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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.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

"Artichoke on a White China Plate"

The second in my OHMS series had to be this attractive artichoke.  I was really surprised to discover this in our limited produce section in the Oklahoma Panhandle.  I took a lot of different photos to try and capture an interesting angle and finally settled on a downward view.  Since I regard it as more for aristocratic tastes I thought it was suited to be painted on a white china plate.  Now I've got to figure out how to cook the crazy thing even though it got rather bedraggled during the process of painting it.

This is pastel is a larger piece measuring 9" x 13" on Canson MiTienes paper.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Broken Egg"

5.5" x 7" Pastel on Canson MiTienes Paper

This is the first, new, finished piece for the OHMS show in Amarillo.  I thought I'd better pick this one out of the table of items I set up to photo since it would be the first to spoil.  After I got the pastel done and stood across the room to examine my work, I had to giggle about how it looks so much like the face of a muppet.
(Hee-hee)  We paint what we love!

Cuisine Studies

Today I am in full gear getting resource photos and subjects ready to start a brand new series of small pastel paintings.  I am so thrilled to have been selected to show my artwork at OHMS, a beautiful restaurant in Amarillo, TX.  Michael and I love to eat there.

I visited the grocery story and went a little crazy buying an assortment of fruits and vegetables to study.  This morning the cat and I scattered everything out on my dining room table and started slicing and shooting.  Stay tuned to see what develops from this joyous start.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Student Work

I am really impressed with my advanced students.  Many of them have won top honors at the state scholastic awards and today I am delivering fifteen top pieces for a Kansas competition.  One student, Anna Mason, did a fifteen panel acrylic painting and included me in the center.  I just had to share this crazy image.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I started this charcoal drawing as a demonstration piece for my second year students last year.  I pulled it out again this past week and finished it in time to frame as a Valentine for Michael.  He is reading one of his favorite books "Slaughterhouse Five."  I think it will look nice hanging in his office.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Panhandle Redheads

I am still on a quest to capture stalks of red sorghum that is grown all around our countryside.  I've noticed that new varieties are growing in popularity and that red is more and more rare. 

I have collected photos and stalks of sorghum and made a number of tries to get it to look just right.  I started and finished this 13" x 18" pastel on Canson MiTienes paper thanks to a snow day that gave me a three day weekend.