"


This graphite pencil drawing started out eight years ago as a demonstration piece for my advanced students. I was requiring them to complete a self-portrait in some sort of mirror or reflective surface. Each fall, I've pulled the piece out whenever I introduced the assignment and would add a few marks before packing it up again. This Christmas I challenged myself to complete some of stacks of unfinished pieces that were piling up in my studio.


This piece was done from observation looking into an old compact left in my classroom desk by the former art teacher. The fantasy characters just emerged from doodles and playful marks built through my imagination and what I "saw" in the doodles.