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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, October 26, 2010


Last night I was searching through my cluttered studio looking for my old artist trading cards.  At the very bottom of a box of swipe files (files I've made over the years of all sorts of images and collected, project ideas) I discovered my missing sketchbook.  I nearly cried.  This book has been missing for nearly a year and I had given up hope that i would ever find it again.  I am so-o-o-o-o-o happy!

Needless to say, I will be very careful how I manage this little treasure from now on.

The sketchbook is filled with a variety of approaches of a single image - me.  I started it a long time ago and have nearly filled all the pages with multiple mediums and styles all of the same photo.  It's not about what I study as my subject matter but about how I study my subject matter. 

Again- so happy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Personalized Watercolor Card

Finished this show card for the craft fair I am doing Nov. 6th.  I have been working on an order form so potential customers can have something to pick up and use later.  I find people need time to contemplate before making an art purchase thanks to our poor economy.  I hope that by giving them something to carry away from my booth I might make some sales after the event.

I am printing these up on card stock and plan to pass them out.  They are 4" x 6"

Monday, October 18, 2010


Our high school art club, The Art Zombies, are raising money through an online T-Shirt Contest.  One of my students designed this grunge tiger design and she also uploaded my scratch art design we have been using as our art club logo.

I hope my followers will help us out be visiting the website, registering and voting for these two designs.  The more votes we receive, the more likely we are to win some contest money.  It doesn't cost anything to register to vote and it won't put you on any mailing lists.  You don't have to buy anything to register or vote.

We don't get money for the purchase of a shirt.  The prize money is strictly based on how many votes we get during the course of a day, a week and a month.

So log on to and cast your vote.  You should find these two designs on the vote page or search for them by the artist's name HatchTheGirl.

This is Molly's Tiger Design

This is my scratch art design.

All prize money will go directly to our high school art account.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I finally got confirmation about the dates for my first art show in Taos, NM.  The owner of the Trading Post Cafe contacted me yesterday and asked me to select and I decided to show for the two months of May and June of 2011.

This is a huge thrill for me after years of traveling to New Mexico since childhood and admiring the work of established artists.  Yes, I am showing in a buffet room of a restaurant but it isn't exactly a Wendy's.  The Trading Post Cafe is a historic trading post set in historic Ranchos De Taos at the feet of the Ranchos De Taos San Francisco De Asisi Church.  It is a spectacular sight to show and will be packed with tourists next spring.

Again, this is a really exciting step for me down a road I've always dreamed of.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wedding Anniversary Gift

This Friday is my eldest daughter and son-in-law's first wedding anniversary.  They married last fall in San Antonio, Texas with millions of Monarch butterflies overhead.

Monarchs migrate from the far Northern parts of the United States down to Mexico and since they have an extremely short life span, it may take multiple generations to complete the long trip.  It's an amazing, beautiful journey for an amazingly beautiful, fragile life.  We were fortunate to be in the path of their flight through Texas where millions converge before entering Mexico.

The kids were married outdoors in the Japanese Gardens under a sky filled with butterflies.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, I captured a Monarch on our windshield and have been saving it ever since.  I knew I wanted to give it to them on their first anniversary.

I tried a number of approaches for how to best display the butterfly and finally settled on this idea.  My daughter carried her favorite flowers, Gerber Daisies for her wedding so I selected a silk version to nestle the butterfly.  It was really tedious to rebuild the wings and protect it while trying to mount it in a 5" x 5" shadow box.

I hope it lasts a lifetime this way and that they enjoy remembering the clouds of Monarchs over their heads on their wedding day.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Grant Lee Watercolor

Grant Lee's mother is much like a fourth daughter in our family.  She spent a great deal of her childhood playing at our house and is someone very special to us.  She recently had her first son, Grant Lee and decided to decorate his nursery in a jungle theme.  Here is her baby gift just finished today.

It is a 12" x 7" watercolor and colored pencil painting on 200 lb, rough watercolor paper.  Since little Grant Lee's name was so long, I decided to create a different size painting rather than the long pieces I have traditionally been doing.  I really enjoyed building the cartoon, animals.  Years ago I did a lot of cartooning work so it's always fun to return to those characters.

This piece is a gift for a special family which is why I have been making them in the first place. 

I have finally decided on prices for the craft show I am participating in soon.  I am going to have a flat fee of $55.00 for any name of four letters or less.  Then I plan to charge $12.50 for each additional letter.  The longer the name, the more time and detail is required to complete the painting. This smaller piece is an exception.  We'll see how this system works.  These pieces take a great deal of time to do so I hope this is a wise method of selling them.  Pricing is always difficult for me and I tend to under price my work in hopes of making more sales.

I plan to provide a 2 inch white mat and clear acetate wrap for each painting and to require the customer to pay in advance.  I am going to give the customers limited color choices and the opportunity to select from a variety of backgrounds and patterns. 

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Circle of Friends Donation

Each fall our local Circle of Friends Chapter holds a fundraising banquet and auction and I have donated a painting for the cause.  This group provides money to cancer patients for gas, food, treatments and just about anything else needed during their cancer battle.  Having lost my mother to cancer, I believe in helping this group anyway I can. 

This is my donation for this year's event.  It is colored pencil piece I did last November for our local miniatures show.  I love this piece and have sold a few prints of it but the original has been hanging in our local gallery unsold.  I drew it from photos I took while visiting an early morning, farmer's market in Telluride, Colorado.  I enjoyed all the fresh, frilly sunflowers on display that day.

I hope it helps someone in their fight and makes that fight a little easier.

McKennon's Watercolor

 Whew!  Another baby watercolor is finished and this one is for our church youth pastor's family.  Their son is named McKennon and their nursery has a hippo theme.  I added the little yellow birds for more "whimsy."
This watercolor/colored pencil painting measures 4.75" x 20" and is painted on 200 lb, rough watercolor paper.

I am still not sure what I will charge for orders to make these custom paintings.  The craft show is only four weeks away so I need to make some decisions soon!

Here is a close-up of the bottom of the painting.