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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, November 12, 2010


"Walk A Mile"
8" x 10" Colored Pencil on Canson Mi-Teines Paper

I am very fortunate to own a number of authentic, antique, Native American artifacts.  My grandmother, Gussie Powell collected all sorts of beautifully beaded items and blankets and my family has given me many of them since my home is decorated in a rustic/western theme.  These moccasins are in that precious collection.

This piece grew out of a need to accommodate a brown/cream, wooden frame for the upcoming Miniature Art Show at the local, Wild Horse Gallery.  It also gave me the challenge of replicating bead work and worn hide.  I selected the rust, yellow ochre color scheme to suit the brown Canson paper.  Colors always read differently depending on the color of the paper support.  This same color scheme would have a completely different look if created on white or black paper.

Now I am back to the watercolors to complete some new commissions that have come in since last week's craft fair.  I am also working away on this year's, holiday bookplate.  So stay tuned.  Visit me often and a thank you to everyone who stops by The Flying Shoe.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


"Autumn Moth"
7" x 5"
Colored Pencil on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper

Our local gallery, The Wild Horse, is once again hosting a Miniature Show which opens on November 18th.  I was concerned about getting anything ready for this year's show due to the demands of my personalized watercolors.  But one of the joys of being an art teacher is that I actually have time occasionally to work on my pieces at school. 

Long ago I purchased some small, inexpensive brown/cream, wooden frames.  So I decided to create a piece that complimented that natural color scheme.  After working for weeks with watercolor I also wanted to play with a different medium.  My students and I are all doing ink pieces right now but in a few weeks my advanced students start a new unit with colored pencils.  So I pulled out my Derwent colored pencils, some brown Canson Mi-Teintes paper and started playing.

Monday, November 08, 2010


 It was a lot of work, but my daughters Kiley, Lindsay and I had a booth at our local, fall craft fair.  Kiley sold her adorable bows and hair accessories and I took orders on my personalized watercolors.  We were fortunate that this huge festival had a space available at the high school so I was able to use a lot of the display units from my classroom. 
I borrowed back a lot of the watercolor gifts I have done over the past few years.  This is the first time I have actually tried to sell these items.  I had quite a bit of interest and have had people calling about placing orders in time for Christmas.

Friday, November 05, 2010


 I've been collecting some of my previous watercolor paintings to exhibit tomorrow for the arts and crafts show.  When I picked up this painting I did for my granddaughter, Lily, I realized I had never gotten a digital photo or posted it - so here it is.

I have been doing so many of the name only paintings that I forget how fun these cartoon paintings are.

Here is a close-up of Lily's painting

I start setting up in just a couple of hours which is always a huge job.  I used to love doing art festivals when my girls were little but have only done one in recent years. 

Two of my daughters are working with me this weekend.  My eldest, Kiley is selling her handmade bows and Lindsay, my middle daughter, is helping us out.  I hope we do well!

Thursday, November 04, 2010


I noticed totally by accident that my last post was my 100th blog post (cue confetti, horns and balloons).  I realize in blogville that I am a blogging infant but still felt it deserved to be celebrated.  I have been amazed that my little posts have been read by people all over the planet.  Last night I noticed that I had almost 800 hits just in the month of October.  THAT'S CRAZY!

Thanks to everyone who stops by to follow my creative life and artistic experiences.  This effort has really motivated me to create more and be more disciplined with my artwork.  It's my personal goal to post with more frequency. 

I've loved art all my life.  It's hard to imagine that the little girl who used to leave a trail of drawings behind her would some day have total strangers around the world share her journey.  Now - where's my cake!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Here is a commissioned, personalized watercolor requested by a former student.  The obvious color scheme is pink, lime green and black.  The introduction of black made this one very different and striking.  They asked I add lime green bows.

This is the last piece I'm preparing for this weekend's show.  I think I've got a nice variety of work to display

Here's a close-up that shows all the details and dimensions.  These pieces look really "scrapbooky" but it's all cut-out and layered watercolor pieces.  The finished painting is 6 1/2" x 18 1/2" on 200 pound watercolor paper.  I am finishing each painting in a 2" white mat wrapped in acetate.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


 The Pumpkin Patch Arts & Crafts Show is this weekend and I am pushing to get last minute touches ready on my booth and sample paintings ready to exhibit.  I just finished assembling a sign to hang on my display tent which is comprised of watercolor patterns.  I hope this will help potential customers decide on possible patterns for their personal paintings.

This is another gift for a family friend.  All the direction I was given was the baby's name and that the nursery was decorated in pink and green.  I hope this is the last of my "free" pieces for awhile and that I have some orders coming soon from paying customers.